Canada has joined three WIPO treaties that promote the worldwide use of trademarks, giving a boost to Canadian brand owners as well as consumers and underlining Canada’s strong multilateral engagement with the World Intellectual Property Organization. WIPO Director General Francis Gurry received Canada’s instruments of accession to the Madrid Protocol, Nice Agreement and the Singapore Treaty...

IP Attorneys of Interfive IP Law Firm will attend INTA Roundtable in Hanoi - Vietnam on the trends, challenges and opportunities facing businesses regarding geographical indications, trademarks and intellectual property as a result of the proliferation of free trade agreements (FTA) on this issue. From INTA Roundtable, you may learn from local experts and invited government officials on how...

Dear valued colleagues and brand owners, We are pleased to inform you that the new Myanmar Trademark Law ("MTL") was passed by the Union Parliament of Myanmar and all the registered trademarks require re-applying for the validity of the trademarks according to the new Law. The Law will come into force following the directive of the President, expecting to come into effect three or six months...

Applications for registration of sound marks have been accepted by Thailand’s Department of Intellectual Property (DIP) since September 1, 2017, in accordance with recent amendments to the Trademark Act B.E. 2534 (1991) and Ministerial Regulation No. 5 B.E. 2560 (2017), as reported in previous issues of this publication (see Informed Counsel Vol. 8 No. 4 and Vol. 9 No. 1). Generally speaking,...

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...