Contact form

Send an email

 Receive the newsletter

Call

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.

E-zine

For your convenience to keep abreast of the news and developments regarding Intellectual Property, you can subscribe to the E-zine of Novagraaf.

Just fill out your name and email address and click the Subscribe button. You will receive the E-zine once every two weeks.

Alibaba seeks to crack down on counterfeiting

09-01-2017

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.

Read more...

The answers to the 2016 Novagraaf Holiday Puzzle revealed!

09-01-2017

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.

Read more...

Nina Ricci and the importance of trademark reputation

09-01-2017

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..

Read more...

KitKat’s EU shape mark in trouble (again)

19-12-2016

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.

Read more...

The Novagraaf Holiday Puzzle 2016 – enter to win a Fuji Instax camera!

13-12-2016

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.

Read more...

Concerned about ‘poisonous’ EP divisionals? Good news from the EPO

13-12-2016

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.

Read more...

Likelihood of confusion: is your brand name too similar?

13-12-2016

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..

Read more...

Michael Jordan victorious in Chinese trademark dispute

12-12-2016

China’s People’s Supreme Court found in favour of the US basketball legend in his infringement action against a Chinese sportswear company.

Read more...

Weighed down by paperwork? How to simplify trademark searches

29-11-2016

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.

Read more...

Putting Google Adwords back on the trademark agenda?

29-11-2016

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?

Read more...