In Disney's Frozen 2, main character Anna is seen wearing red-bottomed boots, with some claiming a similarity to the iconic footwear of fashion brand Christian Louboutin. We speak with IP experts on the issues potentially at play.
Amendments to China’s Trademark Law are due to take effect on 1 November 2019. The changes should aid the authorities in their bid to crack down on malicious filings and trademark hoarding.
Recent amendments to China’s Anti-unfair Competition Law have seen legal compensation rise from Rmb3 million to Rmb5 million, which goes some way to addressing the significant cost of stopping infringement.
In our latest edition, we look at New Zealand joining TMclass, the Singapore IPO bolstering innovation ties with Kazakhstan, a GI deal between Switzerland and Georgia coming into force, and much more.
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.
In recent years China has attached unprecedented importance to the protection of trademarks and new amendments to the Trademark Law aim to crack down on malicious trademark applications more effectively and punish trademark infringement more forcefully.
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.
Understanding the law is only the first step to successful brand protection in China. WTR gets the scoop from local in-house counsel and private practitioners on how to craft a multifaceted trademark strategy for the region.
The principle of national treatment may hinder the ability of some foreign companies to exercise their right to appeal Trademark Review and Adjudication Board decisions to the Beijing IP Court. However, there are various strategies that foreign companies can employ to overcome the hurdles that they face.
Pharmaceutical products play a key role in public healthcare. As a result, the protection of pharmaceutical trademarks is fraught with unique challenges, particularly when it comes to a pharmaceutical product’s name and generic name.
The president of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping, spent a great deal of his keynote speech at the start of last week’s G20 discussing IP matters. We analyse the key messages that brand owners can take away – and what the proposed changes lack.
The eminent Jack Chang sits down with WTR to give an insight into his varied career. From establishing the China Anti-counterfeiting Coalition and the Quality Brands Protection Committee to being personally thanked by Vice Premier Madam Wu Yi for his work, Chang has significantly altered the trademark landscape in China.
Lindesay Low, deputy director – legal at the Scotch Whisky Association, reveals how the company has upheld enforcement efforts amid Brexit chaos and why it remains confident in the face of international infringement, proving itself the worthy winner of WTR’s Not-for-Profit Organisation Team of the Year.
On 23 April 2019 the National People’s Congress approved amendments to the Trademark Law and Anti-unfair Competition Law, among others. The speedy approval of these amendments demonstrates China’s dedication to strengthening the protection of IP rights.