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[Case study 57] The cancellation of trade marks in Indonesia on the basis of a bad-faith registration

CRC Industries has been a producer and distributor of industrial chemicals used in the maintenance and repair of marine, electrical, industrial, automotive and aviation equipment since 1985. The company has the rights to the trade mark ‘CRC’ and its variants. CRC Industries registered their trade marks for products in classes 1, 2, 3 and 4 in many countries in the world including Indonesia. The trade marks ‘CRC’ were registered for the first time in Indonesia in 1990. An Indonesian company registered two trade marks “C&C Logo” in class 1 for products that are similar to CRC Industries’ products.

[Case study 56] Design registrations cancelled in Indonesia due to lack of novelty

Company A is an underwear producer and trader that registered two industrial designs: ‘Multicolour Flower’ packaging in 2008 and ‘Yellow-Green’ packaging in 2003. These designs were also promoted overseas (e.g. at an exhibition in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in 2009). On 26 August 2013, Company B filed a request to register Multicolour Flower and Yellow-Green as industrial designs, despite the fact that these two designs had previously been registered by Company A and were listed on the Register of Industrial Designs in Indonesia.

[Blog post] Company Incorporation in Vietnam: Legal Requirements for European Investors

Vietnam is a thriving market with an annual economic growth of 2.9% in 2020, despite the ongoing pandemic. It happens to be one of the few economies that has shown positive growth despite the prevalence of the Covid-19 pandemic. Such resilience has attracted investors globally, especially from European countries. European companies will be able to seamlessly operate businesses in Vietnam owing to the new EU–Vietnam Free Trade Agreement. However, setting up a company in Vietnam involves bureaucratic procedures and documentation that a prospective investor must know about.

IP diagnostic tool for SEA

The tool helps EU SMEs to analyse their business’ level of preparedness and knowledge in the field of intellectual property in South-East Asia and identify the topics on which they need further information. This test consists of sets of questions divided into three categories: IP Protection, to identify which are the most relevant IP rights to you; IP Internationalisation & Commercialisation, to assess your knowledge on how IP rights can be exploited and used for the internationalisation of your business in South-East Asia; and IP Practice, to test your general awareness in the field of intellectual property.

IP cost tool for SEA

The cost tool provides EU SMEs with a reliable overview of costs (in Euros) involved with the registration of their IP in South-East Asia. You will be able to find information regarding all fees for the registration of trade marks, patents, industrial designs, utility models and copyright.

Blog Post | Trade mark search: Why it is important and how to conduct it properly

Trade marks (brands) represent one of the principal assets of a company. Trade mark is crucial to your success because it allows clients and consumers to easily identify and find products and services. Protection comes with a price, and startups and SMEs often have limited budgets. However, in the digital economy, trade mark protection is well worth the investment.

Blog post: The EU–Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) and intellectual property (IP) protection: What EU SMEs should know

The European Union (EU) and Vietnam have enjoyed robust commercial relations in recent years. The EVFTA is one of the important strategic enablers for boosting the economic growth of, and the cooperation between the two parties through the elimination of customs duties and non-tariff barriers, driving a boom in exports and imports as well as encouraging investment flows.

Blog post: Intellectual property protection in the e-commerce era: What has changed recently in South-East Asia?

Over the past few years, South-East Asia (SEA) has witnessed a huge shift to, and booming expansion in, online shopping platforms. As a result, counterfeiters have also quickly adapted to the new trade environment, making large profits by flooding the digital marketplace with a huge amount of counterfeit products. At the same time, governmental agencies need months or even years to update their regulations and rules to catch up. In this article, we will update you on how regulatory authorities in SEA are stepping up to tackle intellectual property (IP) infringement issues in the e-commerce market.

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The IP Helpdesks are launching their new website on 1 March 2021.