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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The Novagraaf Holiday Puzzle 2016 – enter to win a Fuji Instax camera!
Here at Novagraaf, we love an IP puzzle, so to celebrate the holiday season, we’ve put together another of our annual trademark teasers. This year, all you need to do is match the figure to the brand name. Get them all right and you’ll be in with a chance to win this year’s prize: a Fuji Instax Mini 90 camera.
Weighed down by paperwork? How to simplify trademark searches
Making the decision to conduct a trademark search to protect your valuable brands around the world is easy. Trying to wade through, organise, and analyse the data so you can make a well-informed decision is the challenge.
Putting Google Adwords back on the trademark agenda?
The recent judgement in Victoria Plum Limited v Victorian Plumbing Ltd has once again raised the use of trademarks in keyword advertising. But, has it made the issue any clearer?
UK plans to ratify UPC agreement despite Brexit
The UK government announced plans yesterday (28 November) to ratify the Unified Patent Court (UPC) agreement and set up a divisional court in London despite fears Brexit would halt negotiations.
Actiongram may not be too similar to Instagram
It uses hologram technology to create ‘mixed reality’ videos, but Microsoft’s new Actiongram app faces a struggle to keep hold of the -gram suffix in its name, following opposition from social media platform Instagram.
IP event: visit us at IP Service World 2016 in Munich
Visit us at booth #23 at Europe’s largest annual IP Congress and Trade Fair in Munich, Germany on 21 and 22 November 2016, or join one of the two roundtable discussions that are hosted by Novagraaf.
A puzzling judgement for Rubik’s Cube
The Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) yet again seems to have raised the bar for the trademark protection of 3D shape marks. In its recent Rubik’s Cube judgement, it has annulled EUIPO’s ruling that confirmed EU trademark (EU TM) protection for the Rubik’s Cube shape. Novagraaf’s Frouke Hekker sets out the implications for 3D shape marks moving forward.
Beware fraudulent IP invoices
Companies posing as trademark registries or authorities are a thorn in the side of trademark owners and trademark offices. We’d like to take this opportunity once again to advise you not to make any payments or provide information to such companies.
IP transactions: How to manage pending applications
The transfer of IP ownership due on the acquisition of a brand or business will inevitably include a number of applications for the registration of trademarks, patents or designs that have yet to be granted. A different approach to transfer is required in such instances, as Novagraaf’s Tom Farrand explains.
IP transactions: Hybrid or “merged” trademarks
Where businesses merge with or acquire other businesses, it’s not always as simple as ensuring a transfer of the associated IP rights. There’s also the question of combined and/or conflicting brands to consider. Novagraaf’s Tom Farrand sets out the process.