Region: Asia-Pacific

Google fails in GRMAIL opposition; Meta challenges UK THREADS mark; Forbes heads to metaverse – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Kelly Toys and Build-A-Bear tousling over plush toys, Brand Finance deepening its Asia-Pacific regional expertise, and much more.

20 February 2024

New Balance unsuccessful in opposition against NYAN BALANCE

Surprisingly, the JPO did not find that NEW BALANCE had a high degree of reputation as a source indicator of New Balance’s products.

20 February 2024

How an IP head built a culture of female empowerment – starting with a high tea

In this week’s Saturday opinion column, Nutromics' head of intellectual property recalls the event that marked the beginning of a unique women's initiative, and argues that female leaders who are vulnerable can be the best mentors.

17 February 2024

Brand protection at the Philippines border: insights and strategies from the front line

Featured in Border and customs protection around the world

We head to the Philippines to explore the challenges of – and best solutions for – brand protection at the nation's borders.

16 February 2024

Middle-earth defeats LORD OF THE WINGS

Middle-earth Enterprises LLC - the owner of all trademark rights associated with JRR Tolkien’s novel The Lord of the Rings - successfully opposed the registration of LORD OF THE WINGS for Class 43 services.

16 February 2024

auDRP denial highlights evidentiary burden on complainants

Assertion of trademark rights alone will not suffice if there is insufficient evidence linking the registration to bad faith.

15 February 2024

Scotch Whisky GI infringement case clarifies independent rights of registered owners following Madhya Pradesh High Court ruling

The Scotch Whisky Association has filed an infringement suit that sheds light on the interaction between registered owners and authorised users of geographical indications when it comes to the right to sue in India.

15 February 2024

Navigating Patent Protection Within the Context of AI

Featured in Inside India’s IP Market: a Guide 2024

India is currently witnessing a paradigm shift in the creation of novel and creative works. The proliferation of AI is resulting in a complex landscape for patent offices, inventors and policymakers to navigate. Addressing these challenges is crucial for maintaining the balance between fostering innovation and upholding the principles of patent law.

15 February 2024

Hummel successfully appeals against rejection of chevron position mark

The JPO Appeal Board concluded that the relevant consumers would recognise the position marks, which consisted of a chevron pattern applied to jackets and trousers, as a source indicator.

14 February 2024

How to protect well-known marks in Myanmar

Rouse principal Moe Mynn Thu explains everything trademark owners need to know about new levels of protection in Myanmar.

12 February 2024

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