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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Is your anti-counterfeiting strategy up to scratch?
Counterfeit activity is a threat to all modern businesses, affecting their profits, their reputation and, in some cases, the safety of their consumers. But, so persistent is the threat – particularly online – that it can be difficult for companies to know where to start. We set out the answers to some frequently asked questions.
MONACO can’t be registered for Monaco
Can ‘Monaco’ be registered as a trademark even if it’s a geographical territory? The answer is yes, if the sign has a distinctive character for the goods and services on which the registration is based. However, the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) has refused to register Monaco as a trademark in respect of some of the goods and services that the territory had applied..
Trademark resolutions: watch your marks
Trademark watching is an important tool in the proactive monitoring of registered marks and devices, helping companies to identify and act against infringement and misuse of trademarks in a timely manner. Here are five tips for getting started or revising your current strategy.
Further progress for foreign trademark owners in China
Earlier this month, China’s State Administration for Industry and Commerce published its 2014 annual report on IP protection in China. Novagraaf France’s Zhengnan Gong outlines the key findings.
Will Geneva be ICANN’s new home?
Rumours that ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, might be moving to Geneva continue to grow apace. ICANN is the organisation that supervises the attribution of domain names and the allocation of IP addresses worldwide.
Copyright: 'New' works in the public domain
Every year on January 1, some well-known and lesser-known works enter the public domain. The Dutch Copyright Act stipulates that the copyright on a work expires 70 years after the death of its creator. Novagraaf’s Frouke Hekker explains the process.
Back to the Future’s DeLorean in trademark dispute
From hoverboards to self-drying jackets, the 1980s sci-fi film franchise has gifted the world some of the most memorable images of futuristic inventions. However, it is the retrofitted car-turned-time machine that is currently hitting the headlines.
Ageing casks are an invaluable tool for spirits producers
It is an increasingly widespread practice for spirits, and particularly whisky, producers to establish links with prestigious wine-producing estates in order to produce exceptional alcoholic beverages of their own. Marion Pignot examines the IP implications of such an arrangement.
Caution: misleading letters and false invoices trademark authorities
Unfortunately, trademark owners are frequently approached by companies that pretend to be an official authority, for example through misleading letters or fake invoices. We would like to point out these malpractices.
Volvo versus Lovol
Car manufacturer VOLVO tried to prevent the application of two figurative signs containing the word LOVOL for agricultural machines and vehicles. Volvo argued that the trademarks VOLVO and LOVOL are similar, because of the resemblances between ‘vol’, ‘vo’ and ‘lov’. OHIM, the European trademarks and designs authority, did not agree with VOLVO and in its recent judgments the General..