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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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Red Bull and the requirement for genuine use

27-10-2014

The Dutch Court of Appeal found in Lamborghini’s favour earlier this month in a case that pitted the luxury car manufacturer against energy drink brand Red Bull. Lamborghini had argued that the Red Bull trademark should be partially revoked in regards to its registration for motor vehicles. Novagraaf’s Frouke Hekker sets out the background to the dispute.

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Embedding a YouTube video does not infringe copyright

27-10-2014

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that embedding a copyrighted YouTube video on a website does not constitute copyright infringement.

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Trademark watching: the how and the why

27-10-2014

Novagraaf UK’s Helene Whelbourn on the benefits of introducing a trademark watching programme for key corporate brands.

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Novagraaf UK patent and trademark practices recommended in Legal 500

14-10-2014

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.

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The sound of silence: Beats and Bose settle headphone patent dispute

13-10-2014

Infringement suit brought by audio equipment manufacturer Bose in July accused Beats of copying five of its patents for noise-cancelling technology.

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Deadmau5 ears get Disney’s attention

13-10-2014

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.

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Rappers battle over copyright to word ‘oh’

13-10-2014

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.

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Social media threat as counterfeiting continues to grow

13-10-2014

The IP Crime Report 2013/14 reveals that social media has overtaken auction sites as the lead channel for counterfeit activity.

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Stay informed of new domain name extensions (gTLDs)

30-09-2014

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..

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Preparing for an IPO? Don’t overlook your IP assets

29-09-2014

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.

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