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Proposed amendments to the three basic industrial property laws: what you need to know

The purpose of the amendments is to offer greater legal certainty and clarify some confusing aspects.

24 January 2022

Why the SPECTACLES trademark case is one to watch

With technology company Snap taking the USPTO to court for rejecting the registration of a SPECTACLES trademark, Phillips Nizer partner Alan Behr outlines his thoughts on the dispute in our latest opinion column.

22 January 2022

Louis Vuitton fails to prove reputation; Sri Lanka amends IP Act; TikTok owner launches perfume – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Hong Kong authorities stepping up their anti-counterfeiting efforts, Kodak eyeing Indian expansion, ICANN appointing a new CTO, and much more.

21 January 2022

A year of fraud at the USPTO: why more needs to be done to tackle trademark filing scams

After an unprecedented rise in fraud targeting users at the USPTO, we look back at a tempestuous year of scams and identify more actions that can be taken to protect users in the future.

20 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

CNIPA’s Criteria for Determination of General Trademark Violations: key points, concerns and missed opportunities

The criteria, listed in 35 articles, define in detail the various types of trademark offences, with the exception of trademark infringement.

13 January 2022

Cancellation case provides warning to appellants to the General Court

The case serves as a reminder that, where a decision is based on several pillars of reasoning, each of which is sufficient to justify its operative part, it is not possible to justify the annulment of the decision based only on one pillar.

11 January 2022

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

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