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The Ecuadorian IP Office has seized more than 37,000 items during operations carried out simultaneously in three different cities. The action was the result of a request by Crocs Inc for an injunction against the continued infringement of its registered 3D marks. The office highlighted the importance of this type of action, which both protects the rights of trademark owners and ensures that consumers are not confused when buying goods.
Argentina’s emergency trademark law amendments and reassuring filing figures; exclusive data analysis
In our latest data report, World Trademark Review examines Argentina's IP profile, exploring the potential impact of the new emergency decree on trademark law, while providing a thorough breakdown on filings at the Argentine register and delving into the performance of the trademark office.
The Venezuelan Patent and Trademark Office has suspended payment of official fees by foreign applicants for the foreseeable future. The situation, which has resulted in services including renewals and changes of ownership grinding to a halt for many brand owners, has been described by one local attorney as “lacking legal basis” and leaving IP owners “in limbo”.
Brazil is a first-to-file jurisdiction, and therefore IP rights in a pharmaceutical trademark are acquired only when an application is filed, approved and registered with the Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office. However, pharmaceutical trademarks fall under two separate and independent statutory regimes.
Two legal frameworks are applicable to pharmaceutical trademarks in Chile. On the one hand, the Industrial Property Law and its regulation set out the rules for the registration and use of trademarks; on the other, the Sanitary Code and Decree 3/2010 (among other rules) regulate the pharmaceutical product marketing authorisation procedure.
There is no clear link between the IP Law and the Health Law and their regulations regarding conflicts between registered trademarks and marketing authorisations or distinctive names. IMPI examiners usually consider the three-letter rule when analysing the similarity of pharmaceutical trademarks.
Jamaica approves protection of GIs, Montenegro joins TMView and United Kingdom ratifies Hague Agreement: news round-up
In our latest round-up, we look at the latest predictions for the next round of gTLDs, a tale of two O’Keefe law firms, the IP Office of the Philippines reporting on counterfeit seizures in 2017 and the United Kingdom’s IP Crime Unit urging the public to “treat mum right” by avoiding fakes.
Barbados has concluded its first criminal trial for the sale of counterfeit goods, with the Crown obtaining a guilty verdict in the Magistrate’s Court. The case involved shoes and backpacks that counterfeited the ‘Fenty PUMA by Rihanna’ line. The defendant argued that he was unaware that the goods were counterfeit, but the presiding magistrate did not find him credible, calling him “evasive and economical with the truth, at best”.
A government-issued emergency decree is set to shake up trademark practice in Argentina. Key to its success will be how the Argentine Patent and Trademark Office manages the transition
In the first of a two-part series, we outline the legislative framework for franchising in nine jurisdictions across Asia and South America.
Over the past two decades, Mexico’s enforcement framework has improved immeasurably, although challenges remain. Trademark owners should consider a number of strategies in order to avoid any unpleasant surprises.
Uhthoff, Gómez Vega & Uhthoff Rights holders seeking trademark protection, whether on a national or international basis, should consult local counsel in order to formulate a filing strategy that holds up to Mexican customs and practice.
Recent changes to the internal policy of the Patent and Trademark Office have created new challenges in daily trademark practice, with some topics regarding trademark examination and proceedings remaining controversial. The changes concern, among other things, the analysis of the specification of goods/services and the acceptance of petitions filed within an additional term.
Brexit update, plain packaging begins in Ireland, and first trademark ruling in Barbados: news round-up
In this round-up edition, we look at the latest Brexit developments from a trademark perspective, news on another solicitation scam, Hershey’s hawkish eye over the marijuana industry, and the result from the first ever trademark dispute in Barbados.
In the conclusion of our four-part series, World Trademark Review reveals the full IP Office Innovation Ranking and analyse the key findings from this year's project.
Spreading the message the IP offices taking significant strides to engage with the public about trademarks
We take a deep dive into how registries are spreading the trademark message to a wider audience
Online trailblazers the IP offices breaking new ground in digital services, and those falling behind
As national IP registries are encouraged to become "innovation agencies" by offering more non-core tools and services, we look at how offices compare when it comes to digital metrics
As national IP registries are encouraged to become innovation agencies and to offer non-core tools and services, we once again identify those leading the way and the offices trailing behind
Scientology trademarks, Brazil’s backlog impact and Leason Ellis victorious against solicitation scammer: news round-up
In our latest news round-up, we look at the law firm which was told it doesn’t have exclusive rights to its initials, the impact of backlog measures in Brazil, the pros and cons of China’s rocketing trademark trajectory and a new victory against trademark scammers.
The government has issued Executive Order 72/2018, effective as of January 12 2018, which contains amendments to the regulations on industrial property rights. One of the most important amendments is that the National Institute of Industrial Property rather than the federal courts will now decide whether an opposition is admissible. It will be possible to appeal such decisions before the Federal Court of Appeals.
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