In our latest edition, we look at Tom Brady’s trademark filing spree, a law firm offering pro bono covid-19 patent protection representation, how voice commerce will be a “game-changer” for brands, and much more.
In our latest news round-up, we look at the Chile IP office urging electronic usage following mailbox damage, a St Andrews trademark dispute heating up, an update on the Bentley case, Ecuador joining DesignView, and much more.
The plain packaging juggernaut rumbles onwards, with recent announcements that Sri Lanka and Turkey plan to implement new legislation imminently. Indeed, a new study confirms that the World Health Organisation’s push for plain packaging is “gaining momentum around the globe” – but there has been criticism over the organisation’s lobbying priorities, including a recent campaign to introduce the measure in Syria.
In another shock for the IP community in the Middle East, two more countries have announced significant trademark fee increases that will have brand owners re-evaluating their registration strategies in the region. One expert tells us that, while the fee rises are considerable, there are more affordable avenues of protection that can be considered.
The <em class="Alright-italic">bona fide</em> use requirement in the Middle East and Africa differs significantly from that in the United States. We examine the different evidence that may be considered when challenging an applicant’s use in administrative or court proceedings
Directive 4664/1 has removed the requirement that applicants provide an Israel Boycott Declaration in order to register their intellectual property in Syria. The directive regularizes the current situation whereby some foreign entities have been able to obtain registration without a Boycott Declaration, while others have not.
The Ministry of Supply and Trade in Syria is working on a bill to modernize the Law on Patents, Designs and Distinctive Marks 47 of 1946 as amended by Decree 28 of 1980. Among other things, the new draft law provides for cancellation of a registered trademark where (i) it has not been used for three consecutive years, and (ii) there are no convincing arguments to justify the non-use.