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11 December 2008

CTM fee reduction on track despite Commission confusion

The head of the Administrative Board at OHIM has said the body will work towards implementing the proposed reduction in fees for registering a CTM, despite rumours that the European Commission’s own ideas to cut the costs in the economic downturn may jeopardize the plan.

10 December 2008

INTA applauds Microsoft anti-counterfeiting action

The International Trademark Association has praised Microsoft's fight against counterfeit software.

05 December 2008

Judge us on our anti-counterfeiting actions, says top EU official

The European Union has not done enough to counter the threat of counterfeiting, a senior official from the Taxation and Customs Union Directorate-General has admitted.

04 December 2008

HANDY DANDY DESIGN revealed as 500,000th CTM

OHIM has announced that the 500,000th CTM is HANDY DANDY DESIGN, registered in the name of an Italian design company based in Milan.

03 December 2008

High praise for USPTO in independent annual report

The Trademark Public Advisory Committee has delivered its annual report into the management of the trademark operations of the USPTO. The report found that "the quality of the work of the Trademark Organization is high and rising".

02 December 2008

UK IPO rebrands with new web services

The UK Intellectual Property Office has unveiled its new logo and website, which now has a dedicated area for professional users.

01 December 2008

Chinese practitioners rally against Baidu

A consortium of lawyers in China looks set to file a mass complaint against the country's leading search engine, Baidu, based on the website's keyword-selling policy.

28 November 2008

OHIM registers 500,000th CTM

OHIM has registered its 500,000th Community trademark, but the identity of the owner remains a mystery.

27 November 2008

ECJ delivers judgment in Intel v CPM

The ECJ has finally delivered its judgment in Intel Corporation Inc v CPM United Kingdom Limited, ruling that Intel’s reputation alone is not enough to cancel CPM’s mark.

26 November 2008

Practitioners await Intel v CPM judgment

The ECJ is scheduled to reveal its highly anticipated judgment in Intel Corporation Inc v CPM United Kingdom Limited tomorrow.

25 November 2008

Canada’s national hockey logo banned from Olympics

The Canadian ice hockey team may be forbidden from using its iconic maple leaf logo at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics under a previously dormant International Olympics Committee rule.

21 November 2008

Liverpool Football Club abandons liver bird application

Liverpool Football Club has agreed to withdraw its application to register an element of its club crest that is seen to be in the public domain after loud opposition from the city council.

21 November 2008

Obama’s proposed attorney general good news for IP rights holders

Eric J Holder, a respected lawyer who recognizes the importance of intellectual property, has accepted the role of attorney general in Barack Obama's incoming government, according to US television network NBC.

20 November 2008

ANC sues rival party over trademark application

The ANC, South Africa's ruling party, is today taking rival party Congress of the People to court over its name which the ANC argues is "confusingly similar" to a name in which it has rights.

19 November 2008

City council attacks Liverpool Football Club over trademark application

Liverpool Football Club is tackling criticism from local politicians over its application to register one element of its club crest.