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USPTO launches pro bono clearinghouse; Mattel wins Disney Princess; UKIPO wants designs views – news digest

We look at Sony dropping its social media copyright dispute with Gymshark, Little Caesars filing suit against franchisees, and much more.

28 January 2022

Anti-counterfeiting dimensions of America Competes Act in crosshairs as platform liability discussion escalates

President Biden has welcomed the advancement of the America Competes Act of 2022, which provides for contributory liability for e-commerce platforms that do not follow best practices to prevent the sale of counterfeits on their sites.

27 January 2022

Everything you need to know about trademarks in India in 2021

Last year was an exciting one for trademarks in India, with the abolition of the IP Appellate Board signalling a sea change in how trademarks are treated. Shailendra Bhandare and Sourav Dan of Khaitan & Co give their on-the-ground take of a significant 12 months.

27 January 2022

‘Widespread, intentional, coordinated fraud’ – Trademark Terminal operator Abtach banned from USPTO practice

The USPTO has terminated over 5,000 pending trademark applications and precluded Pakistan-based IT company Abtach from submitting trademark-related documents to the trademark office.

26 January 2022

A blow to Google, a victory for Champagne and more – five Asia-Pacific Legal Updates that you may have missed

Each quarter we are running a series of pieces highlighting recent Legal Updates that you may have missed. We continue our series with takeaways from recent developments in China, India, Russia and Thailand.

25 January 2022

Urgent action needed as filing and processing of applications on new online platform come to a standstill

The fanfare that accompanied the introduction of the new online filing platform has now been replaced by outcry, as some of the new features have brought applications to a halt.

25 January 2022

INAPI issues proposal for new IP regulations: what you need to know

Although the regulations necessary for the coming into force of the amended Industrial Property Law have yet to be officially published, INAPI has recently set the standards for the final regulations.

25 January 2022

Proposed amendments to the three basic industrial property laws: what you need to know

The purpose of the amendments is to offer greater legal certainty and clarify some confusing aspects.

24 January 2022

Why the SPECTACLES trademark case is one to watch

With technology company Snap taking the USPTO to court for rejecting the registration of a SPECTACLES trademark, Phillips Nizer partner Alan Behr outlines his thoughts on the dispute in our latest opinion column.

22 January 2022

A year of fraud at the USPTO: why more needs to be done to tackle trademark filing scams

After an unprecedented rise in fraud targeting users at the USPTO, we look back at a tempestuous year of scams and identify more actions that can be taken to protect users in the future.

20 January 2022

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