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01 November 2019

Six counterfeit hotspots that you must be aware of in Indonesia

In the latest edition of our  series on marketplaces across the world that reportedly engage in the trade of counterfeit goods we head to Indonesia.

31 October 2019

Trademarks and "style names" - can you tell the difference?

The decision of the Federal Court of Australia in Pinnacle v Triangl provides a new characterisation of the defence that a name is not being used as a trademark, when there is also use of a principal or ‘house’ brand.

29 October 2019

Russia's Constitutional Court gives a boost to well-known trademarks

The Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation has confirmed that the laws recognising well-known status are constitutional and valid.

29 October 2019

UKIPO postpones Brexit work, Canada plain packaging and KIPO warns of trademark squatters: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at INTA bringing the Unreal Campaign to Lima, the UAE IP office forgoing certain fees, Stan Lee’s daughter suing POW! Entertainment, and much more.

28 October 2019

Havarti cheese backlash highlights controversial and emotive nature of geographical indications

Last week, the European Commission entered the name ‘Havarti’ onto the register of protected geographical indications. The ensuing backlash serves as a microcosm of the emotive political discourse that surrounds this form of IP protection.

23 October 2019

Six counterfeit hotspots in Cambodia that brand owners should be aware of

In the latest edition of our series on marketplaces that reportedly engage in the trade of counterfeit goods, we head to the Southeast Asian nation of Cambodia.

22 October 2019

Applicants, agencies and IP authorities under scrutiny as China steps up fight against bad-faith filings

China’s State Administration for Market Regulation has released new provisions on the regulation of trademark applications, expanding on how bad-faith filings will be defined and tackled.

22 October 2019

<em>Meso v Liberty</em>: Bombay High Court upholds ‘common to the trade’ defence

In Meso Private Limited v Liberty Shoes Ltd, the Division Bench of the Bombay High Court has dismissed Meso’s appeal against the single judge’s refusal to issue an injunction preventing Liberty from using the marks LEGEND and FLIRT for perfumes.

18 October 2019

Facebook brand value falls, Pringles and Prosecco battle, and Alibaba’s AACA member update: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at the US and Singapore IP regimes being recognised in a new index, the most visible brand logo online, Netflix being accused of trademark dilution by Mossack Fonesca, and much more.

15 October 2019

KIPO warns of Brexit damage, fake water filters, and call for fast-food packaging regulations: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Saks partnering with Authentic Brands to acquire Barneys, the Consortium for Common Food Names being granted observer status at WIPO, the UKIPO publishing advice on IP rights after Brexit, and much more.

08 October 2019

Is extra-territorial use sufficient to ground a claim for ownership of a trademark?

In SRAM LLC v Huan Schen Sdn Bhd, the Malaysian Court of Appeal has seemingly expanded the concept of ‘use’ of a trademark to include extra-territorial use.

08 October 2019

Associations call for WeChat inclusion on USTR’s Notorious Markets List

Brand and IP associations have used the comment period for the next USTR Notorious Markets List to call for the inclusion of WeChat. It comes at a time of heightened tension between the US government and Chinese tech companies.

03 October 2019

General Department of Customs strengthens border control to tackle fraud related to origin of goods

The General Department of Vietnam Customs has issued Official Letter No 5189/TCHQ-GSQL, which gives strict directions to customs departments at both the central and provincial level to inspect and control imported and exported goods.

01 October 2019

Apple MEMOJI lawsuit, Malaysia joins Madrid System, and TMview adds OAPI: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Huawei filing a lawsuit against a rival Chinese mobile maker, POW! Entertainment hitting back over Stan Lee lawsuit, Alt Legal acquiring MarkTend, and much more.

01 October 2019

Turning the tide: how China is fighting back against malicious filings

Amendments to China’s Trademark Law are due to take effect on 1 November 2019. The changes should aid the authorities in their bid to crack down on malicious filings and trademark hoarding.