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09 October 2019

NBA crisis highlights the China conundrum for all brands

We speak with IP and PR experts on what brand owners must learn from the NBA's ongoing crisis in China, with one claiming that this is “the biggest trademark story of the year”.

20 August 2019

Tackling a $1.4 billion counterfeit problem: inside the CBP’s seizure numbers

As the value of counterfeit good seizures by the US authorities rises, a new call is made for private industry to work with domestic and international partner agencies in a bid to tackle demand as well as supply.

18 March 2019

EUIPO calls for action as study finds fakes make up 3.3% of global trade

A new study from the EUIPO and the OECD has revealed the staggering rise in counterfeit goods being traded around the globe. In response, the executive director of the EUIPO has called for coordinated action.

12 March 2019

Alibaba reaches settlement, new Hong Kong IP director, and Swiss IP office issues fakes warning: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at the New Zealand IP office issuing a stark warning against misleading mislead invoices, $1.1 million worth of counterfeits stopped on Canada-US border, and much more.

26 February 2019

Trademarks (Amendment) Bill 2019 gazetted - what you need to know

The Trademarks (Amendment) Bill 2019, which empowers the registrar to make essential procedural rules to implement the Madrid Protocol in Hong Kong, was gazetted on 8 February 2019.

20 November 2018

Hong Kong court issues landmark decision on use of trademarks in comparative advertising

In PCCW-HKT Datacom Services Ltd v Hong Kong Broadband Network Ltd, the Court of First Instance has provided guidance on the use of another party’s trademarks in comparative advertising.

18 October 2018

“Leveraging the law is not the whole solution”: interview with Philip Morris’ Herman Cheung

In an exclusive interview, the tobacco giant's Manager of Illicit Trade Prevention talks to WTR about the importance of anti-counterfeiting efforts as the company transitions to a smoke-free future.

08 August 2018

AI boosts counterfeit seizures in Hong Kong; expert claims focus should be on small package detection

​​​​​​Customs authorities in Hong Kong have managed to increase the seizure rate of fake goods by one-third in the first half of 2018 thanks to the use of artificial intelligence.

19 July 2018

Well-known marks: multijurisdictional approaches to fame in Asia

Different approaches must be used to secure protection for well-known marks in different countries. This article considers the best route in key Asian jurisdictions.

29 September 2017

Opening the door to product placement in Hong Kong?

The Communications Authority (CA) of Hong Kong recently announced a review of the codes of practice governing product placement in television programmes. Based on a survey that found that most viewers do not find product placement advertisements objectionable, the CA held that there is room to relax the codes.

05 September 2017

Time to revisit the two-year time bar in a ‘.cn’ complaint?

The China Dispute Resolution Policy governing the ‘.cn’ domain in China has a time bar which stipulates that no complaints concerning a ‘.cn’ registration over two years old will be accepted. The time bar has been criticised for imposing “unreasonable time limits” which prevent the fair and equitable enforcement of IP rights.

18 May 2017

Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: China

China’s large manufacturing base and inconsistent IP enforcement have long made it one of the primary sources of global counterfeit and knock-off goods. In 2015 China’s official Xinhua news agency estimated that over $45 billion in fakes were available on Alibaba’s various e-commerce websites. That same year, US customs statistics indicated that 88% of fake goods seized in the United States (by value) originated in China.

27 April 2017

Hong Kong moves closer to tobacco plain packaging; street vendors voice disappointment and anger, threaten protest

The Hong Kong government tabled a law yesterday that will substantially increase the size of mandatory health warnings on tobacco products and leave the autonomous territory a step away from full-blown ‘plain packaging’. The developments have led to complaints from tobacco vendors, which claim that they will lose business as consumers switch to counterfeits and grey-market cigarettes as a result of the changes.

03 April 2017

SWISS certification mark opposition: court finds actual use likely to confuse

The Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry FH - the holder of the SWISS certification mark - has been successful in an appeal against a decision of the registrar of trademarks in opposition proceedings against the registration of the figurative mark SWISSBERNARD for "horological and chronometric instruments". The appeal decision is significant in that it is one of the rare cases in which the registrar’s decision has been set aside.

06 March 2017

Government proceeding with plans to adopt Madrid Protocol

The Hong Kong government has announced that it is proceeding with plans to adopt the Madrid Protocol, following its consultation with interested parties in 2014. It is anticipated that the protocol will be available in Hong Kong in 2019 at the earliest. One interesting point is that international registrations based on applications filed in Hong Kong will not be permitted to designate Mainland China, and vice versa.