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EU trademarks: is one state enough for use?

EU20-06-2016Mary Bagnall

Given that an EU trademark proprietor’s rights extend throughout the whole of the EU, are its obligations to prove genuine use of the mark equally far-reaching? Mary Bagnall of Charles Russell Speechlys investigates.

Online brand protection war stories: a roundup from INTA 2016

US15-06-2016

The International Trademark Association’s 2016 annual meeting in Orlando in May included plenty of sessions covering online IP issues. Here we provide a rundown of five of the most interesting topics.

Tackling trademark trolls

US08-06-2016Sharon Daboul

Trademark trolls are no longer exclusively a big brand problem, but what can small and medium-sized enterprises do to combat the risks? Sharon Daboul, attorney at law firm EIP, has some practical suggestions.

ASIPI: Feeling the heat

Brazil08-06-2016María del Pilar Troncoso

With four of the nine countries that have the biggest physical markets for counterfeits, Latin America is facing serious challenges in tackling fake goods, explains María del Pilar Troncoso of ASIPI.

CIPA: Battling the bulge at the EPO

EPO07-06-2016Gordon Wright

The European Patent Office experienced a record year for patent filings in 2015, but there are concerns that it cannot cope with the increasing number of pending applications and appeals, as Gordon Wright of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys reports.

Software patentability: restoring the transatlantic balance

US06-06-2016Andrew Moir, Nic Ruesink-Brown, Allison Alcasabas and Laura Paliani

Obtaining a patent for a computer program is still likely to be easier in the US than in the UK, but the difference between the two approaches no longer seems as great. Andrew Moir, Nic Ruesink-Brown, Allison Alcasabas and Laura Paliani of Herbert Smith Freehills outline the current situation.

They’re not faking it: China needs cooperation to combat counterfeiting

China01-06-2016Paul Mandell

Social media platforms and brand owners would do well to stop pointing fingers and get involved in reducing the production and sale of counterfeit goods in China themselves, says Paul Mandell of Consero.

Closer convergence: Chinese and US entertainment law

China, US31-05-2016Seagull Haiyan Song

Chinese and US laws surrounding trademark protection of film titles and other related issues in the entertainment industry are increasingly converging, says Seagull Haiyan Song, professor of Loyola Law School Los Angeles.

AIPPI: Moving away from technological neutrality

Canada, EU, US26-05-2016Sarah Matheson

Sarah Matheson of AIPPI reviews the organisation’s report on the state of protection of computer-implemented inventions around the world, and the trend revealed by the results.

ITMA: EU and US trademark law

EU, US26-05-2016Kate O’Rourke

The functionality doctrine in the EU has been extended to traditional trademarks, such as patterns and packaging, as well as non-traditional signs, such as colour and sound marks, just as in the US, as Kate O’Rourke of ITMA reports.

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