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Registering 3D Marks in China

Featured in China: Managing the IP Lifecycle 2023

Conventional 2D trademarks that are deemed indistinct can obtain distinctiveness with the addition of unique features. For instance, a mark containing the single letter ‘M’ in plain form is deemed to be indistinctive; however, if the letter is sufficiently stylised, such as in the case of the golden arches symbol of McDonald’s, it can obtain distinctiveness. It has, therefore, been debated whether 3D marks in similar situations can be treated similarly. The laws governing the issue have evolved over time in China.

02 November 2022

Equifax’s nimble approach to IP leadership and value realisation

Elizabeth Lester, assistant general counsel of intellectual property, speaks to IAM about letting the business drive priorities in a small patent and trademark department

26 October 2022

Trademarks and brands: key considerations for M&A transactions

It is crucial that a buyer or seller of a company does not overlook trademarks and brands in business acquisitions, or any red flags in that area. Luckily, there are solutions to overcome such complexities.

26 October 2022

CNIPA latest patent filing clampdown will end in ‘smoke’

Local expert says scrapping government subsidies for applications would soon see the volume subside

21 October 2022

INTA CEO reveals ‘stronger patent focus’ for 2023 annual meeting

Etienne Sanz de Acedo looks to broaden association’s focus by zooming-in on IP strategy and trade secrets

11 October 2022

New high-level lobby group will promote role of IP in US innovation

The Council for Innovation Promotion (C4IP) bipartisan coalition assembles an all-star cast of former policy makers and judges, among others

29 September 2022

The trademark used as evidence to challenge a design patent in China

Featured in IAM Innovation & Invention Yearbook 2023

On 2 June 2022, data from the Chinese Patent Office showed that a Renault SAS design patent (ZL202130363449.5) with the name “Automobile” was declared as invalid in its entirety for conflict with a registered trademark owned by Human Horizon, who filed the invalidation action.

29 September 2022

The Trademark Modernisation Act: mechanisms to declutter the register with practice tips

Featured in IAM Innovation & Invention Yearbook 2023

On 27 December 2021, The Trademark Modernisation Act of 2021 (TMA) took effect in the United States. The TMA was part of the larger Consolidate Appropriations Act of 2021.

29 September 2022

Covid and economic fears spur rising IP monetisation trend

Companies in more industries and sectors are looking to raise capital using their intellectual property as collateral

28 September 2022

Importance of cash-only agreements plummets in IP licensing, according to new LES USA and Canada report

With the effects of the America Invents Act and Supreme Court eligibility decisions biting, the survey finds that deal values are down overall - with NPEs seeing among the sharpest falls

27 September 2022

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