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  • Ukraine drops WTO tobacco case

    June 04, 2015

    Proceedings have been suspended in one of the five WTO challenges to Australia’s legislation concerning plain packaging for tobacco products

  • Why Philip Morris is suing the UK government

    May 27, 2015

    Tobacco companies Philip Morris International and BAT have launched a challenge to the UK government’s plain packaging legislation. Managing IP examines their arguments, which are based on human rights and trade mark law

  • What’s next for plain packaging?

    May 05, 2015

    Trademark practitioners have raised alarms about the threat that plain packaging laws pose to IP rights. In Monday’s Trademarks and Consumer Protection session, Myrtha Hurtado Rivas of Novartis argued that pharmaceuticals are already subject to similar restrictions.

  • INTA Board approves plain packaging resolution

    May 03, 2015

    The INTA Board of Directors yesterday approved a policy resolution from the Limits on Trademark Use Subcommittee of the Emerging Issues Committee. The resolution sets forth INTA’s position regarding restrictions on trademark use through plain and standardized product packaging.

  • UK presses ahead with plain packaging

    January 23, 2015

    The UK government will propose legislation to introduce plain packaging for cigarettes within the next two months, meaning it would come into force next year

  • Tobacco advertising law puts all brands at risk

    June 01, 2004

    New EU-wide rules on tobacco advertising are wide-reaching, and could affect the use of non-tobacco related trade marks as well. Jenni Rutter and Tania D'Souza-Culora examine the risks in key EU states, and look at what brand owners should do to protect themselves

  • Plain pack opponents make their case in TRIPs

    November 03, 2014

    Opponents of plain packaging have gone at the offensive at the WTO, urging countries considering tobacco plain packaging laws to wait until a decision has been taken in a dispute relating to Australia’s rules

  • Where do you stand on plain packaging?

    August 20, 2014

    Are tobacco companies part of an old-school IP camp? What’s the correct car-related analogy for an IP right you own, but whose use is restricted? Are plain packaging rules akin to environmental regulations that prevent the development of land and thus reduce the value of a plot?

  • Philip Morris explains how it will fight UK plain packaging plans

    August 14, 2014

    Cigarette maker Philip Morris has set out a detailed legal argument against the UK government’s proposals to force tobacco companies to sell their products in plain packaging and threatened to sue if the government goes ahead with its plans

  • UK consults on plain packaging – again

    June 27, 2014

    The UK government has launched a second consultation on the introduction of standardised packaging for tobacco products

  • Ireland paves the EU way on plain packaging

    June 11, 2014

    Ireland has become the first country in the EU to introduce a bill that would force tobacco companies to sell their products in plain packaging

  • Concern over plain packs

    May 12, 2014

    Panelists at a session on plain packaging at the INTA Annual Meeting were united in their concern about the impact of standardized packaging on trademarks and trademark owners

  • WTO appoints plain pack panelists

    May 10, 2014

    World Trade Organization Director-General Roberto Azevêdo this week appointed three panelists to consider the legality of Australia’s law requiring plain packaging for tobacco products

  • Plain packaging: the lessons so far

    April 28, 2014

    In light of the UK government’s recent announcement that it intends to introduce regulations to provide for plain packaging, Katharine Stephens, Toby Bond, Manon Rieger-Jansen and Graham Maher take stock of the policy’s impact in Australia and the legal challenges it has faced

  • Do plain packs actually help counterfeiters?

    January 23, 2014

    Opponents of plain packaging say that the scheme ultimately benefits counterfeiters by making it easier to produce fakes, but a report commissioned by the tobacco companies don’t support this argument

  • MEPs vote on tobacco packaging

    October 09, 2013

    Proponents of plain packaging for tobacco suffered a blow yesterday when MEPs voted to water down proposals to require tobacco companies to cover three-quarters of the product’s packaging in health warnings

  • Interview – INTA President Toe Su Aung

    May 06, 2013

    Toe Su Aung of BATMark, this year’s INTA President, spoke with James Nurton about anticounterfeiting, public views on IP—and body combat.

  • What Australia's ruling on plain packaging could mean for other countries

    October 09, 2012

    On Friday, Australia’s High Court revealed why it upheld the country’s tobacco plain packaging laws in a decision in August. Peter Leung assesses what its ruling could mean for the battle over plain packaging brewing at the WTO and elsewhere

  • Tobacco companies condemn “Orwellian” plain pack law

    April 23, 2012

    Cigarette makers told Australia’s High Court last week that the country’s plain packaging laws are unconstitutional and accused the government of Orwellian doublespeak

  • UK reveals plain pack thinking

    April 17, 2012

    The UK government has taken a step closer to introducing a plain packaging regime for cigarettes by launching a consultation on standardised tobacco packaging

  • Plain packaging rules extended to all tobacco products

    March 15, 2012

    The Australian government has published an amendment to the Tobacco Plain Packaging Regulations 2011, broadening its parameters to apply to non-cigarette tobacco products.

  • Australia hit by WTO action over plain packaging

    March 14, 2012

    Ukraine has launched legal proceedings at the WTO over Australia’s plans to force tobacco companies to sell cigarettes in plain packs

  • Managing IP’s guide to the tobacco industry's fightback

    November 22, 2011

    After Australia passed a law this week to introduce plain packaging for tobacco products, Managing IP explains what the tobacco industry and its lawyers will do next

  • Plain packaging: who will be next?

    November 22, 2011

    Australia’s bold move to force plain packaging of tobacco will be watched closely – but may not be followed – by policy makers around the world

  • Free access: Plain tobacco packaging becomes law in Australia

    November 21, 2011

    Australia’s government passed plain packaging legislation today but now faces a legal fight on at least two fronts as the tobacco companies step up their campaign against the law

  • Plain packaging delayed by five months

    November 03, 2011

    The Australian government has postponed its plain packaging initiative for cigarette packets after the Bill was delayed in the Senate

  • Plain packaging vote delayed in Australia’s Senate

    October 18, 2011

    For the second week in a row, a vote to pass plain packaging legislation in Australia has been delayed in the Senate, which could lead to a delay in the legislation coming into effect

  • Australia consults on expanding plain packaging

    October 04, 2011

  • BAT fights back over plain packaging rules

    September 05, 2011

    British American Tobacco has today asked Australia’s High Court for special leave to appeal as it tries to find out what legal advice the government received on its plans to introduce plain packaging for cigarettes

  • Plain packaging passes latest hurdle

    August 30, 2011

    Australia moved a step closer to becoming the first country to introduce plain packaging for cigarettes after the legislation passed its first vote this week

  • Australian parliament considers plain packaging

    July 07, 2011

    Australia has become the first country in the world to introduce legislation that would ban the use of logos and branding on cigarette packaging

  • Philip Morris threatens plain packaging lawsuit

    June 29, 2011

    Tobacco company Philip Morris Asia has made its first legal move in a battle against plain packaging by threatening to sue the Australian government

  • WTO split over plain packaging

    June 10, 2011

    WTO members were divided over Australia’s plans to force cigarettes to be sold in plain packaging at a meeting this week

  • WTO to discuss plain packaging as consultation closes

    June 07, 2011

    The WTO’s TRIPs Council is to debate plain packaging for cigarettes, as concern grows about proposed legislation in Australia

  • Australia plans plain packaging despite TM concerns

    April 12, 2011

    Draft legislation that would make Australia the first country to ban logos and branding from tobacco packaging has left questions over TRIPs compliance unanswered

  • Tobacco trade marks under attack in Australia

    April 30, 2010

    Tobacco companies and trade mark lawyers have said Australia’s move to introduce plain packaging for cigarettes by 2012 may contravene the country’s constitution and the TRIPs Agreement and lead to more counterfeit cigarettes being sold

  • Plain packaging in Australia – Philip Morris reacts

    April 30, 2010

    Peter Nixon, vice president communications with Philip Morris International in Switzerland, answers Managing IP’s questions about the Australian proposals on plain packaging

  • UK goes alone on plain cigarette packaging

    March 09, 2011

    The UK government launched a set of proposals today, including a consultation on plain packaging that could threaten tobacco companies’ trade mark rights

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