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REWIND: International Business News #99

In this week’s REWIND of international business news,

  • Trademark owners and applicants will be happy to learn that the cost of filing or renewing a trademark application will be a little lower in 2015.  Scheduled to take effect on January 17, 2015, the USPTO has reduced the cost of applications by $50, meaning that the fee for an application will go from $325 per class to $275 per class. To take advantage of the reduced rate, an applicant must agree to file all documents electronically and permit email communications with the Trademark Office.  In addition the Trademark Office will reduce the fee for a TEAS application to renew a registration by $100, with the fee going from $400 to $300 per class.  The reduced charges are an effect of the American Invents Act, which seeks to stress efficiency in the USPTO and increase the usage of electronic filing and processing of trademark applications.
  • In what may become a more common occurrence, Coca-Cola has filed trademark applications to register two Twitter hashtags.  The applications, which are for the hashtags “#smilewithacoke” and “#cokecanpics,” were filed with the Trademark Office in December. Though Coke is not the first entity to seek registration of a hashtag, this appears to be it’s first foray into seeking protection for parts of its social media campaigns, and may signal a growing trend in intellectual property protection.
  • According to a notice issued by its Central Government, China is seeking to triple the number of filed patents by 2020.  To further  its goal, the country indicated it will strengthen its laws and policies to better protect intellectual property.  In addition, China will try to reduce the amount of time to review and process patent and trademark applications; the country hopes to reduce the time to review patent applications from 22.3 months to 20.2, and the time to review trademark applications from 10 months to 9 months by 2020.
  • The names of iconic hotels, such as the Ahwahnee Hotel, and other concession properties in Yosemite National Park face the possibility of being changed.  The contract between the National Park Service and Delaware North, the entity that has run the concession properties in Yosemite for over 20 years, is scheduled to expire this year.  The Park Service is currently soliciting bids from companies to act as the park’s concession operator; this may result in someone other than Delaware North acting in this capacity.  Delaware North has asserted that if that is the case,  any such new entity would have to pay them $51 million to acquire its “intangible assets,” which include the trademark registrations for all of the concession properties in Yosemite.  While it is not clear if Delaware North will truly be able to assert and enforce its ownership claims over the registered marks, there is a possibility the Park Service may change the names to avoid becoming embroiled in a legal dispute.

REWIND: International Business News #98

In this week’s REWIND of international business news,

  • Uber Technologies continues to face legal scrutiny around the world. Last week, authorities in Taiwan declared the car-hailing service provided by Uber to be illegal. Click here to read more. Meanwhile in China, an Uber training session was raided by police last Wednesday.  Click here to read more.
  • In Italy, TripAdvisor, the American travel website that allows reviewers to rank and comment on hotels and restaurants, has been fined 500,000 Euros ($610,000) by the Italian competition authorities for failing to prevent false reviews on its web site.
  • With the rouble in distress, the Russian government has ordered a handful of government-held exporters to sell their foreign currency reserves. Officials say that private companies will not be required to take similar actions. Click here to read more.
  • Alibaba has spent over $161 million since 2013 protecting customers and combating counterfeit goods, in efforts to turnaround its prior mention on the U.S. Trade Representative’s list of “notorious markets” for intellectual property infringement. Click here to read more.

REWIND: International Business News #96

Are there any bounds to EU privacy protection?  Google is fighting to find out.  An EU court ruling earlier this year requires that Google remove personal information from its search results upon request.  According to Google’s top lawyer, this “right to be forgotten” appears to have been created without providing for clear objective tests on what information is in the public interest and need not be removed.  Google is now touring European cities and seeking online comment in an attempt to seek feedback on the EU rules.

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REWIND: International Business News #95

In this week’s REWIND of international business news, Canada gets tough on spam, China hammers down on M&A deals and shipping alliances, and in a curious spirit of bonhomie, Russia gives in on its bitcoin stance and offers tax amnesty for offshore companies.

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REWIND: International Business News #94

This week in international business news, it is patent, trademark, and more patent. Could one small step for FindtheBest be a giant leap for patent law? Is Google making an extra effort to steer clear of lawsuit by FIFA over World Cup? EU investigates “patent box” tax breaks; could that spell trouble for Apple, Starbucks, and Fiat?

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REWIND: International Business News #93

In this week’s REWIND of international business law news, a New York judge resuscitates a colonial law to allow a lawsuit against U.S. companies for doing business with the South African apartheid regime, India braces for a potential United States downgrade of its intellectual property rights classification, and New York authorities poise to charge area car dealerships in a scheme to export luxury cars to China.

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REWIND: International Business News #92

This week, our REWIND of international business news covers Italian court decision that the sky is the limit for Emirates Airline; meanwhile, European venture capitalists skip the 11-hour flight to Silicon Valley to invest in European tech startups; and major global music companies are accused of trying to take the whole “cloud” down.  

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REWIND: International Business News #91

This week in international business,  we have a case going to the Supreme Court, which may determine whether a tougher standard for patentability may be enforced; Canada’s “trade-mark” law reform; millions of new Google shares on the market; and Mississippi extends trade-secret protections to universities and colleges.

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REWIND: International Business News #90

This week in international business, Apple and Samsung join forces against a common enemy and more bad news for Bitcoin.

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REWIND: International Business News #88

In this week’s REWIND of international business law news, trouble is brewing as French workers hold their managers captive, a Swiss drug maker is investigated for exaggerating in its advertising, and a New Zealand dairy giant suffers legal ramifications for selling contaminated baby milk.

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