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17 March 2009

Singapore Treaty heralds new era for trademarks

The Singapore Treaty on the law of trademarks came into force yesterday, restating the global nature of trademark protection in the 21st century.

16 March 2009

Cybersquatting on the rise as ICANN prepares to launch gTLDs

As ICANN prepares to introduce a new wave of generic top-level domains, the number of cybersquatting complaints filed by mark owners last year rose by 8%.

13 March 2009

Daimler sues Chinese trademark office

Daimler is suing China's State Administration for Industry and Commerce after its trademark office rejected the Mercedes-Benz manufacturer's application to register the mark BEIJING BENZ.

12 March 2009

Controversial keywords bill passed in the United States

A controversial bill which would allow mark owners to sue third parties that purchase search engine keywords has passed through the House of Representatives in the US state of Utah.

11 March 2009

WIPO's income to fall despite record filings

WIPO has announced that its income is likely to fall this year, despite a record number of applications filed during 2008. This is the first time WIPO will have suffered a drop in earnings since its creation.

10 March 2009

National offices across European Union set to reduce fees

Observers are expecting national offices across the European Union to follow the UK Intellectual Property Office in considering a reduction in application fees.

09 March 2009

IP lawyers call for removal of the Philippines from Special 301 list

A group of high-ranking IP lawyers in the Philippines has called for the removal of their country from the United States Trade Representative's Special 301 list.

06 March 2009

US jury decision highlights inconsistent approach to keywords

A US jury has found that bidding on a registered third-party mark for use in keyword advertising does not constitute an infringement, a decision which conflicts with an earlier opinion from the same state.

05 March 2009

CTM fee reduction transitional period may offer additional savings

The European Commission proposal for reducing CTM fees has been accepted by EU member states. Owing to the change in fee structures, mark owners whose applications are in the process of examination when the new fees are introduced may stand to make a significant saving.

04 March 2009

Card game companies trade blows over hologram mark

The Upper Deck Company has filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against its rival Konami after the latter continued selling trading cards bearing the former’s holographic mark upon the termination of a distribution agreement.

03 March 2009

German practitioners struggle with “Nazi” trademark

Practitioners in Germany are grappling with the decision of the German Patent and Trademark Office to register the mark HARDCORE after it received “numerous queries” over the potential neo-Nazi use of the mark.

02 March 2009

Intel sued for cybersquatting in NETBOOK battle

Intel has been countersued for trademark infringement, unfair competition and cybersquatting in the latest development of the NETBOOK dispute.

27 February 2009

Bank of America's IP counsel urges vigilance over trademarks

Banking trademarks are at greater risk during the recession as fraudsters prey on concerned consumers, says the IP corporate counsel at the world’s largest bank.

26 February 2009

Sweden passes new enforcement law – at last

Sweden’s Parliament has finally passed the bill that will implement the EU IP Enforcement Directive.

25 February 2009

Chinese anti-counterfeiting action erupts in violence

Angry vendors of knock-off goods have stormed the office of a Beijing IP firm to protest against a new anti-counterfeiting plan at Silk Street Market.