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29 July 2019

Myanmar transforming: the state of the legal market and how IP law firms can capitalise

Following the signing of major legislation, Myanmar’s IP environment is on the cusp of transformation. We provide an insider’s view on how law firms can position themselves to capitalise on inbound work from major international brands.

29 July 2019

How trademarks can transform a start-up into a unicorn

A new study shows that start-ups and SMEs that invest in trademarks have a much better chance of experiencing high growth, yet only a small proportion of such businesses make this investment.

29 July 2019

New dawn in Nigeria: evolution of the trademark ecosystem in Africa’s biggest economy

Nigeria has long been a challenging jurisdiction in which to obtain and enforce registered trademark rights. Recent changes represent significant and positive steps forward, as issues are finally being addressed.

24 July 2019

China, India, US rise; Japan, Singapore, UK fall – Global Innovation Index 2019 report released

WIPO has revealed the world’s most innovative countries. In a new report it places Switzerland, Sweden and the United States at the top of the list, with the Netherlands, Singapore and the United Kingdom falling down the rankings. 

24 July 2019

New dawn for trademarks in Nigeria – all eyes are on regime overhaul

IP protection in Africa’s largest economy is undergoing major changes, as Nigeria’s new Trademarks Registry launches a set of ambitious plans to ensure that the country’s trademark regime is fit for purpose in the globalised world.

19 July 2019

Brexit preparedness, diversity recognition and rising demand: takeaways from the UKIPO’s Annual Report

The UK Intellectual Property Office has published its latest annual report, covering the period from 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019. We have combed through the 100-page report to bring you our five key takeaways.

19 July 2019

USPTO to fight back against threat to applications and registered marks

The USPTO’s commissioner for trademarks, Mary Boney Denison, has expanded on the office’s plans to prevent individuals from making unauthorised changes to trademark applications and registrations. The plans have been welcomed by one industry expert, who calls for the changes to be implemented as soon as possible.

18 July 2019

“An enormous opportunity” – IP provisions of EU-Mercosur Agreement lauded

The European Union and the Mercosur bloc of countries have agreed a comprehensive trade agreement that includes significant IP provisions that rights holders should be aware of. 

17 July 2019

UAE trademark office implements substantial reduction in registration and renewal fees

In a move that will be welcomed by local and international brand owners, the UAE trademark office has reduced the registration fee payable for trademark applications by one-third.

04 July 2019

Protecting GIs in the modern age: takeaways from WIPO’s Worldwide Symposium on Geographical Indications

In an exclusive guest post, António Corte-Real from Simões Garcia Corte-Real & Associados reveals some of the key takeaways from WIPO’s recent geographical indications event. 

03 July 2019

“A necessary move” – USPTO to require foreign trademark applicants to use US attorneys

The USPTO will soon require foreign-domiciled trademark applicants to be represented by a US licensed attorney. Talking to WTR, experts say this change is needed due to the US trademark register being “flooded with fraudulent applications from foreign nationals”.

01 July 2019

<em>Game of Thrones</em> and collegial respect: In-House Leader of the Year Judy McCool reveals what makes her tick

In an exclusive interview, Judy McCool – senior vice president, legal affairs at Home Box Office – reveals why sharing expertise, empowering others and embracing change are the cornerstones of effective leadership.

27 June 2019

Build bridges, tell the truth: <em>WTR</em> Lifetime Achievement winner on the key to enforcement success

The eminent Jack Chang sits down with WTR to give an insight into his varied career. From establishing the China Anti-counterfeiting Coalition and the Quality Brands Protection Committee to being personally thanked by Vice Premier Madam Wu Yi for his work, Chang has significantly altered the trademark landscape in China.

19 June 2019

Three stripes, you’re out! – adidas loses appeal as EU General Court rules trademark invalid

The General Court of the European Union has upheld the decision of the EUIPO to invalidate the trademark registration for adidas’ three-stripe branding. We analyse the decision and look at reaction.

19 June 2019

Trademark application revenue up, expenditure stabilises: five takeaways from the EUIPO’s annual report

The EUIPO has released its latest annual report, detailing its progress across such areas as staff engagement, stakeholder relationships and data protection reforms. Here are our top five takeaways.