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15 August 2019

“A spectacular own goal”? EUIPO warns of applications with long lists of goods and services caused by its own tool

The EUIPO has warned about EUTMs with long lists of goods and services. A WTR investigation finds that the cause appears to be linked to the EUIPO’s own goods and services builder tool.

15 August 2019

Six ways to evolve your practice to meet client demands: insights from the law firm elite

We explore how changing client demands are shaping the modern law firm practice – and present insight into how to future-proof operations.

14 August 2019

Matters to be addressed in future revision of Trademark Law

Earlier this year, China’s Trademark Law was rapidly revised without public consultation. This update analyses what remains to be done and what a fifth revision of the Trademark Law should cover.

14 August 2019

Nigerian Trademark Registry: recent developments expected to benefit IP system

Developments that have taken place at the Nigerian Trademark Registry over the past few months have been widely welcomed by the trademark community. Among other things, it is hoped that the establishment of the new Trademark Tribunal will speed up opposition proceedings.

14 August 2019

How China is cracking down on malicious filings with amendments to the Trademark Law

In recent years China has attached unprecedented importance to the protection of trademarks and new amendments to the Trademark Law aim to crack down on malicious trademark applications more effectively and punish trademark infringement more forcefully.

14 August 2019

Warning issued over brand name squatting in Nigeria: how to fight back 

While brands are long used to the scourge of trademark squatting in a number of jurisdictions, it can be easy to overlook the challenge posed by companies trading off their name. A legal expert in Nigeria warns that the latter is a significant threat.

13 August 2019

Keeping up with the Jonesies: UDRP panel refuses to transfer ‘littlejonesies.com’

A recent UDRP decision involving the domain name ‘littlejonesies.com’ highlights the importance of establishing a prima facie case of lack of legitimate interest when a domain name includes the registrant's name. 

13 August 2019

Blow for Red Bull as CJEU confirms invalidity of blue and silver colour marks

In Red Bull Gmbh v EUIPO, the Court of Justice of the European Union has dismissed an appeal against a General Court decision upholding a finding of invalidity in respect of Red Bull’s blue and silver colour marks.

12 August 2019

Technology: friend or foe? Leading trademark practitioners look to the future

Leading brand professionals share their expectations about how technology will impact the work of trademark practitioners in the future – and whether it will provide a means to add value or make many current tasks redundant.

12 August 2019

IP owners may be awarded more than minimum damages based on ‘40% rule’

A Circuit Court has held that judges can impose both compensatory damages for the loss suffered and punitive damages based on the ‘40% rule’ under Article 221bis of the Mexican Industrial Property Law.

12 August 2019

Court of Cassation issues long-awaited decision on non-use revocation actions

The Turkish Court of Cassation has considered for the first time the legal gap created by the annulment of Article 14 of Decree-Law No 556, which regulated the use requirement for trademarks.

12 August 2019

Seven counterfeit hotspots you should know in Taiwan

We highlight the areas that reportedly engage in the trade of counterfeit goods in Taiwan. An expert in the region provides insights on the different types of retail environment that most often house fake goods in the East Asian state.

10 August 2019

Poland’s economy continues to exhibit remarkable growth, but can local brands keep up?

The former communist state has developed a strong market economy, and local brands have the opportunity to exploit these conditions to gain both domestic and international traction.

09 August 2019

Does trademark squatting vitiate registered trademark rights? The <em>Shan Yin</em> case

The China National IP Administration has recently selected the Shan Yin case as one of the model cases for 2018. The case is particularly significant as it appears to anticipate changes to the Trademark Law that will become effective later this year.    

09 August 2019

Key changes proposed under Singapore’s Intellectual Property (Dispute Resolution) Bill

Singapore’s Intellectual Property (Dispute Resolution) Bill proposes significant changes to the IP dispute resolution regime and could affect all rights holders’ enforcement and protection strategies.