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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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Brexit – what does it mean for your IP rights?

24-06-2016

It was predicted to be a close result, yet the British public's vote to 'Brexit' the European Union in yesterday's referendum will still have come as an unwelcome shock to many. It has also led to considerable uncertainty. This will be the first time that a significant member of the EU has left, and there is no detailed mechanism in place yet to structure that exit. What will it mean for IP..

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Led Zeppelin cleared in copyright dispute over ‘Stairway to Heaven’

24-06-2016

Jury in Los Angeles decides that the opening guitar riff of ‘Stairway to Heaven’ was not copied from the Spirit track.

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EU referendum: What does a Brexit vote mean for trademark rights?

24-06-2016

Following our update on the possible impact on a business’s patent rights after the UK voted to leave the EU in yesterday's referendum, we look at the implications of 'Brexit' for trademark and design portfolios.

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EU referendum: What does a Brexit vote mean for your patent rights?

24-06-2016

Britain's self-ejection from Europe in yesterday's referendum will have long-term implications for businesses across the region. We look at the potential effects of the Brexit vote on a company’s European patent rights. (Click here for our update on trademarks)

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UK IPO releases guidance on registering designs post-Trunki

22-06-2016

The UK’s Intellectual Property Office (IPO) published guidance this month on filing registered designs in the wake of the Supreme Court decision on the Trunki suitcase. That judgement had raised a number of important issues, some of which relate specifically to filing practices.

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Smells fake? Chanel wins smell-a-like comparative advertising battle

10-06-2016

Chanel successively argues trademark case against Bargello, a Dutch perfume producer that had been selling imitation perfumes of well-known cosmetic brands. Its employees had been using (behind-the-counter) lists with the brand name equivalent of its perfumes. Bargello failed in its attempt to argue that this was a legitimate case of comparative advertising.

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EU to introduce new regime to protect trade secrets

31-05-2016

New legislation represents an attempt to harmonise approach to protecting trade secrets across Europe.

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Godfather fights again in trademark dispute

30-05-2016

Paramount Pictures, owner of trademarks associated with the acclaimed Godfather trilogy, opposes US trademark applications by online retailer ‘SneakerDon’.

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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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