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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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Princess Kate refused

24-03-2015

We will not be wearing ‘Princess Kate’ or ‘Royal Kate’ any time soon. The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) refused registration of these trademarks for fashion articles for suggesting a false connection with Kate Middleton. Ever since Kate tied the knot with Prince William, she became not only a Duchess, but also a royal celebrity in need of brand protection.

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A strategy for domain names

24-03-2015

Domain names play an important role in the sales and marketing activity of any organisation, but it’s all too easy to overlook the IP implications of registering and managing online channels. We set out points to consider when seeking to align domain name registrations with trademark rights.

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Monitor that domain

23-03-2015

As the number of top-level domains continues to expand, it’s becoming more challenging for brand owners to monitor for infringing use of their brands and trademarks online. Finally, there is an automated tool that can help.

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IP in the news: high stakes in the music industry

16-03-2015

From the Blurred Lines copyright dispute to the Kraftwerk trademark, it seems that hardly a week goes by without another music IP case hitting the headlines.

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An Innocent claim to the Dude!

05-03-2015

A series of decisions at OHIM and the UK High Court has ruled on the legal and equitable ownership of copyright in the Innocent Dude Logo. Novagraaf’s Vanessa Harrow outlines the dispute so far.

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Using trademarks to create strong brands in the retail sector

05-03-2015

A strong brand helps companies to differentiate themselves in their sector, and nowhere is this more important than in highly competitive industries, such as e-commerce and retail. It may be no surprise that the latest Brand Finance Retail 50 results have identified Amazon as the clear brand leader in the retail sector by quite some margin. But, there is plenty that retailers of all sizes and..

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Novagraaf teams up with WISE on IP and sports

03-03-2015

As part of a collaboration, Novagraaf will run an IP-focused workshop and seminar at Work in Sports Exhibition (WISE), which will take place in Lausanne, the Olympic capital, on 6-7 May.

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Don’t be so quick to let domain names lapse

03-03-2015

City of Geneva left red-faced after a lapsed domain name is purchased by a Finnish company to host a pornographic website.

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Red Bull shows its balls in opposition against Old Ox Brewery

23-02-2015

When Old Ox Brewery applied for a trademark registration to cover non-alcoholic drinks, Red Bull took the bull by the horns and filed an opposition. Although the logos look nothing alike, the Austrian energy drink manufacturer claims that there is a likelihood that consumers will confuse the brands and argues that “an ox is a castrated bull”. Will Old Ox be forced to change its name?

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Will the court prefer it kinky or flirty?

23-02-2015

Since 2011, Minnesota-based Crosby Lake Spirits Company has retailed a range of fruit-infused vodkas under the trademark Kinky. It is suing rival Wisconsin-based Minhas Micro Distillery for trademark infringement after it launched its own brand of fruit-flavored vodka under the name Uptown Girl Flirty Liquor.

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