Headlines suggest Toyota is shying away from Olympics, but reality is very different

In this week’s opinion column, we reflect on the news that Toyota is scaling back its promotional activity around the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Headlines suggest Toyota is shying away from Olympics, but reality is very different
Scammed out of $150,000: allegations of fraud, threats and USPTO impersonation
23 Jul 2021

Scammed out of $150,000: allegations of fraud, threats and USPTO impersonation

A family in the US has revealed to WTR the trauma of losing $150,000 to a company based in Pakistan, with allegations of threats that have the couple fearing for their safety.

Vodka wars, a crackdown on squatters and more: Asia-Pacific Legal Updates you may have missed
22 Jul 2021

Vodka wars, a crackdown on squatters and more: Asia-Pacific Legal Updates you may have missed

WTR’s Legal Updates are written by a select panel of over 160 leading experts who analyse the latest trademark-related developments and decisions in more than 60 jurisdictions.


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26 Jul 2021

Trademark Office backs Xiaomi in opposition against copycat MI logo

This case was recently selected as one of the Chinese Trademark Office’s “Exemplary Trademark Opposition and Adjudication Cases of 2020”. Read more

23 Jul 2021

Domain name disputes in Thailand: how to deal with the pitfalls of the country’s domain registration policy

Domain name disputes sometimes arise between trademark owners and Thai-registered companies that exploit the gaps in Thailand’s current domain registration policy. As demonstrated in a recent dispute, court proceedings are not the only option for mark owners. Read more

22 Jul 2021

Live updates: IP offices implement measures in wake of coronavirus crisis

As the novel coronavirus epidemic continues to spread across the globe, WTR provides an updated look at measures that national IP offices have launched in response. Read more

22 Jul 2021

How to empower Chinese customs authorities

In the third and final instalment of a series on vital lessons to strengthen brand protection in China, we look at the General Administration of Customs’ new training programme. Read more


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16 Jul 2021

Gmail offers authenticated brand logos; UKIPO launches bulk renewal service; L’Occitane wins in China – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at INTA opening registrations for its Annual Meeting, Clarivate integrating its trademark solutions, Honduras joining TMclass, and much more. Read more

15 Jul 2021

“Nothing has changed” – concern over stalled efforts to close counterfeit factories in China

Despite reports of increased police raids of factories producing counterfeit goods in China, experts on the ground have told WTR that there is little sign of a recent rise in legal enforcement. Read more

9 Jul 2021

North Korea counterfeit crackdown; Banksy trademarks criticised; MARQUES annual meeting update – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at a court ordering Lotus Health Group to sell trademarks, the Georgian IP office establishing a GI commission, Invest Europe and EUIPO teaming up to support SMEs, and much more. Read more

6 Jul 2021

Tokyo police step up Olympic counterfeit enforcement; Chinese fraud on the USPTO register; Ralph & Russo sold – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Verizon selling the Yahoo! brand in Japan, the IP Office of the Philippines calling on better policies to tackle counterfeiting, a counterfeit haul destroyed in Jamaica, and much more. Read more

Brand management

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19 Jul 2021

Russian Champagne - a real Sham(panskoye)? New Russian law redefines Champagne and causes a lot of fuss over fizz

This update looks at the implications of the shock announcement from Russia concerning changes to the legal definitions of ‘Champagne’ and ‘Cognac’ in the country. Read more

14 Jul 2021

Artificial intelligence could revolutionise understanding of trademark genericism, groundbreaking study claims

A new study has identified an artificial intelligence approach to establish whether a trademark is generic or distinctive, with the academic behind the research telling WTR why it could lead to invaluable business intelligence. Read more

7 Jul 2021

Latest WTR report identifies top portfolio builders and presents thought leadership from in-house leaders

Titled “Inside in-house operations: how to build world-class trademark functions and portfolios”, the report takes a deep dive into portfolio, brand and in-house team management. Read more

7 Jul 2021

The China Trademark 50

Tencent owns the largest number of active Chinese trademarks with a portfolio of 37,205 applications. This is nearly 15,000 more than second-place Beijing Jingdong Triple Bai Lu Pick Up of E-commerce Limited. Read more

Enforcement and Litigation

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15 Jul 2021

Trademark prosecution in China: statistics and trends analysed

Statistics recently released by the CNIPA signal a downward trend in terms of the approval rate. In contrast, securing the cancellation or invalidation of a registered trademark has become increasingly easy in China. Read more

12 Jul 2021

“A positive step towards efficiency” – Delhi High Court creates dedicated IP Division

Only months after the controversial abolition of India’s Intellectual Property Appellate Board, the Delhi High Court has announced the creation of an Intellectual Property Division. Read more

9 Jul 2021

Opposition against OT TANGO succeeds on grounds of confusing similarity and passing off

GCIH Trademarks Limited, the owner of the TANGO mark for chocolate and cocoa products, has prevailed in its opposition against a competitor’s application to register OT TANGO in Singapore for identical goods. Read more

8 Jul 2021

New CNIPA and SAMR guiding opinions signal better protection for GIs

The China National Intellectual Property Administration and the State Administration for Market Regulation have published guiding opinions on further strengthening the protection of geographical indications, which came into effect on 21 May 2021. Read more


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21 Jul 2021

“Set an example for other developing nations” – new call for plain packaging in India

A newly-published study is urging the Indian government to implement plain packaging on all tobacco products, claiming it is “a public issue” due to an ongoing smoking epidemic in India. Read more

30 Jun 2021

The Chinese IP protection landscape looks bright – but more still needs to be done

Leading trademark practitioners discuss how the Chinese IP regime is improving for brand owners and, crucially, what the key areas of focus should be next. Read more

11 Jun 2021

Crocs calls out Skechers; LegalZoom gears up for initial public offering; SurveyMonkey rebrands as Momentive – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at INTA updating its anti-counterfeiting best practices, the American Apparel & Footwear Association joining a campaign against illegal trade, Amazon and HanesBrands teaming up, and much more. Read more

8 Jun 2021

INTA seeks brand stories; IACC and National IPR Center partnership; new GIs in Pakistan – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at China’s 2021 International Trademark Brand Festival being announced, the top Indian brands showing record brand value growth, Bed Bath & Beyond launching more private brands, and much more. Read more

Law Firms

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15 Jun 2021

South Korea reports record trademark applications; Selfridges for sale; Right Guard under new ownership – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at OpSec Security introducing a new integrated authentication label, the Portuguese IP office launching an anti-counterfeiting site for kids, and much more. Read more

2 Jun 2021

Emerging threats and trends in online brand protection; share your insights

WTR is asking readers to share their experience of the online brand protection environment in the past 12 months, in an effort to identify how practice is evolving in response to emerging threats. Read more

28 May 2021

Hendrick’s defeats Lidl in lookalike gin dispute; INTA reveals Annual Meeting plans; Etihad launches sonic brand – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at the EUIPO replacing email attachments with links, a stinky tofu restaurant trademark invalidated for satirising a football team, and much more. Read more

14 May 2021

Qatar Airways decries; Donuts launches anti-phishing tool; INTA to hold free legal clinic – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at brands risking a boycott for poor ad placement, new plans for the Victoria’s Secret brand, and much more. Read more

IP Offices

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22 Jul 2021

IP Vietnam implements more flexible requirements regarding authorised signatories in IP procedures

Meeting the requirements set forth by Notice No 13822 with regard to authorised signatories has proven challenging - or even impossible - for many overseas IP rights holders. IP Vietnam has now relaxed these requirements by issuing Notice No 6959. Read more

21 Jun 2021

Register Tracker: Asia

China dominates this landscape with local brand owners active at home and in neighbouring countries. Read more

17 Jun 2021

Exclusive roundtable – how three leading IP offices are stepping up their diversity, sustainability and accessibility agendas

The Long Read: The EUIPO, the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines and the Chilean National Institute share insights into what they are already doing to address diversity and inclusion within the workplace, while reducing their carbon footprints, along with how they plan to improve further. Read more

4 Jun 2021

Tesla overtakes Apple in trademark furore; Madrid Protocol passed in Jamaica; GOOD YEAR well known in India – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at the explosive increase in trademark applications in Chile, the appointment of a new president at the Licensing Executives Society International, and much more. Read more


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5 Jul 2021

Amazon launches IP Accelerator in India as debate over e-commerce rules intensifies

Amazon has announced the launch of the IP Accelerator programme in India, offering sellers that are also brand owners access to services from trusted IP experts and law firms. Read more

1 Jun 2021

Chia cryptocurrency trademark spat; BTS and McDonald’s collaborate; Gap and Walmart team up – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at a report revealing that most consumers have "little faith" in brands, the China National IP Administration finding that Chinese firms have submitted "irregular" IP applications, and much more. Read more

25 May 2021

Thailand IP office responds to passport data; USPTO seeks TPAC nominations; Anaqua and Aurora North team up – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at a study that finds brands with feminine names may be more appealing, the Latvian IP Office making trademark images available in TMview, and much more. Read more

11 May 2021

Update on the legislation and case law relating to online infringement in China

After six years of preparation, the E-commerce Law entered into force in January 2019. The new law provides, among other things, an important enforcement tool – the ‘notice and takedown’ system, which was introduced in the Civil Code and entered into effect on 1 January 2021. Read more

Portfolio Management

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6 Jul 2021

Appeal court confirms $1.4 million infringement award in favour of L’Occitane

The case is yet another example of a multinational company successfully asserting its IP rights in China, which is increasingly becoming a destination for litigation. Read more

5 Jul 2021

Bombay High Court: copyright registration of label not mandatory

In this trademark and copyright infringement dispute involving the use of similar labels for soya bean products, the Bombay High Court has held that copyright registration is not mandatory to claim relief under the Copyright act. Read more

2 Jul 2021

A new chapter at the CNIPA: cracking down on trademark squatting

The CNIPA has released a revised draft of the Trademark Adjudication and Examination Criteria, which introduces a new chapter on the examination of “bad-faith trademark registrations not for the purpose of genuine use”. Read more

2 Jul 2021

Italian fashion brand recovers trademark rights in South Korea

Italian fashion company Alviero Martini, which is well known for its original products bearing a map logo sold under the mark 1A CLASSE, has successfully challenged a Korean business that was imitating its trademarks and overall business concept. Read more

Trademark law

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25 Jun 2021

Wrongful versus fair use in India: how a news outlet spat reinforced the boundaries

A recent dispute between two Indian media companies over the use of trademarks in news reporting has reinforced the country’s approach to fair use. Read more

11 May 2021

Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: China

Customs protection is one of the important ways to protect intellectual property. The premise of such protection is simple: a trademark is registered and the owner of that mark applies to the General Administration of Customs for a record. Read more

11 May 2021

Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: Russia

Russia is a signatory to almost all the international treaties governing IP matters. The international conventions and treaties are regarded as integral parts of the Russian legal system. Read more

11 May 2021

Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: India

The Trademarks Act is the principal legislation governing trademarks in India. The act provides both civil and criminal statutory remedies against the infringement of a registered trademark. Read more