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18 December 2019

IP rights holders take note: Peruvian Customs Office updates customs recordal procedure for IP rights

The Peruvian Customs Office has updated the customs recordal procedure to speed up the process and make it more efficient. The new procedure will be implemented for 2020 renewals, which must be filed within the first 30 working days of the year.

18 December 2019

New Copyright Bill in South Africa, changes to the Lanham Act and merger of Kenyan authorities: 2020 predictions for the Americas, Europe and Africa

Reflecting on an eventful year, WTR asked experts around the world for their top takeaways from 2019 and their expectations for the next 12 months. With recent decisions likely to have a significant effect, we take a closer look at the Americas, Europe and Africa.

17 December 2019

Overcoming the challenge of obtaining protection for the Chinese translation of GIs

As with trademark owners, one challenge facing those overseeing geographical indications is securing protection for translated names. However, there are avenues open for exploitation.

17 December 2019

Scotch Whisky GI protection in Cambodia, Cuba joins TMview, and <em>Frozen 2 </em>lawsuit: news digest 

In our latest round-up, we look at the Chinese Supreme Court ordering Muji to pay $89,000, US Customs cracking down on fake handbags, the EUIPO inviting comments on its trademark evidence project, and much more.

16 December 2019

Vietnam to amend Intellectual Property Law to comply with FTAs

Vietnam’s Ministry of Science and Technology has recently issued proposed amendments to the Intellectual Property Law. One of the aims is to bring Vietnam’s legislation into line with the new generation of free trade agreements - namely, the CPTPP and the EVFTA.

16 December 2019

Extending the scope of protection of GIs in China

One major challenge facing European GIs in China is conflicts with prior trademarks, sometimes resulting in seemingly insurmountable barriers. However, options are available.

16 December 2019

Coincidence or corruption? Trump lawyer responds to accusation White House held off Argentina tariffs for trademark reasons

We look at the claim from nonpartisan watchdog Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington that recent trademark activity in Argentina is proof that “President Trump is for sale”. 

15 December 2019

Suspicious specimens scourge; Brexit, Boris and brands; counterfeiting hotspots; Uber’s brand strategy; plus much more

Everything we covered on WTR over the past seven days – and all you need to know from the world of trademarks to set yourself up for the start of another busy week.

13 December 2019

Nestlé ice cream brand sale, Somalia registry resumes, and IP issues of Greta Thunberg: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Swiss IP court data being released, Brand Finance getting certified, Fred putting its intellectual property up for sale, the Austrian IPO launching some new online services, and much more.

13 December 2019

Boris, Brexit and brands – what the UK election result means for trademark owners

The Conservative Party has landed a significant victory in the UK general election, with a majority that essentially confirms that Brexit will occur at the end of January 2020. The result could have significant implications for IP owners.

13 December 2019

“Europe is not yet prepared” – reaction as Cannabis mark ruled unregistrable by EU court 

The General Court of the European Union has ruled against a trademark due to its implied links to illegal narcotics. Industry experts give their reaction.

11 December 2019

Trademark sales, infringement through food apps and a spotlight on WeChat: Brand Strategy China takeaways

Last week, WTR hosted the fourth annual Brand Strategy China in Shanghai. The event saw domestic and international brand owners, as well as representatives from associations, online platforms and government agencies. We present some of the key takeaways from a busy day of discussions. 

11 December 2019

USMCA given green light; significant GI changes now a step closer to reality

The Canadian, Mexican and US governments have signed an amended version of the USMCA, meaning that ratification is a significant step closer – with the deal highlighting what IP concessions the Trump Administration will expect in future trade deals.

11 December 2019

As Congress investigates USPTO trademark fraud, research finds suspicious specimens continue

A new investigation from WTR finds that the problem of suspicious specimens persists – with legal representatives providing eye-opening accounts of the challenge faced by both IP practitioners and examining attorneys.

08 December 2019

Calls for a Nice rethink; Clarivate Analytics’ acquisition of Darts-ip; law firm mentoring programmes; global counterfeiting hotspots; TMView tips; plus much more

Everything we covered on WTR over the past seven days – and all you need to know from the world of trademarks to set yourself up for the start of another busy week.