Analysis: Legal

Legal reforms in the UAE: what does this mean for brand owners?

The United Arab Emirates has formally approved some of the most extensive legal reforms ever seen in the country, which include major changes in the IP space.

17 January 2022

CNIPA’s Criteria for Determination of General Trademark Violations: key points, concerns and missed opportunities

The criteria, listed in 35 articles, define in detail the various types of trademark offences, with the exception of trademark infringement.

13 January 2022

‘Cacao de Caripito’ protected as a geographical indication by the Venezuelan state

Cacao de Caripito’ is the second protected geographical indication granted to a Venezuelan product in 2021. This follows the establishment of a new procedure for the granting of geographical indications at the end of the previous year.

13 January 2022

USPTO records unprecedented year of filings and pendency levels

WTR presents key insights and takeaways from the USPTO's latest Performance and Accountability Report for FY 2021, which was published on Tuesday.

12 January 2022

Hague design system – upcoming changes to the rules

A number of welcome amendments, due to come into force on 1 January 2022, have been made to the rules of procedure relating to the Hague design registration system.

17 December 2021

Madrid e-Filing now available to applicants in Turkey

Turkey has recently joined the countries that enable applicants to file their international trademark applications directly through the Madrid e-Filing service.

14 December 2021

USPTO invalidates over 15,000 trademarks in stark warning to fraudulent filers in China

The USPTO has taken “unprecedented action” against a China-based entity, Huanyee Intellectual Property Co Ltd, for repeated violations of US trademark rules of practice.

13 December 2021

The fight against bad-faith trademark applications: establishment of an IP Credit Management System

Recently published draft regulations provide, for the first time, specific details on how dishonest actions taken by applicants or IP service providers can lead to them being designated as ‘dishonest entities’ by the CNIPA.

07 December 2021

Innovation at the Latvian Patent Office: exclusive insights

In an exclusive guest post, representatives from the Patent Office of Latvia reveal the agency’s recent developments of its digital tools and services for trademark users – and those planned for the future.

23 November 2021

Amendments to Criminal Procedure Code set to facilitate criminal enforcement of industrial property rights

Amendments to Vietnam’s Criminal Procedure Code have recently been passed, removing a cumbersome requirement that has been hampering the enforcement authorities’ efforts to bring criminal actions against offences under Article 226.1 of the Penal Code.

23 November 2021

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