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Jul 01, 2021
Caroline Guy, Therrien Couture Joli-Cœur, Canada
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The College of Patent Agents and Trademark Agents Start...

Caroline Guy, Therrien Couture Joli-Cœur, CanadaOn June 28, 2021, Canada’s new College of Patent Agents and Trademark Agents begins operations. The College of Patent Agents and Trademark Agents (CPATA) will be responsible for maintaining the registers of Patent Agents and Trademark Agents; to administer the qualifying examinations for agents and to enforce an agent code of conduct. One of the objectives of CPATA is to protect the public by ensuring that agents are competent and by setting up an investigation mechanism following a complaint.  read more

Feb 11, 2021
Shivarpita Nailwal, Chadha & Chadha, India
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India Update: The Designs (Amendment) Rules 2021

Shivarpita Nailwal, Chadha & Chadha, IndiaIn furtherance to the Draft rules published in 2019, the Government of India, on January 25, 2021, issued a gazette notification to formalize and introduce the Designs (Amendment) Rules, 2021. The new amendment rules have come into force with effect from January 25, 2021. The new rules confirm that for the purposes of the registration of designs, the articles shall be classified as per current edition of “International Classification for Industrial Designs (Locarno Classification)” published by World Intellectual Property Organization  read more

Jan 28, 2021
Xiao Han (Nicole), Chofn Intellectual Property, China
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Revised Chinese Patent Examination Guidelines Take Effe...

Xiao Han (Nicole), Chofn Intellectual Property, ChinaThe China National Intellectual Property Administration (“CNIPA”) recently announced the "Revised Patent Examination Guidelines", which came into force from January 15, 2021. This is a major development in the field of IP industry in China. Although the “Revised Guideline" is not a formal source of law, it can be used as a reference in courts’ decisions provided that there are no conflicts with the "Chinese Patent Law" and its implementation rules. Therefore, its amendment is of great significance to the administrative and  read more

Jan 27, 2021
Emma Green, Bird & Bird LLP, United Kingdom
Ciara Hughes, Bird & Bird LLP, United Kingdom
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Brexit Update: UK customs enforcement from 1 January 20...

Emma Green, Bird & Bird LLP, United Kingdom, Ciara Hughes, Bird & Bird LLP, United Kingdom, First published at www.twobirds.comHM Revenue and Customs ("HMRC") has provided a long-awaited update on the UK Customs Enforcement process which rights holders and representatives will need to follow once the transition period ends. A new form for UK Applications for Actions (AFAs) has been launched and is available for use now. Whilst the UK AFA form will be familiar to many, there are some key changes and we outline these below. Rights holders should consider their existing AFA protection now, to ensure that there is no lapse in protection after 31 December 2020.
The European Commission's Notice to Stakeholders dated 17 August 2020 clarified the post-Brexit treatment of EU AFAs which form part of the framework under Regulation (EU) No 608/2013. protection after 31 December 2020.
From 1 January 2021 existing EU AFAs filed via an EU27 Customs office will remain valid and enforceable in the EU27 but will cease to have effect in the UK. Further, existing EU AFAs filed via HMRC will remain valid and enforceable in the UK but will cease to have effect in the EU27. Any new EU AFA filed via
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Dez 03, 2020
James YANG, Partner, P. C. & Associates, China
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Highlights Overview on the Latest Amendment to the Copy...

James YANG, Partner, P. C. & Associates, ChinaOn November 11th, 2020, the latest amendment of the Copyright Law has been passed by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of the PRC (hereinafter the “Amendment”), which will come into force from June 1st, 2021. The Amendment is made in response to the major changes in the developments of technology, the dissemination channels of works and the cultural industries in the past decade. It is provided in Article 54 of the Amendment that “as to the willful infringement upon the  read more

Dez 03, 2020
Caroline Guy, Therrien Couture Joli-Cœur, Canada
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Trademark Updates for Canada

Caroline Guy, Therrien Couture Joli-Cœur, CanadaAs of January 1st, 2021, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) will increase certain fees related to trademarks and other intellectual property rights by 2%. For example, the fees for filing a trademark application will increase from $330.00 to $336.60 for the first class and from $100 to $102 per additional class. This is not a significant increase that could affect the decision of whether or not to file an application, such as the United States Patent and Trademark Office increasing the regular electronic filing fee from  read more

Nov 19, 2020
Simon Casinader, K&L Gates LLP, United Kingdom
Ravena Guron, K&L Gates LLP, United Kingdom
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Putting Position Marks Front and Centre: CJEU Considers...

Simon Casinader, K&L Gates LLP, United Kingdom , Ravena Guron, K&L Gates LLP, United Kingdom, First published at www.iplawwatch.comIn a recent Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruling, based on a referral from the Stockholm Court of Appeal, the CJEU considered whether the distinctiveness of a sign that is to be applied to specific services should be assessed with regard to what is customary in the relevant sector. The Court clarified that, in the context of trade marks for services, the assessment of a sign's distinctiveness should not always involve an assessment of norms and/or customs of the sector. In November 2016, Östgötatrafiken, a Swedish transportation company applied for trade marks described as "position marks" for various services produced by means of vehicles and transport. The marks would consist of coloured ellipses of different sizes and placed into certain positions on buses and trains (see below for a few examples of the marks that were filed). Importantly, the position marks are affixed in a particular way to buses and trains used to provide transport services, but the shape of those vehicles were not the subject of the  read more

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Micheline Dessureault

Micheline Dessureault
1134 Grande-Allée Ouest, Suite 600
G1S 1E5 Québec (Québec)
Canada (CA)
Tel +1 418 681 7007
Fax +1 418 681 7100

Founded over 25 years ago, our firm has expanded considerably since its creation, placing it amongst one of the most important law firms in the province of Quebec, Canada.

Counting almost 200 professionals, our firm has offices in Montreal, Quebec, Saint-Hyacinthe, Brossard, Laval and Sherbrooke and has, amongst others, departments in intellectual property, international business law, business law, taxation, real estate law and insolvency and enforcement of security.

It is known for both the quality and affordability its legal services. Our accomplishments are in large part due to the competent, creative and service-oriented professionals who lend their hand to helping their clients and strive to go above and beyond demand.

Our team of professionals in the intellectual property area is renowned for its services and publications as well as for its conferences and seminars. Its members, whether they are lawyers, trademark agents or technicians, have a strong experience in Canada as in foreign countries. Counting on a sound network of contacts throughout the world, they are fit to assist you on intellectual property matters.

Our spheres of activity in Intellectual Property:
- Protection and management of intellectual property portfolios
- Trademarks
- Copyright
- Information technologies and Internet Law
- Patents and industrial designs
- Litigation
- Know-how
- Artistic heritage
- Licenses/technology transfer
- Research and development

Our services in International Business Law:
- Business accompaniment
- Legal and political analysis
- Creation of a subsidiary or branch
- Mergers and acquisitions
- Strategic alliances and partnerships
- Commercial agencies/sales offices
- Distribution
- Joint venture and co-development
- Exportation and importation
- Legal domiciliation
- National and international taxation
- Real estate
- Negotiation and drafting of various other international contracts
- Transnational dispute settlement, mediation, Arbitration
- Notarial law

We invite you to visit our website for further information regarding our firm and its specialists.

Micheline Dessureault, Lawyer and Trademark Agent, Director of the Intellectual Property and International Business Law Departments

Simone Ndiaye, Trademark Agent

Chadha & Chadha IP

Meenakshi Chadha

Meenakshi Chadha
Level 18, One Horizon Center, Golf Course Road, DLF Phase 5, Sector 43
122002 Gurgaon, Haryana
India (IN)
Tel +91 124 668 8014
Fax +91124 668 8020

Chadha & Chadha IP:

- IP Boutique with 10 Offices - New Delhi, Mumbai, Gurgaon, Pune, Cochin, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Kolkata, Chennai
- 65 IP Professionals
- Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights, Designs, Plant Varieties, Emerging IPs, Licensing and transactional IP
- Awarded Indian IP Firm of the year 2010 by CorpIntl
- Awarded Indian IP Due Diligence Firm of the year 2015 by CorpIntl
- Recommended by Asia Pacific Legal 500, Chambers Asia, Managing IP
- INTA 2017 Sponsor
- Diverse Technical Expertise - Biotech, Pharma, Life Sciences, Electronics, Telecom, Communications, IT, Mechanical, Medical Devices and Metallurgy
- IP Management Software from Pro Delta UK Limited's
- Education and Training, with courses such as FICPI-SEAD Patent Drafting Course and Management in Law Firms by the Harvard Business School
- Promptness with Quality
- ISO 9001:2008 Certification

CHOFN Intellectual Property

Tingxi HUO

Tingxi HUO
#703, 7th Floor, Glory Star Financial Tower, Building 3, No.16 Lize Road, Fengtai District
100073 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

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