Region: Asia-Pacific

Smart & Biggar joins IPH, Mariah Carey QUEEN OF CHRISTMAS backlash, Russian coffee chain on former Starbucks sites – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Embracer Group acquiring the IP rights to The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, Anaqua earning recognition for its IP legal offerings, and much more.

19 August 2022

KIPO adopts new Virtual Goods Examination Guidelines

The guidelines provide strong recommendations for brand owners to file new marks for virtual goods corresponding to real world goods/services as soon as possible

19 August 2022

Delhi Court overturns examiner’s ruling on distinctiveness

The Delhi High Court has held, on appeal, that the HEALTHSKOOL mark is sufficiently distinctive due to prior use and promotion. As a result of this decision the application may now proceed to advertisement in the Trademark Journal.

19 August 2022

Why a Chinese dairy company sought IP talent outside China

Mengniu is creating its IP dream team with a new hire outside China to drive industrial and geographical expansion.

18 August 2022

Cadbury Gems v James Bond in Delhi High Court

The court ruled in favour of the plaintiff and ordered the defendant to pay damages, on the basis that there is an immense likelihood of confusion by virtue of the resemblance in product packaging, phonetic similarity of the marks and identical target consumers of the products.

17 August 2022

Singapore trademark rise; USPTO adds executives to leadership team; La Liga giants seek crypto mark – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Authentic Brands Group preparing a takeover of luxury brand Ted Baker, Hong Kong Customs seizing counterfeit luxury goods, and much more.

16 August 2022

Treasury Wine Estates triumphs over Chinese copycat in enforcement masterclass

A Supreme Court win for Penfolds wine provides practical takeaways for foreign brands battling copycat infringement in China.

15 August 2022

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

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