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15 April 2009

Counterfeiting fears surge in first "digital recession"

A survey has found that 75% of UK brand owners believe stronger protection is needed to fight counterfeiting in the online marketplace during the recession.

14 April 2009

China publishes guidelines on National IP Strategy

China's Supreme Court has issued a set of guidelines with which to interpret the country's notoriously complex National IP Strategy.

09 April 2009

US government releases hazy ACTA summary

Bowing to pressure from IP owners and civil society groups, the United States Trade Representative has released a summary of the controversial Anti-counterfeiting Trade Agreement.

08 April 2009

UK IPO job cuts put trademark registration at risk

The UK IPO is slashing up to 100 jobs as a result of a downturn in filings. The cuts risk undoing years of hard work to improve the speed of the registry.

07 April 2009

US appeals court rescues keywords case against Google

A US appeals court has dealt a blow to Google's besieged AdWords programme by overturning an earlier dismissal of a trademark infringement lawsuit brought against the search engine by computer breakdown support company Rescuecom Corp.

06 April 2009

adidas takes Payless fight to Canada

adidas has filed a second trademark infringement suit against Payless ShoeSource - this time in Canada.

03 April 2009

Budget cuts force brand owners to freeze external fees

More than a third of brand owners who responded to a recent WTR survey are suffering budget cuts, forcing corporate counsel to renegotiate the fees they pay external counsel.

02 April 2009

High-level EU anti-counterfeiting group launched today

The European Union today launches its ambitious European Observatory on Counterfeiting and Piracy. The new initiative will provide a forum for enforcement agencies, public administrators and industry.

01 April 2009

Microsoft welcomes May 1 CTM fee reduction

Microsoft's head of trademarks has welcomed the European Commission's announcement that CTM fees will drop by 40% on May 1 2009 - though the allocation of the fee surplus remains uncertain.

31 March 2009

UK IPO backs eBay's anti-counterfeiting initiative

The UK Intellectual Property Office has thrown its support behind eBay's anti-counterfeiting programme, although rights holders are divided on its efficiency.

30 March 2009

John Olsen's trademark team to be "top practice in Europe"

John Olsen, the head of the recently launched trademark and brand protection practice at Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge, has said his aim is to make the team the best in Europe.

27 March 2009

Australian trademark search jeopardized by job cuts

Online functions at the Australian trademark office are in jeopardy after the registry sacked 11 IT contractors.

26 March 2009

CTM fee reduction set for May

A leading figure at OHIM has today confirmed that the fees for registering a CTM will be reduced as of "early May".

25 March 2009

Anheuser-Busch loses BUDWEISER bid

Anheuser-Busch InBev has lost its attempt to register BUDWEISER as a CTM for beer. However, the brewer insists that the decision will not affect its global development of the brand.

24 March 2009

Intel rejects Psion's rights in latest NETBOOK clash

Intel has denied that Psion has any rights in the term 'netbook'. The allegations, made in Intel's response to Psion's counterclaims, deal a further blow to the Canadian company whose rights have also come under threat on home soil.