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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

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

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