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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Novagraaf teams up with WISE on IP and sports
As part of a collaboration, Novagraaf will run an IP-focused workshop and seminar at Work in Sports Exhibition (WISE), which will take place in Lausanne, the Olympic capital, on 6-7 May.
Don’t be so quick to let domain names lapse
City of Geneva left red-faced after a lapsed domain name is purchased by a Finnish company to host a pornographic website.
Red Bull shows its balls in opposition against Old Ox Brewery
When Old Ox Brewery applied for a trademark registration to cover non-alcoholic drinks, Red Bull took the bull by the horns and filed an opposition. Although the logos look nothing alike, the Austrian energy drink manufacturer claims that there is a likelihood that consumers will confuse the brands and argues that “an ox is a castrated bull”. Will Old Ox be forced to change its name?
Will the court prefer it kinky or flirty?
Since 2011, Minnesota-based Crosby Lake Spirits Company has retailed a range of fruit-infused vodkas under the trademark Kinky. It is suing rival Wisconsin-based Minhas Micro Distillery for trademark infringement after it launched its own brand of fruit-flavored vodka under the name Uptown Girl Flirty Liquor.
Protecting colour marks in Europe: are you still seeing in B&W?
It's now been more than six months since new guidelines for the protection of device marks and word/device marks in black and white (B&W) and greyscale came into effect in the EU. With the practice now seemingly embedded across European trademark registries, now may be a good time to review your trademark portfolio to ensure compliance with the new rules, says Helene Whelbourn.
Lego is ranked the world’s most powerful brand
Analysis by Brand Finance of the world’s top brands shows Lego as the most powerful, Twitter as the fastest growing and Apple as the most valuable brands.
Caution: Beware of trademark-related phone scams
Last December, we informed of the rise in scam activity by companies attempting to pass themselves off as official (trademark) authorities and contacting businesses with misleading letters and false invoices. Unfortunately, many trademark owners are now also being contacted by telephone by cybersquatters requesting money in order to secure certain domain names.
DotBrand expansion continues with launch of .fashion, .wedding and .fit
New domain name extensions are just some of hundreds of generic top-level domains (gTLDs) to open for registration. Our complimentary early warning service helps trademark owners keep on top of domain launches and registration deadlines.
’Cause trademarks never go out of style
News that US pop juggernaut Taylor Swift has sought to trademark a series of song lyrics from her latest album ‘1989’ sent US media into hyperdrive last month. If the trademark applications are approved, she will obtain the exclusive right to use the phrases on her merchandise. But, can phrases from songs even be protected under trademark law?
Brand value of UK banks in decline, but China's banking brands on rise
Wells Fargo remains the world’s most valuable bank brand overall, with Chinese brands overtaking most major Western brands, including the UK number one: HSBC.