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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.

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.

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.

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.

24 February 2009

Dell enters the fray over NETBOOK

Computer manufacturer Dell has filed to cancel the NETBOOK trademark in a hot dispute that is ripping through the technology industry.

23 February 2009

IP rights awareness in Hong Kong hits all-time high

Public awareness of IP rights has reached record levels in Hong Kong, according to a survey commissioned by the Intellectual Property Department.

20 February 2009

Japanese prefectures stamp out ‘trademark takeovers’ in China

Japanese prefectures have applied to register their names as trademarks in China to stop third parties using the marks to sell local products, a practice known as ‘trademark takeovers’.

19 February 2009

CTM applications plummet as recession grips trademark practices

New statistics from OHIM reveal a huge drop in the number of CTM applications in the fourth quarter of 2008.

16 February 2009

Jones Day settles highly controversial trademark dispute

Jones Day has reached a settlement with BlockShopper in its trademark dispute over the real estate company’s use of web links to the law firm’s website.

13 February 2009

Recession hits bank brands by $218 billion

The value of the of the top 500 banking brands has dived by $218 billion, according to the 2009 Brand Finance Top 500 Global Banking Brands report.

12 February 2009

Global experts disagree in dilution debate

Leading trademark experts yesterday called attention to the global “puzzlement” over anti-dilution laws.