Search results - found 172
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.
Justice Anthony Kennedy of the US Supreme Court announced his imminent retirement on Wednesday, meaning that US President Donald Trump will now have a second opportunity to nominate a justice. With the prospect of a more right-thinking Supreme Court bench, leading IP attorneys are split over what it means for trademark cases.
Trump administration tariffs “could help legitimise fake goods”: trade associations join up to sound alarm bells
A number of major US trade associations have joined forces to send a letter to two members of the House Ways and Means Committee warning that the Trump administration’s recent trade tariffs are having a harmful effect on the battle against counterfeit goods. The strongly worded letter, seen by World Trademark Review, claims that the tariffs place “significant barriers on the fight against harmful fakes” and calls for an urgent rethink.
With a 10% rise in trademark applications mostly spurred by Chinese filings flooding the USPTO in 2017, questions have been raised about whether the office can cope with this influx both now and in the future.
As Canada legalises marijuana, research finds majority of Canadians want branded packaging for cannabis products
The Canadian parliament has passed legislation which will allow the recreational use of marijuana nationwide. The law could pave the wave for hundreds of new brands, and a new survey suggests that two-thirds of consumers in Canada would prefer branded rather than generic or plain packaging for this new market of marijuana products.
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.
This week, the Guardian reported that the treatment of geographical indications is proving a sticking point in the ongoing Brexit negotiations, with the European Union having “stepped up demands on the UK to legislate to preserve the status of European speciality produce”. While trademark associations have confirmed their support for a system of mutual recognition, the UK government has proved resistant to making any guarantees. The result is uncertainty for rights holders and producers.
With the legalisation of recreational cannabis impending in Canada, new business models and opportunities are emerging for a surprising variety of brand owners.
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.
In-house perspectives on diversity in the trademark industry: “All of us in this field need to do more”
The theme of today’s World IP Day is ‘Powering change: Women in innovation and creativity’. In the first of a two-part piece, corporate trademark professionals reflect on the topic of the day.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
Canada’s 2018 budget plan has unveiled the first aspects of the country’s national IP strategy. Although the importance of IP is much-vaunted throughout the policy statement, which also sets aside funds for a number of concrete IP initiatives, brand rights take a backseat in the highly patent-focused IP strategy announcements.
US government report finds staggering ratio of fakes on major e-commerce sites: calls for agencies to step up
A new report published by the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) has found that US agencies could be doing significantly more to tackle the growing threat of counterfeit goods. In doing so, the GAO revealed the staggering ratio between authentic and fake goods on e-commerce sites.
Privacy advocates hail the new General Data Protection Regulation as a big step forward in the protection of personal data against misuse and abuse by commercial interests. The regulation confirms, they assert, that each natural person interacting on the worldwide web has “the right to be forgotten”. But how does our increasingly global internet-based society deal with bad actors, including criminals, in the face of these new privacy protections?
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
Register for more free content
- Read more World Trademark Review blogs and articles
- Receive the editor's weekly review by email