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The EUIPO has released a new report, compiling research since 2013, to present a comprehensive and updated picture of the scope and impact of IP rights infringement in the European Union.
In a move that brings South Africa a step closer to plain packaging for tobacco products, the Department of Health has invited public comment on the Draft Control of Tobacco Products and Electronic Delivery Systems Bill 2018 by August 9 2018. Among other things, the proposed legislation aims “to regulate the packaging and appearance of tobacco products and to make provision for the standardisation of their packaging”.
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.
International brand owners have been warned of “a very serious and significant change” to trademark rights in Yemen following the formation of a second IP office. The move follows ongoing unrest in the country, with an expert in the region telling World Trademark Review that they expect third parties to use the opening of a new registry as “an opportunity to register trademarks rights in bad faith”.
US government ranks Canada’s border enforcement on same level as China; Special 301 adds Saudi Arabia and UAE
The Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) has published the 2018 Special 301 Report, the second released during the Trump administration. Canada has been added to the Priority Watch List this year due to “a failure to resolve key longstanding deficiencies in protection and enforcement of IP” meaning all eyes will now be on the country’s newly-announced Intellectual Property Strategy.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
No Brexit talk between IP offices, Scooby Doo infringement and Syria establishes trademark court: news round-up
In the latest news round-up, we look the latest IP case data from Saudi Arabia, the latest report from the EUIPO on the economic impact of IP infringement, the establishment of a trademark court in Syria and warnings over counterfeit security certificates.
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
In our latest news round-up we look at how the Zimbabwe government is hiring a technology company to tackle counterfeit goods, the brands being accused of using “underhand tricks” to fool consumers and a new report looking at the leading Chinese brands.
USPTO urged to address mobile issues, Malawi to establish national office, and bootleg fashion all the rage: 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 this edition, we look at the US Patent and Trademark Office being urged to improve its mobile capability, the new Trademarks Bill introduced in Malawi and the impending deadline to apply for the EU Intellectual Property Office’s top job.
The Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services has made significant amendments to the ‘.za’ Alternative Dispute Resolution Regulations, including a mandatory informal mediation service to be run by the ‘.za’ domain name authority. Many of the amendments are generally welcomed, although there is some uncertainty as to how they will work in practice.
Trump's USPTO nominee confirmed, victory for Louboutin, and significant changes at Nigerian IP registry: news round-up
In our latest news round-up we report why Louboutin's red sole mark has been declared ‘well known’ by the Delhi High Court, consider upcoming changes at Nigeria’s registry of Trademarks, Patents and Design, and scrutinise research that reveals the power of colour in brand identity. Coverage this time from Trevor Little (TL), Tim Lince (TJL), and Adam Houldsworth (AH).
Lego clinches another IP victory, police powers for Moldovan IP office, and plain packaged political parties: 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 this edition, we look at the IP implications of the European Union and Japan’s finalised trade deal, the brands that are signing a major anti-counterfeiting declaration and another victory for Lego in China.
The African Intellectual Property Office (OAPI) has launched a new programme in an ongoing effort to introduce and expand geographical indications (GIs) across its 17 member states. This is the first major project from OAPI’s new director general and could represent a significant step forward in the ability to register GIs in Africa.
Saudi Arabia has issued a judicial announcement in which it stated that powers of attorney provided to legal advisers and IP representatives will be considered valid for five years only from the date of issuance. This will be the case for all powers of attorney, unless there is an earlier end date mentioned in the power of attorney or it is revoked in the interim. Rights holders with an interest in Saudi Arabia should take steps to review any existing powers of attorney held by Saudi representatives.
The trademark landscape in Kenya is set to shift dramatically with proposed changes to the law. We examine some of the key developments and the issues that brand owners need to be aware of in order to protect their marks effectively in the east African nation
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