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Trademark Application Delays - China, US & Europe

China, the US and Europe are amongst the most popular regions for filing trademarks outside of your own domestic region. The three regions have very different regimes, filing systems and challenges and all of those factors play a role in determining how long it might take to secure a successful registration.

The Trademark Application Delays ebook provides a region by region analysis of the time taken to complete registration in a number of countries. The explicit factors affecting that  may include the system used in that particular office, opposed applications, missing deadlines, unpaid fees, and providing incomplete information. Our analysis relies on trademark application data received from trademark offices and not all offices consistently abide to conventions regarding the recording dates which can impact the accuracy of results.

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How Long Does It Take To Register A Trademark?

 

The trademark application process can be a long one - and certainly much longer than people applying for the first time (or the first time in a new region) might realise. There are some common factors that will impact your time frame to successful registration and an examination of these might help you to identify areas where you can speed up the process....although the average time will be largely dictated by the region in which you are applyingThere are some common factors that will impact your time frame to successful registration and an examination of these might help you to identify areas where you can speed up the process!

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An Overview Of Blockchain Transactions

Every incoming technological revolution has its tipping point and blockchain technology is suddenly everywhere and inescapable. But what exactly is it and how does it work?

Blockchain is an internet based technology with a close relationship to cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin. Cryptocurrencies are widely held to be anonymous, however, that may not be entirely true. To transfer cryptocurrency both the originator and the recipient would need to have created an “address” for themselves. An address is just an identifier similar to a bank account number, but it’s always coupled with a secret key. The originator of a transfer needs to authorise the transfer by digitally signing the transaction (using the secret key). To perform a transfer you’d need to know the recipient’s address (the public part, never the secret one). While the addresses themselves can’t be associated with their owner and it’s easy to create thousands of addresses for yourself and make transfers between these addresses to try and obfuscate the money trail. But since ledger containing all the transactions is public, it’s always possible to follow this trail.

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Trademark Industry Insights - Material World: IPR in the Textiles Trade

What can the World of Trademarks tell us about the Fabric industry? A multitude of intellectual property rights apply to the design and production of fabrics - the development of new threads or weaves may qualify for patent protection, the artwork or designs might be covered under copyright and different aspects of both of these can be protected by a registered trademark.

Copyright protects the artistry involved in the designs and the purpose of a trademark is to identify the source of a particular fabric. Trademark registrations are classified according to the Nice Classification system - a somewhat arbitrary grouping of goods and services. Textiles (the focus of this paper) sit across Class 24 while many of the secondary products created from the fabrics will sit across other classes. Examination of the international trademark registration databases can show you some of the growth and challenges in the industry.

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EU Decision Highlights Conflict Between Types Of Intellectual Property Rights

The European Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) offers a range of options to businesses seeking to protect their brands while promoting their products. These include word, figurative, shape and most recently, certification marks along with provisions for non-trademark registrations such as designs.. It can sometimes be difficult for brand owners to know which type or types of registration is the most suitable and on occasion, the type selected can bring your trademark into conflict with other registered trademarks, even if these are not the same type of registration as the one you are seeking.

In 2007, BMB (a Polish confectionery company) registered the design of the packaging intended as a container for sweets as a Community Design (now an EU Design). Community design rights do not have the same longevity as registered trademarks, lasting only 25 years, but the rights afforded by such a registration are still enforceable against infringement.

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The High Price of Failure for Intellectual Property Protection

Entrepreneurs now enjoy fewer barriers to market than ever before.

With just a few clicks of a mouse, the purchase of a domain name, and the building of a website, any business can be up and running in a matter of minutes. Throw in some online advertising, and you can be profitable by dinner time!

Thus, it is both an exciting and nerve-wracking time to be protecting brands; no one can afford to rest on his or her laurels. Large companies and small businesses alike now need to obtain and maintain trademark protection, and regularly monitor those marks as well.

Thanks to an abundance of social media participants and influencers, the term "overnight success" is no longer a meaningless expression. Whether a celebrity tweets about your brand, or a customer makes an entertaining Facebook video, products can quickly go viral in today's marketplace.

For businesses and trademark owners, this is both good news and bad news.

In this article, we'll review the most important factors of protecting your company trademarks in our digital era. However, before we begin, let's look at an example of how quickly brand notoriety can now change online.

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Breaking The (Nice) Class Barrier

2016 marked the 125th anniversary of the Madrid System of application for International trademarks and as though in celebration, the number of applications exceeded 50,000 for the first time last year. According to the Madrid Yearly Review 2017, this growth of 7.2% in applications is the largest yet recorded. The trend towards positive figures continued as provisional refusals also fell by 1.2% for the first time since 2011, although a significant number of applications still fall at the first hurdle.

One of the major contributing factors to difficulties with international trademark applications is the indication of goods and services. In March of this year, the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) released a guide to clarify the international standards for indicating goods and services and how they are viewed during the examination process. Some of the difficulty arises where the requirements for a domestic application differ significantly from that required under the Madrid examination. 

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