Various controversial low-cost filing agencies, including Trademark Terminal and Trademark Falcon, have stopped accepting new clients, with one expert saying it is “likely” the USPTO has cracked down on the entities.
In newly-obtained documents, it is revealed that “the biggest money laundering case in the history of Pakistan” features claims of impersonating the USPTO, disturbing abuse of employees, and use of paid ads to lure in victims seeking trademark services.
A week after WTR revealed a massive fraud and money laundering case in Pakistan involving the targeting of USPTO users, experts are calling for urgent action to identify those potentially impacted. Read more
US trademark applicants appear to be victims of what has been described as “the biggest money laundering case in the history of Pakistan”, involving low-cost trademark filing platforms that allegedly sent fake USPTO certificates to clients. Read more
In our latest round-up, we look at applications rising at the Philippines IP Office, a perfume trademark battle, a debate over whether the Wikipedia brand has been tarnished by WikiLeaks, and much more. Read more
In our latest round-up, we look at Pakistan stepping up its fight against fakes, the Finnish IP office reminding users about an impending trademark change, IP Australia seeking user input, and much more. Read more
Pakistan recently added new IP provisions into its 2001 Customs Rules which are broadly expected to improve enforcement outcomes for brand owners importing goods into the country. The regulatory update comes amid a range of reforms that have been aimed at enhancing IP rights protections in Pakistan.
In <i>British American Tobacco v Lakson Tobacco Company Limited</i>, the registrar of trademarks has issued clarification as to the total time period available to an opponent for lodging a notice of opposition against an application for registration published after the promulgation of the Trademarks Ordinance 2001 and notification of the Trademarks Rules 2004.
In <i>Wella AG v Akhar</i>, the High Court of Sindh in Karachi has dismissed Wella AG's appeal against the decision of the registrar of trademarks to cancel its registration for WELLAFORM on the grounds of non-use. The court held that the mark had not been in use for a continuous period of five years and one month before the commencement of the cancellation action.
In order to protect rights in indigenous geographical indications and to fulfil Pakistan's obligations under the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights, the government and the Intellectual Property Office of Pakistan have drafted a new law for the protection and enforcement of GIs.
Pakistan is undergoing a significant shift in the administration of its IP offices. As part of its second generation economic reform plans, the Pakistani government has merged the patent, design, trademark and copyright offices into a single entity that will have an important role in the protection of the country's IP rights.
In <i>McDonald's Corporaton v Maxfood (Pvt) Ltd</i>, the High Court of Sindh at Karachi has, among other things, upheld an appeal against the registrar's decision to allow the defendant to use an infringing mark for a grace period of six months to enable it to clear its stock. The court held that the registrar did not have the power to issue such a ruling.