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Amendments to strengthen protection afforded to trademark and design applicants

Recent amendments to the Korean Trademark Act and the Design Protection Act will provide more opportunities to remedy mistakes and relax the time limits for certain procedures.

07 January 2022

Trademark procedures and strategies: Germany

Featured in World Trademark Review Yearbook 2017/2018

The following are enforceable in Germany: German trademarks, EU trademarks, German trademarks based on international registrations, names and non-registered trade designations. German trademarks are governed by the Trademark Act, which implements the EU Trademark Directive (89/104/EEC) and the Regulation on Trademark-Related Administrative Proceedings.

27 December 2021

Moving the goalposts: the attachment of trademarks to found jurisdiction

The football and legal words recently met for a clash of the titans in an appeal heard by South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal.

17 December 2021

USPTO invalidates over 15,000 trademarks in stark warning to fraudulent filers in China

The USPTO has taken “unprecedented action” against a China-based entity, Huanyee Intellectual Property Co Ltd, for repeated violations of US trademark rules of practice.

13 December 2021

How to initiate a trademark infringement action against a registered trademark in China

This landmark case involving US company Travel Sentry Inc should encourage IP rights owners to fight against free-riders who successfully register infringing trademarks.

29 November 2021

The Final Rule implementing the Trademark Modernisation Act of 2020: what has changed

Last week the USPTO amended its rules of practice in trademark cases to implement provisions of the Trademark Modernisation Act of 2020. This guest analysis explores the changes that trademark professionals should be aware of.

24 November 2021

Uzbekistan amends trademark and copyright laws - what you need to know

The amendments have brought about some significant changes, including the introduction of the expedited examination of trademark applications.

10 November 2021

Surprising UKIPO decision finds likelihood of confusion on the basis of non-distinctive and descriptive common element

In this guest analysis, Allen & Overy’s Robert Dickens argue that a recent UKIPO decision cuts across a fundamental principle of the trademark legal framework.

04 November 2021

Change is coming at ARIPO

A number of changes to the ARIPO system will come into effect on 1 January 2022, affecting the Harare Protocol and the Banjul Protocol.

03 November 2021

Inside China’s evolving approach to tackling bad-faith trademarks

The authorities and legislative bodies in China have been implementing a range of measures to tackle the rampant problem of bad-faith applications targeting third-party brands. However, for rights holders, the nuance is all important.

28 October 2021

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