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29 July 2019

The top filers and a vision for the future: inside EUIPO operations

Less than a year into Christian Archambeau’s tenure as executive director, the EUIPO is laying the groundwork for future expansion. World Trademark Review’s annual focus on the office assesses current operations, reveals the most proactive filers and explores how the agency is taking a global view of trademarks.

27 February 2019

IP offices of EU, Chile, Singapore and Spain named most innovative in the world

In exclusive research from WTR, the EUIPO has been ranked as the most innovative IP office in the world for the third year in a row. Closely behind are the registries of Chile, Singapore and Spain.

02 November 2018

Trademarks take centre stage at IP statistics conference

In this exclusive guest insight, CompuMark’s Robert Reading shares his takeaways – and why trademarks are taking a more prominent role in the analysis of IP analytics.

10 September 2018

Trademark procedures and strategies: Spain

At an international level, the Trademark Act has adapted Spanish law to the general legal framework established within the international community. 

11 April 2018

Customs concerns: counsel identify significant room for improvement in India, Iran and Turkey

Trademark counsel have had their say on the efficiency of customs authorities across the globe – with some of the largest importers of counterfeit goods giving cause for continued concern.

06 April 2018

Trademark offices prepare for the future as users give poor performance grades

The performance levels of the Chinese, Brazilian and Indian trademark offices have clear room for improvement but change could be afoot.

27 March 2018

BARCELONA collective mark rejected, battle for Prudential name and Philippines fakes crackdown: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at the Philippines government pledging to crackdown on counterfeit goods, a national IP office’s anti-fakes video featuring a naked man atop a tortoise, and much more.

11 October 2017

Foreign companies and unfair competition actions in Spain

The Spanish Supreme Court has addressed the controversial issue of the standing of foreign companies which do not operate directly in Spain to bring actions under the Spanish Unfair Competition Act, by dismissing an appeal against a US company’s standing to sue a Spanish distributor.

16 July 2015

Amendments to Criminal Code come into force

Amendments to the Criminal Code, which came into force on July 1 2015, include a set of reforms that will affect crimes against intellectual property directly and indirectly. Among other things, the amended Criminal Code introduces stricter penalties overall - for example, the penalties for aggravated trademark infringement have increased from one to four years’ imprisonment under the previous legislation to two to six years’ imprisonment.

30 July 2013

Draft bill proposes important amendments to Criminal Code

The Ministry of Justice has issued a draft bill to amend the Criminal Code. In its current form, it includes a set of reforms that will affect crimes against industrial and intellectual property both directly and indirectly. Among other things, new behaviours will be criminalised, and stricter penalties will be imposed overall.

16 May 2012

Spain removed from Special 301 Report's Watch List

The Office of the US Trade Representative published its latest Special 301 Report on April 30 2012. There was good news for Spain, which was removed from the Watch List. The report applauds the swift measures taken by the country, but warns that, in practice, the police and the judges themselves have become somewhat relaxed in combatting IP offences over the internet.

21 March 2012

Introduction of mediation in civil and commercial matters is good news for mark owners

Royal Decree 5/2012, which introduces the concept of 'mediation' into civil and commercial matters, has been published. The decree implements Directive 2008/52 on certain aspects of mediation in civil and commercial matters into Spanish legislation. This is a welcome development for trademark owners, as civil infringement proceedings, as well as invalidity or revocation proceedings, could be resolved a lot faster.

06 May 2010

Spain launches IP plan, but is a top-down approach enough?

Last month the Spanish minister of industry, tourism and commerce, Miguel Sebastián, unveiled the country’s first Strategic Plan for the Promotion of Intellectual Property. Although this initiative has been broadly welcomed by the industry, so long as legal education is under-supported by government initiatives, the nation's IP regime can never develop to its full potential.