Inadequacy of Intellectual Property Law

We are all affected by intellectual property, online security, and internet law. Here, I present you with my talk on the subject. Hello and thank you for joining me for this talk which is titled The law relating to the Internet is inadequate. It will primarily focus on UK law, but there will be references to other …

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“Planning for positive change”: the law firm perspective on Brazil joining the Madrid Protocol

After over a decade of discussion, Brazil looks increasingly likely to accede to the Madrid system within the coming year. To get a sense of the sentiment on the ground, we reached out to local law firm practitioners to ask how it is expected to impact their own practice and the wider trademark scene – …

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Governments call for urgency in WHOIS efforts, but rocky road lies ahead

​​​​​​​Last week we reported on a session at the ICANN meeting in Panama, in which the Government Advisory Committee heard from rights holders who have faced significant enforcement challenges following the enactment of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation. As the week went on, it became clear that those frustrations will continue for some …

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INTA “extremely disappointed” with WTO plain packaging ruling, considering next steps

In a landmark ruling, the World Trade Organisation (WTO) has upheld Australia’s tobacco plain packaging regime as being consistent with the WTO’s trade obligations. The response has been mixed. While the Canadian Cancer Society has told World Trademark Review it gives a “big boost” to plain packaging momentum, INTA has voiced its disappointment and is …

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Trump administration tariffs “could help legitimise fake goods”: trade associations join up to sound alarm bells

​​​​​​​A number of major US trade associations have joined forces to send a letter to two members of the House Ways and Means Committee warning that the Trump administration’s recent trade tariffs are having a harmful effect on the battle against counterfeit goods. The strongly worded letter, seen by World Trademark Review, claims that the …

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What next for trademark jurisprudence at the Supreme Court? Experts have their say

Justice Anthony Kennedy of the US Supreme Court announced his imminent retirement on Wednesday, meaning that US President Donald Trump will now have a second opportunity to nominate a justice. With the prospect of a more right-thinking Supreme Court bench, leading IP attorneys are split over what it means for trademark cases.

Corruption and weak IP legislation identified as main drivers of counterfeit trade

​​​​​​​The main drivers that determine the likelihood of a country being involved in the trade of counterfeit goods have been identified by a new report from the European Union Intellectual Property Office. Governance, free trade zones, production facilities, logistical capabilities and facilities and trade facilitation policies are all highlighted as the key determinants.

“Don’t panic” – new entrants to Madrid Protocol give mixed feedback on their experience since accession

​​​​​​​Law firm practitioners in jurisdictions that have adopted the Madrid Protocol in recent years – including Colombia, Israel, Mexico, OAPI and Thailand – have shared their experience of the system in an exclusive survey from World Trademark Review. While most praise the resulting trademark environment, some are scathing about the impact Madrid has had on …

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Is the Brexit fog lifting? UKIPO confirms plan for “free” conversion of EU trademarks to UK register

In newly-released comments, the UKIPO has confirmed that the UK will protect all existing EU trademarks and registered Community designs when the country leaves the EU. Crucially, the transfer of 1.5 million rights will be automatic and free of charge.