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Lessons for advertisers from Audi’s ad plagiarism scandal in China

Lessons for advertisers from Audi’s ad plagiarism scandal in China

05 July 2022

A marketing attempt by Audi to impress the Chinese consumers with an advertisement embracing Chinese traditions backfired, when the ad was accused of plagiarism. Starring Hong Kong superstar Andy Lau, the ad consisted of a monologue about Xiaoman, th...

Patent waiver for Covid-19 vaccines finally approved

Patent waiver for Covid-19 vaccines finally approved

30 June 2022

The World Trade Organization (WTO) has finally approved the patent waiver that will tear down barriers mounted by intellectual property restrictions to greater production of Covid-19 vaccines and their equitable distribution among nations.

Global document solutions provider taps Anaqua platform for patent portfolio

Global document solutions provider taps Anaqua platform for patent portfolio

29 June 2022

Osaka-based global document solutions provider Kyocera Document Solutions Inc. has selected Anaqua’s AQX Corporate platform for integrated management of its extensive patent portfolio.

Betty Pig Application in the Philippines May Raise Some Issues?

Betty Pig Application in the Philippines May Raise Some Issues?

21 June 2022

A recent review of trademark application filings before the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) reveals two applications filed for the mark “Betty Pig”. Application No. 4/2022/513528 is a composite mark consisting of the stylized...

IP attorneys, agents in Nepal must seek continuing legal education, says Kathmandu lawyer

IP attorneys, agents in Nepal must seek continuing legal education, says Kathmandu lawyer

17 June 2022

Continuing legal education (CLE) is a must for all professionals, including intellectual property attorneys and agents, in order to improve Nepal’s IP system, according to Ram Chandra Subedi, founding and managing partner at Apex Law Chamber in Kathm...

Australian politician may take further legal action for copyright infringement of online photo

Australian politician may take further legal action for copyright infringement of online photo

09 June 2022

South Australian independent federal MP Rebekha Sharkie threatened to take further legal action against Christian advocacy organization Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) for distributing two flyers using her photo without her consent.

Hong Kong joins hands with Japan and South Korea to combat IP rights infringement

Hong Kong joins hands with Japan and South Korea to combat IP rights infringement

02 June 2022

As Hong Kong witnesses a growing popularity of Japanese and South Korean IP contents, as well as rapid technological developments in recent years, it is crucial to strengthen the mutual cooperation among the organizations protecting IP rights in thes...

Attempt to misappropriate Sholay watered down by Delhi High Court

Attempt to misappropriate Sholay watered down by Delhi High Court

02 June 2022

Sholay, the title of an iconic film, cannot be held devoid of protection, the Delhi High Court said, while restraining a US-based company and others from misappropriating the film name. The court also slapped costs of Rs2.5 million (US$32,200) on the...

Pakistani artists need more copyright, IP education – IP lawyer

Pakistani artists need more copyright, IP education – IP lawyer

02 June 2022

Intellectual property lawyer Sana Shaikh Fikree, senior associate at Vellani & Vellani in Karachi, said that although Pakistani artists including those in the entertainment industry are starting to be aware of their IP rights including copyright, a l...

Indonesia To Establish IP Strategy

Indonesia To Establish IP Strategy

30 May 2022

In its preparation for establishing the National Intellectual Property Strategy, Indonesia has bolstered efforts to encourage initiatives from parties such as business players, micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), and universities, as well as...

IP lawyer says Bangladesh Patent Act 2022 will raise country’s ranking in Global Innovation Index

IP lawyer says Bangladesh Patent Act 2022 will raise country’s ranking in Global Innovation Index

25 May 2022

A.B.M. Shamsud Doulah, senior partner and head of the intellectual property section at Doulah & Doulah in Dhaka, said their firm believes the Bangladesh Patent Act 2022 will improve Bangladesh’s ranking in the Global Innovation Index and promote fore...

Fashion world more ready now for metaverse IP issues, says expert

Fashion world more ready now for metaverse IP issues, says expert

19 May 2022

Prof. Dr. Irene Calboli, professor of law at Texas A&M University School of Law in Fort Worth believes the fashion industry is more ready now to face intellectual property issues arising from the metaverse than it was in pre-pandemic times.

Philippines Drafts Initial Rules on GI

Philippines Drafts Initial Rules on GI

19 May 2022

In order to increase the protection of geographical indications (GI) products in the Philippines, the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) has issued implementing rules and regulations (IRR) on GI.

AI cannot be named as inventor – Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia

AI cannot be named as inventor – Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia

12 May 2022

In April 2022, the Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia has ruled that an “inventor” must be a natural person for the purposes of the Patents Act 1990 and the Patent Regulations 1991. And therefore, AI cannot be identified as an inventor in a...

China issued Standards for Judging General Trademark Violations

China issued Standards for Judging General Trademark Violations

11 May 2022

To optimize the management of trademarks and the enforcement against trademark violations, the Chinese National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) issued Standards for Judging General Trademark Violations.

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