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.
Novagraaf UK patent and trademark practices recommended in Legal 500
The patent and trademark practices of Intellectual Property (IP) consultancy Novagraaf UK have been recognised for their expertise in the 2014 edition of The Legal 500. The work of Trademark Practice Head, Tom Farrand has also been recommended in this year’s publication, alongside Patent Attorneys Dr Oliver Harris and Dr Peter Wilson, and Trademark Attorney Michael Freeman.
Deadmau5 ears get Disney’s attention
For a decade, Canadian DJ Joel Thomas Zimmerman, aka Deadmau5, has performed onstage in a suit featuring big mouse ears. But, his attempt to apply to register a US logo mark for those ears has been opposed by Mickey Mouse owner Disney, as Novagraaf’s Hein-Piet van Boxel explains.
Social media threat as counterfeiting continues to grow
The IP Crime Report 2013/14 reveals that social media has overtaken auction sites as the lead channel for counterfeit activity.
Stay informed of new domain name extensions (gTLDs)
Hundreds of new domain name extensions (generic Top-Level Domain names or ‘gTLDs’) are being launched in the next couple of months. By subscribing to the Early Warning System of Novagraaf you will receive e-mail notifications about the extensions that become due for registration. You can specify whether you want to get a notification at the beginning of a registration period and/or three..
Preparing for an IPO? Don’t overlook your IP assets
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.
Valuing intangibles: the role of IP in mergers and acquisitions
A well-maintained IP portfolio and, just as importantly, a well-maintained record of the IP portfolio can add significant value to a company as well as making it an attractive proposition. From a buyer’s perspective it can make the transition from buyer to owner a smoother ride. Novagraaf’s Helene Whelbourn outlines the process
Law-abiding outlaws: The Hells Angels approach to trademark rights
The US Department of Justice considers the Hells Angels to be an organised criminal syndicate but, as Magdalena Borucka and Alastair Rawlence discover, the motorcycle club is pretty astute when it comes to staying on the right side of IP law.
Has the Premier League scored an own goal?
News that the Football Association Premier League Ltd (FAPL) is set to clamp down on Vine videos of goals for infringing copyright laws, has sparked an unexpected debate about the Premier League's approach to IP protection, says Novagraaf UK's Magdalena Borucka
Getting your IP in order: preparing for an IPO
Alastair Rawlence kicks off a series of articles setting out advice for organisations looking to consolidate their IP portfolios and to align their IP with their business strategies
Summer break 2014
It’s time for the Novagraaf Group’s newsletter team to take a short summer break. We’ll be back online with our next e-zine on 16 September.