IP Offices

ECTA 2020 postponed; Stone Brewing case update; another Chinese perspective on coronavirus – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at counterfeit Rolex watches being seized in Philadelphia, WIPO giving an update on World IP Day, preparing for a trademark filing flurry linked to Harry and Meghan, and much more.

ECTA 2020 postponed; Stone Brewing case update; another Chinese perspective on coronavirus – news digest
Live updates: IP offices implement measures in wake of coronavirus crisis
30 Mar 2020

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.

AIPLA leadership change; filings fall; UKIPO service update – news digest
27 Mar 2020

AIPLA leadership change; filings fall; UKIPO service update – news digest

In our latest news digest we look at how brands are getting in on the Covid-19 conversation with social distancing logos, Tom Brady’s latest trademark dip, signs that filing levels may be starting to fall in response to the coronavirus, a change to filing fees in Angola, and much more.

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Indonesian IP office and other government bodies limit operations due to covid-19

Pursuant to a notification issued on 23 March 2020 regarding the Covid-19 outbreak, the Indonesian Directorate General of Intellectual Property has closed its physical counters while optimising online channels for IP matters. Read more

30 Mar 2020

EUIPO guidelines: more guidance now available

The EUIPO’s new trademark and design guidelines entered into force as of 1 February 2020. While there are no fundamental changes to the 2017 version of the trademark guidelines, the new guidelines shed light on various aspects of interest for practitioners. Read more

29 Mar 2020

Counterfeiters capitalise on coronavirus fears, impact of AI on trademarks, WTR Global Trademark Benchmarking Survey 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

27 Mar 2020

The CARES Act and the USPTO: assessing the potential impact of the act’s provisions

The US Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, due to be considered by the House of Representatives, contains a number of provisions related to the powers of the USPTO director. Read more

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26 Mar 2020

All WTR Covid-19 coverage is free to view

WTR is putting all its coverage relating to Covid-19 and the coronavirus in front of our paywall, making it free to view. This applies to all future stories as well as to our back catalogue of pieces. Read more

22 Mar 2020

Daily coronavirus updates, ICANN 67 takeaways, draft EUIPO guidance on new marks, 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

17 Mar 2020

US Supreme Court postpones sessions; Gibson and Heritage guitar spat; domain name coronavirus response – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at counterfeit coronavirus test kits, Canada squeezing in the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement before the suspension of parliament, Dubai destroying nearly 50,000 fake goods, and much more. Read more

13 Mar 2020

Coronavirus phishing warning; USPTO responds to WIPO election; Microsoft sued in Azure dispute – news digest

In our latest edition, we look at lawyers decrying ‘dumb’ and ‘gross’ coronavirus vaccine trademarks, the UK police seizing over £7 million in suspected fake goods, and much more. Read more

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20 Mar 2020

Singapore’s goal of achieving top-tier status as a hub of innovation and IP looks attainable

Its local brands have an international focus, and big global names also flock to this market. Read more

16 Mar 2020

EUIPO issues draft guidance on examination of new types of trademarks: reaction

These documents will likely form the best practices for examining absolute and relative grounds for invalidity and refusal of sound, motion, multimedia and hologram marks. Read more

13 Mar 2020

Class 9 applications skyrocket due to expansion – and domination – of the tech industry

Data analysis shows that software is the most popular product, and gaming companies are some of the top applicants within the industry. Read more

10 Mar 2020

Trump’s EU trademark revocations provide another lesson on evidence of use

Three of US President Donald Trump’s EU trademarks have been partially revoked by the EUIPO. At the centre of the failed defence against the cancellation action is the evidence submitted. Read more

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1 Nov 2019

Brands could be the centre of renewed focus during Israel’s scale-up phase

The start-up nation’s register is dominated by foreign applicants but, as the government throws its weight behind maturing businesses, strong branding will help domestic companies to become a feature of the economy. Read more

5 Apr 2019

How South Africa’s predicted economic upswing will create opportunities for brands and their advisors

The country is seeing increased interest from international entities - particularly from the US; this will likely grow in scale as not only the South African economy develops, but as other emerging markets on the African continent grow. Read more

29 Mar 2019

Data analysis reveals that top 50 US applicants have significantly decreased filings over past decade

While the volume of applications filed at the USPTO has steadily increased in recent years, the top 50 US applicants are filing fewer trademark applications each year, with a significant decrease visible over a 10-year period. So what is going on? 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

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17 Mar 2020

Hand in hand – legal certainty and EUIPO’s discretionary powers

The principle of legal certainty is complex, but it is acutely felt if it is not implemented and has taken root in the administration and examination of government bodies. 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

17 Jul 2019

Naming, registering and advertising pharmaceutical trademarks in Russia

The pharmaceutical industry is a high-tech development priority and pharmaceutical production must happen alongside the development of an appropriate IP protection strategy. Pharmaceutical trademarks owners would be well advised to consider any issues in the context of the Russian market. Read more

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Christian Thomae
Head of Trademarks
Mexico City, Mexico
Dumont