New IP office hub; USPTO fee changes; Google scam ads arbitration; and much more
Everything we covered on WTR over the past seven days – and all you need to know from the world of trademarks to set yourself up for the start of another busy week.
All this week the WTR team will be on the ground in Singapore to bring you the latest news, insights and observations from this year’s INTA Annual Meeting. Keep up to date with the action on the WTR platform, Twitter and LinkedIn. And if you are in town, check out our unofficial guide of things to eat, see and do in the Little Red Dot, or drop by booth J25 in the Innovation Marketplace to say hello.
GEN Law Firm’s Steve Zhao and Lily Dong offer strategies for preventing genericisation in China.
Monday 8 May
WTR launches the IP office tools and services data hub – a dedicated space for registries around the world to share their latest innovative offerings.
Tuesday 9 May
Representatives from the Hong Kong IP Department reveal the cutting-edge tools on offer at the agency, as well as its plans for the future – including a new website design.
Gmail launches a brand verification programme, EIP branches into AI, Elon Musk recommends that brands pay to tackle Twitter impersonation attacks, and more.
- Appeal court confirms that Verisure’s ZEROVISION mark is descriptive for smoke machines and security systems (Norway)
- Is it possible to enforce an altered trademark? (Uganda)
Wednesday 10 May
Asia filing data reveals a dramatic change in activity last year.
US President Joe Biden names his IP enforcement coordinator nominee, senators ponder the next step in the fight against fakes and the EU geographical indications regime for craft products edges closer.
- Registered rights versus use in the market in opposition proceedings (Ecuador)
- Clothing companies found to have infringed gambling company’s trademark (Sweden)
Thursday 11 May
The USPTO’s proposed trademark fee changes are “arbitrary” and “unfair”, local practitioners argue.
A US law firm files an arbitration complaint against Google over adverts for scam trademark filing platforms.
- Trademark transfer without the shareholders’ consent: the ELBE ENGINEERING case (Estonia)
- Criteria for examining ‘proper reasons for non-use’ in relation to sub-categories of “cars” in Class 12 (European Union)
- Decision sidesteps anti-dissection rule to insist that trademark components matter (Market Insight: India)
- Wide-ranging draft amendment looks set to reshape trademark landscape (Market Insight: Taiwan)
- Successful MLBPA trademark suit shines spotlight on priority of use and likelihood of confusion (Market Insight: United States)
Friday 12 May
The Ukraine IP office publishes a comic book, Amazon and Canon team up, WIPO responds to INTA’s outer space suggestions, and more.
Anti-counterfeiting budgets lag behind the growing threat of infringement, an INTA Benchmarking Report reveals.
- Appeal court protects Christian Louboutin’s ‘red sole’ mark in landmark ruling (Brazil)
- The UDRP is not so simple after all (International)
Saturday 13 May
Christopher Parent, lead trademark counsel at Johnson Controls, offers a uniquely personal reflection on the nature of names, brands and what they mean to us, in this week’s Saturday opinion piece.
Anti-counterfeiting strategy playbook
WTR’s new “Anti-counterfeiting strategy playbook” sees brand experts, e-commerce platforms, law enforcement authorities and IP offices come together to reveal the systems in place to help IP owners combat the growing trade in fake goods.