Pakistan

Trademark Terminal pauses filing operation, as evidence suggests USPTO cracks down

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.

Trademark Terminal pauses filing operation, as evidence suggests USPTO cracks down
Scammed out of $150,000: allegations of fraud, threats and USPTO impersonation
23 Jul 2021

Scammed out of $150,000: allegations of fraud, threats and USPTO impersonation

A family in the US has revealed to WTR the trauma of losing $150,000 to a company based in Pakistan, with allegations of threats that have the couple fearing for their safety.

Bribery, impersonation, abuse: shocking details revealed in Pakistan fraud case that targeted USPTO users
30 Apr 2021

Bribery, impersonation, abuse: shocking details revealed in Pakistan fraud case that targeted USPTO users

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.

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1 Mar 2021

USPTO urged to set up task force to address scams following massive Pakistan fraud case

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

26 Feb 2021

Taylor Swift takes on Evermore Park; Pakistan joins Madrid System; LVMH buys Jay-Z brand – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Danone expanding its brand portfolio, USPTO seeking public feedback on the Trademark Modernisation Act, and much more. Read more

23 Feb 2021

USPTO users targeted in massive fraud and money laundering case in Pakistan

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

15 Jul 2020

Six counterfeit hotspots in Pakistan that brand owners must be aware of

In the latest instalment in our regular series on marketplaces around the globe that are reportedly notorious for being counterfeit havens, we head to Pakistan. Read more

Anti-Counterfeiting

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10 May 2019

Scotch Whisky in Korea, Pakistan IPO tackles fakes, and Samsung domain: news digest

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

7 Dec 2018

Turkey plain packaging, WIPO praises Pakistan IPO and '.amazon' up in the air: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at a tussle over BRENT marks in Singapore, a "worrying trend" of retail fakes in Papua New Guinea, a new UK IP minister, and much more. Read more

20 Nov 2018

Russian president on fakes, Google trademark win, and tale of the counterfeit-catching brothers: news round-up

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

Enforcement and Litigation

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5 May 2017

Pakistan introduces new, brand-friendly customs rules amid push for stronger trademark protections

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.

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Portfolio Management

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3 Apr 2007

Time limits for lodging oppositions clarified by registrar

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.

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6 Nov 2006

Wella's WELLAFORM mark cancelled on non-use grounds

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.

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26 Sep 2006

New GI law drafted

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.

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12 Jun 2006

New single IP office modernizes administration of IP rights

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.

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Trademark law

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30 May 2006

Registrar has no power to allow grace period for infringing use

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.

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