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02 September 2019

Inside the IP office of tomorrow: exclusive interview with IPOS chief executive

WTR sits down with Daren Tang, chief executive of the IP Office of Singapore, to get the inside track on how the office is evolving to play a bigger role in the country’s business environment.

30 August 2019

Compliance with Cosmetics Act – justifiable reason for non-use of trademark?

The IP Trial and Appeal Board recently found that non-use on cosmetics due to a likelihood of consumer confusion with a mark famous for medicinal products is an acceptable defence. This decision is noteworthy, as it broadly interprets ‘legitimate reasons’ for not using a registered mark.

28 August 2019

Innovation, globalisation, mobile apps and jazz – takeaways from Singapore IP Week

This week the IP Office of Singapore has hosted a series of events to mark the country’s annual IP Week. WTR was there to bring you the key takeaways from Singapore’s biggest IP event.

27 August 2019

Supreme Court: disobedience of injunction must be wilful for criminal liability to apply

In a trademark infringement dispute involving two bakeries, the Supreme Court of India has held that proof of wilful disobedience must be demonstrated before a person can be held criminally liable for violating an injunction order.

27 August 2019

From plain packaging to e-commerce outreach: inside INTA’s Asia-Pacific operations

With Singapore’s IP Week in full swing, WTR sat down with INTA’s chief representative for Asia-Pacific, Seth Hays, to get an update on the regional office’s activities and the inside scoop on what to expect from next year’s Annual Meeting.

27 August 2019

Kardashian replaces Kimono with Skims, Vietnam adopts IP strategy, and influencer fraud: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at the rise in counterfeit vaping products, the US Department of Defence launching an IP protection team, WIPO announcing a new portal, and much more.

27 August 2019

Six counterfeit hotspots that you should be aware of in Myanmar

In the latest edition of our series on areas around the world that reportedly engage in the sale of fake goods, we take a look at counterfeit hotspots in Myanmar. 

26 August 2019

Fighting hydra-headed rogue websites: the rise of the dynamic injunction

The Delhi High Court’s decision to direct 'dynamic injunctions' against rogue websites in a bid to end the ‘whack-a-mole' headache is a progressive one. However, there is still more that could be done.

23 August 2019

Expanding around the world: Tencent’s brand is critical to building partnerships with foreign companies

The Chinese company’s portfolio shows that the business is developing fast, and international markets are its next target.

23 August 2019

World’s largest trademark application, IPOS launches app, and Notorious Markets List comments open: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at the art of avoiding brand hate, Hasbro acquiring Peppa Pig owner, the INTA holding its first roundtable event in Israel, and much more.

22 August 2019

Encouraging news for owners of products with famous shapes

Thanks to their fame in the South Korean market, global luxury brands Van Cleef & Arpels and Hermès recently each had a 3D mark recognised for its distinctive nature by the Intellectual Property Trial and Appeal Board.

21 August 2019

From Jumia to Ozon: the regional e-commerce sites that rights holders need to be policing

Outside of North America and China, new ecommerce marketplaces are springing up at an increasing rate. As these regional platforms grow, infringers have swarmed to them in response to the global platforms’ growing anti-counterfeiting efforts.

20 August 2019

Tackling a $1.4 billion counterfeit problem: inside the CBP’s seizure numbers

As the value of counterfeit good seizures by the US authorities rises, a new call is made for private industry to work with domestic and international partner agencies in a bid to tackle demand as well as supply.

20 August 2019

North Korea establishes IP institute, Amazon intangibles tax win, and Brazil fee request: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at retail companies leading a ‘brand health’ survey, the Belarus IP office correcting a mistake, the New York Times delving into the world of counterfeit books, and much more.

19 August 2019

Delhi High Court: vacancies at Intellectual Property Appellate Board should not affect its functioning

In Mylan Laboratories Limited v Union of India, the Delhi High Court has held that vacancies for technical members at the Intellectual Property Appellate Board should not affect hearings before the board.