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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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WHOIS a casualty of the GDPR?

16-04-2018

While the entry into effect of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) at the end of May might be music to the ears of privacy advocates, brand owners and trademark attorneys could be hearing a rather less pleasant tune. The GDPR will make it significantly more difficult to access information about domain name registrants: as a consequence, it will become harder to..

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Best practices in IP management: a strategy for Europe

09-04-2018

Novagraaf’s Chantal Koller on how businesses can adapt their trademark registration strategies to make best use of the opportunities offered by the EU trademark system, including the recent EU trademark reforms.

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Public policy and offensive trademarks

05-04-2018

Novagraaf’s Claire Jones examines how courts in the US and EU have approached the sensitive issue of potentially offensive or immoral trademarks.

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EUTMs and the benefits of a seniority claim

04-04-2018

A seniority claim allows the owner of a European Trademark (EUTM) to claim prior rights based on existing national trademark registrations within member states of the European Union. A successful claim extends EUTM rights in the country claimed back to the date of the earlier national registration. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that you should allow the earlier national rights to..

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Trademark event: Join us at INTA 2018 in Seattle

04-04-2018

Meet up with our experts at booth #203 at this year's Annual Meeting of the International Trademark Association (INTA) in Seattle, Washington 19-23 May.

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Turf wars: IP and the FIFA World Cup 2018

27-03-2018

It is now only 12 weeks until the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, with the hosts taking on Saudi Arabia match on 14 June. Novagraaf’s Claire Jones examines the IP implications of this headline-grabbing event.

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Late requests allowed in EP appeal proceedings; conditions apply

22-03-2018

In its Decision T 1311/13 of 17 January 2018 (re: EP 1 224 299), the EPO’s Board of Appeal has provided clarification as to late-filed requests in appeal proceedings. Novagraaf’s Charles-Henri Bertaux explains the implications.

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European trademarks and the question of genuine use

22-03-2018

In some cases, national registrations may be preferable to European trademark (EUTM) registrations explains Novagraaf’s Florence Chapin.

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Best practices in IP management: a strategy for China

21-03-2018

The production and trade of counterfeit goods in and from the People’s Republic of China is the thorn in the side of many well-known brands, but it’s not only the global giants that are affected. From rip-offs of fashion and beauty products to fake spirits and medicine, nearly every business could be impacted; particularly, those that manufacture their goods in the country. What should they..

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The EC’s draft Brexit agreement – what does it mean for IP?

20-03-2018

The European Commission's Draft Withdrawal Agreement, issued at the end of February, proposes that EU registered IP rights be automatically granted continued protection in the UK without re-examination and without additional charge. While the document is a draft proposal; it looks unlikely that the position will vary considerably from the position outlined given the ‘transition deal’ agreed..

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