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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.

New year’s resolutions: give your IP portfolio a fresh start

02-01-2018

Most of us finish the last year feeling bogged down by the work we didn’t get around to. Fortunately, the new year offers a fresh start and the perfect time to set achievable goals. Why not start with an audit of your IP portfolio, so you can plan your maintenance, growth/consolidation and exploitation projects for the months ahead.

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A model for IP management success: outsourced, in-house or hybrid?

14-12-2017

In the second of our new series of articles on IP management best practice, Novagraaf’s Chantal Koller looks at the steps that need to be taken to implement and manage a corporate trademark strategy, and the pros and cons of the differing IP management models available.

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EC confirms EU IP rights will cease to apply to UK as of 30 March 2019

14-12-2017

While Article 50(3) of the Treaty on European Union does allow for any withdrawal agreement to put a transition period in place to extend this timeframe, this latest Notice from the European Commission makes clear that unless that agreement is ratified in time, all Union primary and secondary law will cease to apply to the UK from 30 March 2019. “This is potentially the ‘nightmare..

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Best practices in IP management: setting the strategy

29-11-2017

In the first of a series of articles on IP management best practice, Novagraaf’s Chantal Koller looks at the steps that need to be taken in order to put a trademark strategy in place to support and build your business.

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MARQUES publishes Brexit position paper

28-11-2017

The European brand owners association, MARQUES, has issued a Brexit position paper calling for urgent clarity on IP rights post-Brexit.

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It’s time to take a new look at IP management

27-11-2017

Download the latest issue of Perspectives, Novagraaf’s journal of IP management, for commentary and insight on IP law and practice, recent case law and emerging trends.

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The battle over Gucci’s trademark stripes

24-11-2017

Gucci’s trademark infringement claim against Forever 21 took a major step forward this month after a US district court dismissed the counterclaim by the fast fashion chain seeking cancellation of the disputed marks. Gucci claims that Forever 21 has infringed the trademarks protecting its ‘iconic stripe motifs’ in blue-red-blue and green-red-green.

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Mitsui and Novagraaf establish Strategic Alliance

27-10-2017

Mitsui & Co Ltd. (‘’Mitsui’’) and European intellectual property (IP) group Novagraaf BV have established a partnership to offer greater choice to Japanese customers. The agreement, which includes an investment by Mitsui in Novagraaf, will support Novagraaf’s strategy to transform the way IP owners in Japan protect and create value from their IP assets.

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Visit us at this year's IPBC Asia in Tokyo on 29-31 October 2017

17-10-2017

The IPBC Asia is a three-day event that features senior players in the global IP market addressing how IP owners can strategically use IP as a business asset, and highlighting the challenges that they must address both now and in the future.

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EU sets out its vision for IP post-Brexit

19-09-2017

The European Commission has published a position paper on IP rights (including geographical indications) post-Brexit. The document, circulated to the remaining 27 EU member states ahead of a meeting on 7 September, sets out five “general principles” for negotiations with the UK.

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