News about domain names
These days, domain names are just as important as trademarks. With a domain name, you create your own unique place on the internet and increase your reach among your target audience. Although domain names have no formal legal status in some jurisdictions, such as the Netherlands, the right to a domain name is still usually considered from the perspective of trademark law. This means that as the owner of a trademark you can take action against infringement and enlist protection to strengthen your position. With a domain name you claim, as it were, your own position on the internet; therefore, it is a good idea to closely follow developments in this field.
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.
Sunrise period for .Africa TLD opens today
The new top-level domain could provide companies that operate in the continent with a unique new marketing channel. However, with the volume of new domain name extensions being launched, it can be a challenge for brand owners to identify those gTLDs that warrant registrations, those that may need to be monitored for infringement, and those that they can safely ignore. Novagraaf provides a..
Are your IP contracts in order?
Contracts are part and parcel of business activity, and that’s also true for contracts relating to IP rights. Confidentiality agreements, licence agreements, merger or acquisition, sale or divestment, employee-inventor remuneration agreements… these are just some of the types of contracts that touch on a company’s IP portfolio. However, some contracts are more common than others. We round..
Paragon Partners invests in future growth of IP provider Novagraaf
Novagraaf announced today its collaboration with Paragon Partners, a Munich-based private equity company that is investing into Novagraaf by taking a majority stake from current investor Gilde Buy Out Partners. This investment represents a major endorsement of Novagraaf’s plans to grow its business by investing further into its people, services and technologies, while meeting the changing..
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.
IP event: visit us at IP Service World 2016 in Munich
Visit us at booth #23 at Europe’s largest annual IP Congress and Trade Fair in Munich, Germany on 21 and 22 November 2016, or join one of the two roundtable discussions that are hosted by Novagraaf.
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.