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22 February 2018

Good news for rights holders: SON and NAFDAC enter into partnership to tackle fake and substandard products

The Standard Organisation of Nigeria and the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control have entered into a partnership to tackle and combat fake and substandard products in the country.

02 March 2018

Constitutional Court softens country's stance on parallel imports

The Constitutional Court has confirmed that the principle of national exhaustion of trademark rights is constitutional, but  has increased the burden of proof imposed on trademark owners in parallel importation cases.

27 September 2017

Proposed life sentences for counterfeiters in Nigeria hailed as “a welcome development”

A bill in Nigeria has proposed a series of amendments to the country’s counterfeiting legislation, including life sentences for those convicted of selling certain types of counterfeit products. 

10 May 2017

Court of Appeal upholds enforcement of pharmaceutical trademark against parallel importers

A recent Court of Appeal judgment has clarified the interaction of trademark rights and EU rules on the free movement of goods. The decision confirms that trademark owners have a legitimate interest in the enforcement of their marks against imported goods that they have not placed on the market and over which they have no control.

24 February 2017

ECJ rules on repackaging of parallel-imported medicinal products

In Ferring Lægemidler A/S v Orifarm A/S, a reference for a preliminary ruling from the Danish Maritime and Commercial Court, the ECJ has ruled again on the conditions a parallel importer must meet in order to show that it is 'necessary' to repackage medicinal products for sale in the country of import.

20 September 2016

Glaxo’s colour mark invalidated after high bar set by the courts

In Glaxo Wellcome UK Limited (t/a Allen & Hanburys), Glaxo Group Limited v Sandoz Limited, the High Court held that under the EU Trademark Regulation, Glaxo’s purple-combination colour trademark was invalid. The decision illustrates the difficulties of making applications for colour marks which are used in a variable way.

21 June 2016

New rules for trademarks on patented medicines on patent expiry

A presidential decree has amended the Regulations for the Application of the Law on Import, Commercialisation and Sale of Generic Medicines for Human Use. The changes alter the practice regarding the branding and trademarking of patented medicines after expiration of the patent.

21 March 2018

WIPO reveals strong growth in Madrid applications; L’Oreal, Novartis and Abercrombie feature in top filers list

​​​​​​​WIPO has released filing statistics on the Madrid System for trademarks, revealing growth for international marks, with those originating in China, Russia and the United Kingdom showing significant rises.

05 January 2018

Department of Justice memo plunges future of marijuana brands into uncertainty

The Trump administration has signalled a U-turn on the federal marijuana enforcement policy. Experts tell World Trademark Review why it matters for brands in the sector.

27 October 2017

KIPO calls out Chinese plagiarism, USPTO rule making, reality show trademark protection and pugs in Prada: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at the fallout from Kid Rock’s latest tour announcement, how the Korean IP Office is speaking out on behalf of domestic brands, and much more.

08 December 2016

Health insurance giant reveals why cybersecurity response planning is critical to retain brand value after hack

A legal representative from one of the largest health insurance companies in the United States has claimed that it is “no longer if, but when” a company will face a hacking incident. At INTA's Digital World Conference, Heather C Steinmeyer, managing associate general counsel at Anthem Inc, went on to reveal that responding to a cyber-breach effectively is the only way to ensure brand value is not significantly affected long term.

10 November 2017

China pledges IP cooperation, Kanye West trademark fuels rumours, takeaways from INTA Leadership Meeting: news round-up

In the latest round-up, we look at some takeaways from the recent International Trademark Association Leadership Meeting, China’s latest pledge to increase cooperation over IP rights, and much more.