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Live updates: IP offices implement measures in wake of coronavirus crisis

As the novel coronavirus epidemic continues to spread across the globe, WTR provides an updated look at measures that national IP offices have launched in response.

20 January 2022

UK government maintains current exhaustion regime – for now

The UK government has announced that its current exhaustion of IP rights regime will continue following a consultation over possible changes. However, the announcement comes with a big caveat.

19 January 2022

Legal reforms in the UAE: what does this mean for brand owners?

The United Arab Emirates has formally approved some of the most extensive legal reforms ever seen in the country, which include major changes in the IP space.

17 January 2022

Russia to join Geneva Act of Lisbon Agreement, further integrating into global IP system

The move is expected to have significant protection benefits for local and international brands.

14 January 2022

‘Cacao de Caripito’ protected as a geographical indication by the Venezuelan state

Cacao de Caripito’ is the second protected geographical indication granted to a Venezuelan product in 2021. This follows the establishment of a new procedure for the granting of geographical indications at the end of the previous year.

13 January 2022

OAPI: widespread changes come into effect

Changes to the OAPI registration system - affecting trademarks, GIs, utility models and industrial designs - came into effect on 1 January 2022. This update highlights the most important changes.

11 January 2022

USPTO director confirmation vote delayed; Snap Spectacles lawsuit; Reckitt to sell E45 brand – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at the USPTO unveiling an administrative sanctions process, illegal online pharmacies legislation gaining momentum, and much more.

07 January 2022

Good news for trademark owners: Trademark Office to start issuing trademark certificates electronically

The Costa Rican Trademark Office is due to begin issuing trademark certificates electronically, which should make the registration process faster and less costly.

05 January 2022

Why cooperation and public outreach is key for expanding innovation at IP offices

In a unique preview of an upcoming WTR Special Report, we present three exclusive extracts from major trademark office leaders on how they are using public outreach and collaboration to further their message.

30 December 2021

Hague design system – upcoming changes to the rules

A number of welcome amendments, due to come into force on 1 January 2022, have been made to the rules of procedure relating to the Hague design registration system.

17 December 2021

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