Live updates: IP offices implement measures in wake of coronavirus crisis

As the novel coronavirus epidemic continues to spread across the globe, WTR provides an updated look at measures that national IP offices have launched in response.

Live updates: IP offices implement measures in wake of coronavirus crisis
Trademark filing levels recover but long-term picture remains in doubt
21 May 2020

Trademark filing levels recover but long-term picture remains in doubt

After an initial slump in global trademark filing levels in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, data reveals that numbers have started to return to normal at several major offices.

Cost-cutting: how client relationships can survive the covid-19 crunch
21 May 2020

Cost-cutting: how client relationships can survive the covid-19 crunch

As in-house budgets tighten and the need for billables increases in private practice, tension may arise between firms and clients during and after the coronavirus pandemic.


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28 May 2020

Impact of covid-19 pandemic on grace periods and obligation of use

This update considers the impact of the covid-19 pandemic on the grace periods set forth by the Turkish Industrial Property Code, and examines whether the restrictions imposed by the government may constitute a justified reason for non-use of a trademark. Read more

28 May 2020

Emergency bill sets out new Polish court rules during covid-19 lockdown

On 31 March 2020 Poland introduced an emergency bill, Shield 2.0, which suspended time limits in administrative, civil and criminal proceedings. Six weeks later a second bill, Shield 3.0, came into force. This is designed to restart proceeding terms and repeals the prohibition on holding court hearings. Read more

27 May 2020

Impact of covid-19 pandemic on time frames in judicial and administrative matters

Following the declaration of a state of emergency on 12 March 2020, the Slovenian government  imposed several measures aimed at slowing the spread of the virus. This update focuses on the measures that affected time frames in judicial, administrative and other public law matters. Read more

26 May 2020

Ministry of Communications supports bid to liberalise advertising law in wake of covid-19 pandemic

As the advertising market has been significantly affected by the covid-19 pandemic and its financial fallout, the Russian Ministry of Communications is considering the possibility of liberalising the Law on Advertising to allow for the advertisement of prescription medicines, sport poker and alcohol. Read more


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24 May 2020

Filing levels recover, United Kingdom omits GIs from EU trade agreement, firms offer wellbeing advice, 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. Read more

20 May 2020

“The safest option” – INTA Annual Meeting 2020 goes virtual amid coronavirus concerns

The INTA has announced that it will be conducting its 2020 Annual Meeting and Leadership Meeting as an all-virtual event, a move the association describes as "coming with a heavy heart”. Read more

20 May 2020

Mental health and intellectual property: advice and resources to support practitioners during a difficult time

WTR takes a look at our past coverage on wellbeing and mindfulness, and highlights a number of resources that are available. Read more

20 May 2020

Clandestine surgical masks factory raided during covid-19 lockdown

On 17 April 2020 a raid was carried out in a huge factory located in the Lima Norte area. Surgical masks, as well as over 1,500 units of fake apparel and thousands of fake labels bearing well-known trademarks, were seized. Read more


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13 May 2020

Fighting fake coronavirus treatments: exclusive interview with Gilead’s Gretchen Stroud

Stroud explains to WTR how Gilead protected its brands assets when remdesivir drug hit the headlines as a potential treatment for covid-19. Read more

23 Apr 2020

How the Spartan Race brand fights back against trademark norms: exclusive interview with general counsel Deanna Sheridan

Deanna Sheridan, general counsel at Spartan Race, tells WTR how she has maintained the brand's determined identity through a crisis that halted all of its events. Read more

22 Apr 2020

What will the lasting effect of covid-19 be on the legal profession?

The pandemic has required trademark professionals to quickly adapt. When this crisis is finally over, elements of the current situation will likely become permanent. Read more


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8 May 2020

Trademark applications will drop during the coronavirus crisis, but globalisation offers hope of a speedy recovery

A new report from TrademarkNow explores the impact of two major recessions on USPTO filings, giving insight into what is to come. Hint: it’s not all doom and gloom. Read more

8 Apr 2020

Online education spikes in the midst of covid-19, adding fuel to an already high-growth market

Remote learning is one of the few industries being boosted by the ongoing crisis, and it could be a make or break moment for brands in this sector. Read more

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