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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IP transfers: potential pitfalls and problems to solve
The quality of IP record management will tend to come front of centre during the transfer of a portfolio. As part of our series setting out best practice for the transfer of IP ownership, Novagraaf’s Tom Farrand looks at potential issue and problems to solve during portfolio take-overs.
Paul McCartney reclaims copyright of The Beatles’ most famous songs
Former Beatle Paul McCartney has recently filed a lawsuit against music publisher Sony/ATV in an effort to regain his copyright ownership on some of The Beatles’ most famous songs, including ‘Love Me Do’, ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’, ‘Let It Be’ and ‘All You Need Is Love’. The songs in question were mainly written by John Lennon and McCartney himself.
Kylie and Kylie: trademark ceasefire?
You may remember the news earlier this year about the trademark battle between Australian popstar Kylie Minogue and reality TV personality Kylie Jenner. In 1996, Kylie Minogue registered several varieties of the trademark KYLIE in the USA. Almost 20 years on, in 2015, Kylie Jenner attempted to trademark her first name in the USA as well. Kylie Minogue opposed. Now, the Kylies seem to have settled.
IP licensing: are you making the most of your assets?
IP licensing can provide companies with additional (or core) revenue streams, enable them to raise brand awareness and enhance their reputation, and extend their brands or enter new markets. However, if IP ownership or validity is unclear, it can also pose significant financial and business risk. Novagraaf’s Chantal Koller explains how to develop an effective licensing strategy.
IP Event: Join us at IP Paris, 16 March
What is the role of the Chief Intellectual Property Officer (CIPO) and how can IP heads add value to their companies? This is the crux of the subject matter under discussion at the forthcoming IP Paris event on Thursday 16 March.
Are your IP contracts in order?
Contracts are part and parcel of business activity, and that’s also true for contracts relating to IP rights. Confidentiality agreements, licence agreements, merger or acquisition, sale or divestment, employee-inventor remuneration agreements… these are just some of the types of contracts that touch on a company’s IP portfolio. However, some contracts are more common than others. We round..
Trademark event: Join us at INTA 2017 in Barcelona
Visit us at booth #A85 at this year's Annual Meeting of the International Trademark Association (INTA) in Barcelona, Spain on 20-24 May.
Trump and trademarks: Melania First!
First Lady Melania Trump has hired a lawyer in her native country Slovenia, to act against the unauthorised use of her name and image by third parties. Since her husband Donald Trump was elected as president of the United States, her name and image are being used on a variety of products without Melania’s permission.
A troll in the marvelous realm of intellectual property
Intellectual property is well known for ‘patent trolls’, entities whose business model is to litigiously exploit the patent system for profit. Some such trolls also target trademarks and brands, although they are less prevalent in the sector. However, there is another type of troll that has made a big impact on the IP world, as Novagraaf’s Anca Draganescu-Pinawi explains.
Trademark event: Join us at INTA Brands and Fashion Event in NY
Visit us at this year's INTA Brands and Fashion Conference in New York, USA on 22-23 March.