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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.

20 February 2020

WIPO director general elections: exclusive interview with Peru candidate Ivo Gagliuffi Piercechi

WTR interviews Peru's candidate for the director general election at WIPO. Ivo Gagliuffi Piercechi current leads his country’s IP office, Indecopi, one of the most innovative in South America and he has similarly big plans for WIPO.

19 February 2020

Sussex Royal brand: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle trademark registration in doubt as Queen intervenes

The saga of the trademark activities of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle continues, with reports that the Queen has “banned” use of the Sussex Royal brand. WTR talks to an IP expert on the implications of this development.

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

USPTO revises controversial new email requirement, but scepticism remains

The USPTO has issued a revision to its new examination guide in an effort to address user concerns over the applicant email address requirement. However, concerns remain that the email requirement is unclear and ultimately “redundant”.

16 February 2020

WIPO director general race exclusive, USPTO email backlash, <em>WTR 1000 </em>2020<em> </em>revealed, and much more

Everything we covered on WTR over the past seven days – and all you need to know from the world of trademarks to set yourself up for the start of another busy week.

14 February 2020

Andean Court of Justice interpretations on cancellation actions: mere respite or permanent solution?

The Andean Court of Justice has issued prejudicial opinions stating that the courts of the Andean Community countries should take a more liberal approach when considering what amounts to use of a mark within the context of a cancellation action.

14 February 2020

India to reassess IP laws; Amazon tops brand intimacy ranking; Valentine’s fakes warning – news digest

In our latest edition, we look at fakes markets in China being closed during the coronavirus epidemic, Netflix suffering a blow in ‘choose your own adventure’ dispute, and much more.

13 February 2020

“A very tricky position” – how the coronavirus epidemic could affect the 2020 INTA Annual Meeting

The 2020 INTA Annual Meeting is due to begin in Singapore in April, and there is growing discussion over how the worsening coronavirus emergency could impact it. WTR speaks with trademark practitioners to get their perspective.

13 February 2020

Inside the WIPO director general candidate interviews – exclusive guest post

Last week, behind closed doors, interviews took place with the eight candidates for the WIPO director general position. In this exclusive guest post, Dr Sarasija Padmanabhan provides observations from diplomatic sources that attended.

12 February 2020

The race to become WIPO director general: exclusive interview with Nigerian nominee Adebambo Adewopo

WTR has reached out to the eight WIPO director general nominees to get the inside track on why they are the best candidate for the role. In the first of the series, we hear from Nigerian candidate Adebambo Adewopo.

11 February 2020

USPTO protest letter passes 80 signatories; KIPO face mask warning; Inter Milan scores win – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at the Benelux IP Office adding its trademark image data to the EUIPO’s TMview platform, Greece being identified as a transit point for counterfeit cosmetics, and much more.

10 February 2020

USPTO urged to halt applicant email requirement following revolt by trademark attorneys

USPTO faces backlash from users following an announcement that trademark applicants and registrants will need to provide an email address that will be publicly viewable, with a group of attorneys penning a letter urging a rethink.

10 February 2020

Searching industrial designs: how AI is changing the game

In this guest post, Dr Robert Stutz, partner at Beutler Künzi Stutz, explores how AI technology is powering new ways to search industrial designs faster, more effectively, and at a lower cost.

09 February 2020

Corona beer-coronavirus mix-up, David Gooder announced USPTO commissioner for trademarks, Gleissner launches brand consultancy firm, and much more

Everything we covered on WTR over the past seven days – and all you need to know from the world of trademarks to set yourself up for the start of another busy week.