In our latest data report, World Trademark Review examines the IP profile of Argentina, exploring the potential impact of the new emergency decree on trademark law, while providing a thorough breakdown on filings at the Argentine register and delving into the performance of the trademark office.
In our latest news round-up edition, we look at how trademark lawyers sometimes have to “take one for the team” to protect corporate clients, how the future of WHOIS remains up in the air, US President Donald Trump looking at $30 billion Chinese tariffs as part of an IP theft crackdown, and New Zealand implementing plain packaging on tobacco products.
The Venezuelan Patent and Trademark Office has suspended payment of official fees by foreign applicants for the foreseeable future. The situation, which has resulted in services including renewals and changes of ownership grinding to a halt for many brand owners, has been described by one local attorney on the ground as “lacking legal basis” and leaving IP owners “in limbo”.
New research from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development and the EU Intellectual Property Office reveals that the growth in free trade zones – where economic activity is driven by reduced customs controls, light regulation and limited oversight – is in turn fostering growth in counterfeit goods trafficking.
As part of a huge government-wide shuffle announced this week, China’s patent and trademark offices – in addition to a number of other agencies – are to be combined and housed under one roof. While a significant change in terms of oversight of the country’s IP landscape, according to one market expert it is unlikely that this will affect either office's functions going forward.
UDRP case filings at WIPO continued their upwards momentum, with 3,074 cases handled by its Arbitration and Mediation Centre in 2017. While the rise was less pronounced than in previous years, the figure set a new record. Worryingly for rights holders, the number of domains covered in these filings rose at a much faster rate, hitting a historical high.
In the first in a series of interviews with some of the world’s leading corporate trademark professionals, Relani Belous outlines the brand challenges she is tackling in her new role as general counsel of Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment.
In our latest round-up, we look at the latest predictions for the next round of gTLDs, a tale of two O’Keefe law firms, the IP Office of the Philippines reporting on counterfeit seizures in 2017 and the United Kingdom’s IP Crime Unit urging the public to “treat mum right” by avoiding fakes.
The seventh edition of Pharmaceutical Trademarks: A Global Guide, which provides trademark professionals with comprehensive guidance on the key issues involved in the protection, enforcement and marketing of pharmaceutical brands, is now available to view online.
The former director general of the African Intellectual Property Organisation (OAPI), Paulin Edou Edou, has been accused of signing his own accreditation to be an OAPI trademark agent while still in office, World Trademark Review understands. The allegation surfaced in the same week that OAPI’s High Commission of Appeal annulled a 2016 decision by Edou Edou which suspended two IP attorneys due to their suspected involvement with a group protesting OAPI’s accession to the Madrid Protocol.
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