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News in the field of Intellectual Property

The ways in which we access and receive news these days have changed considerably. With the advent of social media, news items are not only visible sooner, but they’re also available to a much larger group. Information is shared more quickly to the extent that we’re often inundated with an unmanageable amount of information and news items. News items are also becoming more ‘superficial’ and, while we at Novagraaf regularly use Twitter, we do also believe in the need to understand the full picture and background behind today’s news stories. That’s why we work to keep you informed on all developments in the field of Intellectual Property, in general, and the background of the news, in particular.

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Trademark renewals: beware of fraudulent reminders

27-05-2016

Managing the renewal of trademark registrations is vital if IP owners are to effectively maintain rights and ensure they are free for use in key markets. Unfortunately, trademark holders are being targeted by companies masquerading as (fictitious) IP registries, directories and renewals organisations (see our story: Beware false registries targeting IP owners). These companies attempt to dupe IP..

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European patents explained

27-05-2016

Not to be confused with the upcoming Unitary Patent, the European Patent system provides companies with an important structure for protecting and exploiting inventions in Europe. However, certain requirements must be met if patent holders are to make best use of the system.

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Trademark searching: ensuring the availability of new brand names

16-05-2016

It takes time, resources and money to create and launch distinctive and effective brands. But how can you be sure that the brand you have chosen is really yours to use? What if it has been registered or is being used by another party already in such a way that it would conflict with your use? Trademark searching provides a quick and simple means to investigate the availability of your chosen..

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Spoiler alert: the copyright battle following Game of Thrones

16-05-2016

Few can be unaware of the TV phenomenon Game of Thrones. Inevitably, however, with great success also comes the threat of copyright theft; the series now has the dubious title of being the most pirated TV series ever. In an effort to keep the series exciting (for its paying customers), TV network producer HBO is also working to block the YouTube videos of the so-called ‘Spanish Spoiler’ -..

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Changes to EU trademark registration procedures

16-05-2016

Recent reforms to European trademark law may have implications for your registered trademark(s) in the European Union. Here’s a reminder of the key changes.

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Alex v Alex: Why limitations in trademark law aren't child's play

16-05-2016

As a general rule, the scope of protection of a trademark is limited to the goods and services for which it has been registered. This means that a trademark owner can only enforce a right against trademarks used for similar goods and services. A recent dispute over the trade name Alex illustrates the principle.

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Trademark event: Join us at INTA 2016 in Orlando

03-05-2016

Visit us at booth #406 at this year's Annual Meeting of the International Trademark Association (INTA) in Orlando, Florida on 21-25 May.

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Do you know how much your trademarks are worth?

03-05-2016

An organisation's value is no longer based soley on its tangible or fixed assets; more often than not, it is the company’s intangible assets, including brand reputation and goodwill, that create its market value. Without the proactive protection and valuation of those brands however, how can you be sure that you’re getting a fair price for your business in case of sale, takeover or asset..

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Health-tracking technology: the new patent battleground?

03-05-2016

The dispute between two leading providers of fitness trackers took another leap forward last week, after the US International Trade Commission (ITC) invalidated the last of the patents that AliphCom Inc’s Jawbone claimed had been infringed by its rival Fitbit Inc.

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Teams continue to battle in Redskins trademark dispute

03-05-2016

The US Supreme Court could be asked to weigh in on the Redskins trademark case as the dispute over the football team’s name continues.

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