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.
Brands in the Picture 2013 closed with 562 photos
Novagraaf received 562 entries for its photo competition Brands in the Picture, which was open for participation from 8 April to 14 June. The entries are now being presented to a jury chaired by professional photographer Nikki Nooteboom. On Tuesday, 9 July, we will announce who the jury proclaims the winner of Brands in the Picture 2013 and thus will be rewarded with a Samsung Galaxy Note worth..
Gareth Bale protects his goal celebration as a trademark
News that Tottenham Hotspur winger Gareth Bale has registered as a trademark his distinctive goal celebration highlights once again the financial importance of brand protection in Premier League football.
Brands in the Picture 2013: only 3 days left to participate
This Friday, 14 June, the opportunity to participate in Novagraaf’s photo competition Brands in the Picture, our search for the best brand-related photo of 2013, will end. Don’t miss out! Submit your photo(s) to www.brandsinthepicture.com and you could win a Samsung Galaxy Note worth €400!
The shape and design of a bottle
There are several different types of trademarks. The most registered and well-known is the word mark. It is also possible to register a company’s logo, slogan or product design; provided that the mark is capable of distinguishing the goods or services of the undertaking from those goods of services from other undertakings. The beverage company Voss of Norway obtained registration for a three..
Denner wins coffee capsules case against Nestlé
In a case involving the companies Nestlé SA and Nestlé Nespresso SA (hereafter “Nestlé”) against the company Denner SA (hereafter “Denner”), leader of Swiss grocers discount and subsidiary of Migros, the Commercial Court of Saint-Gall on May 21st ruled on a decision allowing Denner to sell coffee capsules compatibles with Nespresso coffee machines.
Rwanda joins the International Trademark System
On August 17 2013, Rwanda officially joins the International Trademark System. This means that, when applying for an International Trademark Registration, Rwanda can be designated. Existing International Trademark registrations can also include Rwanda by filing a territorial extension.
Unique gTLD deal by the Guardian
The Guardian newspaper has made an interesting deal. The company announced a rebranding and movement from a .co.uk url to a .com url. Interesting in this deal is that The Guardian newspapers apparently gave up their application for several gTLD’s.
War over words in Sweden
For the first time ever, a word was deleted from the annual list of new words in Sweden. The Swedish Language Council publishes this list which explains how the words are defined in common parlance. The word in question is ‘ogooglebar’ and the council decided to delete it after objection by Google to the definition of the word.
Samsung’s surprise patent victory on Apple
The International Trade Commission in the US ruled that Apple infringed a Samsung patent, which could mean some older models of the iPad and iPhone are banned from sale in the US. The patent relates to 3G wireless technology and the ability to transmit multiple services correctly and at the same time.
The search for the best brand photo of 2013 continues!
On request, Novagraaf’s Brands in the Picture photo competition, our search for the best brand-related photo of 2013, has been extended until Friday, 14 June. Those who haven’t been able to meet the initial deadline now have the opportunity to participate for their chance to win a Samsung tablet worth € 400!