Region: Asia-Pacific

Heytea serves up invalidation against Heetea in Singapore

This dispute between a tea shop chain and an operator of kiosks selling tea-based beverages highlights that enforcement can be taken in Singapore based on both registered and unregistered rights.

07 December 2021

“Far from a victimless crime” – scathing report reveals abuse and slavery alongside counterfeit production

A groundbreaking report from the Transnational Alliance to Combat Illicit Trade has shone a light on the behind-the-scenes production of counterfeit goods.

06 December 2021

USPTO enlists McGruff the Crime Dog; Lululemon fires back at Peloton; TMview reaches 100 million trademarks – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at the Japan Patent Office holding an ‘AI x Trademarks’ competition, Zoom versus Zoom in Japan, and much more.

03 December 2021

Tommy Hilfiger overcomes CNIPA’s refusal of stripe mark by showing that it had obtained foreign government’s consent

When Tommy Hilfiger attempted to register a stripe trademark in Class 25, the CNIPA rejected the application on the ground that it was similar to Yemen’s national flag. To overcome the refusal, Tommy Hilfiger applied for the same mark for the same goods in Yemen.

02 December 2021

How Russian courts handle trademark exhaustion

The exhaustion of trademark rights is a murky area. While courts have issued diverse rulings on this subject based on nuances in particular cases, a closer examination of some of these does provide some guidance.

02 December 2021

How pandemic driven non-use could affect trademark cancellations

Covid-19 lockdowns have forced some businesses to stop using their trademarks. While there is no word from Taiwan’s government on how this may affect non-use cancellations, owners can take pre-emptive steps to keep their marks valid.

02 December 2021

Louis Vuitton successfully opposes registration of HUMAN HORIZONS in Classes 18 and 25

Louis Vuitton Malletier has prevailed in opposition proceedings against the registration of the mark HUMAN HORIZONS for goods in Classes 18 and 25, including luggage and wallets, based on its HORIZON mark.

01 December 2021

USPTO reveals ID verification details; Peloton sues Lululemon; Guinness packaging blunder – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Uber resolving a dispute with a New York ad agency, amendments to the Hague System Common Regulations, and much more.

30 November 2021

How to initiate a trademark infringement action against a registered trademark in China

This landmark case involving US company Travel Sentry Inc should encourage IP rights owners to fight against free-riders who successfully register infringing trademarks.

29 November 2021

The dangerous legacy of Axact: how a ‘diploma mill’ in Pakistan led to a trademark scam epidemic

After a year marked by fraud targeting brand owners, an expert reveals how notorious IT firm Axact, which ceased operations following a high-profile legal investigation, directly led to ongoing scam operations.

25 November 2021

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