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Myanmar changing to ‘first to file’ for trademarks - what you need to know and do

Any businesses with existing trademark protection in Myanmar should take steps to ensure that a new application is filed within the priority period to maintain their rights.

19 May 2022

McDonald’s cites brand values as motive for Russia exit, but seeks to retain rights

McDonald’s has revealed that it is to sell its Russian business, having previously paused operations in the country following the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

17 May 2022

Uber $250 billion travel services suit; USPTO stakeholder listening sessions; UKIPO strategy refresh – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at the Buy Safe America Coalition welcoming a new retail crime law, the USPTO issuing e-registration certificates earlier than planned, the Eighth Circuit reviving an infringement suit over American International Group’s use of AIG, and much more.

17 May 2022

Online anti-counterfeiting strategies in Malta that brand owners must be aware of

In the next instalment of our regular series identifying the digital marketplaces that brand owners should monitor, we head to the European island nation of Malta.

16 May 2022

USPTO prepares to review design rules for new technologies

Weeks into new US Patent and Trademark Office Director Kathi Vidal’s tenure, the office has signalled it is turning immediately to a review of the rules for design patent applications for different types of virtual products.

16 May 2022

Good news for trademark owners as IGE changes its practice concerning trademarks containing geographical indications

The new practice will result in a simplified procedure for many trademark owners.

13 May 2022

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.

12 May 2022

Live updates: IP offices respond and implement measures in wake of invasion of Ukraine

Following the invasion of Ukraine by Russian forces, WTR will regularly update users on the formal responses and measures that national IP offices have announced.

12 May 2022

Five years of the IP Office Innovation Ranking: lessons learned and hopes for the future

Since 2017, WTR has tracked the non-core tools and services offered by IP offices around the world, highlighting the latest innovations as practitioners continue to level up. To mark half a decade of analysis, we present the key developments in the IP-office landscape, as well as predictions for the future.

12 May 2022

New CITMA president lays out priorities for term

Rights of representation, policymaking, litigation and diversity are all high on the agenda for the new Chartered Institute of Trademark Attorneys president, Rachel Wilkinson-Duffy.

11 May 2022

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