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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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TWiT takes on Twitter in trademark dispute


US audio- and video-streaming company TWiT has brought a lawsuit against social media giant Twitter. The two companies had co-existed for years without issue until Twitter announced plans to launch a video-streaming service.


UKIPO confirms bad faith in ‘Gleissner’ filing


Approximately 5% of all the live contested trademark cases before the UK IPO relate to ‘Gleissner’ filings, according to a recent ruling over the mark ‘Alexander’. This latest decision is good news for affected brand owners, says Novagraaf’s Claire Jones.


Iron Maiden gets heavy with trademark infringers


Iron Maiden were originally founded by bassist and songwriter Steve Harris in 1975, but the English heavy metal giants are continuing to tour and release new material to this day. The group recently hit the headlines in the US for another reason, after it filed a lawsuit in in Illinois against the unauthorised use of the ‘Iron Maiden’ brand on the internet.


From Champagne to wrestling: an IP round-up for Valentine’s Day


With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, thoughts typically turn to gifts, tipples and declarations of undying love. Instead, we look at some of the not-so-romantic IP issues that have arisen in recent months.


Novagraaf announced as top filer at WIPO and also recommended in WTR 1000 and IP STARS 2018


Leading intellectual property (IP) provider Novagraaf has been announced as the top filer of international trademark rights (IRs) at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in 2017. The European specialist has also been recommended for its expertise in the 2018 editions of WTR 1000 and IP STARS.


The duration of your SPCs may potentially be extended


Important notice: The duration of your Supplemental Protection Certificates may potentially be extended by a few days. The decision in Case C-492/16 Incyte Corporation follows a reference for a preliminary ruling on the interpretation of Regulation (EC) article No 469/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 6 May 2009, concerning appeals before the national courts in the framework..


CJEU clarifies the scope of Design Regulation repair clause


The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) published its decision in the joined Acacia cases at the end of 2017, providing guidance on how to interpret the Design Regulation’s repair clause. The central question was whether (car) manufacturers could act against the sale of replica spare parts, such as wheel rims, on the basis of a Registered Community Design.


Grumpy Cat, or: How to make millions from (almost) nothing


Novagraaf's Anca Draganescu-Pinawin on the cat that grew and protected a business empire using IP rights.


Perspectives: Taking the broader view


Download the latest issue of our industry magazine Perspectives to read our interview with Professor Daryl Lim, keynote speaker at ‘An Evening at the Embassy’, an event held by Novagraaf in Washington, DC on 25 January.


Brands and online platforms: protecting your products


Finding a branded product for sale on an online platform is now commonplace, as we are in an era where e-commerce is skyrocketing. But what are the implications for brand owners? Novagraaf’s Claire Jones explains that protection of your products is crucial.