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AI boosts counterfeit seizures in Hong Kong; expert claims focus should be on small package detection
Customs authorities in Hong Kong have managed to increase the seizure rate of fake goods by one-third in the first half of 2018 thanks to the use of artificial intelligence (AI). This report unexpectedly received negative online reactions, with commentators suggesting that customs should instead be focusing on street sellers. However, one expert tells us that this is a step in the right direction although adding that more attention should be given to the movement of counterfeits via small parcels and on greater collaboration between customs and brand owners.
A new anti-sanction bill aimed at the prevention and suppression of unlawful and hostile foreign actions against political and economic stability in Russia, signed by the president on 4 June 2018, is now in force. Importantly, the bill does not concern the IP assets of foreign legal entities, and the fears of compulsory licensing and limited trademark protection have so far been left overboard.
US Senate passes trademark resolution, UKIPO fake auto parts warning, and Taylor Swift’s cat marks: news round-up
In our latest round-up, we look at India exploring a drug serialisation programme, the TTAB looking for applications for a senior role, trademark lessons from the closure of the Ivanka Trump brand, a call for an IP tribunal in Uganda, and much more.
New IP officials - including a new director of trademarks and patents - have been appointed through a resolution published in the Official Gazette on 12 July 2018. These new appointments come in a climate of great uncertainty, mainly due to the suspension of the payment of official fees by foreign IP owners following a decision issued in February this year.
Plain packaging for bank loans, Honduras to appeal WTO ruling and legality of Burberry burning: news round-up
In our latest edition, we look at how the TTAB has sided with Italian fashion brand Gucci in a dispute with a family member of Gucci’s founder, Kazakhstan's new IP law amendments, how young people are seeking purpose-driven brands, how Aldi walks the lookalike line, and much more.
“Don’t panic” new entrants to Madrid Protocol give mixed feedback on their experience since accession
Law firm practitioners in jurisdictions that have adopted the Madrid Protocol in recent years including Colombia, Israel, Mexico, OAPI and Thailand have shared their experience of the system in an exclusive survey from World Trademark Review. While most praise the resulting trademark environment, some are scathing about the impact Madrid has had on their practice.
The USPTO is currently considering a policy change to require applicants from outside of the United States to hire US counsel (or an authorised practitioner) to prosecute their applications. In this guest policy op-ed, Eric Perrott, a trademark and copyright attorney with Gerben Law Firm in Washington DC, argues that such a move would help maintain the integrity of the US trademark register and the ultimate value of a US mark.
The General Administration for Market Regulation has issued a set of draft regulations on the registration of company names for public consultation. The draft regulations include several noteworthy features: for the first time, the principles of good faith and honesty in the use of company names are expressly provided for, and the rights in a company name are recognised as from the date of its registration.
As part of the adaptation to the new presidential government system, most of the provisions of Law No 5,000 on the Establishment and Functions of the Patent and Trademark Office were revoked, which created some ambiguity as to the legal basis for the office’s existence. However, Presidential Decree No 4 has now re-established the Patent and Trademark Office.
Is the Brexit fog lifting? UKIPO confirms plan for “free” conversion of EU trademarks to UK register
In newly-released comments, the UKIPO has confirmed that the UK will protect all existing EU trademarks and registered Community designs when the country leaves the EU. Crucially, the transfer of 1.5 million rights will be automatic and free of charge.
Snoop Dogg swats away Gleissner mark, Nestlé sells brands, and artificial nose identifies fake cheese: news round-up
In our latest round-up, we look at serial trademark filer Michael Gleissner’s mixed week at the UKIPO, another Conor McGregor trademark fight, the “artificial nose” that can identify authentic and fake Parmesan cheese, the most expensive domain name sale of 2018 so far, and much more.
The UK government’s White Paper detailing its proposal for the future UK-EU relationship includes a limited number of proposals relating to intellectual property. Among other things, the United Kingdom will establish its own GI scheme consistent with and going beyond the provisions of the TRIPS Agreement. Significantly, the paper supports the Unified Patent Court and seeks to keep it on track post-Brexit.
Piggyback marketing, Alibaba expands on anti-counterfeiting efforts, and brands urged to use memes: news round-up
In our latest round-up, we look at China kicking off an online infringement campaign, Helly Hansen launching a trademark lawsuit against an Italian streetwear brand, a detailed look at the Cockygate story, research into so-called ‘piggyback marketing’, and much more.
Legislation was tabled last week in the US House of Representatives calling for the abolition of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), following a week in which over 100 elected officials declared their support for dismantling the organisation. It sparked a reminder that the agency plays a crucial role in the fight against counterfeits, with a leading trademark lawyer describing the calls for ICE’s complete abolition as “short-sighted”, warning that such a move would damage brand rights enforcement as well as other positive functions it serves.
"No closer to clarity" UK's Brexit White Paper offers clues to future IP approach, but big questions remain
This week the UK government published its much-anticipated blueprint for the United Kingdom’s future relationship with the European Union. While IP rights are specifically addressed in the White Paper, trademark practitioners will be left with several significant unanswered questions.
The main drivers that determine the likelihood of a country being involved in the trade of counterfeit goods have been identified by a new report from the European Union Intellectual Property Office. Governance, free trade zones, production facilities, logistical capabilities and facilities and trade facilitation policies are all highlighted as the key determinants.
In our latest round-up, we look at how there has been a worldwide flurry of trademark applications for the name of the deadly nerve agent Novichok, Kenya is stepping up its anti-counterfeit efforts, Cornish pasties are getting a new authentication scheme and in the run-up to England’s World Cup semi-final match a UK gift shop has filed a trademark application for the term “it’s coming home”.
In the first of a new regular opinion column, the onward march of plain packaging is examined. In the face of seemingly unstoppable momentum, now is the time to consider whether brands will remain on the sidelines or make their voices heard.
Brazil IP Office shuts for World Cup game, role of testosterone in brands, and Kitty Pryde owns X-Men mark: news round-up
In our latest round-up, we look at trademark application filings at the USPTO rising significantly in the first half of 2018, INTA looking to the leaders of tomorrow, the world’s first bank-grade QR code solution for fighting fakes, and how consumers overestimate their ability to spot counterfeit watches online, and much more.
After over a decade of discussion, Brazil looks increasingly likely to accede to the Madrid system within the coming year. To get a sense of the sentiment on the ground, we reached out to local law firm practitioners to ask how it is expected to impact their own practice and the wider trademark scene and whether predictions of imminent accession are actually realistic.
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