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.
The answers to the 2016 Novagraaf Holiday Puzzle revealed!
We received 250 entries to Novagraaf’s 2016 Holiday Puzzle. 85% of all entries matched the figure to the correct brand name, and a lucky winner has been drawn at random.
The Novagraaf Holiday Puzzle 2016 – enter to win a Fuji Instax camera!
Here at Novagraaf, we love an IP puzzle, so to celebrate the holiday season, we’ve put together another of our annual trademark teasers. This year, all you need to do is match the figure to the brand name. Get them all right and you’ll be in with a chance to win this year’s prize: a Fuji Instax Mini 90 camera.
Beware fraudulent IP invoices
Companies posing as trademark registries or authorities are a thorn in the side of trademark owners and trademark offices. We’d like to take this opportunity once again to advise you not to make any payments or provide information to such companies.
IP transactions: How to manage pending applications
The transfer of IP ownership due on the acquisition of a brand or business will inevitably include a number of applications for the registration of trademarks, patents or designs that have yet to be granted. A different approach to transfer is required in such instances, as Novagraaf’s Tom Farrand explains.
IP transactions: Hybrid or “merged” trademarks
Where businesses merge with or acquire other businesses, it’s not always as simple as ensuring a transfer of the associated IP rights. There’s also the question of combined and/or conflicting brands to consider. Novagraaf’s Tom Farrand sets out the process.
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.
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.
IP event: Join us at the 2016 AIPPI World Congress in Milan
Visit us at booth #37 at this year's annual meeting of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI) in Milan, Italy on 16-20 September.
IP transactions: Recording a change of ownership
In the first part of our in-depth look at the IP assignment process, we set out best practice advice and procedures for smoothing the transition from sales agreement to completion. This time, Novagraaf’s Tom Farrand sets out recommended preparations for recording the change of ownership of registered rights.
Chinese IP law: do the brands look similar?
Two recent IP cases in China emphasise that it's often the look of a brand, logo or product that is infringed rather than the word mark itself, as Novagraaf's Theo Visser reveals.