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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Brands in the Picture 2013 closed with 562 photos
Novagraaf received 562 entries for its photo competition Brands in the Picture, which was open for participation from 8 April to 14 June. The entries are now being presented to a jury chaired by professional photographer Nikki Nooteboom. On Tuesday, 9 July, we will announce who the jury proclaims the winner of Brands in the Picture 2013 and thus will be rewarded with a Samsung Galaxy Note worth..
Gareth Bale protects his goal celebration as a trademark
News that Tottenham Hotspur winger Gareth Bale has registered as a trademark his distinctive goal celebration highlights once again the financial importance of brand protection in Premier League football.
Unsolicited renewal invoices – don’t be misled
What to do if you receive unsolicited direct mail regarding the renewal of an IP right from a company purporting to represent you or the official patent or trademark office.
Human genes can’t be patented
The U.S. Supreme Court declared human genes off-limits for patent protection, drawing a line between “naturally occurring” DNA sequences and similar genes entirely created in the lab.
Brands in the Picture 2013: only 3 days left to participate
This Friday, 14 June, the opportunity to participate in Novagraaf’s photo competition Brands in the Picture, our search for the best brand-related photo of 2013, will end. Don’t miss out! Submit your photo(s) to www.brandsinthepicture.com and you could win a Samsung Galaxy Note worth €400!
The shape and design of a bottle
There are several different types of trademarks. The most registered and well-known is the word mark. It is also possible to register a company’s logo, slogan or product design; provided that the mark is capable of distinguishing the goods or services of the undertaking from those goods of services from other undertakings. The beverage company Voss of Norway obtained registration for a three..
Denner wins coffee capsules case against Nestlé
In a case involving the companies Nestlé SA and Nestlé Nespresso SA (hereafter “Nestlé”) against the company Denner SA (hereafter “Denner”), leader of Swiss grocers discount and subsidiary of Migros, the Commercial Court of Saint-Gall on May 21st ruled on a decision allowing Denner to sell coffee capsules compatibles with Nespresso coffee machines.
Rwanda joins the International Trademark System
On August 17 2013, Rwanda officially joins the International Trademark System. This means that, when applying for an International Trademark Registration, Rwanda can be designated. Existing International Trademark registrations can also include Rwanda by filing a territorial extension.
Interflora v M&S: implications for your Google Adwords strategy
The High Court of England and Wales ruled on the long-standing dispute between Interflora and high-street retailer Marks & Spencer last month, finding that M&S had infringed the florist’s trademark rights by registering ‘Interflora’ as a Google Adwords term.
New bill aims to criminalise design infringement in the UK
The UK's intellectual property (IP) bill, published last month, seeks to introduce criminal penalties for the deliberate infringement of UK and EU registered designs.