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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 – the uncertainty continues

27-09-2016

The AIPPI conference in Milan earlier this month added a last-minute session on Brexit following the UK’s vote to leave the EU. The room was packed for the discussion, but what did the panellists think would be the IP implications of the historical vote?

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LVL XIII takes on Louis Vuitton in trainer trademark lawsuit – and loses

26-09-2016

US shoe designer Antonio Brown, owner of the LVL XIII (Level 13) brand, accused luxury brand Louis Vuitton of launching “confusingly similar” trainers. His case may have been more successful had he relied on a design right, says Novagraaf's Theo Visser.

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Phone ringtone “too banal” to be registrable as EU trademark

22-09-2016

The General Court of the European Union has ruled that the standard ringing of an alarm or a telephone may not be registered as an EU trademark (EU TM) on account of its banality. While the EU’s Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) has allowed “unconventional” signs (such as sounds, colours, smells and holograms) to be registered for some time, the criteria for obtaining such registrations..

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Trademark event: meet us at the 2016 PTMG Autumn Conference

22-09-2016

Trademark experts from Novagraaf will be attending the Autumn Conference of the Pharmaceutical Trade Marks Group (PTMG) in Oslo, Norway from 5-8 October. If you’re attending, why not get in touch to set up a time to meet?

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Fruit (of the Loom): Trademarks and the genuine use requirement

19-09-2016

EU trademarks (EU TMs) can be vulnerable to revocation actions if the trademarks are not appropriately used in the market for each of the relevant goods and services. EU trademark holders have a ‘grace period’ of five years; however, once this period has expired, they must be able to show proof of ‘genuine use’ if they are to protect their marks from such actions. But, what is considered..

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Reminder: EU TM Article 28(8) deadline is 24 September

18-09-2016

Following recent changes to EU trademark legislation, holders of European trademark (EU TM) registrations, filed prior to 22 June 2012, have until 24 September to file Article 28(8) declarations to preserve the scope of protection of their affected rights.

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Trademark watching: the how and the why

18-09-2016

Most companies already understand the benefits of registering corporate brands as trademarks in the countries and regions in which they trade, manufacture and transport their products. But, in reality, registration is only the first step in the effective use and protection of a chosen brand, company or product name. In order to ensure that valuable marks are fully protected and enforced, they..

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Event: meet us at the MARQUES Annual Conference, Alicante

12-09-2016

Trademark experts from Novagraaf will be attending the MARQUES 30th Annual Conference in Alicante, Spain from 20-23 September. If you’re attending, why not get in touch to set up a time to catch up with one of our team?

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IP event: Join us at the 2016 AIPPI World Congress in Milan

06-09-2016

Visit us at booth #37 at this year's annual meeting of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI) in Milan, Italy on 16-20 September.

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Blurred lines: Yet another chapter in the Gaye plagiarism saga

06-09-2016

It’s the copyright dispute that just won’t seem to go away: Singer Robin Thicke and producer Pharrell Williams are to appeal the ruling which found them guilty of infringing a work by Marvin Gaye. Meanwhile, a co-copyright owner of another Gaye work is also claiming that singer songwriter Ed Sheeran plagiarised (parts of) Let’s Get it On (1973).

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