Region: Asia-Pacific

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

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

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