Photo by chuttersnap on Unsplash In trade mark news out of Southeast Asia, Malaysia has passed the Trademarks Bill 2019 bringing it a step closer to acceding to the Madrid Protocol.  The amendments will also make way for recognition of non-traditional trademarks in Malaysia, including sounds, smells,...

From 3 August 2019, foreign trademark applicants and registrants must use a US-licensed attorney to file all trademark-related submissions with the United States Patent and Trademarks Office (USPTO). The USPTO has made the changes in an attempt to increase compliance with USPTO regulations and US trademark...

Having grown up on a farm it’s only natural that Kassandra Kros’ love of animals and in particular, her appreciation for chickens, lead her to create Backyard Chicken Coops. When Kassandra and her husband started Backyard Chicken Coops over 10 years ago, they knew they...

Melbourne-based Hannah Poppins (owner of Miss Poppins & Me) recently ran into a trade mark issue after she used a particular term to describe her products online.   Poppins makes paper flowers for weddings and for use in advertising and promotions including window displays for retailers...

Trade marks professionals and supporters of the underdog alike are buzzing today over reports of Ikea’s opposition against an application to register the trade mark “Stylkea”.  Touted as a ‘David and Goliath’ battle, Ikea is seeking to prevent the use of the ‘-kea’ suffix, on the basis that consumers...

In good news for legitimate brand owners, the China Trademark Law has been amended in an attempt to limit bad-faith trade mark filings.  The changes will take effect from 1 November 2019.  The Standing Committee of the National People's Congress of the People's Republic of China...

In celebration of World Intellectual Property Day, IP Australia recently released the seventh edition of the Australian Intellectual Property (IP) Report. In addition to detailing recent trends and changes in IP activity in Australia, the IP Report included a number of interesting case studies. One case...

Following changes to the Madrid Agreement and Protocol in February of this year, trade mark law has been updated to allow for the division and merger of International Registrations designating New Zealand. Effective from 21 March 2019, applicants for International Registrations which designate New Zealand can...

On 17 June 2019, Canadian trade mark law will undergo significant changes. In addition to Canada becoming designatable under the Madrid Protocol, another major change will be the adoption of the Nice Classification - an international classification of goods and services applied to the registration of...

Amazon recently announced an exciting new anti-counterfeiting program, dubbed Project Zero.  Intended to significantly reduce counterfeiting through the use of several user-controlled tools, Project Zero utilizes a suite of automated protections made possible via machine learning, combined with a self-service counterfeit removal tool and a new...

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