We met with our colleagues at the firm of Baker & McKenzie in Myanmar. They were kind enough to update us on the current situation in Myanmar, and informed us of some recent/expected developments with respect to the Myanmar IP Office.
Mr. Andrew Conduit from SKC Law in Indonesia was kind enough to visit our firm today. We discussed the recent start of seizure actions by Customs in Indonesia, and he provided us with an overall picture of the steps and procedures expected to be required as this process moves forward. We also discussed the new database for goods and services in use for on-line filing in Indonesia, and how to go about specifying unique goods and services that are not in the “pre-approved” list.
Mr. Wei Qing and Mr. Ning Yue from FAIRSKY LAW OFFICE (China) visited our office today. They provided us with a detailed description of the services their firm offers. We also had an interesting discussion on whether it is important for foreign trademark owners who’s primary trademark is depicted in English (alphabetical) to apply for and maintain a Chinese transliteration mark as well.
Today we had the pleasure of hosting Trademark Attorneys Mr. Luo, Mr. Yin, Mr. Yang, Ms. Du and Ms. Liu from the Hong Kong and Beijing offices of China Patent Agent (H.K.) Ltd. Aside from discussing some pending cases, they also helped us to better understand the ramifications of the new changes to Articles 4 and 44 of the Chinese Trademark Law, as well as the recent High Court ruling in China concerning trademarks and OEMs.
Visit from Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney (U.S.A.) Mr. Bassam Ibrahim from Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney (U.S.A.) was kind enough to visit our firm. He provided us with a detailed presentation of several specific cases that exemplified certain points where U.S. and Japanese Trademark Laws differ. Among these topics were the small but significant details regarding “intent to use” and “non-use cancellation” policies, practices and decisions of the USPTO.