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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Watch out for a counterfeit Rolex
Rolex should be able to stop counterfeit watches entering the European Community, where they’re considered infringing the Intellectual Property Rights of Rolex. This seemingly logical right was nevertheless subject of a discussion that led all the way up to the European Court of Justice (ECJ), who had to clarify when the holder of Intellectual Property Rights is able to take (legal) action..
When it was recently revealed that social game developer King.com filed to register the trademark for the word 'candy,' the response from fellow developers and game players was less than kind. The public pressure increased and now King.com decided to abandon the application for trademark registration in the U.S.
Switzerland will get its own ‘Licence Box’
Switzerland plans to initiate tax tool for revenue generated by IP licensing and other IP-generated income. Move follows systems introduced by other European countries to promote and reward innovation.
The Swissness project: ‘Swiss made’ label under review
New ‘Swissness’ law seeks to control the use of geographical indicators, including the Swiss flag and Helvetic Confederation coat of arms, to signify that a product or service originates from Switzerland. Under current legislation, any company is able to use the symbols whether or not they are based or manufacture their products in the country.
Round one to Lush in Adword dispute with Amazon
Cosmetic company Lush takes first hit in battle with global e-tailing giant Amazon over use of its name in Google AdWord campaigns. Dispute goes to the heart of legal uncertainty over use of trademarks in sponsored advertising.
Apple world's most valuable brand, Ferrari most powerful
The Brand Finance Global 500, released this week, is an annual study conducted by brand valuation consultancy Brand Finance, which evaluates some of the world’s largest brands to determine their value and strength. It assesses such factors as brand loyalty, commercialisation and trademark value – the latter provided by the Novagraaf Group as part of a new partnership to provide companies..
No infringement on LA Fingers image
Renowned photographer/video director Estevan Oriol had filed a lawsuit in August 2013 against Swedish fashion brand H&M and fashion house Brandy Melville for the use of his copyrighted image known as "L.A. Fingers." A federal judge dismissed the lawsuit this week.
Is linking to a website copyright infringement?
Website owners “may, without the authorization of the copyright holders, redirect Internet users via hyperlinks, to protected works available on a freely accessible basis on another site,” the EU Court of Justice (CJEU) in Luxembourg said last week. The CJEU provided advice to the Court of Appeal in Svea, Sweden, in a case pitting Swedish journalists against Retriever Sverige, a media..
No patent when using stem cells
The Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office recently had a rather fundamental and ethically charged decision to make regarding the use of Human Embryonic Stem cells (HES cells). Although patents cover an area which is mostly made up of "morally neutral" science and scientific approaches, there is still quite some legal restraint to be found where the use of embryo’s is involved.
Confidentiality agreements in the restaurant business
We have all heard the famous story of the Coca-Cola recipe. It is widely considered to be the best kept trade secret in the world. And by maintaining its secrecy Coca-Cola was able to build a multi-billion dollar company. The same goes for some of the recipes of famous dining chains such as KFC, who have built a business on being able to provide the same culinary experience regardless of which..