Topic: Trademark

The significance of IP protection in the wake of the FCCPA 2019

Nigeria’s new Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Act puts in place specific checks on false advertisements, deceptive packaging and enhanced accountability on the part of vendors and service providers. In February 2019, further to the outcry by consumers and business owners to have a body of laws that protect their interests, grow the economy and …

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Malaysia’s accession to the Madrid Protocol

Malaysia became the 106th member of the Madrid System on 27th September 2019 Malaysia finally deposited its instrument of accession to the Madrid Protocol with the World Intellectual Property Organization on 27 September 2019 which allows the Protocol to come into force in Malaysia on 27 December 2019. It is anticipated that the new Trademarks …

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INTA urges brands to warn Gen Z-ers about counterfeit products during holiday season

The International Trademark Association calls on brands to warn Generation Z consumers, who will become the largest global consumer group in 2020, about counterfeit products. This holiday shopping season, the International Trademark Association (INTA) is calling on brands to step up their communications to consumers about the danger of counterfeit products—especially among Gen Z, which …

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Fonts are intellectual property too

In today’s competitive business world, one of the best ways to increase awareness of a company is via an instantly recognisable logo. That way, as soon as people think of a sector, they immediately picture the logo of the leading organisation. For example, most people who think of Barclays Bank can easily call to mind …

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The Slants Case and the trademark protection debate

A January 2017 release from Simon Tam’s dance rock group The Slants is called “The Band Who Must Not Be Named” — and for good reason. Despite making music for more than a decade, the world’s first all Asian-American dance rock band had been unable to get its name registered as a federal trademark. The …

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World’s first trademark registration mobile app launched

Singapore’s IPOS Go app is set to transform trademark registration as know it. The world’s first mobile app for trademark registration has been launched by the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS). Named IPOS Go, the app will allow businesses and entrepreneurs seeking trademark protection in Singapore to file their applications directly with IPOS via …

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Combe Inc. triumphant in VAGISIL trademark battle

A full trial before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia concluded with a ruling that the parties’ VAGISIL and VAGISAN marks conflict and that “VAGISIL is a famous mark that has attained substantial commercial strength.” Personal-care company Combe Inc. secured a victory after a bench trial before the Honorable T.S. Ellis …

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Tobacco plain packaging: An oncoming trademark dispute in South Africa?

Plain packaging of tobacco products in violation of tobacco companies’ IP? For years now there have been discussions about the possible plain packaging of tobacco products in South Africa. Several other countries such as England, Ireland, France and Australia have already introduced laws prescribing tobacco plain packaging. And some of them had to put up …

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Why you should register your copyrights and trademarks

The failure to register copyrights and trademarks is the very definition of penny-wise and pound foolish. Many clients leave many law offices frustrated, particularly in copyright matters, because despite the apparent validity of their claims, they just cannot afford to enforce their rights if they neglected to register their creative works. The irony of this …

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Dotkeeper acquired by Swedish IP firm

AWA and Dotkeeper now provide a full-service solution for trademarks, domains and digital IP. AWA (formerly Awapatent) has acquired the domain name company Dotkeeper in a move to provide combined offers within the growing field of trademarks, domain names and digital IP. The acquisition brings together Sweden’s largest intellectual property firm and the domain names …

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