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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

03 October 2016

EU customs seizures skyrocketed in 2015; concerns raised that counterfeit issue being ‘massively underestimated’

The European Commission’s latest annual report into EU customs enforcement has found that the level of suspected counterfeit articles detained by authorities rose by 15% year-on-year, with the number of applications for action up by a startling 59% across the same time period. While the estimated value of the detailed articles totals nearly €650 million, one expert claims the report could be massively underestimating the scope of the problem.

04 March 2016

Hong Kong government withdraws copyright amendment bill after free speech furore

In the face of a sustained filibuster by pan-democratic lawmakers, Hong Kong’s government is set to pull a controversial amendment to the special administrative region’s Copyright Ordinance. Civic Party legislator Claudia Mo says that the bill will not be formally withdrawn until Wednesday, but we understand the legislation is effectively dead.

13 January 2015

Consultation paper on joining the Madrid Protocol issued

The Commerce and Economic Development Bureau and the Intellectual Property Department of the Hong Kong government have jointly issued a consultation paper on the proposed application of the Madrid Protocol to Hong Kong. The consultation will end on February 11 2015. The purpose of this consultation is to gather views on the benefits, implications and implementation of the application of the Madrid Protocol to Hong Kong.

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.