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Surge in counterfeit imports into Southeast Asia: crucial customs strategies for brand owners

Exports of counterfeit goods from China are increasingly heading to Southeast Asia. This guest analysis explores the strategies that rights holders should employ.

Surge in counterfeit imports into Southeast Asia: crucial customs strategies for brand owners
Innovation at WIPO: spotlight on alternative dispute resolution at IP offices
15 Oct 2020

Innovation at WIPO: spotlight on alternative dispute resolution at IP offices

An exclusive guest post on how WIPO has been working with global IP offices to promote the advantages of alternative dispute resolution services.

Brands less important to consumers demanding social improvements, report reveals
29 Sep 2020

Brands less important to consumers demanding social improvements, report reveals

Brandwatch has released the results of a survey of consumer perception on brand purpose in the light of the coronavirus pandemic.

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2 Oct 2020

Champagne v ChamPengWine: preserving the value of geographical indications

This case offers clarity on when a trademark application would offend a GI under the Geographical Indications Act. Read more

18 Sep 2020

Blow for Valentino SpA as opposition against VALENTINO RUDY mark is dismissed

Italian fashion company Valentino SpA’s opposition against the registration of a figurative mark consisting of a ‘V’ device element and the word element 'Valentino Rudy' in Singapore has failed on all grounds. Read more

28 Aug 2020

Coronil trademark twist; IPOS unveils new partnerships; Banjul marks in Mozambique  – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Glossier securing protection for its pink pouch, Pakistan promoting the use of GIs, China issuing opinions for destroying infringing and counterfeit goods, and much more. Read more

27 Aug 2020

IPOS looks to future, Lego’s brand DNA and trademark filing trends: eight takeaways from Singapore IP Week

For 2021, Singapore’s IP Week event has gone virtual. Here we present key takeaways and observations from the discussions. Read more

Anti-Counterfeiting

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7 Aug 2020

Enforcement data reveals destination shift for counterfeits originating in China

The true scope of the illicit trade of fake goods is hard to define, but analysis by Rouse indicates that Southeast Asia is a fast-rising hotspot. Read more

7 Jul 2020

Singapore implements plain packaging; Nike most visible brand; Zoom feeling the heat – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Authentic Brands Group picking up another bankrupt apparel brand, Aurify Brands purchasing Le Pain Quotidien, the Philippines IP Office seeking more social media powers, and much more. Read more

12 May 2020

Mexico IP office's new online platform; Daren Tang appointed WIPO director general; INTA mental health webcast – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Puma’s Olympics trademark application being rejected, Aon launching an IP risk platform, the Spanish Patent and Trademark Office creating a coronavirus time capsule, and much more. Read more

24 Apr 2020

IP Office of Singapore postpones IP Week; 3M files more lawsuits; registrations rise in Turkey – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at the Uzbekistan IP Office warning of a rise in fraud, the Korean and Saudi IPOs pledging better cooperation, four ‘.brands’ preparing to exit, and much more. Read more

Brand management

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30 Jun 2020

Alternative dispute resolution of the future? First trademark case settled through virtual mediation

The IP Office of Singapore has successfully settled its first trademark dispute using virtual mediation, with WIPO now offering free IP mediation services until the end of August 2020. Read more

16 Jun 2020

UKIPO responds to BLACK LIVES MATTER trademark outrage; INTA cancels TMAP meeting; ICANN69 goes virtual – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Nestlé putting a large portion of its bottled water business up for sale, HGF and Nexus teaming up, IPOPHL warning of a rise in fake goods, and much more. Read more

20 May 2020

“The safest option” – INTA Annual Meeting 2020 goes virtual amid coronavirus concerns

The INTA has announced that it will be conducting its 2020 Annual Meeting and Leadership Meeting as an all-virtual event, a move the association describes as "coming with a heavy heart”. Read more

17 Apr 2020

Zoom adapts to the highs and lows of mainstream success

The video-conferencing app is now a staple of daily communication, and its trademark holdings reflect how unexpected this success was. Read more

Enforcement and Litigation

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20 Jul 2020

Trademark ownership and bad faith: contract is (still) king

The decision of the Singapore High Court in Tomy Incorporated v Denstply Sirona underscores the significance of contractual dealings when seeking to lay claim to a trademark. Read more

15 Jul 2020

Rolex successfully opposes registration of MARINER for watches based on its SUBMARINER mark

Swiss watchmaker Rolex SA, which owns the mark SUBMARINER in Class 14, has prevailed in opposition proceedings against the registration of the mark MARINER by FMTM Distribution Ltd, a company selling luxury watches. Read more

21 May 2020

High Court allows registration of HARVARD CLUB OF SINGAPORE marks by Harvard University

In Harvard Club of Singapore v President and Fellows of Harvard College, the Singapore High Court has affirmed a first-instance decision allowing Harvard University to register the marks HARVARD CLUB OF SINGAPORE and HARVARD UNIVERSITY CLUB OF SINGAPORE. Read more

6 Apr 2020

Singapore ranked world’s most innovative IP office in exclusive research

In new research from WTR, the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore has been ranked as the most innovative IP office in the world for the first time. Read more

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5 Aug 2020

Innovation at the Singapore IP Office: spotlight on non-core tools and services

In a new regular series on WTR, national IP offices share the innovative tools and services they have launched or are developing for the future, and we begin with the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore. Read more

30 Jun 2020

Behind the scenes at IPOS: why Singapore is becoming the new global hub for IP dispute resolution

Director of the IP Office of Singapore hearings and mediation department Mark Lim explains how the office has been instrumental in developing Singapore into a global IP dispute resolution hub that is attractive to foreign businesses. Read more

19 Jun 2020

IPOS unveils incoming chief executive to replace WIPO-bound Daren Tang

The IP Office of Singapore (IPOS) has confirmed that Rena Lee will replace Daren Tang as its new chief executive from August 2020. Read more

13 Mar 2020

"The most sensible decision": INTA moves 2020 Annual Meeting to November as coronavirus emergency intensifies

As the coronavirus pandemic grips the world, INTA has announced that its 2020 Annual Meeting will now be combined with its Leadership Meeting and take place in November – with an exact date and venue to be confirmed soon. Read more

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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

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

3 Mar 2020

US House fakes bill; MARQUES Spring Meeting cancelled; rise of counterfeits on TikTok – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at the IP Office of New Zealand warnings of fraudulent invoices, a Chinese government news outlet pushing back against anti-IP sentiment, African Intellectual Property Organisation meeting the prime minister of Mauritania, and much more. Read more

13 Feb 2020

“A very tricky position” – how the coronavirus epidemic could affect the 2020 INTA Annual Meeting

The 2020 INTA Annual Meeting is due to begin in Singapore in April, and there is growing discussion over how the worsening coronavirus emergency could impact it. WTR speaks with trademark practitioners to get their perspective. Read more

IP Offices

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8 Jul 2020

Mediation at the new innovation frontier: how Singapore is positioning itself as the global hub for IP dispute resolution

With more and more rights holders turning to mediation to settle IP disputes, the IP Office of Singapore is launching a number of innovative new tools to ensure that alternative legal resolutions are more effective. Read more

21 May 2020

Trademark filing levels recover but long-term picture remains in doubt

After an initial slump in global trademark filing levels in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, data reveals that numbers have started to return to normal at several major offices. Read more

6 Apr 2020

Innovation domination: the IP offices breaking through boundaries

In the 2020 edition of our exclusive research project into the most innovative IP offices in the world, we found significant improvements in non-core tools and services – although gaps remain. Read more

13 Mar 2020

Coronavirus phishing warning; USPTO responds to WIPO election; Microsoft sued in Azure dispute – news digest

In our latest edition, we look at lawyers decrying ‘dumb’ and ‘gross’ coronavirus vaccine trademarks, the UK police seizing over £7 million in suspected fake goods, and much more. Read more

Online

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28 Aug 2019

Innovation, globalisation, mobile apps and jazz – takeaways from Singapore IP Week

This week the IP Office of Singapore has hosted a series of events to mark the country’s annual IP Week. WTR was there to bring you the key takeaways from Singapore’s biggest IP event. Read more

23 Aug 2019

World’s largest trademark application, IPOS launches app, and Notorious Markets List comments open: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at the art of avoiding brand hate, Hasbro acquiring Peppa Pig owner, the INTA holding its first roundtable event in Israel, and much more. Read more

2 Jul 2019

Singapore plain packaging date, USPTO vulgar application rush, and MyTaxi rebrand confuses users: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at the Lazada Group joining Alibaba’s IP protection platform, UKIPO granting its first multimedia mark, new Benelux director general begins, and much more. Read more

7 Jun 2019

First INTA 2020 reception invite, Tom Brady fumbles trademark application, and Toys “R” Us brand returns: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at highlights from the USPTO’s anti-counterfeiting conference, Alibaba’s plan to use blockchain technology for its IP protection system, and much more. Read more

Portfolio Management

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6 Apr 2020

Blow for Discovery as opposition against DISCOVERY CAMPS mark is rejected

The Intellectual Property Office of Singapore has rejected an opposition by media giant Discovery Communications LLC against the registration of the mark DISCOVERY CAMPS by a local company. Read more

13 Feb 2020

First opposition to a collective mark in Singapore: Bavaria NV successfully opposes registration of BAVARIAN BEER

Singapore’s first opposition proceedings against an application for a collective mark highlight that collective  marks have a different function than regular trademarks. Read more

29 Jan 2020

Ferrero Rocher: registration of packaging denied

Ferrero SpA has been dealt another blow in its attempt to register the packaging of its Ferrero Rocher chocolates as a trademark in Singapore. The case highlights the difficulty in establishing the distinctive character of shape marks, especially where they take the shape of the product itself. Read more

18 Jun 2019

THE PATISSIER case: the registrability of foreign-language marks in Singapore

A Singapore boutique cake shop has successfully defended its registration for the mark THE PATISSIER (the French word ‘pâtissier’ means ‘pastry chef’) for a range of goods and services relating to bakery products. Read more

Trademark law

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4 Sep 2019

Scotch Whisky Association responds to groundbreaking Singapore GI decision

A new Singapore High Court decision involving the use of the term ‘tartan’ on whisky bottles has clarified the limits of the country’s 1999 Singapore Geographical Indications Act. Talking exclusively to WTR, the Scotch Whisky Association describes the decision as “very welcome”. Read more

10 Dec 2018

Servicing the global flow of innovation and ideas: the IP Office of Singapore year in review

The recent boom in economic activity across Asia has been reflected by a significant increase in the number of IP applications filed in the region – and the IP Office of Singapore is leading the way in innovation. Read more

2 Nov 2018

Azerbaijan pledges IP reforms, plain packaging in Singapore, and Ecuador plans mediation center: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at the JPO offering a souvenir certificate for long-time rights holders, fashion brands stepping up their tech game, a new director at the Tunisian IP Office, and much more. Read more

6 Sep 2018

IPOS dismisses adidas opposition on lack of similarity in basic geometric shapes

The IP Office of Singapore has rejected adidas’ opposition against a device mark on multiple grounds, holding that adidas’ earlier mark had only a normal level of inherent technical distinctiveness. Read more

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