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Intellectual Property

29 June 2020
He Wei CNIPA releases exposure draft on Guide for Determining Geographical Indications as Generic Names

China - Wanhuida Intellectual Property

In March 2020 the China National Intellectual Property Administration released an exposure draft on the Guide for Determining Geographical Indications as Generic Names. The guide is considered a response to the first phase of the China-US Economic and Trade Agreement, since it completely absorbs the standards for determining generic names stipulated in the agreement.

Author: He Wei
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Ruey-Sen Tsai Trademark including well-known stage name of professional athlete should be refused registration

Taiwan - Lee and Li Attorneys at Law

According to Article 30-1(13) of the Trademark Act, trademarks containing another person's portrait or well-known name, stage name, pseudonym or alternative name should be refused registration unless said person consents to the application. However, the definition of 'stage names' in Article 30-1(13) remains unclear under current practice. The IP Court recently expressed its view on this issue in an administrative litigation regarding trademark opposition.

Authors: Ruey-Sen Tsai, Celia Tao
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Recent updates

He Wei CNIPA issues new administrative measures for use of special marks reserved for GIs

China - Wanhuida Intellectual Property

Author: He Wei
Monica Syrdal Supreme Court rules in favour of Apple on trademark debranding

Norway - Advokatfirmaet Hjort

Authors: Monica Syrdal, Øivind K Foss
Julia King IPEC considers trademark infringement and passing off in pet food dispute

United Kingdom - Taylor Wessing

Author: Julia King
Cesare Galli Effective IP rights management to successfully overcome post-crisis challenges

International - IP Law Galli

Author: Cesare Galli
Abigail Smith Amended Patented Medicines Regulations will come into force on 1 January 2021

Canada - Smart & Biggar

Authors: Abigail Smith, Nancy Pei, Daphne Lainson
Hiroshi Suga IP-related support declaration for measures against COVID-19

Japan - Nishimura & Asahi

Authors: Hiroshi Suga, Takatoshi Monya
David Gilat Impact of COVID-19 on patent ecosystem

Israel - Reinhold Cohn Group

Author: David Gilat
Núria Ribera Appeal court confirms revocation of Spanish SPC for Truvada

Spain - Grau & Angulo

Author: Núria Ribera

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10 November 2020 - Washington DC, United States

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