Posts in WIPO


Challenges for Trademarks in a Digital World: A Review of INTA 2017

Social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram have provided the opportunity for brands to interact with mass audiences quickly and effectively, but this interaction is …
By Simon Webster
2 months ago 1

Navigating the Maze of International Cannabis Trademarks

Some have dubbed it the modern-day gold rush while skeptics warn of the hostile attitude of the current administration in Washington D.C. Whatever the view there …
By Nuzayra Haque
3 months ago 3

C-Suite Executives More Aware of Trademark Portfolio Risk and Reward

Eight in ten C-level executives believe trademark infringement of their marks is on the rise... Despite their feeling that trademark infringement is on the rise, 66% of organizations …
By Brian Focarino
3 months ago 0

Navigating Through the PCT Process and the Associated Costs

A PCT application is an international application that is filed under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), which currently has 151 contracting states. A PCT application is filed with …

The Four Consequential Patent Trends of 2016

Suffice it to say that 2016 has been an interesting year. The political climate is much different than one year ago amidst a growing tide of nationalism abroad …
By Steve Brachmann
7 months ago 3

Fitfully unveils cloud-based virtual fitting service for online shoe sales

Fitfully has filed at least one patent application which has been published by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) as W.O. Patent Application No. 2016051416, titled System …
By Steve Brachmann
7 months ago 1

President-Elect Trump Says the TPP is Dead, but What Now for IP?

President-Elect Donald Trump has announced that he will withdraw the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement on his first day in office. So ends more …
By Sirena Rubinoff
7 months ago 1

China increasingly a preferred venue for patent litigation, even for US patent owners

The message is being received by patent owners around the world, including those with large U.S. patent portfolios, that China is a reasonable and fair place …
By Steve Brachmann & Gene Quinn
9 months ago 11

Realistic representation of a product: Grounds for refusal of trademark registration – Ukraine vs European Union

The distinctive character is one of the universally accepted criteria for registration of a sign as a trademark. This criterion is derived from the main function of …
By Yuliia Matsiuk
10 months ago 1

95 percent of WHO’s essential medicines are off-patent

The vast majority of medicines found on WHO’s model list of essential medicines are off-patent according to information published by the World International Property Organization (WIPO). …
By Steve Brachmann & Gene Quinn
11 months ago 0

PTAB invalidates three patents covering Teva’s Copaxone, opens door for Mylan’s generic version

On Wednesday, August 24th, the Patent Appeal and Trial Board (PTAB) issued decisions in two inter partes review (IPR) filings made against patents owned by private Israeli …
By Steve Brachmann
11 months ago 0

Protection of Official Names of States and Prevention of their Registration and Use as Trademarks

Protection of the official names of States and prevention of their registration and use as trademarks have been the focus of attention of the Standing Committee on …
By Olga Kreshchenko
1 year ago 0

World Intellectual Property Indicators 2015: Design Patent Highlights

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has published its annual World Intellectual Property Indicators. The 2015 report dissects the macro trends associated with filing activity and registrations for 2014 …
By Tracy-Gene Durkin
1 year ago 0

Innovation can create economic success in developing countries facing the middle-income trap

A rising tide lifts all boats. While an age-old saying, the concept is relatively simple really. Of course, the path to broad based economic opportunity for all …
By Angélique McCall
1 year ago 0

Navigating the ever-changing global IP landscape requires an expert guide

Would you climb Everest without an expert guide? You shouldn’t navigate the global IP landscape without one either. The global intellectual property terrain is becoming increasingly …
By Peter Blasi
1 year ago 0