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Brexit: changes ahead for exhaustion of rights

EU, UK04-08-2017Kate O’Rourke and Olivia Gray

If the UK leaves the EU without joining the European Economic Area, the principle of trademark rights exhaustion—as imposed by EU treaties and case law—would cease to apply in the UK, requiring the UK to adopt a new model. Kate O’Rourke of the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys and Olivia Gray of Charles Russell Speechlys report.

Defences to infringement in the EU trademark reforms: a mixed bag

EU31-07-2017Simon Chapman and Oliver Fairhurst

The EU trademark reforms, most of which were introduced at the start of 2016, issued new rules on the defences available to infringement. But as Simon Chapman and Oliver Fairhurst of Lewis Silkin find out, they have provided a mixed bag for rights owners.

EU trademark reforms: small but important tweaks

EU07-07-2017Carola Onken

Absolute grounds for refusal formed an important part of the EU trademark reform package, but the full impact of the changes will be ironed out by the courts, says Carola Onken of Klaka Rechtsanwälte.

The new US administration: still more questions than answers

International, US18-06-2017Travis Johnson

Companies concerned with IP protection and enforcement are wondering what President Donald Trump’s administration will mean for them, says Travis Johnson of the International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition.

Maintaining your reputation

International15-06-2017

Owners of reputed brands that have low inherent distinctiveness should monitor developing EU case law in order to maintain their status, writes Marina Perraki of Tsibanoulis & Partners Law Firm.

Risky business: the challenge of patent contingency claims

International12-06-2017Paul J Sutton

While some lawyers may want to avoid taking on patent cases involving contingency claims, others will fancy the adrenalin rush associated with recovering huge monetary rewards. Paul J Sutton of Sutton Magidoff has more.

IP Centrum: upsetting the apple cart

10-06-2017Simon de Banke

Renewals and EP validation services may not seem like the most obvious place for innovation in the IP industry, but at IP Centrum the aim is to profoundly change the way the business works. WIPR spoke to CEO Simon de Banke to find out more.

Trademark tips for international traders

China, International04-06-2017Yue Zheng and Lei Fu

Businesses that use original equipment manufacturers in China should follow several tips to avoid any trademark infringement difficulties, as Yue Zheng and Lei Fu of CCPIT Patent & Trademark Law Office explain.

China's trademark law: Evicting the squatters

China04-06-2017

Several high-profile cases show that trademark owners in China can succeed in removing squatters. Marie Ferey and Fabio Giacopello of HFG report.

No more use for non-use claims

Mexico03-06-2017Jonathan Rangel Esly Dorantes

A Federal Circuit decision in Mexico has made it easier for trademark infringers to fend off non-use counterclaims from alleged infringers, as Jonathan Rangel and Esly Dorantes of Dumont Bergman Bider & Co report.

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