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05 January 2011

Associations voice concern over ‘forgotten’ trademarks

The British Brands Group and Institute of Trademark Attorneys (ITMA) have joined forces to voice serious concerns at the approach that the United Kingdom’s coalition government is taking to intellectual property, with trademarks often absent from political debate.

05 January 2011

ICANN bows to government pressure regarding new gTLD concerns

The board of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has resolved to meet with government representatives to clear up their remaining concerns over trademark protection in the proposed infinite generic top-level domain (gTLD) space.

13 December 2010

IP rights strategy listed in China’s 12th Five-Year Plan

The Chinese government has strengthened its commitment to the identification, growth and protection of intellectual property by listing IP rights as one of its areas of interest in the recently published 12th Five-Year Plan. With the implementation of this plan, there is no doubt that an already strong system will continue to fortify the rights of all IP owners, both foreign and domestic.

08 December 2010

Parliament adopts amendments to Civil Code's IP provisions

The Russian Parliament has adopted a number of amendments to the provisions of the Civil Code that deal specifically with intellectual property. Among other things, the amended Article 1483 now excludes the possibility of rejecting an application to register a trademark on the grounds that it is identical to an earlier domain name. The amendments entered into force on October 19 2010.

01 December 2010

Onel litigant hopes to set ECJ questions before the year is out

The Court of the Hague has constructed a set of negotiable questions to refer to the Court of Justice of the European Union in the controversial Onel case, with Onel Trademark's lead litigant telling WTR that he hopes parties will finalise the questions before the end of the year.

30 November 2010

Weighing up the seizure of dodgy domain names by the US government

The US government has come up with a new approach to online IP rights enforcement - seizure of the domain names connected to websites that infringe IP rights. Last week, the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency did just that, taking out 82 domain names and replacing the original websites to which they pointed with a frightening message from the government. But is it the best way to enforce IP rights online?

26 November 2010

New common IP rights database: any benefits for trademark owners?

The Ministry of Culture and Tourism, seeking a way to protect IP rights more effectively, has issued a Regulation on a Common IP Rights Database. At first glance, the new database seems to benefit only owners of works protected under the Law on Intellectual and Artistic Works. However, it may also have implications for owners of unconventional trademarks.

22 November 2010

Will other countries appoint IP czars? The UK debate starts here

IP enforcement experts, including a former US government adviser, have outlined why the UK government should appoint an IP enforcement coordinator. The news has emerged ahead of a high-level talk on this topic, to be held in London tomorrow.

08 November 2010

National offices outline cooperation fund hopes and dreams

Last month, OHIM wrote to Community trademark (CTM) owners to detail progress with the cooperation fund projects, naming the latest projects to have gained approval. These include such cornerstones of the cooperation initiative as databases for seniority and similar goods and services. WTR asked the most needy offices which projects will be of most use to them - and here are their answers.

04 November 2010

IP experts snub trademarks in high-level policy debate

Just a stone's throw from the British parliament building, a stimulating policy debate about the place of intellectual property in the UK economy occurred yesterday. However, trademark owners will be disappointed: although the distinguished panel agreed that intellectual property is key to economic and social prosperity, trademarks and brands were pushed aside. The experts on show gave only a fleeting moment's consideration for brands, which contribute £15 billion to the UK economy and employ one million people, according to the government.

28 October 2010

MEPs slam national offices over challenge to the CTM system

Michel Barnier, the European commissioner for the internal market and services, has waded into the genuine use debate, sending a stern warning to national offices challenging the Community trademark (CTM) system.

28 October 2010

Renewal split demands “difficult” legislation, de Boer warns

Wubbo de Boer has stated that national offices will need to justify the receipt of Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market (OHIM) funds under the 50% renewal split arrangement, arguing that it is not enough for the agency to warrant paying out money on the basis that it had to “bribe” national offices to agree to changes under the September 2008 compromise solution.

28 October 2010

Controversial treaty negotiations almost complete

The full text of the Anti- Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) has been published, following the conclusion of the final round of negotiations in Japan on October 2 2010. The meeting in Tokyo saw the parties to the treaty reach agreement in principle, with only a few issues outstanding.

28 October 2010

US prosecutors will take the fakes fight to organised crime, says former DoJ adviser

The US government is building solid cases against organised crime networks involved in the counterfeiting industry, a former Department of Justice IP taskforce adviser has told WTR.

28 October 2010

MARQUES: practical lessons from Berlin

With summer holidays already a distant memory, almost 600 trademark counsel descended on Berlin for the MARQUES annual conference this September. WTR presents the highlights of the programme, starting with the debate over changes to Google’s AdWords policy