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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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Should you use your name as your business name?

26-05-2015

Rihanna’s attempt to trademark her name ‘Robyn’ at the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has been opposed this week by DC Comics citing likelihood of confusion with Batman’s famous sidekick ‘Robin’. Novagraaf's Helene Whelbourn examines the trademark implications of using your own name as your business name.

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.sucks: extortion or rightful business practice?

18-05-2015

The launch of the .sucks extension by the Vox Populi Registry has triggered much debate, primarily around the high cost of registration levied at trademark owners (€2,950). Many trademark owners feel forced to defensively register their trade names with a .sucks extension during the sunrise period to prevent registration by a third party. In response to criticism that this equates to..

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The Unitary Patent: What does it mean for you?

18-05-2015

The Unitary Patent took another step closer to implementation this month, following rejection of Spain’s objections to the Europe-wide patent right on 5 May. Eric Siecker, Managing Director, Patents for Novagraaf in the UK, outlines the implications of the ruling and advises companies to start thinking now about how the new right could affect and benefit them.

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Skype trademark refusal upheld by EU General Court

15-05-2015

On 5 May, the European Union’s General Court upheld earlier decisions by the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) to refuse Skype’s application for the figurative and word sign ‘Skype’. Novagraaf’s Frouke Hekker sets out the background to the case.

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Leading IP expert Eric Siecker joins Novagraaf as UK head of patents

12-05-2015

The Novagraaf Group announced today that leading intellectual property (IP) professional Eric Siecker had joined its UK operations as Managing Director, Patents. Formerly, Corporate Counsel at the Caterpillar Inc group of companies, Siecker brings considerable experience in all aspects of IP law and practice to the Novagraaf team, with a particular focus on patents, know-how, confidential..

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Novagraaf showcases expertise on IP in Sports at WISE Convention

12-05-2015

As one of Europe’s leading providers of IP services and the largest filer of international trademarks worldwide, Novagraaf was present last week at the WISE convention in the Olympic sports capital Lausanne to share our expertise on branding and IP in sports. Novagraaf’s Chantal Koller, Anca Draganescu and Henk-Jan Rutgers participated in a panel discussion and a workshop to highlight this..

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Reminder: false registries targeting IP owners

04-05-2015

A number of customers have been in touch recently after receiving suspicious ‘renewal’ letters and invoices concerning their trademark and other IP rights. A new scam, relating to a brand database held online, is currently targeting business owners by requesting a fee to update and access brand information.

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Louis Vuitton stripped of checkerboard CTMs

04-05-2015

European Union’s General Court finds that French fashion house’s Damier checkerboard pattern is too 'basic and banal' to be owned by one brand.

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Novagraaf present at INTA Annual Meeting in San Diego

02-05-2015

Novagraaf is once again present at the Annual Meeting of the International Trademark Association (INTA), this year in San Diego, California (May 2-6). IP is a hot topic on a global scale, proven by the fact that nearly 10,000 trademark professionals from about 150 countries are convening to discuss what’s best for the future of the profession, introduce the newest IP tools and have brand..

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.amsterdam opens to trademark holders

01-05-2015

Between 28 April and 28 May 2015, companies are able to register their trademarks as domain names using the new extension .amsterdam. Trademarks have to be previously registered at ICANN’s Trademark Clearinghouse in order to qualify for this early registration period.

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