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Okt 21, 2019
Ngo Thu HUONG, KENFOX IP & Law Office, Vietnam
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A trademark-based domain name dispute heard by Court in...

Ngo Thu HUONG, KENFOX IP & Law Office, VietnamO.S GmbH is a multinational lighting manufacturer headquartered in Munich, Germany and owner of a series of OSRAM trademarks for lighting apparatus in Vietnam, particularly electric lamps and luminaires; parts of the aforementioned goods; light-emitting diode lamp modules. O.S GmbH detected that two ccTLD and (“Disputed Domain Names”) were registered in 2014 by a natural person in Vietnam, N.D.T and were resolved to the defendant’s active websites. The websites under the Disputed Domain Names were promoting  read more

Okt 10, 2019
Hongxia Wu, CCPIT Patent and Trademark Law Office, China
First published in Asia IP China Strategies Guide

Protection of Well-Known Trademark in China

Hongxia Wu, CCPIT Patent and Trademark Law Office, China, First published in Asia IP China Strategies GuideIt is often stated that in China a well-known trademark enjoys the broadest protection in a trademark legal system. This article will help you clearly understand how broad the protection scope of well-known trademark is in different circumstances and the related strategies. There is no sole well-known trademark protection law in China. We must explore the actual protection scope from different Chinese laws and judicial interpretations, which may mainly include the Chinese Trademark Law as well as the Interpretation of the Supreme People's Court on  read more

Okt 10, 2019
Igor Alfiorov and Yulia Kropivka, PETOŠEVIĆ Ukraine
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Mattel Inc. Faced Trouble Registering Barbie® Trademark...

Igor Alfiorov and Yulia Kropivka, PETOŠEVIĆ Ukraine, First published at www.petosevic.comMattel Inc., US manufacturer of numerous globally known toy brands, faced problems trying to register its most famous trademark Barbie® in Ukraine, in certain classes of goods.
Mattel Inc. already owns trademark registrations for the famous doll brand in Ukraine. According to court papers, in September 2016, the US company filed a trademark application No. M201619948 to register the trademark BARBIE for goods in classes 8 (hand tools), 29 (meats and processed foods), 30 (staple foods) and 32 (light beverages). In February 2018, the Ukrainian PTO issued a provisional refusal against Mattel’s trademark application for being confusingly similar to the prior trademark БАРБІ (BARBI in Cyrillic), Reg. No. 32903, which covers goods in classes 29, 30 and 32, and was registered by “Food company Yasen”, LLC in July 2003. “Food company Yasen”, LLC is a Ukrainian manufacturer of soft drinks, mineral water, and confectionery products. According to Yasen’s
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Sep 19, 2019
Giulia Beneduci, De Berti Jacchia Franchini Forlani, Italy
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CJEU provides clarifications on jurisdiction for on-lin...

Giulia Beneduci, De Berti Jacchia Franchini Forlani, Italy , First published at www.lexology.comOn September 5, 2019, the Court of Justice of the European Union handed down a significant judgement on a request for a preliminary ruling concerning jurisdiction over EU trademark infringement performed electronically (CJEU, 05.09.2019, C-172/18, AMS Neve et al. vs. Heritage Audio et al.). In essence, the CJEU was asked to clarify whether the owner of an EU trademark alleging that its rights were infringed by a third party through advertising and offers for sale displayed electronically, could bring an action against such third party  read more

Sep 05, 2019
Lim Eng Leong, Henry Goh & Co. Sdn Bhd, Malaysia
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A Change Would Do Us Good

Lim Eng Leong, Henry Goh & Co. Sdn Bhd, Malaysia, First published at www.henrygoh.comAfter close to a decade of intermittent discussions, proposals, referendums and making up for lost time between the powers-that-be and stakeholders, the new Trademarks Bill (and soon to be Act) of 2019 finally see the light of day. This would mark (pun intended) an ambitious and complete overhaul of the aging Trade Marks Act 1976. The new Bill was tabled in the Malaysian Parliament on 11 April 2019 and was approved (with some amendments) by the Lower House (Dewan Rakyat) on 02 July 2019 and the Upper House (Dewan Negara) on 23 July. Pending royal assent, it is now almost as  read more

Aug 22, 2019
Sarah Musgrave, Charles Russell Speechlys LLP, United Kingdom
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Motion Marks: The new moving trade marks and guidance f...

Sarah Musgrave, Charles Russell Speechlys LLP, United Kingdom, First published at www.charlesrussellspeechlys.comThe UK Intellectual Property Office (UK IPO) has recently granted the first multimedia moving trade mark following a change in the requirements for non-traditional trade mark applications under the 2015 Trade Marks Directive. The mark was granted to Toshiba and consists of a one second clip of the Toshiba logo surrounded by Origami-style folding coloured triangles. The granting of the mark follows the elimination of the requirement for trade marks to be represented graphically. Instead, intellectual property owners can now use  read more

Aug 07, 2019
Jonathan Tonna and Antoine Camilleri, Mamo TCV, Malta
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New Maltese Opposition Procedure

Jonathan Tonna and Antoine Camilleri, Mamo TCV, MaltaIn December 2018 the Maltese Industrial Property Registrations Directorate (IPRD) transitioned from a long-standing system of ex officio examinations of new trademark applications for potential conflict with pre-existing marks to an opposition system, as required by Directive (EU) 2015/2436 approximating the laws of EU Member States relating to trademarks.
Under the ex officio procedure, the IPRD would run its own searches in the Maltese and EU trademark registers and raise objections to new applications whenever potential conflict with existing marks was identified. Applicants would then be given the opportunity to make their case before the IPRD if and when an objection was raised.
This system was scrapped shortly after the issuing of Legal Notice 343 of 2018 (“The Trademark Search and Opposition Rules”), whereby the new opposition procedure was introduced. The said law was issued by the Ministry for the Economy, Investment and Small Businesses in the run-up to the promulgation of Malta’s new Trademarks Act (Chapter 597 of the
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KENFOX provides a full range of IP related services in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar and other Asian countries. We are more flexible than traditional big-law firms and meet each client's needs in a productive and cost-effective manner.

The core team of KENFOX has accumulated rich experience in providing comprehensive legal services with respect to areas of practices that the firm focuses. The members of the firm have extensive experience in handling various national and international/cross-border legal and commercial transactions. As a law firm operating in various jurisdictions, KENFOX has the expertise, resources and strength in depth to meet the most demanding expectations of clients. A large proportion of matters on which the firm is instructed, whether contentious or non-contentious, are multi-jurisdictional. It is KENFOX’s policy to forge non-exclusive associations with laws firms in other jurisdictions noted for their expertise in particular fields and, in so doing, to ensure that the clients have the best advice and representation available.

KENFOX has many years’ experience in planning, coordinating and executing actions to combat IP infringement and piracy. KENFOX has coordinated with Anti-Smuggling and Investigation Department (ASID) of General Department of Vietnam Customs, Economic Police, Market Management Agencies in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar and other Asian countries to successfully conduct many raids against traders and manufacturers of counterfeits and infringing trademarked goods, seizing thousands of counterfeit and infringing products.

We invite you to visit our website for further information regarding our firm and its specialists.

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Commercial, Intellectual property, Litigation

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Intellectual property, Commercial, Technology, Education

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Patent, Trademark, Industrial Design

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We are one of Malta’s top-tier law firms, with significant depth and expertise across a broad range of practice areas. As an integrated corporate and commercial legal practice, we pride ourselves on our service delivery. We always strive to exceed the expectations of our clients as we provide them with the expert advice and legal insight.

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