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EU LAUNCHES ONLINE DISPUTE RESOLUTION PLATFORM FOR CONTRACT DISPUTES WITH CONSUMERS

By Michiko Jo In mid-February, the European Commission launched an online platform which can be used for out-of-court settlement of disputes over obligations under business-to- consumer online sales or service contracts. The platform is available for free to a trader established in the EU and a consumer resident in the EU. Consumers can submit an … Continue Reading

The EU Trademark Reform

European trademark law is currently undergoing the biggest reform since the introduction of the Community trademark system in 1996. On 15 December 2015, the European Parliament approved a Reform Package consisting of an amended European Union Trademark Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2015/2424) and a new Trademarks Directive (Directive (EU) 2015/2436). This bundle of new laws, referred … Continue Reading

Pre-order your copy of the inaugural edition of DLA Piper’s Asia-Pacific Trademark Guide

We will soon be releasing the DLA Piper Asia Pacific Trademark Guide, a comprehensive review of trademark laws and key tips covering these 18 countries: Australia, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. Covering the complete brand life cycle, this user-friendly guide … Continue Reading

IP Australia releases 2016 IP report

Authored by Melinda Upton IP Australia, the body governing IP in Australia, has released its 2016 Intellectual Property Report. The report aims to promote awareness of IP rights and discuss the latest IP statistics. The report shows that in 2015: patent applications grew by 10 per cent with 28,605 standard patent applications a record number … Continue Reading

GETTING READY FOR THE CHANGE: WEBINAR RECORDING ON EU TRADEMARK REFORM AVAILABLE

European trademark law is currently undergoing the most fundamental changes since the introduction of the Community trademark system. In late 2015, the European Parliament approved a reform package consisting of an amended European Union Trademark Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2015/2424) and a new Trademarks Directive (Directive (EU) 2015/2436). This bundle of new laws brings changes not … Continue Reading

BUSINESS ROUND UP – GLOBAL CONTENT STRATEGIES AND THE ONLINE CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE

Authored by Melinda Upton, Jessie Buchan and Courtney Adamson (Sydney) The emergence of online retail has steadily broken down all physical and geographical limitations on consumption.  It has reinvented the concept of customer experience and provided a kaleidoscopic array of opportunities for consumers to access and experience goods and services at any time of day, … Continue Reading

EUROPEAN TRADEMARK REFORM: THE 10 MOST RELEVANT CHANGES FOR TRADEMARK PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT

By Dr. Ulrike Gruebler, Karine Disdier-Mikus, Désirée Fields, and Ruth Hoy European trademark law is facing the biggest reform since the introduction of the Community trademark system in 1996. The recently adopted European Trademark Reform will bring substantial changes not only to Community trademarks but also for owners of national trademarks in the EU. The reform package consists of … Continue Reading

TEN RULES FOR ONLINE RETAILERS IN TURKEY

By Hatice Ekici Tağa (Istanbul) Enactments of new consumer protection legislation in Turkey is a hot topic.  In 2014, the new Consumer Protection Law was entered into force, followed by its secondary legislation.  In May of this year, the long expected Law on Regulation of Electronic Commerce was implemented. Businesses engaged in e-commerce, including online … Continue Reading

Federal Supreme Court of Germany Confirms Title Protection for Smartphone-Apps

By: Dr. Ulrike Grübler This post originally appeared in the IPT Germany Blog The German Federal Supreme Court (BGH) held for the first time that not only names of websites but also designations of smartphone-apps may be protected under the German Trademark Act (MarkenG). Section 5 of the German Trademark Act provides for a protection of … Continue Reading

TRADITIONAL CULTURAL EXPRESSION AND THE FASHION INDUSTRY – INSPIRATION OR MISAPPROPRIATION?

By Sara Balice and Giulia Zappaterra (Milan) It is not new that the fashion industry takes inspiration from the cultural heritage and traditional know-how of indigenous peoples and local communities.  A substantial number of fashion designers rely on indigenous and traditional expressions − for example, block printing, embroidery techniques, traditional beading or use of patterns … Continue Reading

FASHION MODELS – CROSSING A THIN LINE

By Ruth Hoy and Emily Leach (London) Social responsibility in the fashion industry is a hot topic.  Fashion brands need to be wary of scrutiny for creating aspirational advertising that can be perceived as socially irresponsible.  The use of size zero models, both on the catwalk and in advertising, is a trend that has been … Continue Reading

THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION FOCUSES ON THE E-COMMERCE SECTOR

By Alexandra Kamerling and Marianna Kinsella (London) The European Commission has announced a competition law inquiry into the e-commerce sector in the context of a Digital Single Market strategy in the EU.  The Commission suspects that companies that engage in selling consumer goods on the Internet may be restricting online trade by using anti-competitive methods … Continue Reading

LANDMARK CASE FOR COUNTERFEIT GOODS INFRINGEMENT IN CHINA

By Ed Chatterton (Hong Kong) In a recent landmark decision, the newly established Beijing Intellectual Property Court (Court) awarded the first ever maximum statutory damage under China’s new trademark law in favor of French-Italian luxury outwear maker Moncler, in its dispute against a domestic apparel company for trademark infringement and unfair competition.… Continue Reading

THE RISE AND FALL OF THE AUSTRALIAN DOLLAR – IMPLICATIONS FOR AUSTRALIAN RETAIL

By Melinda Upton, Jessie Buchan and Courtney Adamson (Sydney) Prior to 2014, the majority of large global retailers were electing to take a somewhat soft approach to their entry into the Australian retail market.  By opening up websites locally and/or shipping to Australia via online means, overseas retailers were able to follow a low-cost, low-risk way … Continue Reading

Big Changes Ahead: European Trademark Reform Package Adopted

By: Dr. Ulrike Gruebler Significant changes to European trademark law will be coming into effect in 2016. Just before the turn of the year the European Parliament adopted a very substantial reform package for EU trademarks. The revised laws aim to make EU trade mark law fit for the challenges of business in the 21st … Continue Reading
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