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Intellectual Property

13 July 2020
Alexander Vida Protectability of foreign word combinations

Hungary - Danubia Patent and Law Office LLC

Hungarian case law frequently discusses the protectability of foreign word combinations. In a recent case, the authorities found that the international mark DRIVE PILOT did not meet the protection requirements. The decisions reflected established case law on the right to refuse protection for an international word mark in Hungary where the words are understood by the average Hungarian consumer and are descriptive.

Author: Alexander Vida
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Cesare Galli IP rights, market ecology and sustainability: strategic directions post-COVID-19

International - IP Law Galli

From every angle, intellectual property is one of the great engines of the contemporary world, which not only fosters (and must continue to foster in the post-COVID-19 economy) progressive developments in relation to technology and quality of life, but also carries the 'antibodies' needed to protect the environment. This article examines the role that intellectual property plays in both economic development and sustainable growth.

Author: Cesare Galli
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Seema S Mansoor Salient features of Geographical Indications (Registration and Protection) Act

Pakistan - Vellani & Vellani

Many countries have adopted geographical indication (GI) laws to protect indigenous products, including handicrafts and agricultural, natural, horticultural and industrial products originating from a specific region. On 27 March 2020, after revisions and much deliberation, Parliament finally passed the Geographical Indications (Registration and Protection) Act 2020 in order to establish a system for the recognition, registration and protection of GI rights in Pakistan. This article sets out the act's salient features.

Author: Seema S Mansoor
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Linda J Zirkelbach Conducting your way through music licensing: common issues

USA - Venable LLP

Absent a few limited exceptions, the use of someone else's music without their permission is an infringement on their copyright. This article sets out some fundamentals to assist in determining the type of licence that an average company would need and some potential alternatives. The bottom line when planning and budgeting for music in a project is to get the proper rights and permissions in place before pressing 'play'.

Authors: Linda J Zirkelbach, Meaghan Kent, Danae Tinelli
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Recent updates

Bram Woltering Use of customs information in relation to parallel imports

Netherlands - AKD

Author: Bram Woltering
Tuğçe Güven Seizure of goods before liquidation directorate: an effective way to combat counterfeiting activities

Turkey - Deriş Patents and Trademarks Agency

Authors: Tuğçe Güven, Serra Coral
French patents can now be opposed before INPI

France - GEVERS & ORES

Author: Chantal Noël
Brent De Jonghe Did you know: domain name registration is no substitute for trademark registration?

International - GEVERS

Author: Brent De Jonghe
Marcella Ballard Shop Safe Act 2020: new tool for brand owners in fight against online counterfeits?

USA - Venable LLP

Authors: Marcella Ballard, Maria Sinatra
Yongming Fan SPC releases draft judicial interpretations on online IP infringement

China - Wanhuida Intellectual Property

Author: Yongming Fan
Ruey-Sen Tsai Trademark including well-known stage name of professional athlete should be refused registration

Taiwan - Lee and Li Attorneys at Law

Authors: Ruey-Sen Tsai, Celia Tao
Monica Syrdal Supreme Court rules in favour of Apple on trademark debranding

Norway - Advokatfirmaet Hjort

Authors: Monica Syrdal, Øivind K Foss

Upcoming events

WTR Connect 2020

Connecting Global Trademark Leaders

WTR Connect has been purpose-built for trademark and brand protection experts globally. From 6-15 October, WTR will be hosting more than 20 individual interactive digital sessions, designed to facilitate discussion, benchmarking and the sharing of best practice around key topic areas and challenges facing trademark and brand leaders.

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IPBC Global 2020

30 August - 1 September 2020 - The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago

IAM’s 13th annual IPBC Global offers an unrivalled opportunity to put yourself at the heart of discussions involving those who make the world’s IP weather. Featuring top-level IP business experts, the programme will provide a detailed overview of the developing global IP landscape, explore the implications of recent events, focus on emerging business models and review best-practice value creation strategies. It is the one IP event that you cannot afford to miss.

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Patent Litigation 2020

10 November 2020 - Washington DC, United States

IAM’s Patent Litigation returns to Washington DC for its sixth year, bringing together leading IP experts in both litigation and policy. Well established as the must-attend event for anyone interested in how the legal and political climates shape the patent market, panellists will represent a broad cross-section of the patent community.

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AI IP USA 2020

8 October 2020 - Boston, United States

AI is creating a seismic shift in the way that people interact with technology, disrupting every major industry along the way. But as AI continues to transform day-to-day processes, patent systems and IP managers are battling with its implications. IAM’s inaugural AI IP event will explore the latest strategies and insight that IP managers can use to keep up with AI innovation as it far outpaces the laws surrounding it.

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