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Controversial SENADI proceedings highlight need to fight corruption within the authority

The case created controversy when it emerged that the agent who had filed the mark at issue was the SENADI director who decided on the matter.

10 February 2022

From USPTO to USIPO – reaction to senator’s proposal for unified US IP office

Senator Thom Tillis submits proposal on restructuring the IP administrative system in the United States by creating a single, unified IP agency.

09 February 2022

TTAB decisions on genericness are evolving, AI analysis reveals

In an exclusive guest post, academic Cameron Shackell reveals new data that finds changes in the TTAB’s approach to genericness rulings.

09 February 2022

More suspicious low-cost trademark filing platforms discovered after USPTO fraud crackdown

The websites “follow a similar pattern to entities already disciplined by the USPTO”, says one expert, and should be on the radar of brand owners.

08 February 2022

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

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