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04 December 2019

The dominance of Class 9: is it time for a radical overhaul of the Nice Classification system?

A detailed look at how the use of Class 9 continues to dominate at trademark offices across the globe highlights why there needs to be significant changes to the Nice trademark classification system to meet the challenges of the modern world.

02 December 2019

Research reveals impact of counterfeits on UK economy amid call for increased collaboration

An OECD study has revealed the growing problem of counterfeiting in the UK.  One OECD economist told WTR that, in light of the findings, it is important for rights holders and customs to work more closely together. 

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.

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

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

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.

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.

25 November 2019

Nine counterfeit hotspots in Vietnam that brand owners must be aware of

In the latest edition of our regular series on physical markets around the world that reportedly engage in the trade of fake goods, we head to Vietnam.

21 November 2019

UK election: parties silent on brand protection issues as campaigns focus on Brexit

Major UK political parties are sharing their policy platforms in the hopes of attracting the British electorate’s vote. However, when asked by WTR about their stance on various brand protection issues, most parties are silent.

21 November 2019

INTA steps up efforts against brand restrictions: exclusive interview

In an exclusive interview with WTR, CEO Etienne Sanz de Acedo expanded on the association’s newly adopted stance on brand restrictions and how it will seek to ensure that governments act in a balanced and proportional manner.

19 November 2019

“A step in the right direction” – IP experts on brand protection implications of India’s draft e-commerce rules

The Indian government has released a draft of its new e-commerce rules, with some provisions addressing counterfeit goods. Talking to WTR, a number of India’s most high-profile IP experts praise the draft rules, although some claim that they do not go far enough.

18 November 2019

Singapore IP Office chief executive confirmed as candidate as WIPO leadership race prepares for take-off

With a new WIPO director general expected to be appointed by May 2020, the first candidates have been officially revealed – all hailing from Asia.

18 November 2019

Counterfeit hotspots in Portugal that brand owners must be aware of

In the latest edition of our series on physical marketplaces around the world that are reportedly notorious for the sale of counterfeit goods, we head to Portugal.

14 November 2019

Seven counterfeit hotspots in Thailand that brand owners need to know about

In the next edition of our series on physical marketplaces across the world that reportedly engage in the trade of counterfeit goods, we head to Thailand.