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IP Enforcement at Canton Fair (China Import and Export Fair): The changes when dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic

IP Enforcement at Canton Fair (China Import and Export Fair): The changes when dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic

The China Import and Export Fair (Commonly known as Canton Fair) is founded in 1957. The Fair was coordinated by the Ministry of Trade of China, Guangdong Provincial Government, and is organized biannually every April and October by the China Foreign Trade Center.  The Fair contained a huge catalog of exhibitors and buyers. Therefore, the Fair’s reputation is known across the international stage and neighboring countries. It is also the owner of one of the highest business turnovers in China [...]

Bilateral investment treaty helps to resolve the disputes of intellectual property between Indonesia and Singapore

Bilateral investment treaty helps to resolve the disputes of intellectual property between Indonesia and Singapore

Within the next 5 years, the investments between Indonesia and Singapore are predicted to climb by 18 to 22 percent because the Indonesia-Singapore Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) has officially entered into force on March 9, 2021. The Indonesia-Singapore Bilateral Investment Treaty was signed by Singapore’s Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing and Indonesia’s Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi in 2018. The signing was witnessed by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and President Joko Widodo. This treaty’s purpose was to replace [...]

Taiwan: TIPO proposes a change to the Patent Act

Taiwan recently suggests shortening the entire patent dispute proceedings in order to cope with other advanced countries like Germany, Japan, Korea, United States, etc. Specifically, In December 2020, the Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) recommended amending the Patent Act.  If the amendments are passed by the legislatures, a new reviewing body titled “the Patent and Trademark Reconsideration and Disputes Review Board” will have the authority to investigate patent invalidation proceedings. It means that the review board can question and deny [...]

IPOPHL request university and college partners to advocate innovations for IP fillings recovery

IPOPHL request university and college partners to advocate innovations for IP filings recovery

The Covid-19 pandemic has driven intellectual property (IP) filings to drop significantly in 2020. To solve the crisis in IP filings, the IP Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) has recently held many meetings with partners in the academy and university. The main focus of these contentions is to urge academe to fuel the recovery of IP filings by elevating the commercialization of the innovations of college students. Last month, In its KaIPhan with the Innovation and Technology Support Offices (ITSOs [...]

Vietnam Temporarily Reduces Some IP Fees by 50%

Vietnam Temporarily Reduces Some IP Fees by 50%

In response to the economic impacts of the COVID-19 epidemic, the Ministry of Finance of Vietnam recently issued Circular No. 45/2020 / TT-BTC dated May 26, 2020 reduction of the registration fee for the use of foreign codes and barcodes and certain industrial property fees (“Circular 45”) as specified in Circular No. 263/2016 / TT-BTC dated November 14, 2016. According to Circular 45, the following fees as previously specified in Section A of the Schedule attached to Circular 263 will [...]

An IP enforcement loophole in Thailand

An IP enforcement loophole in Thailand

The Covid-19 pandemic has made critical damages to all major fields in the world. Among them, the Intellectual property area is perhaps one of the most affected. This is because several counterfeiting products have been made to gain profits with cheap sale prices. Moreover, many problems and challenges are arising with the Covid-19 crisis which are fake personal protective equipment (PPE), patent infringing generics, fraudulent vaccine, and testing kits. The IP enforcement flaw in Thailand According to the IP law in [...]

Vietnam: Training on using an intellectual property service platform IPPLATFORM

Vietnam: Training on using an intellectual property service platform IPPLATFORM

With industrial property databases integrated from many sources, the IPPLATFORM platform is an effective tool for government management and intellectual property-related services. The new intellectual property platform On April 10 in Hanoi, the seminar “Promoting the exploitation of information and managing industrial property services” was organized by the Vietnam Intellectual Property Research Institute (VIPRI – Ministry of Science and Technology). The seminar focused on the training of S&T departments on how to use the IPPLATFORM platform. This is the platform for [...]

Myanmar: The new trademark law

Myanmar: The new trademark law

Myanmar has become a member of WIPO since 2001. Before the new trademark law was enacted, there was no law of trademark registration except the trademark’s definition on the Penal Code. After 3 years, on January 30, 2019, new trademark law was coming into effect by the Parliament. The new law was expected to systematize trademark registration procedures and adhere to International standards for Myanmar to engage in International Treaties of Intellectual Property as well as WTO. The new law comprises [...]

Japan refused the AINU trademark of a Chinese citizen

Japan refused the AINU trademark of a Chinese citizen

On March 23, 2021, the Japanese Patent Office (JPO) rejected a trademark application for a Chinese national living in Shenzhen because it used the name of Japan’s indigenous Ainu people. According to JPO, the AINU application was filed in March 2020 for electronic technology products such as smartphone cases and computer mice. However, this application received heavy criticism from Ainu people – the indigenous Japanese living in Hokkaido. They see this action as a dark strategy to commercialize their culture [...]

Singapore: IPOS’s guidelines on non-physical product designs registration

Singapore: IPOS’s guidelines on non-physical product designs registration

The Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) has released the “Registered Designs Guidelines on Non-Physical Products” to provide applicants with a clearer understanding of registering non-physical products as designs. On 30 October 2017, Singapore has broadened the scope of designs by including non-physical products as designs in order to support the growth of the local design industry. This Guidelines will provide an overview of virtual designs and the registration requirements for non-physical products. The key points of the Guidelines are listed [...]

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