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11 September 2018

INTA: a truly international association

INTA’s advocacy and engagement activities have continued to accelerate in response to the growing effect of the globalisation of trade, the emergence of the Internet and advances in communication technology. 

10 September 2018

Trademark procedures and strategies: Ukraine

The Trademark Act does not protect unregistered trademarks as such. However, in certain cases, the owner of an unregistered mark that is used in Ukraine can protect its rights on the grounds of unfair competition laws. 

10 September 2018

Trademark procedures and strategies: Sweden

Any natural person or legal entity can apply for a mark and representatives do not require a power of attorney before filing. Anything that can be graphically represented is eligible for trademark protection.

10 September 2018

Trademark procedures and strategies: Switzerland

Any natural or legal person can apply for trademark registration in Switzerland (restrictions apply to geographical marks). Foreign applicants must indicate a service address for use in Switzerland. 

10 September 2018

Trademark procedures and strategies: Spain

At an international level, the Trademark Act has adapted Spanish law to the general legal framework established within the international community. 

10 September 2018

Trademark procedures and strategies: Serbia

Foreign undertakings not based in Serbia must be represented by a local attorney or registered IP agent. Power of attorney can be filed belatedly and need not be notarised or legalised.

10 September 2018

Trademark procedures and strategies: United Kingdom

In the United Kingdom, any legal or natural person can apply for registered trademark protection, provided they declare that the mark is being used by them, or with their consent, or there is a genuine intention to use the mark for the goods and services specified.

07 September 2018

Trademark procedures and strategies: Romania

The Romanian trademark system is based on the first-to-file principle and registration is possible without the need to show genuine use. However, if an application is refused registration for lack of distinctive character, the refusal can be overcome if the mark has acquired distinctive character through prior use.

28 February 2018

Data protection: WHOIS ready to enforce your trademarks?

Privacy advocates hail the new General Data Protection Regulation as a big step forward in the protection of personal data against misuse and abuse by commercial interests. But how does our increasingly global internet-based society deal with bad actors, including criminals, in the face of these new privacy protections?

08 November 2017

81% of consumers believe “branding on products matters”, as Canadian scepticism of plain packaging highlighted

New research has revealed that eight out of 10 Canadian consumers believe that “branding on products matters” because it provides information and distinguishes goods from one another.

06 November 2017

EU/US disagreements highlighted as USPTO rejects inclusion of intellectual property in Hague Convention

The US Patent and Trademark Office has announced its opposition to the inclusion of IP law in the proposed Hague Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments.

18 May 2017

Anti-counterfeiting: the problems, the players and the missing piece of the puzzle

In order to effectively enforce against counterfeiting, INTA navigates the enforcement puzzle by connecting the different players together, one piece at a time.

18 May 2017

International anti-counterfeiting legislation: existing regime and future developments

Despite efforts to identify the optimal legal framework and most efficient strategies to combat counterfeiting, it remains a constant problem worldwide. Concerns are expressed at all levels – from governments to international organisations and individual stakeholders – and are centred on the need to establish a healthy and secure market for consumers, ensure the protection of legitimate trade and promote competition.

01 May 2017

Canada: Addressing the challenge of the new Trademarks Act

Amendments to the Trademarks Act should come into force in 2019. While an expanded definition of ‘trademark’ should prove a boon, more restrictive examination practice could cause difficulties

29 March 2017

Supporting innovation and growth for the global trademark community

In 2017, INTA remains focused on several key issues – chief among them anti-counterfeiting, internet governance, plain and highly standardised packaging restrictions and working to build and maintain strong and harmonised IP laws and regulations on a global scale.