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29 March 2017

Trademark procedures and strategies: Brazil

In Brazil, trademarks are governed by the Law on Industrial Property (9,279/1996). Brazil is a party to the following international treaties: the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property; the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights; and the Nice Agreement Concerning the International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purposes of the Registration of Marks.

12 September 2018

Trademark procedures and strategies: Brazil

As a general rule, the Industrial Property Law states that ownership of a mark is acquired through a granted registration, following which the rights holder has the right to exclusive use of the trademark throughout the national territory.

15 June 2018

ICANN steps up GDPR clarity bid, Squire Patton Boggs resolves China dispute, and insights from ECTA 2018: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at various insights from ECTA’s 37th annual conference, how domain registrations for sports betting are on the rise, the Financial Times prevails in trademark dispute, and much more.

25 October 2019

Supreme most searched fake brand, 'tm.com' for sale, and more unauthorised Greta Thunberg marks: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at a new study finding few marketers are confident in consistent brand values, brands being warned of being too political, Diesel engaging in a trademark battle with a reality star, and much more.

18 September 2015

Canada

In March 2014 the federal government introduced major amendments to the Trademarks Act – designed to facilitate implementation of the Nice Agreement, the Singapore Treaty and the Madrid Protocol – in Bill C-31. However, Bill C-31 also contains fundamental changes to the current trademark legislation, including the elimination of use as a registration requirement.

01 May 2017

Trademarks with dictionary meanings risk becoming meaningless in Africa

A string of recent decisions finding that a mark’s ordinary meaning negatively affects its ability to serve as a unique indicator of source could have a significant impact on brand owners

24 May 2018

Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: Italy

Contrary to common belief, the Italian legislative instruments against IP infringement are quite effective.

29 March 2017

Trademark procedures and strategies: Canada

Major amendments to the Trademarks Act were passed in 2014, partially to facilitate implementation of the Nice Agreement, the Singapore Treaty and the Madrid Protocol. Most notable among these amendments is the elimination of use as a registration requirement. The amendments received royal assent, but have not yet been implemented. The latest projections suggest that implementation could take place in 2019.

25 January 2019

JPO apologises for data leak, Brunei joins TMview, and Absolut accused of trademark bullying: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at the Japan Patent Office apologising after an accidental data leak, a sauce company suing Wendy’s, counterfeit fans reacting to Alibaba’s latest Taobao claims, and more.

18 May 2017

Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: Italy

Contrary to common belief, the Italian legislative instruments against IP infringement are quite efficient. In 2003 specialised IP divisions were set up in 12 existing courts, and in September 2012 these were increased to 21. These divisions have exclusive competence to decide civil actions relating to trademarks, patents, copyright and unfair competition.

01 March 2017

The marketplace perspective

There has been persistent criticism of the rights protection mechanisms offered by online marketplaces, with brand owners calling for better anti-counterfeiting tools. Leading e-commerce platforms offer advice on how best to utilise the current arsenal

01 September 2016

Juggling act: assessing the evolution of EUIPO operations

The past year has been a busy one in Alicante. In addition to expanding its tools and activities, the EU Intellectual Property Office had to prepare for the changes ushered in by the European trademark reform package. In this year’s annual survey, we asked users to assess its performance during this period of change

01 May 2015

Better together

While trademark counsel seem to be benefiting from closer relationships with marketing, significant challenges remain – not least managing an increasingly complex digital workload within renewed budgetary constraints

19 February 2019

Illegal online pharmacies: the risks to patient health and brand reputation

Illegal online pharmacies are a growing global problem for patient safety, public health and brand reputation. Combating this danger requires comprehensive, coordinated and consistent action from stakeholders around the world.

01 January 2017

Talking point: 2016 industry developments and a look at the year ahead

World Trademark Review asked trademark professionals and IP association representatives from across the globe to highlight some of the most significant issues they faced in 2016 and what to look out for in 2017