This guest analysis provides insight into the debate over privacy and data in India, the country’s position in comparison with international efforts and what brands need to know about the ever-shifting environment.
WTR speaks to a range of market experts to uncover the key qualities that they look for in their Chinese trademark counsel – and why international practices may need to adapt if they are to remain competitive.
A huge proportion of Black business owners are missing out on the vital tools they need to launch themselves into the market – reduced rates and pro bono advice are one way to help, but do they go far enough?
Amendments to the Ukrainian industrial design law have entered into force, bringing about several significant changes - including the introduction of a new requirement for registrability and the possibility to include up to 100 designs in the same application. Read more
Trademark owners and practitioners should take note of two pieces of news - regarding the division of applications/registrations and trademark co-ownership - that the Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office recently published on its website. Read more
The Court of Justice for the European Union has shed further light on how far individuals can be held liable for the import of infringing goods, providing rights holders with a fresh weapon in the war against counterfeiting. Read more
With no unified trademark system and a rich landscape of languages and practices, the Caribbean is a highly nuanced terrain with some potential pitfalls that brand owners and practitioners must navigate. Read more
Brand owners must think like today’s tech-savvy brand pirates in order to take them down – especially as counterfeiting rates have soared during the covid-19 crisis. Positively, there are a range of strategies they can adopt to do so. Read more
The past 12 months have been challenging for all national IP offices, but the Japanese registry has overcome major hurdles while seeing a rise in trademark filings and implementing significant changes. Read more
Indonesia’s membership in the Madrid Protocol has had a noticeable impact on several aspects of daily practice and on the IP office itself, with a number of important developments for trademark professionals to note. Read more
As trademark departments around the world feel the pinch of covid-19, we provide a breakdown of the digital services and software that in-house and private practitioners are recommending to increase efficiency and free up budget. Read more
The Court of Justice of the European Union has dismissed appeals against a judgment of the General Court authorising football player Lionel Messi to register the trademark MESSI for sports equipment and clothing. Read more
With the average wait time from application to final examiner decision almost doubling in the space of five years, the Japan Patent Office has set itself a new target and implemented much-needed measures to improve examination pendency in the region. Read more
The Canadian Trademarks Office and the Federal Court of Canada have taken concrete steps to mitigate the effects of the covid-19 pandemic that have permanently changed trademark practice in Canada. Read more
A new decree, which will come into force 15 October 2020, should help the work of Vietnam’s enforcement authorities when dealing with violations involving counterfeit and banned goods, both offline and online. Read more
Amendments to the regulation on fees charged by the Croatian Intellectual Property Office entered into force on 8 August 2020, amending trademark fees, introducing utility model fees and modifying patent examination fees. Read more
A WTR survey reveals that customers of non-legal trademark service tools are regularly reviewing their processes and taking their business elsewhere – suggesting that there is an opportunity for suppliers to attract new clients if they can tap into unfulfilled needs. Read more
Trademark applications for cosmetics in Korea have increased by approximately 39.6% between 2014 and 2019, reflecting the rising global popularity of Korean products in general, including K-beauty, K-pop and K-dramas. Read more
A recent WTR poll of trademark service users reveals that not only is innovation key to attracting new clients, when it comes to portfolio management and monitoring, pricing and billing options take a backseat to the performance and reliability of the systems on offer. Read more
In a welcome development for trademark owners worldwide, the Myanmar government has announced that the soft opening period of the Myanmar Department of Intellectual Property under the new trademark law will begin on 1 October 2020. Read more
This update examines several issues of interest in the fight against bad-faith trademark applications in China, including whether the recently amended Article 4 of the Trademark Law can be used to oppose or invalidate a trademark if there is sufficient evidence of bad faith. Read more