News about trademarks
Trademarks, whether they are strong, beautiful or special, play an important role in our daily lives. All brands have their own story, their own context within which they develop. Investing in the value of a trademark is an important part of a business’s strategy since the value of a trademark or trademarks to a great extent determines the profitability of the organisation and thus its value. With practical situations as a focus, this section sets out all relevant and interesting developments in the field of trademark law.
Brunei joins Madrid System
The number of countries and regions joining the international system for trademark registration on the basis of the Madrid Convention and its Protocol, continues to grow. Brunei is the latest country to deposit an instrument of accession with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), which comes into force on 6 January 2017.
Novagraaf teams up with Amsterdam Dance Event
This week’s Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) is expected to attract up to 350,000 people and Novagraaf has signed up to be the event’s exclusive Intellectual Property partner. From Wednesday 19 to Sunday, October 23, visitors will flock into the Dutch capital for a jam-packed evening program featuring 2,200 artists and 450 concerts performing in 140 venues. There will also be several daytime..
Prison for US-based seller of counterfeit luxury goods
A US court has sentenced an online seller of fake handbags, watches, shoes and clothing to two and a half years in federal prison for conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit goods, conspiracy to commit money laundering, and failure to appear. The court also seized the property and funds of David Joseph Gruber (known as ‘China Dave’), as proceeds of the offences.
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.
Keeping fashion front of house
"IP should be seen as an investment, not a waste of money,” argued Hermes’ Intellectual Property Director at the 'IP and Fashion: protect your style' session at the 2016 World AIPPI Congress in Milan. Unsurprisingly, the issue of copying fashion and clothing designs was high on the company’s list of bugbears.
Brexit – the uncertainty continues
The AIPPI conference in Milan earlier this month added a last-minute session on Brexit following the UK’s vote to leave the EU. The room was packed for the discussion, but what did the panellists think would be the IP implications of the historical vote?
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.
Phone ringtone “too banal” to be registrable as EU trademark
The General Court of the European Union has ruled that the standard ringing of an alarm or a telephone may not be registered as an EU trademark (EU TM) on account of its banality. While the EU’s Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) has allowed “unconventional” signs (such as sounds, colours, smells and holograms) to be registered for some time, the criteria for obtaining such registrations..
Trademark event: meet us at the 2016 PTMG Autumn Conference
Trademark experts from Novagraaf will be attending the Autumn Conference of the Pharmaceutical Trade Marks Group (PTMG) in Oslo, Norway from 5-8 October. If you’re attending, why not get in touch to set up a time to meet?
Fruit (of the Loom): Trademarks and the genuine use requirement
EU trademarks (EU TMs) can be vulnerable to revocation actions if the trademarks are not appropriately used in the market for each of the relevant goods and services. EU trademark holders have a ‘grace period’ of five years; however, once this period has expired, they must be able to show proof of ‘genuine use’ if they are to protect their marks from such actions. But, what is considered..