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Brand owners often contend that counterfeiting and trademark infringement are a high-profit and low-risk business, and that trademark protection falls short in China. However, positive changes have been taking place.
The Trademarks Act is the principal legislation governing trademarks in India. The act provides both civil and criminal statutory remedies against the infringement of a registered trademark.
The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHIL) continues to be at the forefront of activities geared towards providing adequate, reliable and effective protection and enforcement of IP rights.
The continuing economic crisis and the drop in disposable income have motivated Russians to seek cheaper alternatives for consumer goods. This has led to an increase in the circulation of counterfeit goods.
Alibaba boasts “significant progress” in IP protection efforts; development of API urged to allow third-party takedowns
Alibaba has revealed what it describes as “significant progress” in IP protection in 2017, with data showing significantly faster processing time for takedowns and a 42% decline in notice-and-takedown requests. While the results show that the Chinese marketplace giant is confident that its efforts are garnering positive results, people we spoke to still report huge volumes of fakes with one urging Alibaba to develop an API to allow third-party takedowns.
Fake press passes, ‘.sucks’ gun violence debate and the Annual Meeting heads to Singapore: INTA 2018 day one report
The great and the good of the trademark industry have descended on Seattle for INTA’s 2018 Annual Meeting. The World Trademark Review team is on the ground, and we will be presenting a daily round-up of event highlights and observations. Here’s what caught our attention on the first full day of proceedings.
In this week’s World Trademark Review country data report, we provide a rundown of India’s trademark landscape. We explore the surge in registrations at the Indian IP office, reveal the top filers in the country, and inspect the widespread fall in value of the country’s top brands.
In our latest round-up, we look at a number of trademarks that appear to be related to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the USPTO unveiling a new resource center, a look at Facebook takedown numbers in the second half of 2017, and how the Toys-R-Us brand is now on the market.
New research from CompuMark reveals that the number of Chinese trademark applications to foreign registers has doubled over the past two years, with Huawei Technologies leading the charge. As a result, the report predicts that China could overtake the US as the world’s leading source of foreign trademark applications by 2020.
The Delhi High Court has granted Ferrero Spa a permanent injunction against Ruchi International preventing the latter from trading in products that are lookalikes of the plaintiff’s Ferrero Rocher chocolates. In addition, Ruchi International was ordered to pay monetary damages in the amount of Rs1 million for infringing the plaintiff’s registered trademark and trade dress, and violating a 2014 interim order.
The world is awash with counterfeit goods, with Africa proving no exception to this. We take a look at some of the problems and solutions from a wide swathe of nations across the continent.
Continuing our series of interviews with WTR 300-ranked corporate trademark counsel, World Trademark Review catches up with Jerry Xia, deputy general counsel and chief IP counsel, Asia Pacific, for Fortune 100 conglomerate Honeywell. He shares his insights into how the Chinese brand protection landscape has developed in recent years and offers some practical tips for managing trademarks in the region.
China’s trademark office to drastically reduce filing times; experts confident quality will be maintained
As part of its three-year reform plans, China’s State Intellectual Property Office has revealed that filing review times at the China Trademark Office (CTMO) will be reduced to six months by the end of 2018 and to four months by 2020. Although applications continue to surge at the CTMO, experts are confident that these targets will be hit while predicting that the quality of registrations will also be maintained.
In opposition proceedings against the device mark LIVINGSOCIAL, the Beijing IP Court has upheld a decision of the TRAB finding that, without corroborating evidence, the copyright registration certificate submitted by the applicant was insufficient to prove that it had created the LIVINGSOCIAL artwork before the opponent.
The High Court has ruled that the authorised distributor of Neem Active toothpaste in Malaysia was not allowed to hijack a trademark belonging to the overseas manufacturer. The defendant had registered the mark HERBAL NEEM ACTIVE after the distributorship arrangement between the parties had lapsed.
Kangxin Partners PC Before signing a trademark licence agreement, rights holders should ensure that they have a strong risk-prevention strategy in place, in order to benefit as either a licensor or a licensee.
RNA, Technology and IP Attorneys Advancements in technology and expanding marketplaces have been key to successful licensing programmes in India over recent years. Local trademark owners and licensees should now follow in the footsteps of international brands and adopt licensing as a core revenue stream.
Gorodissky & Partners Foreign brand owners are free to enter into direct or indirect trademark licensing agreements in Russia. However, in order to be valid and enforceable, these agreements must contain key terms and be recorded with the Federal Service for Intellectual Property.
For those seeking to tackle counterfeits on Chinese e-commerce platforms, insight into both historical approaches to illicit trade and the tools currently available is essential if success is to be achieved in this ongoing battle.
An important amendment to the Unfair Competition Prevention and Trade Secret Protection Act (UCPA), which will come into effect on July 18 2018, clarifies that the trade dress of service providers is protected under the UCPA. However, it remains to be seen whether the amendment will give service providers better protection for their trade dress, compared to the ‘catch-all’ provision of the UCPA.
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