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Trademarks Office delivers landmark interpretation of Rule 34 on expedited processing

The key issue in this case was whether a request to expedite processing of an application under Rule 34 of the Trademarks Rules 2017 can be filed after the completion of the opposition pleadings.

21 June 2022

Filings continue to drop at Asian registers as Chinese applicants shift focus

Filing activity has continued to fall at every major Asian register this year, as data reveals a shifting focus away from international filings by Chinese applicants.

20 June 2022

UKIPO backlog ends, attention turns to future

The backlog in trademark, design and patent examinations at the UK Intellectual Property Office has been cleared, the agency has announced.

20 June 2022

Decline continues at North American and European trademark registers, but optimism emerges

Application numbers have continued to fall at major North American and European trademark registries this year. But the rate of decline could be slowing, new data suggests.

17 June 2022

Apple set to become first trillion-dollar brand; Amazon and Cartier file joint lawsuits; WIPO enhances eHague – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at food brands being the most trusted industry sector, ICANN heading to Germany, and much more.

17 June 2022

An IP revolution in Kazakhstan: vastly improved brand protection measures introduced

The Kazakhstan Parliament has passed amendments to its IP legislation, including the addition of trademark opposition proceedings and geographical indications.

16 June 2022

Landmark interpretation could bring significant changes to Indian trademark practice

In a recent ruling, the deputy registrar concluded that the processing of a trademark application can be expedited at any stage up to its final disposal by filing a suitable application at the appropriate time. The decision has wide-ranging ramifications and is bound to come up for analysis again sooner rather than later.

16 June 2022

“Raised the bar” – Christian Louboutin red sole rejection makes colour marks in Japan more difficult to obtain

The JPO Appeal Board has rejected a red colour trademark filed by Christian Louboutin, in a blow to its long-running bid to secure protection for its iconic red sole.

15 June 2022

Hirshfield confirms USPTO departure; Chinese trademark agency fined; INTA calls for action on fakes – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at the UKIPO marking the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, the USPTO re-opening the National Inventors Hall of Fame Museum, and much more.

10 June 2022

A look at the first year of the Polish IP office’s fast-track programme

The office’s accelerated programme has reduced processing times significantly. Despite this, it has received little uptake suggesting that perhaps swift examination is less of a priority for rights holders than might have been believed.

09 June 2022

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