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22 March 2019

Review your IP arrangements: IP exemption from competition laws soon to be repealed

Section 51(3) of the Australian Competition and Consumer Act, which exempts conditional licensing or assignment of IP rights from most of the prohibitions on cartel conduct, is due to be repealed. Businesses are strongly urged to review their IP arrangements to ensure that they comply with the competition laws.

21 March 2019

From K-pop to Presley: inside the trademark portfolios of the music industry’s biggest names

When it comes to trademarks, some musicians are clearly a step ahead. For others, the need to consider protection provides a potential new client base for practitioners. We delve into the portfolios and filing trends of both global and local recording artists.

15 March 2019

<em>Chicago Mercantile Exchange v Intercontinental Exchange</em>: exclusively descriptive names are not registrable trademarks

A recent decision of the IP Office of Singapore in invalidity proceedings illustrates that, even if a party is the sole provider of a particular product or service, it does not automatically acquire the right to register the mark covering that product or service.

15 March 2019

What Turkey’s domestic economic difficulties mean for brands and their advisers 

Political and economic circumstances have made it difficult for domestic brands to build value, which could prove to be a setback for future growth. However, this could also create opportunities for law firm practitioners.

12 March 2019

KIPO amends trademark examination guidelines – key changes highlighted

The Korean Intellectual Property Office has amended its trademark examination guidelines, effective as of 1 January 2019. This update reviews the main points of interest for trademark owners and applicants.

12 March 2019

Russian IP Court confirms invalidation of BBC’s TOP GEAR mark

In a controversial decision, the Russian IP Court has upheld a Patent and Trademark Office decision which found the British Broadcasting Corporation’s TOP GEAR trademark to be invalid based on the existence of a senior, almost identical mark belonging to a third party.

11 March 2019

China looking to hold accountable not only trademark squatters, but also facilitating agents

The recent publication of a discussion paper seems to signal a stricter approach by the IP authorities to tackle the problem of parties taking unfair advantage of the system in China at the expense of genuine rights holders.   

08 March 2019

From the old to the new: inside Mondelēz’s evolving brand portfolio strategy

The snack giant has traditionally focused on existing famous brands; however, the healthy living trend now presents both challenges and opportunity.

08 March 2019

New Uzbekistan resolution aims to strengthen enforcement efforts

The Uzbek government has signed a resolution to tackle the urgent issue of trademark squatting of global brands. The resolution makes significant changes to how trademarks are registered and protected in the country.

01 March 2019

How branding could be a golden opportunity for mining companies 

In an exclusive data analysis, we look at how mining companies have yet to appreciate the value of brand strength in an era of growing expectations around corporate social responsibility.

27 February 2019

Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership introduced in Vietnam: impact on current IP regulations

The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership came into effect in Vietnam on 14 January 2019. The requirement that a trademark licence agreement must be registered in order to take effect against third parties will be removed.

26 February 2019

Trademarks (Amendment) Bill 2019 gazetted - what you need to know

The Trademarks (Amendment) Bill 2019, which empowers the registrar to make essential procedural rules to implement the Madrid Protocol in Hong Kong, was gazetted on 8 February 2019.

26 February 2019

Just one week left to have your say on the state of the trademark industry

Trademark practitioners are running out of time to participate in WTR’s annual Global Trademark Benchmarking Survey. Do not miss out on the opportunity to share your successes, challenges and concerns. 

25 February 2019

Protect and enforce IP rights or risk wasting brand investment

Brand registration alone is insufficient. Financial and professional services need to take a realistic view of the unauthorised use of brands and ensure that their trademarks are not diluted and abused.

25 February 2019

Financial brand protection: it is about the money

Financial companies must balance what is distinctive and recognisable in a brand with what is descriptive and easy to understand. Moreover, defensive registrations can provide greater protection against brand damage.