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With a fast-improving IP office and flourishing brands, Italy’s outlook is bright: exclusive data analysis
This week’s World Trademark Review country data report focuses on the branding landscape of Italy. We explore key filing data and the performance of the leading Italian brands, revealing that their total brand value has increased at a quicker rate than that of the top global players.
“Generic drug-making is a fast-track business”: Sandoz trademark head reveals approach to IP management
For the latest in World Trademark Review’s series of interviews with WTR 300-listed corporate counsel, we met up with David Lossignol, INTA’s president-elect and global head of trademarks for Sandoz. He explained how he overcomes the challenges of managing pharmaceutical brand rights across many jurisdictions and addressed the growing threat of brand restrictions.
WHOIS access charges, NGOs take aim at watch list plans and INTA applauds ‘Brand India’: news round-up
Every Tuesday and Friday, World Trademark Review presents a round-up of news, developments and insights from across the trademark sphere. In our latest edition, we look at a registry’s plans to charge trademark owners for access to WHOIS data, the war of words over the European Commission’s plans for an IP markets watch list and a blow for Apple in the Norwegian courts.
Qatar is currently seeking to reinforce its IP protection regime by providing a stronger legal basis for the protection of customer rights, in addition to improving and organising administrative filing systems. This update examines recent trademark-related developments in the country which reflect the approach taken by the government to achieve these goals.
Nepal launches collective tea mark, HP ramps up anti-fakes efforts and new CITMA president: news round-up
Every Tuesday and Friday, World Trademark Review presents a round-up of news, developments and insights from across the trademark sphere. In our latest edition, we look at the election of a new president at CITMA, how HP is stepping up its anti-counterfeiting outreach, Sri Lanka’s plans to ban colour on cigarette branding and a decision on ownership of the BLACK FRIDAY mark.
In an exclusive interview with World Trademark Review, the general manager of IP Australia’s innovation and technology group, Rob Bollard, expands on how the office’s digital transformation will help users and reveals that the organisation is exploring the establishment of a Centre of Excellence to encourage intangible asset lending in Australia.
Trademark counsel have had their say on the efficiency of customs authorities across the globe with some of the largest importers of counterfeit goods giving cause for continued concern.
Call for more robust online RPMs, Alibabacoin hits back and getting legal advice from a robot: news round-up
In our latest round-up, we look at a trademark infringement lawsuit involving much-loved US TV sitcom I Love Lucy, the experts calling for more robust rights protection mechanisms, how Alibabacoin is hitting back at the Alibaba lawsuit and how the Smiley trademark owner is targeting the Indian market.
Advocate General Campos Sánchez-Bordona has given his opinion in VAR Srl v Iveco Orecchia SpA. Even though the case concerned the interpretation of Directive 2004/17 on public procurement, the entire case rests on a trademark issue. Should the ECJ follow this opinion, it will confirm that a mark cannot be used as a barrier to competition.
“IP is not about politics” INTA CEO confirms US lobbying spend has dropped, urges counsel to support PAC
In an exclusive interview, Etienne Sanz de Acedo, CEO of the International Trademark Association, has confirmed to World Trademark Review that the association’s spending on government lobbying in the United States has fallen in recent years and, with the US midterm election fast approaching, he explains why counsel should consider contributing to its political action committee.
Trump, Brexit and Korean reunification: the political issues weighing on the minds of trademark practitioners
New research from World Trademark Review has revealed the key political issues that trademark counsel say could significantly impact enforcement efforts, both now and in the future. Leading the way are the policies of US President Donald Trump, the potential implications of the UK’s exit from the European Union, and the possible reunification of the two Koreas.
The performance levels of the Chinese, Brazilian and Indian trademark offices have clear room for improvement but change could be afoot.
“No surprise” significant gender pay gap reported at UK law firms with highly rated trademark practices
Information collated by World Trademark Review can reveal that UK law firms with highly ranked trademark practices pay women a median hourly rate that is, on average, 28.7% lower than male colleagues. This gender pay gap is significantly higher than the UK national average of 18.4%, with one industry expert reflecting that there is “much work still to be done” to tackle inequality in the legal industry.
Counterfeits in Casablanca, Kuwait upgrades online filings, and legal blow for Lindsay Lohan: news round-up
In our latest round-up, we look at a warning about counterfeit make-up in China, Alibaba launching legal action against a cryptocurrency company, and Moroccan city Casablanca being labelled the “Eldorado of counterfeiting”.
Australian trademark law amendments, WHOIS fears, and EUIPO launches anti-counterfeit prize: news round-up
In our latest round-up, we look the end of a heated legal dispute over an Icelandic chant, fears increase of future WHOIS access, Major League Soccer confirms it won’t trademark the name of a Los Angeles team rivalry, and the Australian government has published a draft version of an IP law amendment bill.
In DOCERAM GmbH v CeramTec GmbH the ECJ has issued a preliminary ruling on the interpretation of Article 8(1) of Regulation 6/2002. It found that the existence of alternative designs fulfilling the same technical function as that of the product concerned was not the only criterion for determining the application of that article, and considered that the appearance of a product was the decisive factor.
BARCELONA collective mark rejected, battle for Prudential name and Philippines fakes crackdown: news round-up
In our latest round-up, we look at the Philippines government's pledge to crackdown on counterfeit goods, Scotch Whisky legal dispute figures, the rejection of the BARCELONA collective mark and a national IP office’s anti-fakes video featuring a naked man atop a tortoise.
Kanye trademark battle labelled “fake news”, effective banking brands, and ‘.app’ gTLD sunrise: news round-up
In our latest round-up, we look at Canada being criticised for how it tackles counterfeits, the USPTO announcing the exhibitors for its upcoming National Trademark Expo event, research into what makes a more effective digital banking brand, and the launch of the ‘.app’ new gTLD.
US Customs head confirmed, Latvia trims WHOIS data and trademark offers Cambridge Analytica clues: news round-up
In our latest round-up, we look at how a trademark scammer has rebranded, Latvia's plans to cut back on WHOIS data collection, how India’s anti-counterfeiting efforts are under scrutiny and how a trademark may offer clues about the company that has hit headlines across the world Cambridge Analytica.
The European Commission has published a draft agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland from the European Union, which outlines the broad understanding the negotiating parties have arrived at on key issues. The wide-ranging document contains eight articles which directly address intellectual property. While still requiring final agreement, the document offers vital detail on the likely treatment of EU trademarks and Community registered designs in the coming years.
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