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Drew Hirshfeld: boosting quality and quantity at the USPTO


Despite concerns over patent quality and with at least one rising backlog, there are positives for the USPTO to focus on, as commissioner for patents Drew Hirshfeld tells WIPR.

USPTO boss Andrei Iancu: in-tray on day one


Subject matter eligibility, the future of the IPR and fee diversion are among the problems that new USPTO boss Andrei Iancu will need to address in his role, as WIPR reports.

Pharma trademarks in Brazil: an exception to the rule

Brazil21-02-2018Paulo Bianco

Brazil’s trademark law requires rights owners to use their marks, but there is an important exception to this rule, and pharmaceutical companies in particular should take note. Paulo Bianco of Kasznar Leonardos reports.

Pharma trademarks in Brazil: going to court to get your name

Brazil21-02-2018Isabella Cardozo, Robert Daniel-Shores and Rafael Rocha

Drug makers should consider taking court action to register their brand names if these have been rejected by Brazil’s IP office, as Isabella Cardozo, Robert Daniel-Shores and Rafael Rocha of Daniel Legal & IP Strategy explain.

Pharma trademarks in Angola: the right dose of protection

Africa19-02-2018PharmaceuticalsVítor Palmela Fidalgo

Enforcement, confusion and parallel imports are three major challenges facing pharmaceutical trademarks owners in Angola, as Vítor Palmela Fidalgo of Inventa International reports.

Sweden jurisdiction report: The true value of a brand

Sweden19-02-2018Maria Zamkova

Each year, a number of brand indexes are published in Sweden, for the benefit of trademark owners and customers. The ranking results, however, depend considerably on the basis for the investigations, the questions and what the survey wants to show.

Netherlands jurisdiction report: Director liability in trademark cases

Netherlands19-02-2018Michiel Rijsdijk

The subject of director liability seems at first sight to be restricted to company law. Case law shows that it can be rewarding to apply director liability to trademark infringement cases as well. The District Court in The Hague (June 27, 2017, in the case of Tommy Hilfiger) has given pointers on how to establish liability of directors in case of trademark infringement.

Malaysia jurisdiction report: The pros and cons of parallel imports

Malaysia15-02-2018Chin Khang Juin

What are parallel imports? The court in Tien Ying Hong Enterprise v Beenion (2010) stated that parallel imports refer to goods which are lawfully manufactured overseas but imported and distributed in Malaysia by a person other than the registered proprietor of the trademark. Parallel imports are non-counterfeit goods which originate from the trademark proprietor.

Japan jurisdiction report: Picking the right article

Japan15-02-2018Ryo Maruyama

In the past, Chinese entities often copied brands owned by Japanese companies, but recently Chinese companies have had to take legal action in response to the illegal use of their brands by Japanese entities.

High hopes for Louboutin after AG opinion?

EU14-02-2018FashionAlexander Heirwegh

Despite some commentators’ claims that a legal opinion on the Louboutin trademark case is ominous for the fashion designer, there may yet be hope for its red-soled shoes, as Alexander Heirwegh of law firm Petillion explains.

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