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Nike initiates NFT infringement suit; China joins two WIPO treaties; Greggs partners with Primark – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Rolex blocking a modified watch seller posing as an affiliate, US Customs and Border Protection issuing an update on its anti-counterfeiting activities, and much more.

08 February 2022

China trials fast-track examination for trademark applications

If all conditions are met and fast-track examination is granted, applicants will benefit from a significantly shorter examination period.

08 February 2022

“Renewed ambition” – UKIPO outlines bold new IP crime and infringement strategy

The UKIPO has released ambitious plans to combat IP crime over the next five years, including a pledge to establish a national centre dedicated to analysing IP infringement.

04 February 2022

M&S and Aldi end caterpillar war; stylised .SUCKS registration denied; TPAC chair on new role – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at lessons from a brand with a well-loved logo, Peanuts eyeing the Indian market, the Pakistan IP office signing an e-payment agreement, and much more.

04 February 2022

Sudden slowdown in global filings sends worrying economic signal

A downturn in Chinese trademark applications over the past year has led to unexpected stagnancy in annual global filing growth, sending a worrying message about the economy.

03 February 2022

INTA makes health and safety top priority for 2022 Annual Meeting, but clarity urged over test requirement

WTR speaks with a representative from INTA, as well as those planning evening receptions, to understand what will be in store for attendees of the 2022 Annual Meeting in Washington DC.

02 February 2022

GI battle lines harden as USTR submissions call for US to act over EU efforts to “throttle competition”

The Consortium for Common Food Names has called on the US government to do more to proactively secure “firm and explicit commitments” from trading partners on the treatment of geographical indications and common names.

02 February 2022

Transformation and scandal – OAPI introduces raft of trademark changes amid turbulent few months

After a “turbulent period”, the African Intellectual Property Organisation (OAPI) has introduced a raft of new measures to improve its trademark and GI ecosystem.

01 February 2022

WIPO PROOF digital timestamp service discontinued after re-evaluation exercise

WIPO PROOF, a digital timestamp offering launched to much fanfare in May 2020, has officially been discontinued. Existing assets will be stored for five years but the system will no longer generate new tokens.

01 February 2022

Trademark-intensive industries contribute highest amount to GDP in Latin America

Trademark-intensive industries lead the way when it comes to economic contribution in Latin America, according to a new EUIPO report.

31 January 2022

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