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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Novagraaf UK patent and trademark practices recommended in Legal 500
The patent and trademark practices of Intellectual Property (IP) consultancy Novagraaf UK have been recognised for their expertise in the 2014 edition of The Legal 500. The work of Trademark Practice Head, Tom Farrand has also been recommended in this year’s publication, alongside Patent Attorneys Dr Oliver Harris and Dr Peter Wilson, and Trademark Attorney Michael Freeman.
The sound of silence: Beats and Bose settle headphone patent dispute
Infringement suit brought by audio equipment manufacturer Bose in July accused Beats of copying five of its patents for noise-cancelling technology.
Deadmau5 ears get Disney’s attention
For a decade, Canadian DJ Joel Thomas Zimmerman, aka Deadmau5, has performed onstage in a suit featuring big mouse ears. But, his attempt to apply to register a US logo mark for those ears has been opposed by Mickey Mouse owner Disney, as Novagraaf’s Hein-Piet van Boxel explains.
Rappers battle over copyright to word ‘oh’
Is the word ‘oh’ protectable by copyright? Yes, according to record label TufAmerica. It has filed a lawsuit against rapper Jay Z because he sampled the word from a song by jazz artist Eddie Bo in his hit single Run This Town. Novagraaf’s Michaël Sumer sets out the background to the dispute.
Social media threat as counterfeiting continues to grow
The IP Crime Report 2013/14 reveals that social media has overtaken auction sites as the lead channel for counterfeit activity.
Stay informed of new domain name extensions (gTLDs)
Hundreds of new domain name extensions (generic Top-Level Domain names or ‘gTLDs’) are being launched in the next couple of months. By subscribing to the Early Warning System of Novagraaf you will receive e-mail notifications about the extensions that become due for registration. You can specify whether you want to get a notification at the beginning of a registration period and/or three..
Preparing for an IPO? Don’t overlook your IP assets
IP isn’t always the first priority for a business preparing for an initial public offering (IPO); however, the sooner you start thinking about your IP assets, the better prepared you’ll be, says Alastair Rawlence.
1 October: changes to UK design and patent law come into force
This week sees the introduction of a number of changes to design and patent law practice in the UK.
Valuing intangibles: the role of IP in mergers and acquisitions
A well-maintained IP portfolio and, just as importantly, a well-maintained record of the IP portfolio can add significant value to a company as well as making it an attractive proposition. From a buyer’s perspective it can make the transition from buyer to owner a smoother ride. Novagraaf’s Helene Whelbourn outlines the process
Countdown to .vlaanderen and .brussels
Two new top-level domains are due to enter their second phase of registration next month: the .vlaanderen and .brussels domain names. Phase two runs from 2 October to 3 November 2014.