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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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What do our customers say about us?

17-04-2015

At the end of 2014, Novagraaf conducted a customer satisfaction survey from its main offices in all five European countries. Novagraaf received an average customer satisfaction score of 8.3 out of 10. A good result and an even better one than we received when we last undertook the survey in 2012. Respondents told us that they consider Novagraaf to be a reliable organisation, customer-oriented..

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Top gear: protecting car wheel design

16-04-2015

A car’s design can be as important a selling point as its performance. But, while EU design law enables manufacturers to protect the overall look of a car, its repair clause excludes certain parts from design protection.

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TW Steel first EU brand owner to deploy anti-counterfeit app

16-04-2015

The alliance agreement between Authenticateit - an Australian company that developed a state-of-the-art brand protection platform that comes with a free smartphone app - and European intellectual property consultancy Novagraaf, has resulted in a deal with Dutch watchmaker TW Steel. By protecting its product with the Authenticateit solution, TW Steel can work with consumers worldwide to inspect..

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Wineries face a new ‘Norm’ in China

07-04-2015

The China chamber of commerce of foodstuffs and native produce (CFNA) began drafting a recommended industrial standard for imported wines in 2013. The resulting ‘Norm of Terminology Translation of Imported Wines’ has now been approved by the Chinese Ministry of Commerce and is due to be implemented on 1 September 2015.

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Counterfeiting costs UK cosmetics sector more than £200m a year

06-04-2015

Total revenue lost across EU estimated at €4.7bn or 7.8% of total sales, according to a report into counterfeiting in the beauty industry by the EU Observatory on Infringements of IP Rights, a body overseen by OHIM.

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Who .sucks?

01-04-2015

The 'sunrise period' opened this week for the new .sucks extension, giving brand owners an advance opportunity to register their trademarks as domain names - for commercial or defensive reasons. Once the sunrise period comes to an end, on 29 May 2015, registration will be open to all. How should trademark holders approach this potentially damaging extension?

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Time for a spring clean?

01-04-2015

Most of us approach the Easter break with resolutions to spring clean our homes, sort out our gardens or otherwise declutter our lives, and our working lives are not much different. Busy desks and inboxes, meetings and to-do lists; it's no wonder that we often leave the 'big' projects for quieter times.

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Princess Kate refused

24-03-2015

We will not be wearing ‘Princess Kate’ or ‘Royal Kate’ any time soon. The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) refused registration of these trademarks for fashion articles for suggesting a false connection with Kate Middleton. Ever since Kate tied the knot with Prince William, she became not only a Duchess, but also a royal celebrity in need of brand protection.

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A strategy for domain names

24-03-2015

Domain names play an important role in the sales and marketing activity of any organisation, but it’s all too easy to overlook the IP implications of registering and managing online channels. We set out points to consider when seeking to align domain name registrations with trademark rights.

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Monitor that domain

23-03-2015

As the number of top-level domains continues to expand, it’s becoming more challenging for brand owners to monitor for infringing use of their brands and trademarks online. Finally, there is an automated tool that can help.

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