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13 June 2019

IP insurance boost: Singapore Intellectual Property Office unveils major new scheme

The Intellectual Property Office of Singapore has launched a new IP insurance offering, which includes coverage for trademark-related risk. The move is the latest in a trend that is set to continue in the coming months. 

13 June 2019

Why CBD-infused food and beverages could be ripe for a labelling class action

Despite the rise in hemp-based cannabidiol food and beverage products, manufacturers looking to enter the market face a number of stumbling blocks when it comes to labelling. Identifying these in advance will be key to avoid marketing that may be interpreted as misleading or false advertising.

12 June 2019

Protecting IP in Africa’s free trade environment: a “monumental task” for negotiators

A free trade area spanning the continent of Africa is a step closer to becoming reality, with 7 July announced as the date of official launch. We look at the range of IP challenges this will create.

11 June 2019

Huawei versus United States: why trademark professionals must follow this IP technology dispute

Chinese technology giant Huawei is reportedly stepping up development of an alternative operating system. Should it be forced to launch this platform, it could have a direct impact on future trademark enforcement programmes.

07 June 2019

Next-generation trademarks: IP Australia on using blockchain to create smart IP rights

In a world first, IP Australia is using blockchain technology to create a “digital representation” of trademark registrations. We speak with the registry’s CIO, Rob Bollard, to find out more.

06 June 2019

China steps up IP protection further

On 23 April 2019 the National People’s Congress approved amendments to the Trademark Law and Anti-unfair Competition Law, among others. The speedy approval of these amendments demonstrates China’s dedication to strengthening the protection of IP rights.  

05 June 2019

Major changes in Finnish trademark law: what IP practitioners need to know

A new Trademarks Act has come into force in Finland, ushering in significant changes for those seeking to protect brands in the country. We speak with leading experts about what international rights holders should be aware of.

05 June 2019

Plain packaging threat rises as UK body recommends regime for confectionery and sugary drinks

The Institute for Public Policy Research has recommended that plain packaging be extended to confectionery, crisps and high-sugar drinks. Now is the time for the trademark voice to be heard.

04 June 2019

China’s enforcement changes: “A new opportunity for IP investigations”

Recent changes in China’s IP enforcement landscape have resulted in the newly formed Food and Drugs Crime Investigation Bureau taking on responsibility for IP crime investigations. 

03 June 2019

BASCAP provides blueprint for Vietnam to fight fakes: "There is a lot more to do"

The International Chamber of Commerce Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy has released a series of recommendations on how Vietnam can better protect intellectual property. With a blueprint in place, political will for change will now be key.

31 May 2019

How President Trump’s escalation of immigration dispute with Mexico could affect trademark practice  

US President Donald Trump has announced his administration’s intention to impose a series of escalating tariffs on all goods imported from Mexico. The move is one for rights holders to follow closely as it could have a significant impact on trademark practice.

29 May 2019

“Not totally prepared” – Brazilian Senate approves Madrid Protocol, but concerns raised over IP office readiness

After more than a decade of preparation for Brazil to join the Madrid Protocol, the Brazilian Senate has finally approved the agreement text. Local experts say that it will bring positive change, but questions arise over whether INPI will be ready for the predicted start date.

28 May 2019

Governments hit back over ICANN’s ‘.amazon’ TLD resolution as near-decade battle nears end

The presidents of Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru have hit out at ICANN’s recent resolution to proceed with Amazon’s application for the ‘.amazon’ TLD. The move keeps the dispute firmly within the policy realm as the seven-year battle moves to resolution.

23 May 2019

“Heroes of the European economy” – major new study reveals link between IP protection and SME success

A joint study between the European Patent Office and the EU Intellectual Property Office has evidenced a clear correlation between the success of small to medium-sized businesses and their utilisation of intellectual property. 

22 May 2019

“It’s going to make my life much better” – industry experts welcome SCOTUS licensing decision

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) has ruled 8-1 in Mission Product Holdings v Tempnology LLC, with one legal expert telling WTR that the ruling helps to create a more stable trademark licensing market.