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News about designs

Businesses seeking IP protection for new products will generally focus first on patent or trademark rights; however, for certain products, design rights can provide a simpler and more cost-effective route to protection. Registering an innovative shape or a unique appearance as a design right will enable you to take action if another party introduces a similar product in your marketplace. This section sets out relevant and interesting developments in the field of designs and models law.

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

24-07-2017

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.

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Puma vs Forever 21: why you should protect your designs

13-06-2017

Infringement in the fashion sector can have a huge negative impact on businesses, with confusion between brands resulting in loss of revenue. Businesses need to watch out for infringers, and take action where necessary. A new case brought by sportswear fashion brand Puma highlights the importance of protecting your designs.

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World Gin Day: the IP accompanying the tipple

06-06-2017

This year's World Gin Day is on Saturday 10 June with events planned around the world. Novagraaf’s Claire Jones examines the rise of the popular beverage.

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IP and business potential

29-05-2017

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,..

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IP in M&A: 5 steps to finesse the process

12-05-2017

In the last instalment of our series setting out best practice for the transfer of IP ownership, we looked at potential pitfalls and problems to solve during the transfer of IP assets. In this article, Novagraaf’s Tom Farrand outlines five steps for recording the change of ownership of a registered IP portfolio.

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Wubbo de Boer

21-04-2017

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.

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Time for a spring clean of your IP portfolio?

13-04-2017

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

31-03-2017

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.

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IP transfers: potential pitfalls and problems to solve

21-03-2017

The quality of IP record management will tend to come front of centre during the transfer of a portfolio. As part of our series setting out best practice for the transfer of IP ownership, Novagraaf’s Tom Farrand looks at potential issue and problems to solve during portfolio take-overs.

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IP Event: Join us at IP Paris, 16 March

13-03-2017

What is the role of the Chief Intellectual Property Officer (CIPO) and how can IP heads add value to their companies? This is the crux of the subject matter under discussion at the forthcoming IP Paris event on Thursday 16 March.

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