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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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IP and R&D: should you search before research?


IP strategy is best considered at the start of research and development (R&D). The first step is choosing the IP approach to take during product development. Novagraaf’s Mark Suddaby explains the options.


Pharmaceuticals: ingenious, but is it patentable?


In the final of our reports from the AIPPI Annual Congress that took place in Milan in September, we look at IP issues currently facing the pharmaceutical sector. This was an industry much discussed at the event from the possible implications for Supplementary Protection Certificates (SPCs) in the UK post-Brexit to new regulations on ‘skinny labels’. Below is an overview of the points..


Brunei joins Madrid System


The number of countries and regions joining the international system for trademark registration on the basis of the Madrid Convention and its Protocol, continues to grow. Brunei is the latest country to deposit an instrument of accession with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), which comes into force on 6 January 2017.


Novagraaf teams up with Amsterdam Dance Event


This week’s Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) is expected to attract up to 350,000 people and Novagraaf has signed up to be the event’s exclusive Intellectual Property partner. From Wednesday 19 to Sunday, October 23, visitors will flock into the Dutch capital for a jam-packed evening program featuring 2,200 artists and 450 concerts performing in 140 venues. There will also be several daytime..


Prison for US-based seller of counterfeit luxury goods


A US court has sentenced an online seller of fake handbags, watches, shoes and clothing to two and a half years in federal prison for conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit goods, conspiracy to commit money laundering, and failure to appear. The court also seized the property and funds of David Joseph Gruber (known as ‘China Dave’), as proceeds of the offences.


Hyperlinking and copyright infringement


A recent Playboy spread featuring a Dutch reality TV star has not only made the hearts of Playboy-readers beat faster, it has also piqued the interest of European copyright professionals.


IP transactions: Managing unregistered or associated IP rights


Few IP ownership transfers solely concern registered IP rights. Unregistered rights and other forms of intangible assets also play a crucial role in mergers and acquisitions (M&A), and other forms of IP transactions. We set out the process for managing the transfer of such rights.


Keeping fashion front of house


"IP should be seen as an investment, not a waste of money,” argued Hermes’ Intellectual Property Director at the 'IP and Fashion: protect your style' session at the 2016 World AIPPI Congress in Milan. Unsurprisingly, the issue of copying fashion and clothing designs was high on the company’s list of bugbears.


Brexit – the uncertainty continues


The AIPPI conference in Milan earlier this month added a last-minute session on Brexit following the UK’s vote to leave the EU. The room was packed for the discussion, but what did the panellists think would be the IP implications of the historical vote?


LVL XIII takes on Louis Vuitton in trainer trademark lawsuit – and loses


US shoe designer Antonio Brown, owner of the LVL XIII (Level 13) brand, accused luxury brand Louis Vuitton of launching “confusingly similar” trainers. His case may have been more successful had he relied on a design right, says Novagraaf's Theo Visser.