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23 August 2019

World’s largest trademark application, IPOS launches app, and Notorious Markets List comments open: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at the art of avoiding brand hate, Hasbro acquiring Peppa Pig owner, the INTA holding its first roundtable event in Israel, and much more.

20 August 2019

North Korea establishes IP institute, Amazon intangibles tax win, and Brazil fee request: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at retail companies leading a ‘brand health’ survey, the Belarus IP office correcting a mistake, the New York Times delving into the world of counterfeit books, and much more.

14 August 2019

Matters to be addressed in future revision of Trademark Law

Earlier this year, China’s Trademark Law was rapidly revised without public consultation. This update analyses what remains to be done and what a fifth revision of the Trademark Law should cover.

05 August 2019

Sportsbet takes punt on descriptive mark

The decision of the Australian Trademark Office in Sportsbet Pty Ltd regarding the inherent capacity to distinguish of the mark SAME GAME MULTI provides a reminder of the perils of adopting descriptive trademarks.

02 August 2019

Chinese law firm seeks to buy US trademarks: inside the market for ‘idle’ registrations

Over the past week, law firms across the US have been contacted by an IP agency based in China asking if they have registered trademarks to sell. Talking exclusively to WTR, a representative for this agency explains the inner workings of this market for marks.

01 August 2019

“Never seen anything like this” – USPTO experiences massive surge in trademark applications from China

The USPTO experienced a huge rise in trademark applications last week, with a large proportion coming from applicants in China. WTR talks with IP experts and the USPTO about how this unprecedented activity could affect all applicants.

31 July 2019

Uzbekistan introduces criteria for determining whether trademark is well known, transfers IP office appeal board to Ministry of Justice

A resolution which entered into force in Uzbekistan on 2 July 2019 introduces criteria for determining whether a trademark is well known. The resolution also brings the Board of Appeal of the Intellectual Property Office under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Justice.

29 July 2019

Bad-faith oppositions beat BEN FORD, LIKE A BOSS

Recent Australian opposition proceedings involving the marks BARRY FORD, BEN FORD and LIKE A BOSS show that comprehensive monitoring is essential to help businesses identify and oppose applications which either infringe on an existing mark or are filed in bad faith.

22 July 2019

What Volkswagen’s portfolio tells us about disruption in the automotive industry

With the rise of autonomous driving technology, ride-hailing companies and micromobility transportation, traditional automotive manufacturers need to evolve fast. Positively, the strength and reputation of existing brands will prove key to fighting off digital start-ups.

17 July 2019

Crunch time for Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain cereal

Multinational food and drink giant Nestlé has successfully opposed the registration in New Zealand for the 3D shape of Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain cereal.

17 July 2019

China’s economic growth is slowing but expect a renewed focus on brand creation

In our latest opinion column, we consider what impact China’s economic growth slowdown may have on ‘Made in China 2025’ and ‘Belt and Road’ – and, by extension, rights owners.

11 July 2019

BRIONI case: qualitative circumstances must be considered to determine whether registration was acquired by “other illegitimate means” under Article 44.1

In a case involving Italian menswear brand Brioni, China’s Trademark Review and Adjudication Board has held the determination of whether a registration has been acquired by "other illegitimate means" must be based on both qualitative and quantitative considerations.

11 July 2019

Changes to Thailand's trademark registration practices - what mark owners need to know

Minor and sometimes undisclosed changes in the practice of Thailand's Trademark Office have recently been revealed. These changes should be closely monitored as they can have a substantial effect on applicants and the trademark registration process generally.

07 July 2019

Monzo doubles value; fintech companies maturing to further disrupt the market

Digital banking giant Monzo announced last month it will be launching in the United States. While this is a significant move for the fledgling company, its trademark portfolio shows it is still well in the start-up phase.

02 July 2019

“Greatly beneficial” – IP provisions of EU-Vietnam free trade agreement praised by experts

The landmark EU-Vietnam Trade Agreement has been officially signed. Talking to WTR, IP practitioners claim that the agreement will lead to significant changes to the trademark, design and GI system in Vietnam.