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Over the past few weeks, World Trademark Review has been examining some of the remaining areas of contention surrounding the proposed European legislative trademark package. To round out our mini-series, the notion of abolishing relative grounds examinations is worth scrutiny as a number of national offices remain fiercely resistant to the notion.
User representatives have welcomed the proposal that all European Union trademark offices offer an administrative cancellation/revocation procedure. However, for those which do not currently offer such a system, there are a number of obstacles to overcome.
MEPs have today approved the revised Directive on Tobacco Products by a large majority, paving the way for increased health warnings on cigarette packaging. While trademark user associations had previously lobbied for health warnings to take up no more than 50% of external packaging, the new directive will require that warnings cover 65% of the front and back of cigarette packaging.
The European Parliament has adopted its report on the review of the Community Trademark Regulation and recast of the Trademarks Directive, green-lighting proposed amendments on goods in transit. The amendments, which were the subject of heated debate in the European Parliament yesterday, have been welcomed by business and user groups.
There is just over a week left to participate in the sixth annual Global Trademark Benchmarking Survey. Conducted annually by WTR, the research project is designed to give counsel both in-house and in private practice the opportunity to have their say on the state of the industry, and build up a comprehensive picture of current trends and best practice.
This month, BusinessEurope, AIM, ECTA, ICC-BASCAP, INTA and Marques issued a joint statement on the proposed European legislative trademark package, addressing a number of areas of concern for users. On further investigation, it is clear that the debate over fee levels and allocation of the OHIM surplus shows no signs of abating.
The Office of the United States Trade Representative’s latest Special 301 Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets report, which identifies both online and physical marketplaces engaging in commercial-scale IP infringement, has been published. Designed to help the United States and foreign governments to prioritise enforcement of intellectual property rights, the report serves as useful reminder of some key physical markets that brand owners may wish to police.
There is still time to participate in the sixth annual Global Trademark Benchmarking Survey. Conducted annually by WTR, the research project is designed to give counsel both in-house and in private practice the opportunity to have their say on the state of the industry, and build up a comprehensive picture of current trends and best practice.
January was a significant month in the online world, with the first new gTLDs exiting sunrise and becoming offered for public availability. Reflecting this, the top 10 list of most-read WTR blogs featured a number of gTLD-related stories with one quickly becoming the fourth most-read WTR blog of all time.
An ECJ ruling confirming that international trademarks that have effect in the European Union are subject to the genuine use requirements under Article 42(2) and (3) of the Community Trademark Regulation (207/2009) topped the list of most-read WTR Premium Updates in January, while decisions relating to Volvo, Steiff and Pinterest also featuring in the top 10.
The second edition of the GIPC International IP Index, conducted by the US Chamber of Commerce, provides a snapshot of 25 countries’ IP environments and is targeted at policy makers. While an interesting read, there are no real surprises in the country rankings. However, the document does provide clues as to the governments that may come under renewed political pressure to improve their trademark regimes.
WTR is calling on trademark professionals to contribute to the sixth annual Global Trademark Benchmarking Survey. Participation in the survey is designed to give counsel both in-house and in private practice the opportunity to have their say on the state of the industry, and to build up a comprehensive picture of current trends and best practice.
Towergate Software has published data which reveals the US law firms most active in TTAB oppositions through 2013. The names are familiar but the resulting top ten lists based on the data build up a multi-layered picture of the oppositions landscape.
CPA Global has announced the acquisition of Nordic IP services provider Patrafee AB. Last year brought a flurry of buy-outs in the IP services sector and WTR understands that CPA Global is looking at other acquisition opportunities. A natural question for users to ask is whether a further wave of acquisitions will follow in the sector, and what impact this would have for trademark counsel.
As trademark counsel know, the value of a strong brand, built up over time and the subject of goodwill, can be a key asset when communicating to users and customers. Reflecting this, users have spoken against proposals to change the name of OHIM with MARQUES warning that scammers may also capitalise on the resulting confusion.
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime has today launched a campaign to raise public awareness about counterfeit goods and transnational organised crime and is seeking brand owner support to spread the message.
The most-read WTR Premium Update in December focused on Ferrari’s successful action against an unofficial Ferrari owners' club. Elsewhere, analysis of a decision involving Puma’s leaping cat mark also proved broke into the top five.
As 2013 draws to a close and the WTR Daily email service prepares to take a short break, it’s a natural time to look back at the WTR blogs which received the most reads over the past 12 months. Barring a late surge by other blogs, there was a clear winner in the ‘most read’ stakes.
Strategies for the creation of effective public-private partnerships were the focus of today’s morning sessions at INTA’s ‘Hot TM topics in the MEASA region’ conference in Dubai, with both brand owner and government views represented. Focusing specifically on the ways that brand owners can better work with public institutions to fight counterfeiting, the key messages were to ‘stop the blame culture’ and engage potential public partners through positive messaging.
At OHIM’s most recent Administrative Board and Budget Committee, delegates endorsed a project that aims to clarify the scope of protection granted to black-and-white marks. However, one user association has suggested an alternative direction for the proposals.
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