Government/Policy

Best response to a trademark invoice scam; new UK IP minister; crackdown on coronavirus applications – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at how there has been a significant trademark filings drop from China to the US, how UK politicians continue to use major brands on social media, and much more.

Best response to a trademark invoice scam; new UK IP minister; crackdown on coronavirus applications – news digest
26 Feb 2020

WIPO director general elections: exclusive interview with Ghana candidate Edward Kwakwa

Continuing our series on the WIPO nominees for director general, WTR sits down with Ghanaian candidate Edward Kwakwa. A senior director at WIPO, he highlights the importance of bringing lesser developed countries into WIPO ecosystems.

25 Feb 2020

International Anti-counterfeiting Coalition relocates annual conference to Rome; WIPO election heats up; BlackBerry dispute – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at unauthorised SUSSEX ROYAL trademark applications being filed across the globe, PepsiCo purchasing a Chinese snack brand, the USPTO giving an update on its engagement efforts, and much more.

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28 Feb 2020

New amendments affecting the pharmaceutical market – key points highlighted

Russia’s Law on the Circulation of Medicines is probably one of the country’s most debated laws. However, new amendments introduced in December have been largely welcomed by the local pharmaceutical community. Read more

25 Feb 2020

WIPO director general elections: exclusive interview with Kazakhstan candidate Saule Tlevlessova

WTR spoke to the Republic of Kazakhstan’s Saule Tlevlessova in the run-up to the WIPO director general elections. She is the current president of the Eurasian Patent Organisation and held multiple positions at WIPO for almost two decades. Read more

23 Feb 2020

Reaction to INTA Annual Meeting relocation, European Conference coverage, WIPO director general race continues, 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

21 Feb 2020

ICANN cancels Mexico meeting; Coronavirus trademarks; UpCounsel returns – news digest

In our latest edition, we look at Canada enacting plain packaging, the acquisition of Forever 21, serial trademark filer Michael Gleissner still owing significant costs at the UKIPO, and much more. Read more

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18 Feb 2020

Holden brand retired; EUIPO coronavirus extension; Japan GI cancellation – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Amazon car seat criticism leading to calls for legal reform, New Zealand being added to the TMview roster, US and China battling over the WIPO director general position, and much more. Read more

17 Feb 2020

Annual Meeting 2020: INTA made the difficult, but right, decision over coronavirus fears

While the INTA cancelling the 2020 Annual Meeting in Singapore is not unexpected, it will not have been an easy decision, and INTA staff now face a significant challenge: pulling together an event, that usually takes years, in a matter of months. Read more

16 Feb 2020

WIPO director general race exclusive, USPTO email backlash, WTR 1000 2020 revealed, 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

15 Feb 2020

INTA 2020 Annual Meeting in Singapore cancelled; coronavirus outbreak forces relocation to United States

The INTA has confirmed that its upcoming 2020 Annual Meeting, set to begin at the end of April in Singapore, will be relocated to the United States – with the association pledging that a Singapore meeting will now take place in 2022. Read more

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21 Feb 2020

The China-US Economic and Trade Agreement and its impact on geographical indications

While most of the provisions of the China-US Economic and Trade Agreement aim to improve the protection of US IP rights, Section F: Geographical Indications (GIs) introduces a means of challenging the GIs that may prevent market access to certain US goods.    Read more

20 Feb 2020

WIPO director general elections: exclusive interview with Peru candidate Ivo Gagliuffi Piercechi

WTR interviews Peru's candidate for the director general election at WIPO. Ivo Gagliuffi Piercechi currently leads his country’s IP office, Indecopi, one of the most innovative in South America and has similarly big plans for WIPO. Read more

18 Feb 2020

WIPO director general elections: Colombian nominee Marco M Alemán exclusive interview

We speak to Colombia's candidate for the WIPO director general position, Marco M Alemán, who explains how his expertise and intimate understanding of WIPO’s inherently multilateral ethos make him the ideal candidate for the job. Read more

17 Feb 2020

USPTO revises controversial new email requirement, but scepticism remains

The USPTO has issued a revision to its new examination guide in an effort to address user concerns over the applicant email address requirement. However, concerns remain that the email requirement is unclear and ultimately “redundant”. Read more

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9 Sep 2019

No safe bets – what the potential Philip Morris-Altria merger tells us about the tobacco industry

Major players are pulling out all the stops to diversify their portfolios, expanding geographically as well as investing in and buying up other businesses. However, no matter how you look at it, there are significant challenges ahead. Read more

15 Feb 2019

Ireland’s strong domestic market and exports boost GDP, but are brands ready for Brexit?

We analyse the Irish trademark landscape to see if brands are prepared for the planned Brexit exit day in just over a month, and how this market has developed over the past decade. Read more

4 Jan 2019

Trolls on the rise, Brexit disruption and China’s domination: data trends of 2018

Having just rung in the new year, it is the perfect time to look at the trends which have characterised the trademark landscape in 2018, and discuss what is to come in 2019. Read more

26 Jun 2018

Riding the tidal wave: USPTO faces 10% rise in trademark applications

With a 10% rise in trademark applications mostly spurred by Chinese filings flooding the USPTO in 2017, questions have been raised about whether the office can cope with this influx – both now and in the future. Read more

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16 Jan 2020

Turkey tackles online sales of counterfeit goods

According to the Customs Union Report (September 2019), fake and potentially dangerous goods worth nearly €740 million were stopped by various EU customs authorities in 2018. The number of interceptions of fake goods imported into the European Union increased as a result of the large volume of small parcels sent in the post. Read more

18 Jul 2019

EU offers increasingly interesting market for pharmaceutical trademarks

The European Union offers an increasingly interesting market for pharmaceutical companies, thanks to its growing elderly population, above average expenditure on drugs and robust use of branded drugs over generic equivalents. Pharmaceutical trademarks are a crucial element of this. Read more

17 Jul 2019

Healing confusion – choosing the correct name for pharmaceutical trademarks

Similarity among prescription drug names should be avoided, as the potential confusion carries a risk to consumer health. Bringing the best pharmaceutical trademark to market can be arduous, but it will assist in the safe prescription of medication. Read more

17 Jul 2019

Infrequent pharmaceutical disputes have far-reaching consequences in Malaysia

While disputes over pharmaceutical trademarks are few and far between, decisions can have a significant effect on product manufacturing and public health. Read more

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