2020 · Australia · Intellectual Property · International Trademark Law · IP Policy · Tobacco Plain Packaging · TRIPS Agreement

Is it Necessary to Consider Alternative Measures under Article 20 of the TRIPS Agreement?

This week, I continue with my analysis of the Appellate Body’s decision on the trademark issues in the¬†Australia – Plain Packaging¬†case. (For previous posts in this regard, see here and here). In this post, the focus will be on whether it is necessary to consider alternative measures when deciding whether an encumbrance is justifiable pursuant… Continue reading Is it Necessary to Consider Alternative Measures under Article 20 of the TRIPS Agreement?

2020 · International Trademark Law · IP Policy · Tobacco Plain Packaging · Trademark · Uncategorized

NEWSFLASH: WTO’S Appellate Body Upholds Australia’s Tobacco Plain Packaging Measures

This is a quick update regarding the Australia – Plain Packaging case. I have commented on the earlier decision of the WTO’s dispute settlement panel in a short piece available here. In its report, the panel upheld Australia’s tobacco plain packaging measures (TPP measures) as compatible with the TRIPS Agreement. However, two of the complainants… Continue reading NEWSFLASH: WTO’S Appellate Body Upholds Australia’s Tobacco Plain Packaging Measures

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Article 10 of the Berne Convention and the Three Step Test (Part 4)

In this post, I intend to examine the interface between Article 10(1) of the Berne Convention and Article 13 of the TRIPS Agreement. In this regard, I will be drawing extensively on a recent paper by Tanya Aplin and Lionel Bently titled, ‘Displacing the Dominance of the Three-Step Test: The Role of Global, Mandatory Fair… Continue reading Article 10 of the Berne Convention and the Three Step Test (Part 4)

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That Leaked Draft National IPR Policy from India

Earlier this week, another draft version of India’s National IPR Policy was leaked. The draft, dated 18 April 2015, was submitted by India’s ‘IPR Think Tank’. Some comments have been made on the draft (see here, here, and here). The first draft of the IPR policy prepared by the IPR Think Tank can be found… Continue reading That Leaked Draft National IPR Policy from India