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Jun 13, 2019
Christopher Heer, Toba Cooper, Daryna Kutsyna, Heer Law, Canada
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Amendments to the Trade-marks Act Will Come into Force ...

Christopher Heer, Toba Cooper, Daryna Kutsyna, Heer Law, Canada, First published at www.heerlaw.comIn 2014, the Canadian government proposed amendments to the Trade-marks Act. Through Bill C-31, The Economic Action Plan Act 2014, No. 1, and 2016's Bill C-30 aiming to implement Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA), the Trade-marks Act will undergo substantial changes due to take effect this year. In preparation for the coming into force of the new legislation, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office released draft Trade-marks Regulations for consultation and review. The finalized regulations were published in the Canada Gazette on November 14, 2018 and with them, an announcement of the upcoming June 17, 2019 coming into force date for the amendments.
These changes will have a significant impact on the Canadian trademarks system as we know it. If your business currently owns a registered trademark, or is planning to register one soon, it is vital to learn the effect of these changes.
The revised Trade-marks Act and Trade-marks Regulations align Canadian trademark law with that of Canada's major international trading partners including the United States and the
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Jun 06, 2019
Xiang GAO, P.C.& Associates, China
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The Fourth Amended Chinese Trademark Law will be Effect...

Xiang GAO, P.C.& Associates, China, First published at on May 9, 2019On April 23, 2019, the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, China's top legislature, approved revisions to eight laws, on construction, fire protection, electronic signature, urban-rural planning, vehicle and vessel tax, trademark, anti-unfair competition and administrative permission. The fourth amended Trademark Law will come into effect on November 1, 2019. The amendment aims at combating bad faith application without actual intention to use, strengthening punishments on trademark infringement and raising read more

Apr 25, 2019
Triin Jaansalu, METIDA Law Firm, Estonia
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Changes in trade mark protection in Estonia

Triin Jaansalu, METIDA Law Firm, Estonia, First published at www.metida.comOn April 1, 2019, amendments to the trade mark legislation entered into force, bringing along significant changes to the current regulation. As a result, the process of registering trade marks simplifies and becomes faster. Additionally, it is possible to register new types of trade marks. The current legislation has been updated as part of the transposition of Directive (EU) 2015/2436. One of the key changes concerns the examination process. Namely, the Estonian Patent Office has ceased examination on relative grounds  read more

Apr 04, 2019
Sebastien Lapointe, Holmested & Associés, Canada

It’s Official: Canada Now Part of Key WIPO Trademark Tr...

Sebastien Lapointe, Holmested & Associés, CanadaAfter years of waiting to hop on, Canada recently officially joined three (3) key WIPO treaties as to trademarks, including the Madrid Protocol, the Nice Agreement and the Singapore Treaty. The WIPO Director General recently received from the Canadian Ambassador Canada’s instruments of accession to the treaties at issue, thereby sealing a new phase for Canada trademark law. With national implementation legislation coming into force in the summer of 2019, Canada is thus finally ready to bring its trademark law with most  read more

Apr 04, 2019
Dogukan Berk Aksoy, Aksoy IP, Turkey
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Mandatory Mediation in Turkey for IP Disputes with Mone...

Dogukan Berk Aksoy, Aksoy IP, Turkey, First published at www.aksoy-ip.comOn 1 January 2019, article 5/A of the Turkish Commercial Code came into force, thus mediation became a mandatory procedure for commercial disputes with monetary claims (i.e., payment of a debt or compensation) regardless of the amount in dispute . In other words, mediation is now a condition to litigation for the respective disputes, meaning that if a lawsuit is filed before applying for mediation, such lawsuit shall be dismissed based on procedural grounds. Article 4 of the TCC includes disputes arising from intellectual property related matters among  read more

Mrz 21, 2019
Victor Danciu, Dennemeyer S.R.L., Romania
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The scent of a trademark: removal of graphic representa...

Victor Danciu, Dennemeyer S.R.L., Romania, First published at EU Directive 2015/2436 (“The Directive”), which aims to approximate the laws of the member states relating to trademarks, discards the graphic representation requirement for trademark applications. We will look into the potential impact on trademark registration and have a glimpse at the challenges that might arise from it. According to the new definition of signs which are capable of constituting a trademark, provided by the EU Directive 2015/2436, the capability of the graphic representation of the sign intended for registration is no longer  read more

Mrz 20, 2019
Merve Tuncer, Istanbul Patent A.S., Turkey
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Trademark Use is Strictly Standardized for Tobacco Prod...

Merve Tuncer, Istanbul Patent A.S., TurkeyTurkish Parliament has passed a law (“Law no. 7151”) on 15th November 2018 which mandates plain or standardized packaging for tobacco products. The law has gone into force as of 5th December 2018. Law no. 7151 has made changes in several laws and decrees which are related to health. One of the law which was subject to the changes is the Law no. 4207 “Law Related to Prevention and Control of the Harms of Tobacco Products”. The changes in this law include substantial limitation on the appearance of  read more

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Mr. Dong Wei, founder of P. C. & Associates, started his IP career after graduation from Peking University with a B.S. degree in Electronics in 1991. He qualified as patent attorney, attorney at law, and trademark attorney. In 1998, he also obtained a LLM degree from Peking University. He specializes in IP prosecution and litigation as well as advising on strategy for protection of intellectual property rights. He is one of the most experienced and well-known IP litigators in China with deep involving in some patent and trademark lawsuits deemed as first case for some certain principles. Some cases were selected as typical cases by the Supreme People's Court of China.

P. C. & Associates is a Chinese IP firm providing high-quality, all-around “one-stop” services in respect of prosecution and litigation of patent, trademark, and copyright. P. C. & Associates has a team comprised of more than 80 professionals, including 30 patent attorneys, 21 attorneys-at-Law, and 10 trademark attorneys. Headquartered in Beijing, P. C. & Associates also has branches or representative offices in Hong Kong, Silicon Valley and Shanghai.

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METIDA Law firm Zaboliene and Partners provides legal services in intellectual property, contract, company, competition, labour, real-estate and construction law, as well as represents legal and natural persons in civil cases. Our law firm has offices in Latvia, Estonia and Belarus.

METIDA is one of the leading law firm in intellectual property in Lithuania. Due to longstanding experience and accumulated knowledge we provide legal help to clients professionally and operatively. In the year 2016 influential int. publishers & organizations evaluated our practice. According to European law guide Chambers Europe, Managing Intellectual Property and WTR METIDA is one of the best Lithuanian IP law firms. Chambers Europe has noted that the Managing partner of METIDA Reda Zaboliene is a notable practitioner. She is praised by market commentators as “a true and renowned specialist” and “a very good business-person.” She remains Lithuania’s leading expert in trade mark, design and patent litigation, operating at domestic and European levels. Managing Intellectual Property included Reda Zaboliene in the list of the world’s leading female intellectual property practitioners TOP 250.

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Istanbul Patent A.S. was found in 1997 to provide full legal services in Intellectual Property area. Based in the hart of Istanbul and branched in the capital Ankara, the firm’s services extend to entire Turkey and also to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. In addition, the firm also provides services to local and overseas clients before European Patent Office.
The firm has 15 attorneys with additional supporting staff in five departments; Trademark Department for overseas clients, Trademark Department for local clients, Patent Department, Domain Name Department and Litigation Department.
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