Region: Pakistan

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.

15 July 2020

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.

10 May 2019

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.

07 December 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.

20 November 2018

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.

05 May 2017

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.

03 April 2007

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.

06 November 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.

26 September 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.

12 June 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.

30 May 2006

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