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Wilkinson & Grist | Hong Kong | 5 Oct 2016

SHARPVIEW refused registration under law of passing off

The Hong Kong Trademarks Ordinance prohibits registration of a trademark if its use in Hong Kong is likely to be prevented by virtue of any rule of…

Wilkinson & Grist | China | 28 Sep 2016

Beijing No 1 Intermediate Court recognises IKEA marks as well known

The Beijing No 1 Intermediate Court recently gave well-known mark status to the trademarks IKEA and 宜家 (IKEA in Chinese) in Class 20 for furniture…

Wilkinson & Grist | Hong Kong | 4 May 2016

Opposition to registration of SWISSBERNARD mark

The Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry FH recently failed in its opposition to the registration of the SWISSBERNARD mark by Ayoub in Class 14 for…

Wilkinson & Grist | China | 13 Apr 2016

Beijing High People’s Court approves pre-emptive application

The Beijing High People's Court recently overruled earlier decisions of the Trademark Review and Adjudication Board and the Beijing IP Court to…

Wilkinson & Grist | China | 6 Apr 2016

Legality of notice issued by Trademark Office challenged

As of January 1 2013, China started to accept trademark applications for seven specific types of retail and wholesale service for pharmaceutical…

Wilkinson & Grist | China | 3 Feb 2016

Rise in copyright infringement actions brought by traditional media against online media

The Beijing Youth Daily brought an action before the Beijing Haidian District People's Court against Beijing Sina Internet Information Service Co Ltd…

Wilkinson & Grist | China | 27 Jan 2016

Growing importance of copyright registration

The National Copyright Administration (NCAC) recently announced at the National Copyright Social Service Conference that the total number of…

Wilkinson & Grist | Hong Kong | 16 Dec 2015

Patents bill making its way through the legislature

The Hong Kong government recently introduced the Patents (Amendment) Bill 2015 into the Legislative Council for first and second readings. To meet…

Wilkinson & Grist | Hong Kong | 2 Dec 2015

Impact of contracts (rights of third parties) ordinance on trademark licensing

The Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Ordinance (Cap 623) will come into force on January 1 2016. The ordinance introduces a variation of the…

Wilkinson & Grist | China | 21 Oct 2015

New efforts to fight IP infringement and counterfeiting activities

In March 2015 the State Council issued a detailed directive on combating IP infringement and the manufacture and sale of counterfeit and inferior…
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