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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.

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.

05 October 2016

Key trademark service providers are Asia-bound with completion of $3.5 billion Thomson Reuters deal

Thomson Reuters’ $3.55 billion sale of its IP business to Baring Private Equity Asia and Onex Corporation completed this week in a deal that highlights the growing demand for trademark strategy services in the region.

24 November 2015

The Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Ordinance - impact on the licensing of trademarks

The Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Ordinance (Cap 623), which will come into operation on January 1 2016, will have implications for IP contracts, such as trademark licensing. Among other things, any warranties concerning trademarks given by the trademark owner may be enforceable by the sub-licensee(s) directly in the event that any of the warranties are breached.

09 May 2014

WTR’s unofficial guide to Hong Kong

Just over two years ago, the IP Media Group (IPMG), publisher of World Trademark Review and Intellectual Asset Management, opened its first office in Asia. Based in Wan Chai, Hong Kong, it was opened to allow IPMG to provide much greater coverage of Asia’s rapidly expanding IP markets. However, the real pay-off comes now. Based on extensive first-hand experience, the Hong Kong team can now give you the inside track on what to do, see and say while visiting the Pearl of the Orient for the INTA Annual Meeting.

24 October 2013

Why Hong Kong’s parody consultation could impact trademark enforcement

Hong Kong is currently undertaking a public consultation exercise regarding the treatment of parody in its copyright regime. That process involves soliciting the views of interested stakeholders and then drawing up a proposal that strikes an ideal balance between copyright protection and freedom of expression. Brand owners are advised to keep an eye out, as any potential parody-related developments could be used as an additional weapon against trademark infringers, if the circumstances are right.

03 October 2013

Consumer attitudes towards counterfeits in Hong Kong slowly changing

Although new research indicates that 73% of respondents in Hong Kong have purchased counterfeit products, more positive for brand owners is that the percentage that would do so again is dropping for certain industries. The findings provide practical takeaways for brand owners in other jurisdictions in terms of changing consumer attitudes towards fake goods.

23 February 2012

The IPAD dispute: the Hong Kong chapter

The dispute between Apple Inc and the Proview group over the IPAD marks in China has recently grabbed the media's attention. This article looks at the dispute brought before the Hong Kong courts - interestingly, although the parties' dispute is based on the same facts, the Hong Kong court and the Chinese court read them differently.

21 March 2011

Bill proposes changes to profits tax deduction

The Inland Revenue (Amendment) (No 2) Bill 2011 has recently been gazetted. The bill seeks to implement the 2010-2011 Budget by proposing changes to the existing provisions on profits tax deduction. Major changes proposed by the bill include providing tax deduction for capital expenditure incurred on the purchase of a copyright, registered design and registered trademark.