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Indonesia’s Law and Human Rights Ministry Aims To Streamline Procedures To Register Trademarks

The Indonesian Law and Human Rights Ministry is looking to streamline procedures when registering trademarks to cut the time needed for local and international businesses to gain official recognition of their brands. “Such an improvement is part of the implementation of Law and Human Rights Ministry Regulation No. 67/2016 on Brand Registration,”  the ministry’s trademark … Read more

Cayman Islands: New IP Laws come into force on August 1st of 2017

The Cayman Islands Government issued the following press release 21 July 2017.   New IP laws for the Cayman Islands are set to come into force on August 1st of 2017. As for now, there are three separate IP Laws: The 2016 Trademarks Law, the 2016 Patents and Trademarks Amendment Law and the 2016 Design … Read more

George Washington University Study Suggests Trademark Count Better Indicator of Innovation Than Patent Count

A 2017 study and report  by  The George Washington University has benchmarked the most common innovation proxies, and come to the conclusion that the size of a company’s trademark portfolio is a more consistent indicator of innovation than patent count or R&D expenditure. A report inWorld Trademark Review, comments. The result adds to the evidence that trademarks … Read more

“covfefe” …Big In the World of Trademarks

Quartz Media reports that since the immortal word was tweeted on 31 May  the US president’s linguistic mystery has inspired 35 trademark applications at the Patent and Trademark Office. We learn from the report that trademark applicants have proposed a stunning array of delightful covfefe items, like beach balls, alternative energy education toys, underwater camera … Read more

Trademark Law  Specialist Iain Connor of Pinsent Masons Advises, “act ahead of deadline for registering ‘.africa’ web addresses”

Via their Outlaw information hub Pinsent’s lawyer, Connor, urges brand owners operating in Africa to act quickly if they want to take advantage of a chance to enhance their trade mark protections on the continent.17 Jul 2017. Here’s what he says… A three-month window during which trade mark holders can register web addresses rooted at … Read more

Bad Faith Trademark Filing & China’s New Rules

Beijing’s IP Court held a press conference (4/24/2017) to highlight how it intends to deal with bad-faith filing under a raft of new rules issued by Beijing. Following are some of the new measures to be introduced. Take into account the circumstance where the applicant’s bad faith has been confirmed in a previous case. Publish … Read more

Lexology Report Highlights Issues For Registering Medical Cannabis Trademarks

Lexology have published a report on the US Supreme Court’s  recent ruling where the Justices  struck down, as unconstitutional, the ban on disparaging trademark registrations. But as Lexology remind us. However, that does not mean that a medical marijuana dispensary can receive a federal trademark registration. The report authored by Micheline Kelly Johnson  of  Baker Donelson … Read more

Australian Startup Uses Blockchain To Assert Legal Provenance In China

Australian, Mark Toohey, has launched a startup called TBSx3 to develop a blockchain-based system intended to stall counterfeiters. Toohey, founder and director of the company, states that his “TBS times three” comes from three layers of protection built into the company’s anti-counterfeiting solution – encryption, logistics tracking, and blockchain. Innovation Australia reports: TBSx3 recently completed … Read more