News in the field of Intellectual Property
The ways in which we access and receive news these days have changed considerably. With the advent of social media, news items are not only visible sooner, but they’re also available to a much larger group. Information is shared more quickly to the extent that we’re often inundated with an unmanageable amount of information and news items. News items are also becoming more ‘superficial’ and, while we at Novagraaf regularly use Twitter, we do also believe in the need to understand the full picture and background behind today’s news stories. That’s why we work to keep you informed on all developments in the field of Intellectual Property, in general, and the background of the news, in particular.
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Alibaba seeks to crack down on counterfeiting
Decision to sue two of its vendors for selling fake watches represents first legal action the Chinese e-commerce giant has taken against counterfeiters on its Taobao platform.
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.
Nina Ricci and the importance of trademark reputation
We have written before how owners of EU trademarks (EU TMs) 'with reputation’ can claim a broader scope of protection than owners of EU TMs without reputation. But, what exactly is the ‘broader scope of protection’ that such marks enjoy? The recent opposition brought by the owner of the trademark ‘NINA RICCI’ against the application for the word/device trademark 'Roméo has a Gun, by..
KitKat’s EU shape mark in trouble (again)
Last week, the General Court of the European Union issued a judgement on the EU trademark (EU TM) registered to protect the shape of Nestlé’s four-fingered KitKat chocolate bar. The General Court decided that Europe’s IP office (EUIPO) must re-examine if the trademark has acquired distinctiveness throughout the entire EU. Frouke Hekker outlines the implications of the ruling.
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.
Concerned about ‘poisonous’ EP divisionals? Good news from the EPO
European Patent Office (EPO)’s Board of Appeal issues decision G1/15 on partial priorities, defusing concerns over ‘poisonous’ and ‘toxic’ European Patent (EP) divisionals.
Likelihood of confusion: is your brand name too similar?
Trademark watching is an important tool in the monitoring of registered marks and devices, helping companies to identify and act against infringement and misuse of trademarks in a timely manner; for example, by raising an opposition to a potentially infringing trademark application. As a result, conflicts between brand owners are commonplace. But, how do trademark examiners and the courts decide..
Michael Jordan victorious in Chinese trademark dispute
China’s People’s Supreme Court found in favour of the US basketball legend in his infringement action against a Chinese sportswear company.
Weighed down by paperwork? How to simplify trademark searches
Making the decision to conduct a trademark search to protect your valuable brands around the world is easy. Trying to wade through, organise, and analyse the data so you can make a well-informed decision is the challenge.
Putting Google Adwords back on the trademark agenda?
The recent judgement in Victoria Plum Limited v Victorian Plumbing Ltd has once again raised the use of trademarks in keyword advertising. But, has it made the issue any clearer?