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Live updates: IP offices implement measures in wake of coronavirus crisis

As the novel coronavirus epidemic continues to spread across the globe, WTR provides an updated look at measures that national IP offices have launched in response.

Live updates: IP offices implement measures in wake of coronavirus crisis
ECTA 2020 postponed; Stone Brewing case update; another Chinese perspective on coronavirus – news digest
31 Mar 2020

ECTA 2020 postponed; Stone Brewing case update; another Chinese perspective on coronavirus – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at counterfeit Rolex watches being seized in Philadelphia, WIPO giving an update on World IP Day, preparing for a trademark filing flurry linked to Harry and Meghan, and much more.

<em>Honda</em> ruling offers key takeaways for OEM and trademark use in China
30 Mar 2020

Honda ruling offers key takeaways for OEM and trademark use in China

The Supreme People’s Court decision in Honda provides some much needed clarity on the issue of trademark use in original equipment manufacturing and what constitutes a ‘relevant public’.

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Demonstrate a high reputation to evict squatters

Trademark squatting is rife in China, so it pays to register fast. If a dishonest filing has already been made, showing that a trademark enjoys a high reputation can help in opposition or invalidation proceedings. Read more

30 Mar 2020

China Trademark Firm of the Year: Chang Tsi & Partners

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30 Mar 2020

China Patent Firm of the Year: Han Kun Law Offices

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27 Mar 2020

Twitter: the land of risk and opportunity

The social media giant has found its voice, and is helping others to build and differentiate their own brands Read more

Anti-Counterfeiting

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17 Mar 2020

Trademark procedures and strategies: China

Natural persons, legal persons or other organisations that require exclusive rights to trademarks for their goods or services during production and business activities can apply for and own a mark. Read more

6 Mar 2020

Daren Tang and US react to WIPO win; Cypriot Halloumi victorious; Virginia is non-lactose milk intolerant – news digest

In our latest roundup, we look at a Chinese event promising to keep to its June date, Brooks Brothers continued trademark spat, Hugo Boss’s reply to Hugo Boss, and much more. Read more

25 Feb 2020

“We can’t produce anything” – how the coronavirus epidemic is affecting the counterfeits industry in China

As coronavirus continues to spread across the globe, WTR investigates how the worsening epidemic is having an impact on the production, delivery and monitoring of fake goods by counterfeiters and enforcement authorities in China. Read more

14 Feb 2020

China’s rapid expansion has made a lasting impact on the trademark landscape, with more to come

Trademark output may be finally slowing down, but local brands are just getting started. Lawyers should therefore keep their eyes peeled as businesses shift their sights abroad. Read more

Brand management

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18 Mar 2020

“We will weather the storm” – coronavirus perspective from a Chinese IP practitioner

In an exclusive insight, a leading trademark attorney in China provides an update on what the situation is like on the ground for IP law firms, and offers advice to practitioners who may now be changing their workflow due to measures related to the Covid-19 pandemic. Read more

27 Feb 2020

How intellectual property transformed the e-sports industry: interview with Fnatic’s Andrew Cooke

In a conversation with WTR, Andrew Cooke, general counsel of e-sports team Fnatic, reveals that an entire generation of e-sports athletes are waking up to the power of their IP as brands race to catch up with this rapidly evolving consumer market. Read more

7 Feb 2020

Can anything stop Amazon?

The brand is on a roll with a show-stopping 2019, but the future is not without challenges. Read more

31 Jan 2020

Saudi Aramco makes an impressive brand debut but challenges lie ahead for the industry: data analysis

Big Oil has traditionally flown under the radar when it comes to brand building, but changing tides mean that there must be a greater focus on the narrative surrounding the key companies involved. Read more

Enforcement and Litigation

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17 Mar 2020

Good news for brand owners and practitioners: Trademark Office publishes opposition decisions

In a widely applauded move, the China Trademark Office has announced that it would publish trademark opposition decisions issued as of 1 January 2020. Read more

12 Mar 2020

US candy company’s licensee successfully prevents parallel import of trademarked goods

The Chinese licensee of US confectionery manufacturer Jelly Belly Candy Company has successfully sued two Chinese companies for importing products bearing the JELLY BELLY mark into China without the trademark owner’s authorisation. Read more

3 Feb 2020

Corona beer or Coronavirus? How a brand should handle potentially damaging mix-ups

While there is cause for alarm in many industries whenever a potential new pandemic arrives, one company has found itself in the spotlight for a different reason following the coronavirus outbreak – the Corona beer brand. Read more

28 Jan 2020

Japan Patent Office launches Trademark Fist, IP firm coronavirus response, and EUIPO updates Brexit information: news digest

In our latest edition, we look at Pablo Escobar’s IP being put up for sale, the Singapore registry visiting Turkey, Malta joining DesignClass, the Tajikistan IP Office giving its annual trademark update, and much more. Read more

Government/Policy

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19 Mar 2020

Trademark agencies fined for seeking to register names of Wuhan coronavirus hospitals in bad faith

Two Chinese trademark agencies have been fined Rmb100,000 for filing bad-faith applications for the marks HUOSHENSHAN and LEISHENSHAN – the names of the hospitals built to treat coronavirus patients in Wuhan City. Read more

21 Feb 2020

The China-US Economic and Trade Agreement and its impact on geographical indications

While most of the provisions of the China-US Economic and Trade Agreement aim to improve the protection of US IP rights, Section F: Geographical Indications (GIs) introduces a means of challenging the GIs that may prevent market access to certain US goods. Read more

5 Feb 2020

WIPO leadership field narrows as call made to shift focus away from political power plays

The WIPO director general election has become mired in backroom manoeuvring, with one IP expert urging the various countries to “focus on who is the right person for the job”, rather than political point scoring. Read more

23 Jan 2020

Alibaba reveals 2019 IP enforcement data; Siemens, Dyson and Coach among brands joining AACA

WTR analysed data from Alibaba's latest IP Protection Report, revealing that it has supplied 1,045 IP-related leads to law enforcement authorities in the past 12 months. Read more

Law Firms

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20 Mar 2020

Singapore’s goal of achieving top-tier status as a hub of innovation and IP looks attainable

Its local brands have an international focus, and big global names also flock to this market. Read more

17 Jan 2020

KIPO urges idol IP protection, Extinction Rebellion brand headache, and CCFN praises US-China deal: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at a Love Island star being reprimanded due to an Instagram post, the theme for World IP Day 2020, the Chilean IP office being praised for a reduction in the gender gap, and much more. Read more

7 Jan 2020

BBC prevails in China, Disney moves to protect Baby Yoda, and new USPTO CFO: news digest

In our latest edition, we look at Facebook moving to combat deepfakes,  Clarivate Analytics finalising an agreement with OpSec Security, Volvo scoring a US court win against Chinese counterfeiters, and much more. Read more

20 Dec 2019

Chinese courts could begin to buckle under the strain of growing IP litigation

Growth figures for China’s IP litigation are enough to give anyone a case of vertigo, with cases increasing at a faster rate than anywhere else on Earth. WTR talks to experts on how the Chinese courts are coping with that litigation demand. Read more

IP Offices

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16 Jan 2020

US-China trade deal: the brand protection perspective

WTR presents the key IP and anti-counterfeiting pledges that rights holders should be aware of from the major new trade deal signed between the United States and China. Read more

29 Nov 2019

DPMA warns of scam invoices, Poundland versus Greggs, and WIPO DG candidate list widens: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at the Philippines IP Office reviving its arbitration service, the advocate general finding that Amazon didn’t infringe on Coty’s trademark rights, the first GIs being processed in Ivory Coast, and much more. Read more

26 Nov 2019

China issues IP directive, Jay-Z settles dispute, and lessons from Backcountry: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at INTA electing its 2020 president, US Customs confiscating nearly 20,000 fake watches, a change at the Palestine registry, WIPO marking its 1.5 millionth international registration, and much more. Read more

22 Oct 2019

Applicants, agencies and IP authorities under scrutiny as China steps up fight against bad-faith filings

China’s State Administration for Market Regulation has released new provisions on the regulation of trademark applications, expanding on how bad-faith filings will be defined and tackled. Read more

Online

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16 Jan 2020

China’s new E-commerce Law: tools in the fight against IP rights infringement

China’s new E-Commerce Law, which entered into force on 1 January 2019, is a remarkable piece of legislation establishing a comprehensive framework for the regulation of the largest online retail market in the world. Read more

7 Jan 2020

TikTok transparency report reveals positive data for IP owners

Chinese video-sharing social platform TikTok has released its first legal transparency report, revealing that it removes content for IP infringement at a higher rate than Facebook. Read more

21 Nov 2019

Zhihu and IP protection: the brand risks and opportunities on China’s trendy new social media app

Zhihu is a new social media platform making inroads on the Chinese market. With doubts around the IP enforcement capabilities of the platform, WTR takes a closer look at the app with the help of brand protection experts in China. Read more

13 Nov 2019

Lagging behind? Trademark issues revealed as substantial risk for esports industry

A major new survey finds IP and licensing are the most significant legal issues facing the esports industry. The findings reveal an opportunity for law firms across the world in the fledgling esports space. Read more

Portfolio Management

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24 Jan 2020

Brand Tracker: the filing trends of the world’s most valuable brands

In the first instalment of a new series, we track the trademark filing activity of the world’s most valuable brands – revealing that Mercedes-Benz may be gearing up to launch an AI assistant. Read more

27 Dec 2019

Everywhere you look: IP rights and other FMCG challenges

Fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) are everywhere, so it comes as no surprise that FMCG brands face challenges across jurisdictions. A closer look at the Chinese regime highlights some of the particular issues that rights holders face in this market. Read more

20 Dec 2019

Supreme People's Court clarifies conditions for prior trademark use defence

In a landmark decision, the Supreme People's Court of China has clarified the requirements for the prior use defence under Article 59.3 of the Trademark Law. Read more

18 Nov 2019

Protecting and enforcing design rights: China

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Trademark law

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8 Jan 2020

The risk factor in religious marks: a study of four major jurisdictions

An Indian court recently ruled that God's name was registrable as a trademark. We spoke to experts across four key jurisdictions about the different risks brands should be aware of before registering a religious name as a mark. Read more

12 Dec 2019

Litigation procedures and strategies: China

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10 Dec 2019

Frozen 2 versus Christian Louboutin: could Anna’s red-soled shoes lead to a trademark dispute?

In Disney's Frozen 2, main character Anna is seen wearing red-bottomed boots, with some claiming a similarity to the iconic footwear of fashion brand Christian Louboutin. We speak with IP experts on the issues potentially at play. Read more

1 Oct 2019

Turning the tide: how China is fighting back against malicious filings

Amendments to China’s Trademark Law are due to take effect on 1 November 2019. The changes should aid the authorities in their bid to crack down on malicious filings and trademark hoarding. Read more

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