The Standing Committee on the Law of Trademarks, Industrial
Designs and Geographical Indications (SCT) meets in Geneva from
March 28 to April 1.
One of the items on its
agenda is trade marks and the internet.
At its last meeting in November last year, the SCT asked the
WIPO Secretariat to examine whether the 2001
Joint Recommendation on trade marks on the internet needs
This followed concerns that the Joint Recommendation may not
adequately address new types of trade mark use online that have
evolved in the past 10 years.
In that time, numerous cases have arisen over issues such as
Google AdWords and the liability of companies such as eBay for
counterfeit goods sold online.
Last month, Frederick Mostert of Richemont presented a paper
at a conference organised by the University of...