Region: Asia-Pacific

How the challenging brand protection environment is affecting law firm trademark departments

With numerous socioeconomic challenges and rising workloads expected over the next 12 months, a wary approach is being adopted by most in the law firm industry.

11 August 2022

Decision demonstrates risks if attorneys “go fetch” and lodge their own evidence in trademark proceedings

IP attorneys in New Zealand may find themselves having to prepare and lodge evidence in IP proceedings, which would more suitably be provided by their client directly. This decision in invalidity proceedings against the mark GO FETCH highlights this risk.

11 August 2022

Shaping the law: high court clarifies requirements for shape marks

A recent case has prompted the Delhi High Court to reiterate the necessity for shape marks ― which have a notoriously high threshold for registration ― to have a secondary meaning.

11 August 2022

Illustrious former Beijing IP Court president investigated, as IP department comes under scrutiny

Chi Su is being investigated for suspicions of “serious violations of discipline and law”.

10 August 2022

House of Zana prevails in Zara dispute; Amazon acquires iRobot; IPOPHL to promote GIs – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at KIPO pledging to improve the quality of its IP evaluation system, Asahi signing its biggest-ever marketing deal, and much more.

09 August 2022

First judgment to test e-commerce platform liability for IP infringement in Thailand

The IP & IT Court has issued a landmark judgment finding that Alibaba was not liable for a third party’s alleged IP infringement on its platforms.

09 August 2022

What KIPO’s new examination guidelines mean for virtual goods

Examination revisions in South Korea could have a significant impact on how brand owners approach trademark applications, especially in relation to digital products.

08 August 2022

Prosecco recognised in New Zealand; Better Call Saul trademark dispute; EUIPO new API platform – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at the Delhi High Court restraining a manufacturer for infringing a trademark owned by Cadbury, and much more.

05 August 2022

No two ways: Nestlé blocks opposition by a2 Milk

The registrar concluded that the elements ‘Atwo’ in Nestlé’s mark and ‘A2’ in a2 Milk’s mark did not constitute a common element.

05 August 2022

“A progressive step” – Indian government launches unprecedented drive to resolve trademark disputes

The Indian trademark registry has launched a major new initiative that aims to dispose of IP disputes at a record pace, including through the addition of 30 dedicated hearing officers.

04 August 2022

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