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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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Coca-Cola wins latest action in battle over font


The dispute between soft drinks giant Coca-Cola and rival producer Master Cola finally came before the EU’s General Court last December, with the Court finding in favour of Coca-Cola’s action to annul a previous decision by EUIPO’s Board of Appeal, which originally found against the soft drinks manufacturer.


Asian characters: a good fit for trademarks in the EU?


How is a trademark, containing or composed solely of Asian characters, assessed in the EU? This question is especially of interest to Asia-based businesses seeking to bring their brands to the EU market, while retaining the corporate identity that they have developed in their home countries. Novagraaf's Anca Draganescu-Pinawin gives some answers.


Best practices in IP management: audits and valuation


In the third article of our series on IP management best practice, Novagraaf’s Chantal Koller explains the importance of auditing and looks at the steps companies can take to assign value to their trademark assets.


New year’s resolutions: give your IP portfolio a fresh start


Most of us finish the last year feeling bogged down by the work we didn’t get around to. Fortunately, the new year offers a fresh start and the perfect time to set achievable goals. Why not start with an audit of your IP portfolio, so you can plan your maintenance, growth/consolidation and exploitation projects for the months ahead.


Burnley nightclub name no longer in vogue


Nightclub forced to change name following threat of trademark infringement action by Advance Publications, which produces the English edition of the prestigious fashion magazine Vogue. The club was set up in Burnley in the north of England in 2002. Its owners have until 9 January 2018 to rebrand the club and to cease using the name ‘Vogue’ on social media


A model for IP management success: outsourced, in-house or hybrid?


In the second of our new series of articles on IP management best practice, Novagraaf’s Chantal Koller looks at the steps that need to be taken to implement and manage a corporate trademark strategy, and the pros and cons of the differing IP management models available.


EC confirms EU IP rights will cease to apply to UK as of 30 March 2019


While Article 50(3) of the Treaty on European Union does allow for any withdrawal agreement to put a transition period in place to extend this timeframe, this latest Notice from the European Commission makes clear that unless that agreement is ratified in time, all Union primary and secondary law will cease to apply to the UK from 30 March 2019. “This is potentially the ‘nightmare..


Our ho-ho-holiday trademark tips


In the spirit of the holidays, we thought we’d take a quick look through the UK and EU Intellectual Property Office registers to see what Christmas-themed trademark registrations we could find.


CJEU rules luxury brands can limit sales on Amazon and eBay


On 6 December, the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) agreed with the arguments of luxury brand owner Coty, which was seeking to restrict the sales of its products via online retailers, such as Amazon and eBay, finding that such restrictions did not breach European competition rules.


Red Bull and the challenges of registering a colour trademark


Two European trademarks protecting the combination of blue and silver colours used by the energy drink supplier were held to be invalid by the EU’s General Court on the grounds that they did not meet the requirements of a trademark. Although the EUTMs – the first registered in 2002; the second in 2010 – were found to have met the tests of acquired distinctiveness, they were not displayed..