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How to respond to pharmaceutical trademark refusals in Cambodia?

The increasing number of trademarks, especially pharmaceutical trademarks, and the excessively  stringent examination of trademarks are the primary reasons for various trademark refusals in Cambodia. Examiners from the Cambodian IPO frequently cite prior marks that appear to be quite similar to applied-for marks at first glance, but are distinguishable when examined more closely. However, if an applicant's trademark application is refused and the applicant chooses to abandon/ do not pursue a trademark application, continuing to use the refused trademark in commerce is a risky decision. Utilizing a trademark that is found to be confusingly similar to another party's trademark may...

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Court Case: A Cybersquatting Case Brought To Court For Hearing In Vietnam

O.S GmbH is a multinational lighting manufacturer headquartered in Munich, Germany ("the plaintiff"). The plaintiff is the owner of a series of OSRAM trademark for lighting apparatus, especially electric lamps and luminaires; parts of the aforesaid goods; light-emitting diode lamp modules, being protected in Vietnam. The plaintiff detected that two ccTLD (osram.com.vn) and (osram.vn) ("Disputed Domain Names") were registered in 2014 by a natural person in Vietnam, N.D.T ("the defendant") and were resolved to the defendant's active websites. The websites under the Disputed Domain Names were promoting and offering for sale of the plaintiff's products bearing the "OSRAM" mark. ...

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Xử lý các thông báo từ chối bảo hộ nhãn hiệu dược phẩm tại Campuchia như thế nào?

Số lượng nhãn hiệu ngày càng tăng, đặc biệt là các nhãn hiệu dược phẩm, và quy trình thẩm định chặt chẽ quá mức cần thiết là những nguyên nhân cơ bản khiến cho nhiều nhãn hiệu xin đăng ký tại Campuchia bị từ chối. Thẩm định viên Cục Sở hữu Trí tuệ (SHTT) Campuchia thường đưa các nhãn hiệu đối chứng, thoạt đầu, dường như khá tương tự, nhưng nếu xem xét kỹ, đó là những nhãn hiệu có thể phân biệt được với nhau. Tuy nhiên, nếu nhãn hiệu xin đăng ký bị từ chối, mà chủ đơn...

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Tương tự, nhưng liệu có thể gây nhầm lẫn hay không, là chìa khoá để vượt qua các từ chối bảo hộ Nhãn hiệu tại Việt Nam

Bên cạnh Nhãn Hiệu Chữ, ngày càng có nhiều chủ sở hữu nhãn hiệu có xu hướng đăng ký logo hay biểu tượng do họ sáng tạo ra làm Nhãn hiệu để thương mại hóa các sản phẩm/dịch vụ của mình. Logo hay biểu tượng được xếp là loại Nhãn Hiệu Hình...

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Overcoming Notification of Provisional Refusal against an IR designating Cambodia – what should be taken into account?

Overview: As you know, Cambodia became a member of the Madrid System for the International Registration of Mark on 05 June 5 2015. The system facilitates the filing of applications in multiple countries around the globe. Rather than having to file a trademark application in each country, a trademark owner can file a single application with their national or regional IP office, and then designates protection of their mark in Madrid member countries. This greatly simplifies and reduces the cost of the process, however in case your trademark faced a provisional refusal by the Department of Intellectual Property of Cambodia, what...

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What to do to overcome a provisional refusal in Cambodia due to a prior mark where the trademark applicant and the cited trademark owners are actually one entity?

As you know, Cambodia became the 95th member of the Madrid System, following the deposit with the Director General of WIPO on March 5, 2015, of its instrument of accession to the Madrid Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks. The Protocol enters into force, with respect to Cambodia, on June 5, 2015. With this accession, the applicant just having to file a trademark application in each country, a trademark owner can file a single application with their national or regional IP office, and then designates protection of their mark in Madrid member countries, including...

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Overcome a provisional refusal against an International Registration Designating Vietnam – difficult but never give up !

How should you address to overcome a provisional refusal against an International Registration Designating Vietnam (“IRDV”)? What steps can be taken to ensure your trademark is protected in Vietnam? In recent years, international registration of trademarks designating Vietnam has increasingly preferred taking into account of the simple and convenient procedures that can save a lot of time and money, but it also include many potential risks relating thereto. KENFOX IP & LAW OFFIC has assisted its client to overcome a provisional refusal against an IRDV under various proceedings in Vietnam....

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Some takeaways on overcoming the provisional refusal against International Registration designating Cambodia

As you know, Cambodia became a member of the Madrid System for the International Registration of Mark on 05 June 5 2015. The system facilitates the filing of applications in multiple countries around the globe. Rather than having to file a trademark application in each country, a trademark owner can file a single application with their national or regional IP office, and then designates protection of their mark in Madrid member countries. This greatly simplifies and reduces the cost of the process, however in case your trademark faced a provisional refusal by the Department of Intellectual Property of Cambodia, what...

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Overcoming Relative Ground Refusal Against International Registration Designating Cambodia

Overview of the Madrid System of International Registration: The Madrid system of international registration is governed by two treaties: (i) the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks, which dates from 1891, and (ii) the Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement, which was adopted in 1989, entered into force on 01 December 1995, and came into operation on 01 April 1996. Cambodia is party only to the Protocol, not to the Agreement. The Madrid Protocol became effective in Cambodia on 05 June 2015. ...

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