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28 February 2020

New amendments affecting the pharmaceutical market – key points highlighted

Russia’s Law on the Circulation of Medicines is probably one of the country’s most debated laws. However, new amendments introduced in December have been largely welcomed by the local pharmaceutical community.

27 February 2020

The IP initiatives to look forward to in Russia

IP legislation is constantly being updated as there has been a push to recognise the importance of IP protection in the last few decades in Russia. This article discusses important updates from 2019 and what practitioners can expect to see in 2020.

27 February 2020

Delhi High Court: Amazon entitled to rely on exhaustion defence and claim safe harbour protection

In a landmark decision, the Division Bench of the Delhi High Court has set aside a decision preventing Amazon Seller Services, Cloudtail and Snapdeal from selling the goods of direct-selling entities Amway India, Oriflame India and Modicare.

27 February 2020

How intellectual property transformed the e-sports industry: interview with Fnatic’s Andrew Cooke

In a conversation with WTR, Andrew Cooke, general counsel of e-sports team Fnatic, reveals that an entire generation of e-sports athletes are waking up to the power of their IP as brands race to catch up with this rapidly evolving consumer market.

27 February 2020

Most TikTok influencers at risk of brand infringement; urged to consider trademark protection

TikTok has become a global phenomenon over the past 12 months, but research from WTR reveals that the vast majority of the platform's most popular content creators have taken no steps to protect their brand assets.

25 February 2020

International Anti-counterfeiting Coalition relocates annual conference to Rome; WIPO election heats up; BlackBerry dispute – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at unauthorised SUSSEX ROYAL trademark applications being filed across the globe, PepsiCo purchasing a Chinese snack brand, the USPTO giving an update on its engagement efforts, and much more.

25 February 2020

WIPO director general elections: exclusive interview with Kazakhstan candidate Saule Tlevlessova

WTR spoke to the Republic of Kazakhstan’s Saule Tlevlessova in the run-up to the WIPO director general elections. She is the current president of the Eurasian Patent Organisation and held multiple positions at WIPO for almost two decades.

25 February 2020

“We can’t produce anything” – how the coronavirus epidemic is affecting the counterfeits industry in China

As coronavirus continues to spread across the globe, WTR investigates how the worsening epidemic is having an impact on the production, delivery and monitoring of fake goods by counterfeiters and enforcement authorities in China.

21 February 2020

Call for community to help choose the 2020 IP Hall of Fame inductees 

The annual search to identify outstanding individuals to induct into the IP Hall of Fame has begun. A number of trademark industry luminaries are currently recognised – the community now has an opportunity to nominate other leading lights to join them.

21 February 2020

Football: a game where every brand wins

Football teams and corporates are cashing in on brand value, but a changing industry means clubs need to use new methods to continue strengthening their presence and engagement levels.

21 February 2020

The China-US Economic and Trade Agreement and its impact on geographical indications

While most of the provisions of the China-US Economic and Trade Agreement aim to improve the protection of US IP rights, Section F: Geographical Indications (GIs) introduces a means of challenging the GIs that may prevent market access to certain US goods.   

20 February 2020

Newly-amended examination guidelines include detailed standards for reviewing secondary meaning

The Korean Intellectual Property Office’s amended trademark examination guidelines, which came into effect on 1 January 2020, provide specific criteria for determining whether a mark has acquired secondary meaning.

19 February 2020

Federal Court finds URBAN ALE descriptive for beer

In Urban Alley Brewery Pty Ltd v La Sirène Pty Ltd, the Federal Court of Australia has concluded that the trademark URBAN ALE for beer should be cancelled because it is descriptive of beer products produced in an inner-city location.

18 February 2020

Holden brand retired; EUIPO coronavirus extension; Japan GI cancellation – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Amazon car seat criticism leading to calls for legal reform, New Zealand being added to the TMview roster, US and China battling over the WIPO director general position, and much more.

17 February 2020

Annual Meeting 2020: INTA made the difficult, but right, decision over coronavirus fears

While the INTA cancelling the 2020 Annual Meeting in Singapore is not unexpected, it will not have been an easy decision, and INTA staff now face a significant challenge: pulling together an event, that usually takes years, in a matter of months.