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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The EU IP Enforcement Directive could finally be implemented across the European Union in 2009, three years after the original deadline. While practitioners have been assessing the new regime, research by WTR has uncovered why jurisdictions from Luxembourg to Greece have had trouble making the necessary changes to domestic legislation.
A US brand owner known for filing aggressive trademark infringement suits has agreed on a landmark settlement that ignites a debate on the fine line between policing a valuable mark at the expense of a good reputation.
A small business in the United States is fighting a trademark infringement allegation by inviting supporters to fund the challenge via eBay.
The International Trademark Association has praised Microsoft's fight against counterfeit software.
The European Union has not done enough to counter the threat of counterfeiting, a senior official from the Taxation and Customs Union Directorate-General has admitted.
With an election promised next year, the complex debate surrounding the famous springbok emblem still in the news and now a dispute over the name of a political party, WTR spoke to some of South Africa's leading trademark practitioners to assess the Rainbow Nation's IP policies – and what the future could hold.
A consortium of lawyers in China looks set to file a mass complaint against the country's leading search engine, Baidu, based on the website's keyword-selling policy.
The ECJ has finally delivered its judgment in Intel Corporation Inc v CPM United Kingdom Limited, ruling that Intel’s reputation alone is not enough to cancel CPM’s mark.
The Scrabulous Case is not over. Mattel may have won an injunction in India to stop the Agarwalla brothers’ infringing use of the SCRABBLE mark but the toy company has now launched an appeal against the copyright ruling. Practitioners expect it to go all the way to the Supreme Court.
The Canadian ice hockey team may be forbidden from using its iconic maple leaf logo at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics under a previously dormant International Olympics Committee rule.