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News about copyright

Numerous books are written, countless pictures taken and large amounts of new music and pieces of art are created every day. But, alongside that creativity comes the risk of copyright infringement. These days, it's simple to download music or films from the internet without the creator of that work's knowledge or approval. Similarly, books, photographs and works of art are routinely (and illegally) being copied and distributed. That’s why copyright issues are in the news so frequently. You can follow all the developments in this area in our copyright news.

Turf wars: IP and the FIFA World Cup 2018


It is now only 12 weeks until the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, with the hosts taking on Saudi Arabia match on 14 June. Novagraaf’s Claire Jones examines the IP implications of this headline-grabbing event.


Best practices in IP management: a strategy for China


The production and trade of counterfeit goods in and from the People’s Republic of China is the thorn in the side of many well-known brands, but it’s not only the global giants that are affected. From rip-offs of fashion and beauty products to fake spirits and medicine, nearly every business could be impacted; particularly, those that manufacture their goods in the country. What should they..


Grumpy Cat, or: How to make millions from (almost) nothing


Novagraaf's Anca Draganescu-Pinawin on the cat that grew and protected a business empire using IP rights.


Brands and online platforms: protecting your products


Finding a branded product for sale on an online platform is now commonplace, as we are in an era where e-commerce is skyrocketing. But what are the implications for brand owners? Novagraaf’s Claire Jones explains that protection of your products is crucial.


Fusing corporate brands: the IP implications of growth through M&A


Where businesses merge with or acquire other businesses, the challenge for IP professionals is not always as simple as ensuring a transfer of the associated rights – there is also the question of combined or conflicting brands.


IP and business potential


Patents, trademarks, designs and other forms of intellectual property (IP) play a key role in the success of all modern businesses. By providing a company with a legal means to prevent others from copying an invention, brand or product, IP rights enable inventors and creators to obtain a return on their investments in research and development, and to maximise the potential of their businesses,..


Wubbo de Boer


It is with great sadness that we announce that Wubbo de Boer, until recently Chairman of Novagraaf’s Supervisory Board, has passed away. A well-respected figure in the IP industry, Wubbo was President of EUIPO from 2000 to 2010, and member of Novagraaf's Supervisory Board from 2011 until the beginning of this year.


Forever faster, and the challenge of protecting slogans as trademarks


Slogans, products phrases and other types of taglines can help companies to build brand identity; however, applications to protect them as trademarks are not always successful, as evidenced by a recent decision by the General Court of the European Union. It found that the slogan FOREVER FASTER is not sufficiently distinctive to serve as a trademark for sportswear and sports equipment...


Preparing for an IPO? Don’t overlook your IP assets


IP isn’t always the first priority for a business preparing for an initial public offering (IPO); however, the sooner you start thinking about your IP assets, the better prepared you’ll be, says Alastair Rawlence.


Paul McCartney reclaims copyright of The Beatles’ most famous songs


Former Beatle Paul McCartney has recently filed a lawsuit against music publisher Sony/ATV in an effort to regain his copyright ownership on some of The Beatles’ most famous songs, including ‘Love Me Do’, ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’, ‘Let It Be’ and ‘All You Need Is Love’. The songs in question were mainly written by John Lennon and McCartney himself.