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The Upper House passed the Trademark and Geographical Indication Bill, the Industrial Design Bill, the Patent Bill and the Copyright Bill on February 15 2018. Two important features of the Trademark Bill are the adoption of the first-to-file rule, replacing the first-to-use principle; and the establishment of a transition period of three or six months (to be decided) for past recorded marks to be re-applied for under the new law.
The ambiguity of a settlement agreement in Oran Pre-Cast Ltd v Oranmore Precast Ltd has proved costly for the claimant, as the IP Enterprise Court found that the broad terms of the agreement precluded the clear trademark infringement and passing off claims brought against a former employee and his new company.
In Giorgio Armani SpA v Essential Mall Pty Ltd, Giorgio Armani SpA has obtained the transfer of the domain names ‘armaniwatches.com.au’ and ‘emporioarmaniwatches.com.au’ under the ‘.au’ Dispute Resolution Policy. The registrant sought to rely on the fact that the Australian domain name administrator had confirmed that ‘.au’ domain names were allocated on a first-come, first-served basis subject to eligibility rules.
Television, film and online programme producers are offering increased opportunities to position products in their content. However, the practice of product placement is not without legal risk, requiring careful contractual drafting
The International Trademark Association (INTA) has published its 2014-2017 strategic plan, setting out its core goals for the next four years. The plan suggests that the association’s focus will become more outward-looking, with consumer protection central to its activities.
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Over 150 senior IP professionals attended the third WTR Industry Awards (www.Industry-Awards.com) at the stylish Greg Kucera Gallery in Seattle on May 19 2009. Representatives from the nominated teams mingled with leading private practice lawyers at the exclusive champagne reception in honour of the world’s top in-house trademark counsel. WTR wishes to thank all nominees and sponsors for helping to make the Industry Awards 2009 such a successful event.
To mark World Trademark Review’s 50th edition, we identify 50 of the people, companies, cases and bigpicture issues that have defined the market on which we have been reporting for the last eight years
On May 13 2014, World Trademark Review announced the winners of its eighth Industry Awards at an exclusive ceremony at the historic Happy Valley Racecourse in Hong Kong. The awards are designed to recognise the vital work carried out by in-house trademark counsel, and identify the teams and individuals that are performing their functions to the highest possible standards. Over the following pages we speak to the winners and explain why they were judged to be leading examples of industry best practice.
World Trademark Review highlights the practical takeaways from the 2014 International Trademark Association annual meeting
Trademark-related quotes, opinions and observations from around the globe
Protecting an icon is not easy, especially when the company’s entire legal department consists of only one lawyer and his assistant. Luckily, the man in charge of the ZIPPO brand has developed a system as reliable as the product itself
Ahead of INTA’s annual meeting in Seattle from May 16 to May 20, the association’s president for 2009 shares his thoughts on, among other things, the effect the economic downturn will have on trademarks and the planned expansion of the generic top-level domain space
The WTR Industry Awards 2009, which will be presented at a ceremony in Seattle timed to coincide with the 131st INTA annual meeting, honour leading trademark teams across a range of industry sectors. WTR speaks to some of the nominees
WTR’s exclusive Global Trademark Survey is a groundbreaking attempt to calibrate the true impact of the financial crisis on trademark professionals worldwide. The results serve as a warning that today’s challenging market looks set to become even tougher
As IP budgets are likely to be cut along with the budgets of most other in-house departments, it is time to review some key elements to ensure that the trademark department remains on top form
The head of trademarks at Daimler speaks to WTR about fulfilling his childhood dream, simplifying trademark law and surviving the economic downturn
The global slowdown is starting to bite in the larger trademark services markets of the Nordic region. However, some firms feel that strong cross-border expertise will give them an edge in an increasingly competitive field
The brand protection team at the publicly funded BBC must work within budgetary constraints that could confound even the thriftiest of private sector in-house teams. To compound the challenge, the infringers they must contend with may also be their shareholders
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