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30 January 2009

‘Business as usual’ despite dive in filings, practitioners claim

Trademark filings may be down across Europe, but corporate counsel and private practitioners are insisting that their activities are holding steady in the face of the global economic crisis.

29 January 2009

Global questions raised by US-China dispute over TRIPs

The World Trade Organization has published its panel decision on the dispute raised by the United States over China’s alleged failure to comply with a number of requirements in the TRIPs Agreement.

28 January 2009

Saudi customs authorities work with private sector to fight counterfeiting

The Saudi Arabia Customs Authority has signed a memorandum of understanding with a fraud and counterfeiting-detection company.

27 January 2009

Fears rise for national offices as Danish PTO lays off 35

The Danish Patent and Trademark Office has laid off 35 members of staff after seeing a slump in applications, a move indicating that national offices could be hit by the global recession.

27 January 2009

Mark owners clash in virtual trademark revolution

Virtual worlds are seen by many as the next frontier in technological development. Several low-profile disputes over intellectual property in virtual worlds have settled, but a US lawsuit focusing on trademark infringement could be the first to go to court. And it may even rewrite trademark law.

26 January 2009

ECTA president re-opens CTM fees debate

As OHIM releases figures showing that the number of CTM registrations have so far defied the economic crisis by rising in 2008, the European Communities Trademark Association has called on OHIM to distribute its excess fees across national offices.

23 January 2009

Confusion likely over landmark German keywords decisions

The German Federal Supreme Court has referred a fundamental question to the ECJ in its eagerly awaited decisions on three landmark Google AdWords cases.

22 January 2009

Warning to SMEs over CTM charges

OHIM is encouraging infrequent CTM applicants to research the most cost-efficient payment method following complaints of double bank charges.

21 January 2009

US practitioners call for more experienced PTO director

The Section of Intellectual Property Law of the American Bar Association has written to the newly inaugurated President Obama, calling for a more experienced director of the US Patent and Trademark Office.

20 January 2009

Eastern promise for IP practices in Singapore

The Singapore legal services market is set to open up following the government’s decision to grant qualifying foreign law practice licences to six international law firms. Although the firms are likely to focus their expansion efforts on banking and finance, WTR uncovers that the possibility of strengthening IP practices in the region could prove equally as enticing.

20 January 2009

New INTA president eases recession fears for trademark professionals

Speaking exclusively to WTR, Richard Heath, the new president of INTA, has confirmed that the organization will continue to promote IP investment as means of driving the global economy out of the downturn.

19 January 2009

Coca-Cola’s IP counsel praises Company Names Tribunal procedure

The first application to the United Kingdom’s new Company Names Tribunal has reached its conclusion in favour of the claimant Coca-Cola, which has praised the new system.

16 January 2009

In-house counsel shrug off reports of a slump

Senior in-house trademark practitioners have said the global recession should not adversely affect their practices, despite the results of a new survey revealing that almost half of all companies reduced marketing budgets in 2008.

15 January 2009

US crowns China top of the counterfeiters

Over 80% of the world’s counterfeit goods originate from China, according to figures published by the US Customs and Border Protection team. The stark news comes despite the recent smashing of a major software piracy ring and increased anti-counterfeiting measures.

14 January 2009

Doubts raised as to future of OHIM national search system

Four key national offices have withdrawn from the optional national search service offered to Community trademark applicants via OHIM, prompting criticism that it is becoming an increasingly two-tier system.