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27 October 2017

KIPO calls out Chinese plagiarism, USPTO rule making, reality show trademark protection and pugs in Prada: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at the fallout from Kid Rock’s latest tour announcement, how the Korean IP Office is speaking out on behalf of domestic brands, and much more.

26 October 2017

The blunt approach: New Zealand attorney’s innovative strategy to trademark education following public outrage

After public outrage over a trademark infringement dispute, a New Zealand-based attorney has penned a column claiming that New Zealanders are “unsophisticated and naive” in their attitude towards IP rights.

10 October 2017

From the EUIPO to the EPO: Campinos elected next president as race to Alicante top spot commences

António Campinos, executive director of the EUIPO, has been elected as the next president of the EPO. He will serve a five-year term from July 1 2018.

06 October 2017

KIPO’s expenditure set to surpass income as filings drop reported: exclusive data analysis

In the first of a new series of country data reports from World Trademark Review, we identify the key trademark trends in the Korean market, consider where filing business is emanating from and highlight the performance of leading domestic brands.

06 October 2017

IP attorney rock stars, NFL partners with London Police and French protesters see orange over plain packaging: news round-up

In this round-up, we look at the fourth country to bring into force plain packaging on tobacco products, a trademark technology start-up’s €3 million in new funding, and much more. 

03 October 2017

MLB’s top TTAB user, Thai IP Office gets an upgrade and Russia to introduce “Made in Prison” label: news round-up

In this news round-up, we look at how India may remove the controversial Goods and Services Tax exemption for unbranded food products and how the Chicago Cubs are tackling an increase in counterfeiting.

15 May 2017

Vast majority of listed Australian IP firm clients think reduction of private ownership is against their interests

Australia has led the way in adoption of the public traded company model for IP law and attorney practices. But the findings of recent market research indicate that more than three-quarters of these firms’ clients believe that a reduction of private ownership in the sector is against their interests – again stoking critics’ concerns about the business model’s ethical implications and its impact on client-counsel relationships.

27 April 2017

A tale of two Squire Patton Boggs: global firm faces battle over its own name in China

A year after we reported on a legal battle between Norton Rose Fulbright and a small Chinese firm using the name for IP legal services, World Trademark Review has discovered that the same entity now appears to be offering trademark and brand protection legal services under the Squire Patton Boggs name. 

24 February 2017

Lawyers' dispute highlights that copyrights cannot override trademark rights

In the dispute between the Indonesia Lawyers Association and the Indonesia Lawyers Union, which both used the same logo and the name PERADIN, the Supreme Court has upheld a lower court decision finding that the union had infringed the association's PERADIN mark. Indonesian infringers often register and cite copyrights to justify the use of similar marks; however, this case clearly shows that copyrights cannot override trademark rights.

10 January 2017

Filing fees increased

The Ministry of Finance has issued a new circular on industrial property charges and fees to guide the collection, remittance, management and use of government fees relating to industrial property. The new circular has increased government fees significantly for many services to be carried out by the National Office of Intellectual Property.

04 January 2017

Piercing the corporate veil

In China, the legal personality of limited companies generally protects shareholders and legal representatives from debts entered into, or liabilities imposed on a company. However, in a recent trademark infringement case, the Jiangsu Higher People’s Court held that this ‘corporate veil’ can be pierced under certain circumstances.

15 December 2016

Asia’s first global IP law firm reportedly set to exit European market if no buyer found

While talks with potential buyers continue, it has been suggested that multinational law firm and leading trademark practice King & Wood Mallesons could disappear from the European, Middle Eastern and North American markets as the financial situation at its regional branch takes its toll. It was reported today that the firm’s European arm could enter administration next month if a purchaser is not found.

14 December 2016

The limited scope of Section 229 privilege

The Federal Court of Australia has outlined the limited scope of the privilege applicable to the work of registered trademark attorneys contained in Section 229 of the Trademarks Act 1995. Trademark attorneys should be aware that not all activities will fall within the scope of the privilege, which covers only communications made for the dominant purpose of providing IP advice.

01 December 2016

The spread of publicly listed IP law firms continues as Xenith acquires Australia’s Griffith Hack in strategy play

It has been announced that Australian Securities Exchange-listed holding company Xenith IP Group is buying Griffith Hack for A$152 million (US$112.5 million) in cash and shares, as Australia’s trend towards publicly traded IP law firms continues.

07 November 2016

Listed trademark firms look to Asia for growth as Spruson & Ferguson acquires Ella Cheong in $21 million deal

Trailblazing publicly traded IP law firm Spruson & Ferguson has made its first overseas acquisition with its parent company’s HK$162 million (US$20.9 million) purchase of Hong Kong-based boutique Ella Cheong and subsidiary Ella Cheong Intellectual Property Agency (Beijing). The deal will significantly expand Sprusons’ presence in Asia – a key objective in the growth plans of firms involved in Australia’s recent flurry of IP practice initial public offerings.