New study finds low IP awareness among students, teachers and scholars in India

Research has found that a significant portion of people studying and teaching at higher educational institutions in India have no awareness of intellectual property rights. 

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25 Sep 2018

USPTO director talks trademark clutter, Uber declares itself a verb, and beware sketchy Chinese licenses: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at Ecuador joining TMClass, ICANN postponing its data privacy webinar, IP Australia undergoing a “technology upgrade”, and much more.

25 Sep 2018

LegalForce versus LegalZoom intensifies; allegations claim disabled people ‘exploited’ and Robert Shapiro ad ‘deceiving’

In the latest development in LegalForce's bitter battle with LegalZoom, an arbitration Statement of Claim has made some startling allegations. In response, LegalZoom vows to fight against “tinfoil hat conspiracy”.


25 Sep

General Court confirms likelihood of confusion between PRIMART and PRIMA

In Primart v EUIPO, the EU General Court has confirmed that there was a likelihood of confusion between the figurative mark PRIMART and the earlier mark PRIMA for goods in Class 30. Read more

25 Sep

Federal Administrative Court: no likelihood of confusion between IMPERIAL marks

The Swiss Federal Administrative Court has agreed with the Federal Institute of Intellectual Property that there was no likelihood of confusion between the marks IMPERIAL and TIERRA IMPERIAL in Class 33. Read more

25 Sep

UK confirms post-Brexit trademark plans; ambiguities and uncertainties remain

UK government releases a swathe of technical notices that set out likely scenarios in the event of a ‘no-deal Brexit’. When it comes to trademark and design rights, significant questions remain. Read more


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21 Sep 2018

Deep dive into Apple counterfeit fight, Skripal poison pair trademark, and most valuable UK brands: news round-up

In our latest edition, we look at China and Singapore partnering up for an IP initiative, another trademark scam highlighted, a German court dealing a blow to ICANN, and much more. Read more

21 Sep 2018

UDRP misuse warning, non-traditional tips, and the danger from subtle copies: insights from MARQUES 2018

This week’s MARQUES Annual Conference in Paris draws to a close today. We present some of the key insights from the event, including insight into the standoff around WHOIS data access, the one Brexit-related question you need to be asking, and more. Read more

20 Sep 2018

Calling all brand owners: act quickly if you want to help shape the future of online enforcement

In this guest post, Brian J Winterfeldt, president of ICANN’s Intellectual Property Constituency, outlines why it is critical that rights holders contribute to an ICANN survey about online enforcement, which closes at the end of next week. Read more

20 Sep 2018

Ultimate trademark toolkit: our free-to-view insights into trademark law across the globe 

The 11th edition of the World Trademark Review Yearbook has been released, providing legal professionals worldwide with a simple, easy-to use digest of the structure of trademark regulation in key jurisdictions across the globe. Read more


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19 Sep 2018

Creative trademark strategies are essential for brands venturing into newly-legalised US marijuana markets

Both Coca-Cola and musician Jimmy Buffett have been linked with marijuana brand partnerships over the past week. Such deals pose significant trademark difficulties, but there may be workaround strategies available.  Read more

18 Sep 2018

How the evolution of ‘trademark counsel’ to ‘brand professionals’ will significantly impact service demands

In this week’s opinion column, we consider how law firms can future-proof their trademark practices. Read more

17 Sep 2018

Trademark litigation remains flat in 2018 as Central District of California continues to be ‘go-to’ venue

Lex Machina has reported that 2,745 trademark litigation cases have been filed in the US so far this year. Therefore, the projected total for year-end  indicates that filings will remain flat after a near-decade of decline. Read more

14 Sep 2018

“There is no one-size-fits-all approach to enforcement” – exclusive interview with Mars Inc’s Sophie Anger

In an in-depth discussion with Sophie Anger, associate general counsel of marketing properties for the global petcare unit of Mars Incorporated, she offers enforcement tips, explains how efficiency is her guiding principle, and much more. Read more

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24 Sep 2018

Blow for Pierre Cardin as Supreme Court puts an end to long-running PIERRE CARDIN case

In a controversial decision, the Indonesian Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by French fashion house Pierre Cardin in the long-running litigation over the mark PIERRE CARDIN. Read more

24 Sep 2018

General Court: lack of conceptual similarity, by itself, weighs against existence of likelihood of confusion

In Chefaro Ireland DAC v EUIPO, the EU General Court has confirmed that there was no likelihood of confusion between the marks EAU PRECIEUSE and NUIT PRECIEUSE in Class 3. Read more

21 Sep 2018

Success for Apple as General Court finds certain degree of similarity between APO and APPLE marks

In a victory for Apple Inc, the EU General Court has annulled a decision of the Fourth Board of Appeal of the EUIPO in which the latter had found that the figurative mark APO was not similar to Apple’s earlier marks. Read more

21 Sep 2018

New design registration regime: what you need to know 

The new Israeli Design Law recently came into effect, and the Ministry of Justice subsequently published draft new Design Regulations. This update reviews the key points concerning the filing, examination and registration process. Read more

20 Sep 2018

Bad news for tourism and souvenir industry as CJEU rules that castle name can be registered as trademark

In a ruling that sits uncomfortably with its earlier decision in Windsurfing Chiemsee, the Court of Justice of the European Union has rejected the notion that the name of a famous Bavarian castle could serve as a geographic indication for the relevant goods/services.  Read more


12 Sep 2018

The future of trademarks

Global brand owners face increasing challenges in protecting, managing and enforcing their IP rights. These include challenges arising from new technologies, new business models and new markets. Read more

12 Sep 2018

Trademark procedures and strategies: Japan

 The Examination Guidelines for Trademarks also play an important role in the examination of trademark applications at the Japan Patent Office (JPO). The most recent revisions to the examination guidelines took place in April 2017, which include clarifying the criteria for judging the similarities between trademarks. Read more

12 Sep 2018

Trademark procedures and strategies: Italy

Italy has a first-to-file system, therefore unregistered trademarks enjoy a lesser degree of protection than registered trademarks. Only in exceptional circumstances can an unregistered trademark prevail over a later registered trademark. Read more

12 Sep 2018

Trademark procedures and strategies: Israel

While the Trademark Ordinance predominantly provides protection for registered trademarks, it also protects unregistered well-known trademarks. Read more


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13 Sep

IPBC Japan 2018

Japan remains Asia’s IP powerhouse and IAM is pleased to announce that our bi-annual IPBC dedicated to this influential jurisdiction will return to the Hotel Okura Tokyo on September 13 2018.

18 Sep

Patent Licensing 2018

As the licensing landscape remains uncertain in many of the world’s major markets, it has never been more important for licensors and licensees to stay up to speed on deal-making best practices and the changing legal and regulatory environments.

25 Oct

IPBC Australasia 2018

Built on IAM’s extensive relationships within the Australian and NZ IP communities, IPBC Australasia is specifically designed for senior IP executives at the region’s leading corporates, research institutions and governmental agencies, plus emerging companies from across the industry spectrum.

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