Region: Asia-Pacific

Nike settles John Geiger suit; COCOELLA mark cancelled; Bed Bath & Beyond cuts private label brands – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at the outgoing UKIPO head reflecting on the past and future, thousands of bags of fake rice being seized in Kenya, and much more.

02 September 2022

Delhi High Court restrains use of PUMA for GPS and anti-theft devices

Following a joint compromise application capturing the terms of a settlement between the parties, the Delhi High Court has decreed a trademark infringement suit involving Puma in favour of the sports giant – and made some interesting observations while doing so.

01 September 2022

International arbitration can be key to resolving metaverse and NFT disputes but lawyers must keep up

Venue selection is also critical when a dispute arises, a panel of experts advise.

01 September 2022

Destruction ceremony held in Thailand; Amazon files joint lawsuit; fake Microsoft software warning – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at the Iraq IP office updating its trademark licensing requirements, Vans winning punitive damages in a Chinese OLD SKOOL suit, and much more.

30 August 2022

The existence of ‘zombie’ marks forces brand owner back to court

A brand owner has had to appeal its own successful non-use revocation action to kill off a ‘zombie’ trademark.

30 August 2022

IPOPHL enters the metaverse; Peloton partners with Amazon; Microsoft takes on Word Windows – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at the US Ninth Circuit reviving a Connect 4-style trade dress spat, the Irish IP office publishing its annual report, and much more.

26 August 2022

Apple and Swatch clash again in Singapore

In a recent case, Swatch’s claim that Apple applied for a trademark in bad faith was dismissed, coming after Apple's own unsuccessful opposition against Swatch in 2018.

25 August 2022

Report calls for more examiners as India's trademark registry deals with oppositions surge

Indian trademark registry only has 168 full-time examiners and disposes 12% of oppositions through hearings, but will dispose applications filed before 2020 by 2025

25 August 2022

IP Court clarifies partial refusal due to risk of confusion

The court reversed Rospatent’s decision, noting that it misinterpreted the applicability of two methods of challenging the decision to register a mark and emphasised that the state body could not take into account the future termination of legal protection, therefore the cancellation of the decision did not indicate its illegality.

25 August 2022

Defensive trademarks: a powerful and underutilised tool to protect well-known brands

Australia allows defensive trademarks. However, the small number of currently registered defensive marks (around 0.04% of the total number of registered marks) indicates that this system remains underused by Australian and international brands.

24 August 2022

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