Many changes have been introduced to the Madrid Goods & Services (MGS) Manager since the beginning of 2019. For example, the database is now aligned with the 2019 eleventh edition of the Nice Classification of Goods and Services, which includes 215 new terms. Also, the Georgian Intellectual Property Office is a new participant, taking the number of contributing national and regional offices...

Official Notice of IP Office of Vietnam: https://interfive.com.vn/documents/CPTPP-VN.pdf The CPTPP introduces a number of significant changes in Vietnam from an intellectual property perspective, some of which took immediate effect on 14 January 2019. (Per Article 5.3 of Vietnam’s Law on Intellectual Property as well as other laws such as the Law on Treaties of 2016, the CPTPP, as an...

The Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (CP-TPP) which was signed off by 11 member states on 8 March 2018 in Chile entered into force on 30 December 2018, after being ratified by the Governments of 7 member countries comprising Australia, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam. The CP-TPP was officially effective in Vietnam from...

On January 30, 2019, Myanmar’s long-awaited Industrial Design Law – the first legislation specifically addressing the protection of industrial designs in the jurisdiction’s history – was passed into law. The law lays out a comprehensive framework for the protection of rights over the external visual design of objects (i.e. the aesthetic design, rather than the practical). It will be implemented...

Chinese firms are not all serial intellectual-property thieves Greater inventiveness in China is prompting more respect for IP WARS SOMETIMES have moments of cultural levity—even trade wars. Last summer, as America and China were bombarding each other with tariffs, a quaint exhibition opened at the National Museum of China on Tiananmen Square paying tribute to, of all things, American...