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16 November 2018

Stellar speaker line-up revealed for Brand Strategy China 2018

WTR is pleased to unveil the speaking faculty for the third annual Brand Strategy China event, taking place in Shanghai on 3 December. Among the confirmed speakers on our high-level roster are senior industry leaders from Canon, Mattel, Sanofi, Starbucks, Treasury Wine Estates and Western Digital. 

07 November 2018

Compulsory conundrum: debate surrounds mandatory mediation for IP disputes

The introduction of mandatory mediation in Greece has faced criticism which eventually led to its suspension; a move that has left question marks over whether wider adoption of such a model is viable.

02 November 2018

Azerbaijan pledges IP reforms, plain packaging in Singapore, and Ecuador plans mediation center: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at the JPO offering a souvenir certificate for long-time rights holders, fashion brands stepping up their tech game, a new director at the Tunisian IP Office, and much more.

29 October 2018

How India is helping brands combat counterfeiting

India is removing policy barriers to attract investment, while policy initiatives designed to improve IP rights enforcement look set to yield results. However, the availability of infringing, counterfeit and lookalike products is also on the rise.

29 October 2018

Parallel imports in Russia: same game, different rules

Parallel imports in Russia were once subject to the same treatment as counterfeit goods – but the golden age is over, as a compromise has been struck with regard to the national exhaustion of rights.

29 October 2018

India: the dawning of a new day

The Indian trademark office has made significant strides in improving its operations, efficiencies and digital efforts over the past 18 months. We look at how these could shape trademark protection in India in the coming years.

29 October 2018

Parallel imports in Russia: same game, different rules

Parallel imports in Russia were once subject to the same treatment as counterfeit goods – but the golden age is over, as a compromise has been struck with regard to the national exhaustion of rights.

29 October 2018

How India is helping brands combat counterfeiting

India is removing policy barriers to attract investment, while policy initiatives designed to improve IP rights enforcement look set to yield results. However, the availability of infringing, counterfeit and lookalike products is also on the rise.

09 October 2018

China joint ventures: an eight-point guide to success

Sino-foreign joint ventures are the most popular way to access the Chinese market, but business owners should beware the traps that lurk every step of the way.

01 October 2018

New system makes it easier to enforce IP rights in China

There has been much criticism regarding the difficultly of filing an IP dispute in China. However, the country is streamlining the process of navigating the judicial system, with the goal remaining to stop infringements.

01 October 2018

New system makes it easier to enforce IP rights in China

There has been much criticism regarding the difficultly of filing an IP dispute in China. However, the country is streamlining the process of navigating the judicial system, with the goal remaining to stop infringements.

14 September 2018

<strong>Saudi Arabia to adopt plain packaging, T-ara resolve trademark dispute, and ICANN needs your feedback on RPMs: news round-up</strong>

In our latest round-up, we look at the US brands with the most loyal customers, 7-Eleven taking a menswear brand to court for alleged trademark infringement, and much more.

12 September 2018

Trademark procedures and strategies: China

Any interested party has the right to file an opposition against a trademark application during the three-month publication period. If the prior right does not concern an applied-for or registered trademark, the preliminary proof of the right must be filed.

12 September 2018

Trademark procedures and strategies: India

The Indian courts have taken the lead in issuing landmark decisions on several issues, including recognition of trans-border reputation and goodwill, trademark violations in respect of unrelated goods, online counterfeiting and protection of celebrity rights.

12 September 2018

Trademark procedures and strategies: Japan

 The Examination Guidelines for Trademarks also play an important role in the examination of trademark applications at the Japan Patent Office (JPO). The most recent revisions to the examination guidelines took place in April 2017, which include clarifying the criteria for judging the similarities between trademarks.