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  • INTA reveals position on Brexit IP issues

    November 29, 2017

    The International Trademark Association has released a paper outlining its concerns about the impact of Brexit on intellectual property rights

  • European Commission releases counterfeiting and SEPs measures

    November 29, 2017

    The European Commission has presented a number of measures aimed at protecting intellectual property rights, including recommendations for fighting counterfeits and creating a balanced system for standard essential patents. The SEPs guidance was particularly well received

  • Zambia judgment casts doubts on international registrations

    November 29, 2017

    A Zambian High Court has ruled that the Zambian Trade Mark Act does not recognise unregistered well-known marks. Wayne Meiring explains why this judgment may also affect international trade mark registrations in Zambia

  • Beijing IP court launches WeChat e-litigation and mediation service

    November 28, 2017

    Chinese courts are making use of technology to improve efficiency

  • WIPO study sheds light on value of "intangible capital" in manufactured goods

    November 22, 2017

    WIPO Director General Francis Gurry says intangible capital determines success in the marketplace. "Intellectual property, in turn, is the means by which companies secure the competitive advantage flowing from their intangible capital"

  • IP trends to watch in China’s Belt and Road Initiative

    November 14, 2017

    China’s ambitious initiative will likely lead to it being a hub for securing IP protection for businesses investing in Belt and Road Initiative projects. It will also affect enforcement strategies, with IP disputes expected to increase along the BRI route

  • Indonesia readies for Madrid Protocol

    November 08, 2017

    With the Madrid Protocol coming into force for Indonesia in January, IP practitioners observe potential delays to deal with international applications but are optimistic that time requirements under new trade mark law and an increase in the number of trade mark examiners can help

  • Court of Appeal hails London black cabs as not distinctive

    November 02, 2017

    In another ruling demonstrating the difficulty for UK trade mark owners to protect their designs, the Court of Appeal has upheld a ruling that The London Taxi Company’s trade marks are invalid. The case would present some interesting issues were it to be pursed to the Supreme Court

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