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The right to protect a geographical name

France22-02-2017Aurélia Marie

An action brought by the Laguiole local authority in southern France against the owners of trademarks containing the term ‘Laguiole’ has proved controversial. These trademarks were licensed internationally for products of all kinds, although most of them are manufactured in China and do not come from the Laguiole area.

The dangers of misnaming patent inventors

US24-11-2016Paul Sutton

It is often the case that the question arises of who should be named as an inventor or co-inventor on a US patent.

The role of expert opinions

Turkey24-11-2016Işık Özdoğan and Ezgi Baklacı

Expert opinions play an important role in resolving disputes handled by first instance courts in Turkey.

Draft rules for pharmaceuticals cause concern

Taiwan24-11-2016Phoebe Yeh

On August 4, 2016, Taiwan’s Executive Yuan (the executive branch of central government) passed a draft amendment to the Pharmaceutical Affairs Act (Amendment), which was proposed by the Ministry of Health and Welfare. This amendment was drafted in response to Taiwan’s negotiations on joining the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal.

Review of the revised design patent system

Russia24-11-2016Irmeli Nokkanen

The design patent system in Russia changed radically two years ago. Since October 1, 2014, a list of claimed essential features has no longer been requested. The protection is based only on pictures.

Romania: Keep the marriage between trademarks and brands

Romania24-11-2016Raluca Vasilescu

It makes sense that a property rights owner has the duty and responsibility to protect and preserve its right and, if applicable, enforce it, no matter the nature of the property (eg, a house, car, patent, trademark, etc). In the course of protection and enforcement, the owner relies on legal provisions, whereas in the course of promotion it relies on commercial actions, including advertising.

The long route to trademark exhaustion

Netherlands24-11-2016Michiel Rijsdijk

A case at the Court of The Hague from September 14, 2016 provides a good overview of the circumstances that cause or prevent trademark exhaustion.

The concept of trademark 'use'

Mexico24-11-2016Becerril, Coca & Becerril

In Mexico, the use of a trademark registration is an obligation for its owner or licensee.

Changes needed for TPP compliance

Malaysia24-11-2016Oon Yen Yen

In 2015, the Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia (MyIPO) maintained a fast pace of substantive examination, which had begun in 2014, in expectation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement.

A race to the finish

Japan24-11-2016Ryo Maruyama

On December 5, 2014, the Japan Racing Public Relations Center, which handles PR and advertising activities for the Japan Racing Association, filed an application to register ‘PRC’ (see image, below right) as a trademark in classes 25 and 28.

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