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02 December 2019

Regulation on Intellectual Property Academy enters into force

The Regulation on the Intellectual Property Academy was published in the Official Gazette on 14 November 2019 and entered into force on the same day. The regulation is significant in that it establishes uniform rules in the fields of copyright and industrial property rights.

29 November 2019

Sanrio fined for restricting cross-border sales of licensed Hello Kitty merchandise

A recent decision of the European Commission in a case involving Hello Kitty merchandise is a reminder that IP licences can be examined and found infringing under the EU competition rules.

29 November 2019

Surviving a scandal: brand management and the Royal Family

The Monarchy proves that a clear strategy can build an everlasting brand, but it is always at risk of suffering reputational damage.

29 November 2019

Recent design law changes: key points highlighted

The Enforcement Regulation of the Korean Design Protection Act has recently been amended. This update summarises some of the more notable changes.

29 November 2019

Ten counterfeit hotspots in Morocco that brand owners must be aware of

In the latest edition of our regular series on marketplaces across the world that reportedly engage in the trade of counterfeit goods, we head to the North African nation of Morocco.

28 November 2019

EU accession to Geneva Act and leaked trade papers put Britain’s post-Brexit GI position back under the spotlight

Upon leaving the EU, the UK will no longer be part of the Lisbon Agreement. Documents leaked yesterday point to a potential departure from the EU's strategy on GIs in order to appease a US trade deal.

28 November 2019

Shanghai court innovates with punitive damages for trademark infringement: IP owners can aim higher

In a landmark decision, the Shanghai Pudong District Court has awarded punitive damages equal to three times the proven damages to a foreign sportswear company.

28 November 2019

Product ID labelling becomes mandatory in Russia

Russia’s product labelling system, which was first launched in 2016 as a pilot project to cover fur and pharmaceutical products, has been expanded to cover the tobacco, footwear and pharmaceutical industries. The system should help to reduce the volume of counterfeit goods in the country.

27 November 2019

OUTSOURCE 2 INDIA case: purely descriptive terms may not always be registered by other traders

In invalidity proceedings against the mark OUTSOURCE 2 INDIA, the Court of Justice of the European Union has confirmed that a finding of bad faith does not necessarily require the existence of earlier trademark rights.

27 November 2019

Compassion for well-substantiated evidence in UDRP proceedings

In Kalis v Kingdom Compassion Youth With A Mission, a three-member panel has refused to order the transfer of a domain name including the complainant's trademark under the UDRP in light of the respondent's long-term business plan.

27 November 2019

Trademark changes in France: how tiny details could have huge consequences for brands

Earlier this month, the EU Trademark Directive was implemented in France. In an exclusive guest post, Herald Avocats partner Richard Milchior explains why international brands should be aware of the potential impact of these changes.

26 November 2019

Turkey withdraws declaration made under Article 14(5) of Madrid Protocol

Following the withdrawal of its declaration under Article 14(5) of the Madrid Protocol, Turkey can now be the subject of a subsequent designation in respect of international registrations effected before 1 January 1999 - the date on which Turkey joined the Madrid Protocol.

26 November 2019

Unregistered designs - how to disclose and save novelty

The Intellectual Property Enterprise Court in London has referred to the Court of Justice of the European Union two questions on unregistered Community design rights which have been discussed in legal literature for years.

26 November 2019

Five counterfeit hotspots in the Czech Republic that brand owners must be aware of

In another edition of our regular series on marketplaces across the world that reportedly engage in the trade of counterfeits, we head to the Central European nation of the Czech Republic.

25 November 2019

Inside INTA’s India operations: exclusive interview

Gauri Kumar joined INTA to take on the role of India consultant in June 2015. In an exclusive in-depth interview with WTR, she highlights the policy issues that brands should be tracking in the country.