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Maradona trademark dispute; Afghanistan IP office resumes operations; Ghana joins Geneva Act – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Chinese buying agent WeGoBuy launching an offer to users of a counterfeits forum, PepsiCo being ordered to cease use of its ‘Rise’ name, and much more.

09 November 2021

Asia filings spur pandemic-defying global trademark boom

Trademark filings in Asia have skyrocketed, contributing to a significant boom in global filing activity despite economic downturn, a new WIPO report reveals.

08 November 2021

Demands for corporate environmental action are here to stay, bringing both opportunity and risk

COP26 and efforts to avert a climate change catastrophe have dominated media headlines this week. Greenwashing accusations have also been made, sending a warning to companies.

06 November 2021

EUIPO gears up for API launch; Buy Safe America Coalition calls for action; Fat Brands acquires Fazoli’s – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at why brands with sonic logos are perceived as 5% more valuable, Coca-Cola gaining full control of BodyArmor, and much more.

05 November 2021

Petition to ICC requests counterfeiting involving widespread death be classed as crime against humanity

The Anti-counterfeit Network Africa has formally submitted a petition to the International Criminal Court proposing that deadly counterfeiting be listed as a crime against humanity.

04 November 2021

Surprising UKIPO decision finds likelihood of confusion on the basis of non-distinctive and descriptive common element

In this guest analysis, Allen & Overy’s Robert Dickens argue that a recent UKIPO decision cuts across a fundamental principle of the trademark legal framework.

04 November 2021

“Disgusting fraud” – USPTO targets Trademark Terminal operator Abtach with scathing show-cause order

In one of the biggest anti-fraud crackdowns in its history, the USPTO has issued a show-cause order to Pakistan-based company Abtach Ltd.

04 November 2021

Register tracker: trademark trends in Latin America (May-August 2021)

Latin American brand owners post strong foreign filing levels during mid-year period

03 November 2021

Change is coming at ARIPO

A number of changes to the ARIPO system will come into effect on 1 January 2022, affecting the Harare Protocol and the Banjul Protocol.

03 November 2021

Michael Gleissner resumes filing spree; Chevron interview; President Biden announces USPTO director pick; and much more

Everything we covered on WTR over the past seven days – and all you need to know from the world of trademarks to set yourself up for the start of another busy week.

31 October 2021

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