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12 September 2018

Trademark procedures and strategies: France

Any natural person or legal entity can apply for a French trademark before the French Institut National de la Propriété Industrielle (INPI). The application can be filed by the owner itself or its representative.

12 September 2018

A year in review: key trademark decisions from the federal courts in 2017

Decisions handed down in 2017 scored victories for the First Amendment over trademark rights in two monumental decisions, one by the Supreme Court and the other out of the Ninth Circuit, which may end up in the Supreme Court as early as 2019.

12 September 2018

Trademark procedures and strategies: El Salvador

Any natural or legal person can apply for and acquire the right to own a mark in El Salvador. No conditions of nationality, domicile or establishment apply.

24 May 2018

A global approach to anti-counterfeiting

The reality is that as the counterfeiting market expands, brands will never be able to eliminate every single instance of it. However, it is not necessarily a losing battle. Instead, it requires a change of focus.

24 May 2018

Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: Egypt

In addition to the IP Law, a number of other laws and regulations govern the protection and enforcement of trademark rights in Egypt.

24 May 2018

Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: Mexico

Officers at Mexico’s 49 customs offices inspect the contents of containers with Mexico as their final destination in order to detect counterfeit merchandise. Because the authorities cannot commence proceedings against counterfeit goods, rights holders must file corresponding legal actions.

24 May 2018

Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: Philippines

The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHIL) continues to be at the forefront of activities geared towards providing adequate, reliable and effective protection and enforcement of IP rights.

24 May 2018

Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: Turkey

The availability of preventive measures at Customs is vital in the fight against counterfeiting. In light of this, the Customs Code and the relevant customs regulations have been amended in line with TRIPs.

24 May 2018

Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: United Kingdom

The primary piece of national legislation relating to trademarks in the United Kingdom is the Trademarks Act 1994. This act contains provisions covering trademark infringement as well as criminal offences relating to anti-counterfeiting.

24 May 2018

Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: Ukraine

No laws or regulations deal specifically with counterfeiting in Ukraine. Thus, this type of infringement is dealt with under the Trademark Law.

24 May 2018

Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: United States

US law offers a full arsenal of weapons that trademark owners can employ to combat counterfeiting at every step.

24 May 2018

Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: Brazil

The growth of the Brazilian market and economy is paralleled by the increase in counterfeiting activities.

24 May 2018

Untangling the worldwide web of counterfeiting

Counterfeiting is a priority policy issue for the International Trademark Association (INTA). Counterfeit goods are reaching consumers in all corners of the world and have permeated the online marketplace.

24 May 2018

Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: China

Brand owners often contend that counterfeiting and trademark infringement are a high-profit and low-risk business, and that trademark protection falls short in China. However, positive changes have been taking place.

24 May 2018

Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: Germany

In case of slavish imitations which are not within the scope of IP rights, the Act Against Unfair Competition provides for complementary protection of performances if additional unfair competition aspects are given, although the requirements are less strict for identical replications.