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13 November 2019

New rules on foreign-language trademarks cause confusion

Presidential Regulation 63/2019 recently provided more specificity concerning the mandatory use of Indonesian language in certain contexts under Law 24/2009. However, the effects for Indonesian businesses and brands may be huge.

13 November 2019

AI, blockchain, Telegram, TikTok and trade wars – unpacking the latest counterfeit trends forecast

A new report documents the counterfeit trends it expects to shape brand protection efforts in 2020. WTR identifies the most valuable takeaways from the report and the actions that brand owners should be taking.

13 November 2019

General Court: Board of Appeal incorrectly interpreted specification of earlier trademarks

The EU General Court has held that, when interpreting the specification of an earlier mark, it is the interpretation which, among a number of possible interpretations of EU legal instruments, is the one which does not lead to an absurd result that must be preferred.

13 November 2019

Lagging behind? Trademark issues revealed as substantial risk for esports industry

A major new survey finds IP and licensing are the most significant legal issues facing the esports industry. The findings reveal an opportunity for law firms across the world in the fledgling esports space.

12 November 2019

OEM for export: Supreme People’s Court expands definition of ‘relevant public’ in <em>HONDAKIT</em> case

In Honda Motor Co Ltd v Chongqing Hengsheng Xintai Trading Co Ltd, the Supreme People’s Court of China has, for the first time, defined the ‘relevant public’ in OEM cases as including all operators and consumers that may have access to OEM goods for export.

12 November 2019

Counterfeit hotspots in Australia and New Zealand that brand owners must be aware of

In the latest edition of our regular series focused on marketplaces across the world that reportedly engage in the trade of counterfeit goods, we head to Australia and New Zealand.

12 November 2019

Apple reportedly eyes 2023 AR glasses launch: what it means for trademark professionals

In our latest opinion column, we consider reports that Apple is eyeing a 2023 launch for its planned augmented reality (AR) glasses, highlighting the potential impact for trademark professionals.

12 November 2019

In the pink: lack of personal jurisdiction results in dismissal of non-infringement verdict

In C5 Med Werks v CeramTec GmBH, the US Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit has reversed a Colorado district court’s bench trial verdict, finding that the district court lacked specific personal jurisdiction over defendant CeramTec.

11 November 2019

A new approach to deter and identify China’s internet counterfeiters – exclusive guest post

How brand owners can identify the producers and sellers of counterfeit goods in China, the threat of which could help curb their illicit activity altogether.

11 November 2019

When "sweet water" becomes bitter

A three-member panel has denied the transfer of a domain name consisting of the Spanish generic term ‘agua dulce’ (‘sweet water’ or ‘fresh water’ in English) under the UDRP due to the lack of sufficient evidence supporting the targeting of the complainant’s trademark.

11 November 2019

CJEU refuses to hear appeal in trademark case under new rules

In Wirecard Technologies Gmbh v EUIPO, the Court of Justice of the European Union has decided for the first time that an appeal in a trademark case was inadmissible under new rules that came into force in May 2019.

08 November 2019

Are international trademark registrations valid in Zambia?

The recent judgment of the Zambian registrar of trademarks in Sigma-Tau Industrie Farmaceutiche Riunite v Amina Limited deals with the vexed question of whether international registrations are actually valid in Zambia.

08 November 2019

Google’s tie-up with Fitbit, if successful, would open more doors than one

The tech giant has big plans within the wearable technologies sector, as it seeks to take a bite of Apple.

08 November 2019

Five counterfeit hotspots in Nepal 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 mountainous nation of Nepal.

08 November 2019

ISIPO considers 'legitimate interests' condition under Article 30(a) of the Trademarks Act

The Icelandic Intellectual Property Office has dismissed a claim for the cancellation of the mark LJÓSLEIÐARINN on the ground that the claimant had not met the ‘legitimate interests’ condition under Article 30(a) of the Trademarks Act.