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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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Changes to the terms of reimbursement for EP examination fees

25-07-2016

The European Patent Office (EPO) has changed the terms of reimbursement for European Patent (EP) examination fees. Novagraaf’s Philippe Vigand outlines the changes.

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Access to this website has been denied

25-07-2016

On 6 July 2016, the Court of Appeal of England and Wales upheld a 2014 ruling on online blocking injunctions that requires Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to block access to websites offering counterfeit products and infringing trademarks. This could prove to be an important new tool for brand owners seeking to protect trademarks from online infringement, as Novagraaf’s Nora Fowler explains.

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Monitor that domain: protecting brands online

12-07-2016

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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IP ownership transfers: Getting your IP rights in order

11-07-2016

Intangible assets typically make up more than 50% of the value of a modern business. In some sectors (for example, pharmaceuticals), that percentage is much higher. In general, IP forms the greater part of these assets; it is hardly surprising that purchasers of businesses and their assets should pay careful attention to the process of perfecting ownership of IP rights.

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Snapcar and the importance of trademark searching

11-07-2016

For companies that are active in several EU countries, an European Union Trademark (EUTM) registration is often recommended. An EUTM provides protection across the EU as a whole and enables its owner to act against others attempting to use a confusingly similar trademark for similar goods and/or services. However, if there are grounds to refuse an EU TM application in just one EU country – for..

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Take a pint of BREXIT...

11-07-2016

As the UK continues to reel from the shock British exit (Brexit) referendum vote on 23 June, some opportunists have been quick to snap the term up as trademarks for new goods and services.

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Snoop Dogg trademark to go up in smoke?

28-06-2016

Snoop Dogg's US trademark application for a gold plant leaf with the words 'Leafs by Snoop' has been opposed by the Toronto Maple Leafs, a Canadian professional ice hockey team that competes in the American NHL, on the basis that it is too similar to its existing mark. The rapper's application was filed for goods and services related to the use of marijuana.

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Brexit – what does it mean for your IP rights?

24-06-2016

It was predicted to be a close result, yet the British public's vote to 'Brexit' the European Union in yesterday's referendum will still have come as an unwelcome shock to many. It has also led to considerable uncertainty. This will be the first time that a significant member of the EU has left, and there is no detailed mechanism in place yet to structure that exit. What will it mean for IP..

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Led Zeppelin cleared in copyright dispute over ‘Stairway to Heaven’

24-06-2016

Jury in Los Angeles decides that the opening guitar riff of ‘Stairway to Heaven’ was not copied from the Spirit track.

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EU referendum: What does a Brexit vote mean for trademark rights?

24-06-2016

Following our update on the possible impact on a business’s patent rights after the UK voted to leave the EU in yesterday's referendum, we look at the implications of 'Brexit' for trademark and design portfolios.

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