Having just rung in the new year, it is the perfect time to look at the trends which have characterised the trademark landscape in 2018, and discuss what is to come in 2019.
While Brexit has been the primary focus of many practitioners in the United Kingdom, the UK Intellectual Property Office witnessed various other changes and developments in 2018.
Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the relocation of the design and trademark department, the Swedish Patent and Registration Office looks back on a busy year.
Already a leader in terms of online offerings, the IP Office of New Zealand is now seeking to maximise business IP awareness in order to allow companies to make the most of their intellectual property.
Over the past year, creating a new legislative reality and increasing quality have been core focuses for the Latvian Patent Office.
The recent boom in economic activity across Asia has been reflected by a significant increase in the number of IP applications filed in the region – and the IP Office of Singapore is leading the way in innovation.
This week, INTA is hosting its 2018 Middle East and Africa Conference. As the event kicked off, we spoke with an INTA representative to look at recent developments and why an annual meeting in the region is “a natural step”.
Newly released statistics from WIPO have revealed that 2017 was a record-breaking year in terms of trademark applications, spurred by massive growth in China – which is set to break the 8 million application barrier.
The USPTO has published its latest strategic plan, which focuses on the need to be equipped to handle the ever-increasing number of trademark filings, with little mention of ongoing fraud issues.
It has been another busy year for the trademark division at the Japan Patent Office, especially in the development of examinations.
China’s National Intellectual Property Administration has launched its new online trademark services system, with one local expert telling WTR that the next task should be “to retain – or arguably regain – the quality of examination”.
Following a record number of trademark applications, 2018 has been a busy year at IP Australia. Alongside core operations, the office has undertaken various initiatives this year – with more planned for 2019.
China’s State Commission Office for Public Sector Reform has released two regulations which clarify the role and functions of the agencies created by the country’s recent institutional reform.
It has been another busy year for the USPTO, with major changes including enhanced stakeholder outreach and further action to tackle fraudulent solicitations.
Trademark reforms proposed by the Canadian government are positive for brand owners, with mechanisms to tackle trademark squatting and modernised dispute resolution proceedings.