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Okt 08, 2020
Alisha Wang, P. C. & Associates, China
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Legal Avenues of Handling Trademark Infringement Suspec...

Alisha Wang, P. C. & Associates, ChinaTrademark crimes stipulated by the PRC Criminal Law are different from the general trademark infringement acts in terms of regulation scopes, degrees of severity, evidence requirements, etc. When the trademark infringement is suspected of a criminal crime, the trademark owner can directly report or make a complaint to the public security organ, or advise the civil tribunal to transfer relevant criminal clues and evidence to the public security organ to start public prosecution procedure. Alternatively, the trademark owner  read more

Okt 07, 2020
Anca Draganescu-Pinawin, IP Counsel, Novagraaf, Switzerland
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Threats with a smile: The cease-and-desist letter in a ...

Anca Draganescu-Pinawin, IP Counsel, Novagraaf, Switzerland, First published at www.novagraaf.comOn 23 September 2020, Bill Murray was sent a cease-and-desist letter by Peter Paterno of the law firm King, Holmes, Paterno and Soriano LLP, representing the rock band the Doobie Brothers. The letter called out William Murray Golf, the apparel brand set up by Murray and his five brothers (in a nod to one of his career-defining roles as a deranged gamekeeper in Caddyshack), for using the Doobie Brothers’ song Listen to the Music, among others, without permission. Given the dry, even stodgy phrasing one might expect  read more

Sep 24, 2020
Ms María Kristjánsdóttir, GH Intellectual Property / LEX, Iceland, GH Intellectual Property / LEX, Iceland

Amendments to the Icelandic Trademarks Act

Ms María Kristjánsdóttir, GH Intellectual Property / LEX, Iceland, GH Intellectual Property / LEX, IcelandOn 1 September 2020, Icelandic act no. 71/2020, amending the Icelandic Trademarks Act no. 45/1997, entered into force. The amendment act was approved by the Icelandic Parliament on 12 June 2020. The act implements the European Union trademark directive 2015/2436 into Icelandic law. It contains various new provisions and harmonizes the EU and EEA trademark systems, not only regarding trademarks but also regarding collective marks and guarantee and certification marks. A new supplementary Trademarks Regulation  read more

Sep 10, 2020
Mr. Xiaoming Liu, Chofn IP, China
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File national or international application in China?

Mr. Xiaoming Liu, Chofn IP, ChinaIf we file a trademark application in China, should we choose national filing or international filing? And why? This is a question often asked by many foreign applicants. I would like to compare the two routes from the following aspects to better assist you in making a decision. With regard to the timeframe, it can be concluded that filing a Chinese national application is more timesaving. According to the Chinese Trademark Law, the examination of a trademark application should be completed within nine months, counting from the  read more

Jul 23, 2020
Andrew Vlad Ratza, Ratza & Ratza, Romania
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Romania - New Trademark Law entered into force on July ...

Andrew Vlad Ratza, Ratza & Ratza, RomaniaThe amended Trademark Law implementing the EU Directive 2015/2436 of the European Parliament and of the Council of December 16, 2015 entered into force as of July 13, 2020. For the time being, the Implementing regulations are still pending. The main changes concern the registration proceedings, allowing for a clearer extent of protection in respect of the goods and services as well as changes in the registration and opposition proceedings, streamlining the procedure and granting a precise registration date for the trademark. In respect of the list of goods/services, the amendments implement the rules of  read more

Jul 09, 2020
Sophie Peat, HSM IP Ltd., Cayman Islands
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New Trinidad & Tobago Trade Marks Law Implemented 25 Ju...

Sophie Peat, HSM IP Ltd., Cayman IslandsThe long-awaited Trade Marks Act, No. 8 of 2015, and accompanying Trade Marks Regulations, 2020, came into effect in Trinidad and Tobago on 25 June 2020. The Act was originally passed in June 2015, but its implementation was delayed pending the finalisation of the accompanying Regulations. The Trade Marks Act, Chap. 82:81 has been repealed. The new official fees and forms are available on the Intellectual Property Office Website. Also, trade mark applications can now be filed electronically and will be published through read more

Jul 08, 2020
Eleni Papacharalambous, Koushos Korfiotis Papacharalambous L.L.C., Cyprus
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New Trademarks Law and Regulations bring major changes ...

Eleni Papacharalambous, Koushos Korfiotis Papacharalambous L.L.C., Cyprus, First published at www.kkplaw.comThe new Trademarks Law, which amends the already existing Trademarks Law, was published in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Cyprus on the 12th of June 2020 and the new Trademarks Regulations, supporting the new Trademarks Law, were published in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Cyprus on the 16th of June 2020. The new Trademarks Law and Regulations bring major changes to the already existing procedure for the registration and protection of the Trademarks, simplify the already existing procedures and introduce new procedures.  read more

P. C. & Associates


9th Floor Scitech Tower, No. 22 Jian Guo Men Wai Avenue, Chao Yang District
100004 Beijing
China (CN)
Tel +86 10 655 940 91
Fax +86 10 655 940 92,

Mr. Dong Wei, founder of P. C. & Associates, started his IP career after graduation from Peking University with a B.S. degree in Electronics in 1991. He qualified as patent attorney, attorney at law, and trademark attorney. In 1998, he also obtained a LLM degree from Peking University. He specializes in IP prosecution and litigation as well as advising on strategy for protection of intellectual property rights. He is one of the most experienced and well-known IP litigators in China with deep involving in some patent and trademark lawsuits deemed as first case for some certain principles. Some cases were selected as typical cases by the Supreme People's Court of China.

P. C. & Associates is a Chinese IP firm providing high-quality, all-around “one-stop” services in respect of prosecution and litigation of patent, trademark, and copyright. P. C. & Associates has a team comprised of more than 80 professionals, including 30 patent attorneys, 21 attorneys-at-Law, and 10 trademark attorneys. Headquartered in Beijing, P. C. & Associates also has branches or representative offices in Hong Kong, Silicon Valley and Shanghai.

IP Services:
- Consultation
- Prosecution
- Litigation
- Enforcement
- Search & Monitoring
- Investigation
- Domain Name Dispute Resolution
- Portfolio Management
- Translation

CHOFN Intellectual Property

Tingxi HUO

Tingxi HUO
B316 Guangyi Plaza, 5 Guangyi Str., Xicheng
100053 Beijing
China (CN)
Tel +86 10 6213 9699
Fax +86 10 6213 1230

Mr. Tingxi Huo, former trademark partner and leader of another Chinese IP firm, Peksung’s, trademark team, is now heading Chofn’s trademark team. Chofn, a veritable “one-stop IP shop”, is one of China’s leading firms with 19 offices in 17 cities.

Professional Team:
• 400+ patent attorneys & engineers
• 300+ trademark attorneys
• 40+ litigators
• 1400+ staff

IP Services:
• Prosecution
• Litigation
• Search
• Transaction
• Research & Training
• IP Software

Awards (selective):
• Trademark Agency of Excellence
• Outstanding IP Litigation Team in China
• ASIA IP Expert
• WTR 1000
• WIPR Leaders 2016 China

Ratza & Ratza


52-54, A.I. Cuza Blvd.
011056 Bucharest
Romania (RO)
Tel +40 21 260 1348
Fax +40 21 260 1349

Ratza & ratza is one of the leading IP firms in Romania, with extensive practice covering Trademarks, Patents, Industrial Designs, Copyrights, Domain Names, related Licensing, Litigation and Enforcement, providing representation before the Patent and Trademark Offices as well as the competent Courts of Law and Authorities in Romania and the European Union, for national and international clients.

Ratza & ratza and its people are members of INTA, ECTA, MAQUES, AIPPI, PTMG, ITMA, IPO, the Romanian Chamber of Industrial Property Attorneys and the Bucharest Bar Association.



68 Fort Street, George Town
KY1-1207 Grand Cayman
Cayman Islands (KY)
Tel +1 345 949 4766
Fax +1 345 946 8825

HSM IP Ltd. provides worldwide intellectual property services. Based in the Cayman Islands and independently owned and operated, our experienced team of attorneys and paralegals deliver first class service to a broad client base which includes major Fortune Global 500 brand owners, international law firms and other specialist IP practices. Our broad perspective, practical approach and international experience allow us to offer clients a unique insight into IP issues internationally. The success and growth of our firm is due to our keen understanding of our clients’ needs for a comprehenisve “one-stop shop” which encompasses a wide range of services from the initial consultation process to searches, registrations, annuity payments and monitoring and renewals. We offer a competitive schedule of fixed fees, inclusive of both disbursements and official fees, which means we can provide clients with an accurate estimate of their project costs before embarking on a global filing programme for their portfolio. We have a wealth of knowledge and specialise in the Caribbean, Central and Latin America and other off shore jurisdictions. Our staff regularly contribute to leading IP publications and we also publish a range of country-specific IP Client Guides which are available on our website.

Koushos Korfiotis Papacharalambous L.L.C.


20 Costis Palamas str., 'Aspelia' Court
1096 Nicosia
Cyprus (CY)
Tel +357 22 664 555
Fax +357 22 677 485

KKP LLC is a full–service law firm and its lawyers count more than 30 years of experience and an extensive knowledge of the International, European and Cyprus legal system.

KKP Intellectual Property Law practice is one of the leading practices in Cyprus, headed by our Partner Eleni Papacharalambous, who is recognized by Legal 500 as a Leading Individual in Intellectual Property Law. Our IP Team comprises of IP specialized lawyers and assisting personnel and guarantees the offering of high standard services tailored to each Client’s individual needs.

As members of INTA, MARQUES, PTMG and ECTA, our IP Team regularly participates in Conferences organized by these Associations, enhancing in this way our knowledge on the latest issues and challenges in IP practice.

Experienced in a broad spectrum of sectors, we provide a comprehensive range of services with regards to trademarks, patents, industrial designs, trade names, domain names, counterfeiting, copyrights and all court proceedings relating to these matters.

Our IP team handles a significant number of national, community and international trademark registrations. We are also very experienced in trademark opposition, invalidity and cancellation proceedings. Trade mark searches, renewals and recordal of changes are also amongst the services provided by our IP Department.

It is also worth mentioning that we are very experienced with patent proceedings before the Cyprus Patent Registry, including the validation of European Patents in Cyprus, renewals/payment of annuities, recordal of changes, and the registration of national patents.