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19 July 2019

Brexit preparedness, diversity recognition and rising demand: takeaways from the UKIPO’s Annual Report

The UK Intellectual Property Office has published its latest annual report, covering the period from 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019. We have combed through the 100-page report to bring you our five key takeaways.

19 July 2019

USPTO to fight back against threat to applications and registered marks

The USPTO’s commissioner for trademarks, Mary Boney Denison, has expanded on the office’s plans to prevent individuals making unauthorised changes to trademark applications and registrations. The plans have been welcomed by one industry expert, who calls for the changes to be implemented as soon as possible.

18 July 2019

New regulations on brands that evoke Italy or are linked to Italian territory

The so-called ‘Growth Decree’, which aims to encourage economic growth, contains certain provisions relating to IP rights. In particular, it regulates the adoption of distinctive signs that evoke Italy and, more generally, of trademarks linked to the Italian territory.

18 July 2019

“An enormous opportunity” – IP provisions of EU-Mercosur Agreement lauded

The European Union and the Mercosur bloc of countries have agreed a comprehensive trade agreement that includes significant IP provisions that rights holders should be aware of. 

17 July 2019

China’s economic growth is slowing but expect a renewed focus on brand creation

In our latest opinion column, we consider what impact China’s economic growth slowdown may have on ‘Made in China 2025’ and ‘Belt and Road’ – and, by extension, rights owners.

17 July 2019

Five counterfeit hotspots you should be aware of in the Dominican Republic

In a new regular series, we highlight marketplaces across the world that reportedly engage in the trade of counterfeit goods. This week, we focus on hotspots in the Dominican Republic.

12 July 2019

Ukraine regulates organic food production and labelling

The law regulating organic food production and labelling will enter into force in Ukraine on 2 August 2019. Trademark owners should be cautious when using the word ‘organic’ in product names and trademarks.

10 July 2019

Petition against use of ‘Bharat’ in Bollywood film title dismissed

The Delhi High Court has dismissed a writ petition seeking a stay on the release of Bollywood film Bharat under the Emblems and Names (Prevention of Improper Use) Act.

10 July 2019

Trump criticises left-leaning brand boycotts; how trademark practitioners should prepare

US President Donald Trump took to Twitter yesterday to criticise left-leaning brand boycotts and warned that “two can play that game”. With the threat of brand boycotts on the rise, we look at how trademark counsel should prepare.

08 July 2019

UK trademark attorney salaries continue to rise despite Brexit uncertainty

Research reveals that base salaries have risen across the board for UK IP roles. The news will be positively received by those toiling in the trademark trenches while bracing themselves for the possible negative economic impact of Brexit. 

05 July 2019

Pelispedia case: illegal film and series sites deactivated in Uruguay

A recent case involving popular streaming site Pelispedia shows that the Uruguayan authorities are committed to fighting transnational crimes against IP rights.  

05 July 2019

What Xi Jinping’s IP promises do and don’t say about the US-China trade war

The president of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping, spent a great deal of his keynote speech at the start of last week’s G20 discussing IP matters. We analyse the key messages that brand owners can take away – and what the proposed changes lack.

04 July 2019

Protecting GIs in the modern age: takeaways from WIPO’s Worldwide Symposium on Geographical Indications

In an exclusive guest post, António Corte-Real from Simões Garcia Corte-Real & Associados reveals some of the key takeaways from WIPO’s recent geographical indications event. 

03 July 2019

“A necessary move” – USPTO to require foreign trademark applicants to use US attorneys

The USPTO will soon require foreign-domiciled trademark applicants to be represented by a US licensed attorney. Talking to WTR, experts say this change is needed due to the US trademark register being “flooded with fraudulent applications from foreign nationals”.

01 July 2019

Entering the Gulf – top tips for brand licensing and franchising in the Middle East

Some of the world’s biggest events, including the FIFA World Cup, are set to be held in the Middle East in the next few years. In an exclusive guest post, two experts from the region offer insights for international rights holders on brand licensing in the Gulf region.