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27 February 2019

AI: supercharging IP offices

Many IP offices around the world are using artificial intelligence to conduct their work more efficiently. But this technology has the potential to fundamentally transform the user experience at registries.

27 February 2019

IP offices going above and beyond

In exclusive research, WTR looks at the innovative non-core tools and services being offered by national IP registries around the world.

26 February 2019

Trademarks (Amendment) Bill 2019 gazetted - what you need to know

The Trademarks (Amendment) Bill 2019, which empowers the registrar to make essential procedural rules to implement the Madrid Protocol in Hong Kong, was gazetted on 8 February 2019.

25 February 2019

UKIPO ranked most accessible IP office platform, as registries urged to improve website usability

New research from WTR has found that the IP offices of the UK, Brazil, Japan and Benelux have the most accessible website platforms for users, including those with motor or vision impairment. 

21 February 2019

Industrial Design Law adopted by Parliament - key points highlighted

The Myanmar Industrial Design Law was passed by the Assembly of the Union on 30 January 2019 following its adoption by the Lower House and the Upper House. This update reviews the main points that industrial design owners should be aware of.

21 February 2019

“We refer to this case as a hydra”: inside Harvard’s battle to protect its brand in Turkey 

Last month a Turkish court ruled in favour of Harvard University in a case centred on the unauthorised licensing of the Harvard name. The legal team behind the case speak to WTR and offer takeaways for trademark professionals.

20 February 2019

“We all need to embrace change, whether we like it or not”: exclusive interview with INTA CEO

WTR speaks with Etienne Sanz de Acedo about how INTA is evolving, as well as the need for trademark practitioners to embrace the new.

19 February 2019

Inside the USPTO’s proposal to require the use of US-licensed attorneys in trademark matters

We take a deep dive into the USPTO's proposal to require foreign-domiciled trademark applicants, registrants and parties to TTAB proceedings to use an attorney who is licensed to practise law in the United States. 

18 February 2019

Agencies and individuals to be targeted in proposed China crackdown on malicious applications

The CNIPA has revealed plans to curb malicious trademark applications, with both individuals and trademark agencies that file such applications in its sights. The plans have been characterised as “undoubtedly good news for trademark owners" by a leading legal expert in the country.

15 February 2019

Ireland’s strong domestic market and exports boost GDP, but are brands ready for Brexit?

We analyse the Irish trademark landscape to see if brands are prepared for the planned Brexit exit day in just over a month, and how this market has developed over the past decade.

14 February 2019

How Starbucks is protecting its brand in China – exclusive interview

Batur Oktay, who leads Starbucks’ IP committee, explains how the company is working with Chinese authorities to tackle counterfeiting and provides insights into its changing prosecution strategy.

13 February 2019

Hungary amends official fee structure and amounts for trademark-related services

A new fee structure for trademark-related services has entered into force in Hungary. Official fees have decreased for services related to trademarks registered in one class only, but have increased for trademarks registered in two or more classes.

07 February 2019

“The world is becoming an IP believer” – UK tops US Chamber of Commerce global trademark ranking

In a newly-released report, the US Chamber of Commerce has ranked the United States as having the best overall IP protection of 50 leading economies, with the United Kingdom topping the trademark ranking.

05 February 2019

A trademark revolution in Myanmar: rights holders warned to prepare for new law

The trademark environment in Myanmar is on the verge of wholesale transformation following the signing into law of new legislation by the country’s president.

29 January 2019

The Gleissner Files 2019: brand owners warned as IP office reveals staggering number of trademark applications

A major investigation by WTR can reveal that entrepreneur and serial trademark filer Michael Gleissner has stepped up his IP activity in recent months, with over 100 applications filed so far this year.