The European Commission published today the latest report on protection and enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) in third countries. While developments have taken place since the publication of the previous report, concerns persist and a number of areas for improvement and action remain to be addressed. Intellectual property rights infringements worldwide cost European firms billions of euros in lost revenue and put thousands of jobs at risk. Today’s report identifies three groups of countries on which the EU will focus its action.
The Japan Patent Office (JPO) hosted the 5th Annual Meeting in Chiba, Japan, on 12-13 December 2019.
The EUIPO’s Executive Director, Christian Archambeau, participated in the meeting, which involved discussions on the ID5 partners’ respective projects.
The Jordanian Industrial Property Protection Directorate (IPPD), under the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Supply, has published a practice paper concerning the impact of non‑distinctive / weak components of trade marks in the examination of likelihood of confusion (relative grounds), assuming that the goods and/or services are identical.