Topic: IP Offices

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China trials fast-track examination for trademark applications

If all conditions are met and fast-track examination is granted, applicants will benefit from a significantly shorter examination period.

08 February 2022

“Renewed ambition” – UKIPO outlines bold new IP crime and infringement strategy

The UKIPO has released ambitious plans to combat IP crime over the next five years, including a pledge to establish a national centre dedicated to analysing IP infringement.

04 February 2022

M&S and Aldi end caterpillar war; stylised .SUCKS registration denied; TPAC chair on new role – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at lessons from a brand with a well-loved logo, Peanuts eyeing the Indian market, the Pakistan IP office signing an e-payment agreement, and much more.

04 February 2022

Sudden slowdown in global filings sends worrying economic signal

A downturn in Chinese trademark applications over the past year has led to unexpected stagnancy in annual global filing growth, sending a worrying message about the economy.

03 February 2022

Transformation and scandal – OAPI introduces raft of trademark changes amid turbulent few months

After a “turbulent period”, the African Intellectual Property Organisation (OAPI) has introduced a raft of new measures to improve its trademark and GI ecosystem.

01 February 2022

WIPO PROOF digital timestamp service discontinued after re-evaluation exercise

WIPO PROOF, a digital timestamp offering launched to much fanfare in May 2020, has officially been discontinued. Existing assets will be stored for five years but the system will no longer generate new tokens.

01 February 2022

Trademark-intensive industries contribute highest amount to GDP in Latin America

Trademark-intensive industries lead the way when it comes to economic contribution in Latin America, according to a new EUIPO report.

31 January 2022

USPTO launches pro bono clearinghouse; Mattel wins Disney Princess; UKIPO wants designs views – news digest

We look at Sony dropping its social media copyright dispute with Gymshark, Little Caesars filing suit against franchisees, and much more.

28 January 2022

‘Widespread, intentional, coordinated fraud’ – Trademark Terminal operator Abtach banned from USPTO practice

The USPTO has terminated over 5,000 pending trademark applications and precluded Pakistan-based IT company Abtach from submitting trademark-related documents to the trademark office.

26 January 2022

Urgent action needed as filing and processing of applications on new online platform come to a standstill

The fanfare that accompanied the introduction of the new online filing platform has now been replaced by outcry, as some of the new features have brought applications to a halt.

25 January 2022

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