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Meet Georg Pintz & Partners @INTA Washington

May 02, 2012 01:50:35


Georg Pintz & Partners’ team is exhibiting at the INTA Annual Meeting in Washington, DC (5-9 May 2012). We are presenting our new onlineservices to the IP community, and we would be happy to welcome you at our booth No. 336.

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Trademark.co - Video

Mar 07, 2012 11:56:27


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Trademark registration in multiple countries at your desk in 3 steps and 3 minutes with discount prices.

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Quick & Easy European Patent (EP) Validation Service

Feb 21, 2012 06:05:28


Epvalidation.net is intended to provide you a quick, cheap and trustworthy service for the European Patent (EP) validation.

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DAILY: A NATURVAL decision?

The General Court has dismissed an action brought by Aranynektár Termékgyártó és Kereskedelmi KFT against a decision of the Second Board of Appeal of the EU Intellectual Property Office for the recognition of the applied-for EU trademark NATÜR-BAL.;

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DAILY: ‘Proof is in the pudding’; call for action following Alibaba’s latest anti-counterfeiting comments

Alibaba Group executive chairman Jack Ma has given an update on his company’s stance on counterfeits, in which he doubled-down on his commitment to tackle counterfeit goods on Alibaba’s e-commerce platforms. However, while these latest comments were broadly welcomed by the IP experts we spoke to, there was a call for Alibaba to provide a firm timeline for the anti-counterfeiting measures they have in the works.;

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DAILY: “Don’t panic”: call for calm as Brexit vote creates uncertainty over future scope of trademark protection

The UK electorate has voted to leave the European Union, meaning that after months of campaigning and speculation, trademark professionals now face the very real prospect of a changed IP landscape. The exit won’t become a reality until 2018 at the earliest, meaning that EU trademarks and registered Community designs currently remain valid in the United Kingdom. However, in the interim there is a lot to be negotiated, with the UK Institute of Trademark Attorneys urging rights holders “not to panic”.;

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DAILY: New Zealand's ComCom slams the spam

In recent years trademark owners and domain name holders began receiving unsolicited notices from entities offering trademark publication, renewal and registration services. One of the companies that is renowned for issuing such unsolicited letters to New Zealand trademark holders is TM Publisher.;

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DAILY: Tracking shifts in the legal services market: an update and observations from the WTR 1000 research team

The WTR 1000's USP in a crowded market of legal directories is its exclusive focus on trademarks. In the first of a series of blogs by the research team, we present an update on the current research campaign and some insights into the legal services market.;

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DAILY: How Tencent will secure its ?? mark

Since its introduction to the market in 2011, Tencent Inc’s WeChat has become China’s most popular and commonly used social messaging app, with 650 million monthly users in mainland China and 698 million users worldwide.;

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DAILY: Thailand prepares to accede to the Madrid Protocol

Recent amendments to Thailand’s Trademark Act were published in the Royal Gazette on April 29 2016. Among the amendments is a new chapter on trademark registration which introduces a number of changes that will prepare the way for Thailand to accede to the Madrid Protocol in 2016.;

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DAILY: Bavaria Crown beer not to be confused with Bavaria

In Bavaria NV v Bayerischer Brauerbund eV it was held that the average Irish consumer would think that Bavaria Crown beer was from Bavaria or that it was brewed using Bavarian brewing methods.;

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DAILY: “No conspiracy”: BREXIT trademark registrant on using IP to defend political discussion

Disputes over the use of third-party trademarks by campaigners in the run-up to this week’s UK referendum on EU membership have been widely reported. But a trademark for BREXIT has also been secured; and the owner tells World Trademark Review that – rather than an attempt to cash in on the ubiquitous term – he acted in a bid to prevent someone else from acquiring the mark and using it to stifle debate.;

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DAILY: Board of Appeal accepts registration of SHARING EXPERTISE

The Icelandic Patent Office had held that the word mark SHARING EXPERTISE lacked distinctive character and was descriptive of the goods and services covered. However, the Board of Appeal overturned this decision and accepted registration of the mark.;

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DAILY: China is the source of 86% of the world’s counterfeits, according to US Chamber of Commerce

A report released by the US Chamber of Commerce’s Global IP Centre (GIPC) this week indicates that as much as 86% of the world’s counterfeit goods originate from China. While there have been positive developments on the IP enforcement front in China over the past few years, the GIPC figures stand as a stark reminder that there is still a significant – and perhaps insurmountable – problem with counterfeiting in the country.;

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DAILY: Court of Appeal finds series registrations not incompatible with EU law

The Court of Appeal unanimously held that Twentieth Century Fox had infringed a registered trademark including the words ‘The Glee Club’, which belongs to the UK-based comedy club Comic Enterprises. The court has now determined that series registrations are in themselves not incompatible with the Trademarks Directive.;

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DAILY: Domain-squatting epidemic; “critical” brand owners get to grips with IP protection in sanctions-free Iran

New research conducted by World Trademark Review suggests that a high proportion of the world’s leading brands have seen their trademark-related domain names in Iran’s national top-level domain, ‘ir’, registered by unaffiliated registrants. The revelation serves as a reminder that IP protection in Iran – which recently benefited from the lifting of many economic and financial sanctions – should not be overlooked.;

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DAILY: New rules for trademarks on patented medicines on patent expiry

A presidential decree has amended the Regulations for the Application of the Law on Import, Commercialisation and Sale of Generic Medicines for Human Use. The changes alter the practice regarding the branding and trademarking of patented medicines after expiration of the patent.;

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DAILY: Apple’s latest China headache points to the growing strategic value of design rights

A Beijing agency’s decision last week to issue an injunction against several iPhone products has come as a blow for tech giant Apple. It also highlights that, with Chinese rights holders becoming more proactive in asserting their design rights, trademark counsel should be mindful of the country’s industrial designs regime – to avoid any pitfalls and to leverage it where possible to strengthen their IP portfolios.;

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DAILY: Com Laude hits out at ‘.sucks’ after contract termination; Vox Populi fires back

An ongoing dispute between Vox Populi, the registry operating the ‘.sucks’ top-level domain, and Com Laude has led to the termination of the latter’s accreditation as a registrar of ‘.sucks’ domains. Vox Populi mantains that the decision resulted from a “specific breach of contract”, but Com Laude has announced that it is considering further action. The company also expressed its “hope that all brand owners will think twice before buying or renewing a ‘.sucks’ domain”.;

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DAILY: Defendant's failure to disclose scope of infringement results in damages

In Coty Germany GmbH v Piskar Klavdija sp the Ljubljana Higher Court has awarded the full amount of claimed damages to the plaintiff. The court held that in infringement damages cases the burden of proof for the scope of infringement must be shifted to the defendant, and that the defendant had failed to meet this burden.;

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DAILY: BIG success for shopping mall owner in interim relief case

In Brill Outlet Eilat Ltd v Big Shopping Centres Limited Partnership Justice Solberg of the Supreme Court affirmed interim relief granted by the district court to the owner of the mark BIG, used and registered for shopping malls, against the recently commenced use of the name Big Outlet for a large fashion outlet store.;

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DAILY: Aftermath of high-profile Crocs decision highlights enforcement difficulties in China

The Supreme People’s Court’s selection of Crocs v Jinjiang Jinsike Footwear as one of the leading IP cases of 2015 has highlighted the resonance of the ruling. Despite Crocs' victory, the infringing goods at the centre of the dispute are still available to buy online – a reminder that court decisions are sometimes just another step in the enforcement process, rather than the end point.;

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DAILY: BLACK BARK mark entitled to registration

In Re DLMW-BBQ LLC the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board has held in a non-precedential decision that the mark BLACK BARK for restaurant services was entitled to registration and reversed the examining attorney’s refusal based on the prior registration of BLACK BARK BRISKET for “meat; prepared meat”.;

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DAILY: Philip Morris loses ECJ plain packaging challenge

In Philip Morris Brands SARL v Secretary of State for Health the European Court of Justice considered a request from the High Court of England and Wales for a preliminary ruling on various questions relating to the validity of the EU Tobacco Products Directive.;

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DAILY: China's mixed messages over the health of its trademark-backed financing programme

Lending against IP assets remains, on the whole, a tricky business, in part due to the lack of a single widely accepted method of valuation. But in China, it seems that such concerns have not hindered the development of a multimillion-dollar market in trademark, patent and copyright-backed loans. However, over the past year, the economic slowdown has put the brakes on brand-backed lending.;

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EVENT: Managing the Trademark Asset Lifecycle

October 20 2016 – New York, United States This one-day conference will again bring together trademark owners, counsel, brand strategists and financial professionals and provide the perfect forum in which to present and assess the latest strategies for managing trademark assets, from creation and ownership through to monetarisation and the maximisation of value. ;

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DAILY: Boost for tobacco brands as poll confirms consumer fears over counterfeit impact of plain packaging

One of the arguments made against the introduction of plain packaging for cigarettes and other tobacco products is that the absence of branding would exacerbate the problem of counterfeiting, with potentially unsafe products becoming more accessible. As Malaysia lays the groundwork for a plain packaging regime, a recent poll of Malaysian consumers would seem to support that concern.;

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DAILY: General Court unconvinced by confectioner’s blue-sky thinking

In August Storck KG v the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) the General Court confirmed EUIPO's rejection of a trademark registration comprising white and blue square-shaped packaging for lack of distinctive character under Article 7(1)(b) of the EU Community Trademark Regulation.;

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DAILY: IPTO refuses registration of the word mark BOOKING.COM

In an application to register Trademark 244245 in the name of Booking.com BV, the Israeli Patent and Trademark Office refused registration of the word mark BOOKING.COM, holding that the mark was generic and directly described the applicant’s services, and therefore could not acquire distinctiveness.;

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DAILY: Lacoste snaps up victory in Court of Appeal

In Crocodile International Pte Ltd v Lacoste, Lacoste faced an issue that many owners of registered logos may encounter – the stylisation of its logo had evolved from the one protected by its New Zealand Registration. The question to be decided was whether the marks used by Lacoste qualified as use of that registration.;

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DAILY: JT Olesen: shirt manufacturer earns its stripes

The Maritime and Commercial High Court has ruled in JT Olesen ApS v Natex of Scandinavia A/S. This case arose when JT Olesen filed a lawsuit and brought a claim for damages against Natex for violation of the Design Act and the Marketing Practices Act caused by its sale of the Stanfield Shirt, which it alleged was similar to its Oscar Shirt.;

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DAILY: Get the inside track on brand monetisation and revenue strategies from some of the world's leading brands

World Trademark Review is pleased to announce the first speakers to be confirmed for the Brand Monetisation: The Legal and Licensing Perspective conference, to be held in Los Angeles on October 6 2016. This interactive one-day event will explore critical issues surrounding brand licensing and extension strategies, providing attendees with a roadmap for revenue generation success.;

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DAILY: Disney’s brand protection team should be ready to work overtime as latest resort opens its doors

In the run-up to this week’s opening of the Shanghai Disney Resort, reports emerged that Disney characters were observed at a rival park owned by Wanda Group. Wanda has denied infringement, but this dispute – as well as other infringement activities centred on Disney's assets – highlights the significant challenges faced by high-profile companies engaged in successful, large-scale licensing programmes.;

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DAILY: “As inauthentic as their cheap handbags”: Alibaba faces backlash following ‘fakes are better than originals’ claim

Chinese digital retail giant Alibaba has been met with a barrage of criticism following comments from its chairman that fake goods are often “better than branded products”. However, while not great PR for a company trying to legitimise its anti-fake credentials, Jack Ma’s comments – which have subsequently been clarified for World Trademark Review – highlight a reality for those on the anti-counterfeiting frontline: counterfeits are improving in quality.;

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DAILY: Tax dispute over Coca-Cola’s non-US trademarks explained

The US Internal Revenue Service and Coca-Cola are locked in a battle regarding the proper allocation of income between Coca-Cola and its foreign affiliates pursuant to trademark and trade secret licences.;

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DAILY: EU General Court upholds EUIPO decision on Liiga

In Jääkiekon SM-liiga Oy v the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) the EU General Court has affirmed the decision of the EUIPO Second Board of Appeal concerning the refusal of registration of a figurative mark consisting of a black circle and stylised writing of the word ‘Liiga’.;

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DAILY: United States plummets down IP rankings table; cost and enforcement frustrations cited

The fifth edition of the Global Intellectual Property Index was published today, with sentiment towards the United States’ IP regime taking a clear turn towards the negative. Dropping 14 places to rank joint 24th among the 43 jurisdictions assessed, the United States rated particularly poorly among users for cost effectiveness.;

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DAILY: How to spend the EUIPO’s surplus

The unusual case of European Dynamics Luxembourg v the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) was decided in April 2016. The EUIPO had been targeted by a serial user of the European court system, Greek IT company Evropaïki Dynamiki, along with its subsidiaries. When unsuccessful in tenders, Evropaïki Dynamiki often challenged the results before the European courts.;

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DAILY: Alternative names of a plant held to be not descriptive

In Gufic Private Limited v Vasu Healthcare Private Limited a single judge of the Bombay High Court in an interim order restrained Vasu Healthcare from using the mark SHALLAKI in view of its similarity to Gufic’s registered mark SALLAKI.;

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DAILY: Status quo or uncertainty? The trademark implications of a Brexit vote

The latest polls indicate that a British exit – or Brexit – could be the result of the upcoming UK referendum on EU membership. The impact of such a vote on the trademark community has not featured in the political debate. Yet if next week’s vote comes down in favour of Brexit, there will be significant implications for trademark owners and law firms.;

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DAILY: Bad faith can be sole ground for rejection, even without prior use

In Turkey, an opposition can be based on a trademark application being identical or similar to a previously registered trademark, the opponent’s genuine IP right or the applicant’s bad faith. Until recently, the Turkish Patent Institute accepted the bad-faith argument only if the opponent’s other arguments were valid and there was concrete evidence to support bad faith.;

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DAILY: “Bargaining power is tilting in favour of Chinese licensees” as country’s appetite for top brands continues to grow

A feature in the current issue of World Trademark Review explores China’s trademark licensing landscape and charts its development over recent years. Traditionally, rights holders proved hesitant to exploit the potential of this huge market, which was long seen as fraught with risk and difficulty. But today, licensing into China is a lucrative industry – and Chinese licensees are far more sophisticated when it comes to doing deals.;

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DAILY: Bosnian PTO practice in light of new EU Trademark Regulation

Prior to June 2012, the Institute for Intellectual Property of Bosnia and Herzegovina applied the ‘class heading covers all’ approach when interpreting the scope of protection where class headings are used in lists of goods and services in trademark applications and registrations.;

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DAILY: Toyota hits out at trademark misuse as Brexit campaigning enters home stretch

In less than two weeks the UK electorate will vote on whether the country should remain a member of the European Union. The campaign from both sides has intensified as polling day approaches. Yesterday Toyota became embroiled in the debate, hitting out at the unauthorised use of its trademarks by the ‘leave’ camp.;

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DAILY: Battle lines drawn as bill introduced to scupper ICANN’s IANA transition plan

While the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority transition is something that many IP counsel have not been intrinsically involved in, 2016 INTA president Ronald van Tuijl has characterised the development as something “that trademark owners cannot ignore”. For those following closely, it has been a potentially significant week – while the Commerce Department has given ICANN’s proposals a favourable assessment, a bill has been introduced that could halt the handover in its tracks.;

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DAILY: Study reveals the prevalence of fake luxury goods on Instagram, and the evolving tactics of counterfeiters

New research has found that 20% of Instagram posts about luxury fashion brands featured counterfeit or illicit products. The report calls for a comprehensive international strategy to fight the prevalence of fake goods online, but the usual roadblocks remain, meaning that the status quo will not change any time soon.;

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DAILY: Removal of trademarks and trade names from hotel facades

In a remarkable dispute in Abu Dhabi, a leading international hotel and leisure company which owned, operated and franchised hotels, resorts and residences under renowned trade names and trademarks known all over the world, managed a well-known hotel in Abu Dhabi pursuant to management agreements between it and the hotel owner. However, third parties began to claim rights over ownership of the hotel.;

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DAILY: Apple looks to safeguard IPHONE trademarks in China

Apple Inc has found itself in the spotlight again recently. This time the public is not wondering what the iPhone 7 will look like, but rather how Apple possibly lost a trademark dispute regarding the iPHONE trademark in Nice Class 18 with a Chinese leather company.;

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DAILY: New procedure for opposing trademark registrations

Opposition procedures to trademark registrations as they exist in other jurisdictions have never been included in the Mexican industrial property legal system. However, a reform of the Industrial Property Law was approved by Mexico’s Federal Congress between November 2015 and April 2016 and will include such a procedure in the trademark registration process.;

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DAILY: Registration rights cannot extend to all goods in a class without use

In International Foodstuffs Co LLC (IFC) v Parle Products Pvt Ltd, a single judge of the Bombay High Court has, while rejecting IFC’s interim application, held that trademark registration rights are restricted to the goods for which the mark is used and cannot be extended to every single item in a class.;

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DAILY: Filings expected to plummet as Japanese companies streamline portfolios and focus on utilisation of existing rights

The Japan Patent Office recently published an overview of its 2015 IP activity survey findings. Highlighting trends in trademark strategy among Japanese organisations, the survey suggests that brand owners in the country are becoming increasingly selective when it comes to filing applications and are seeking ways to extract added value from their portfolios. Such a trend could have a direct impact on law firm revenues and strategies.;

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DAILY: Dynamic confusion

In the recent case of Laboratorios Ern SA v European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) the EU General Court found in favour of the EUIPO. The case arose after an application was filed for registration of an EU trademark for a figurative sign with the word element “Dynamic Life”.;

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DAILY: New gTLD registrations smash through 20-million barrier, but spike is not all it seems

At time of writing, according to ntldstats.com there have been 21,251,190 domain name registrations across 1,013 new gTLDs. Registrations have been on an upward trajectory since the launch of the programme in early 2014, and the line getting steeper as more TLDs go live. However, over the last week things have sped up significantly, with almost three million registrations added in three days.;

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Ministry of Internal Trade and Consumer Protection

"Al Bassel Fair For Invention and Innovation"; objective: to encourage creators and inventors, and to promote their creations;

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National Geographic Television

Film: "Illicit - The Dark Trade" and accompanying curriculum materials and activity guide for students and teachers;

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UK Intellectual Property Office (UK-IPO)

Curriculum materials: "Think Kit" (2016) helps pupils understand the importance of protecting and respecting IP and helps students to learn about the commercial benefits of IP;

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European Union, Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM)

"Roadmaps for IP Protection" guides covering IP protection at trade fairs, customs enforcement, trademark/copyright/patent protection, Community Designs, trade secrets Access to all IP laws and IP legal updates in the European Union (EU) and China Intellectual property documentation by leading experts from China and Europe;

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Intellectual Property Office (IPO)

"Cracking Ideas" project: uses a combination of specific lesson plans, teaching resources and a dedicated website (crackingideas.com) to encourage innovation and creativity among pupils in the 5-7, 7-11, 11-14, 14-16 and 18+ age groups Spokescharacters: Wallace & Gromit Teaching resources covering 5-18+ age groups; provide clearly structured curriculum-linked sessions to help explain and explore IP with students across a range of subjects Annual "Cracking Ideas" competition; an innovation and creativity competition for young people aged 4 – 16 years old;

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School of Communications and Theater (SCT)

Copyright and fair use curriculum: "Teaching about copyright and fair use for media literacy education"; designed for educators interested in exploring copyright and fair use with their students;

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Copyright Society of the U.S.A.

Website: "Copyright Kids" Event: Copyright Awareness Week; objective: to encourage teachers from all subject areas to teach students basic concepts about copyright during Copyright Awareness Week;

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IP Australia

Shark Tank reality TV series (2015); IP Australia is following the series and doing a wrap up each week of the role IP played (or didn’t play) "Hard Sell" competition (2011/2012): challenges tertiary students around Australia to develop a TV advertisement that would creatively communicate the importance of IP to Australian businesses;

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United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

"USPTO Kids" website (activities, events, FAQ, games, puzzles, resources, videos): Sections for kids, teens and parents/teachers;

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Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

"Know your source" flyer campaign (2014) to raise health-care professionals' awareness of counterfeit medicines Poster: "Counterfeit Medicines - Filled With Empty Promises";

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International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL)

"Turn Back Crime" campaign (2014) to raise awareness about the organized, transnational criminal networks behind various crimes that can affect the general public on a day-to-day level, in particular, those crimes that are harmful to health or that are facilitated by the Internet, including fake goods and medicines "Proud to be" campaign (2011/2012) to raise public awareness worldwide of the health risks posed by fake medicines; spokespersons: Yvonne Chaka Chaka and Youssou N'Dour "Don't Be Your Own Killer" videos (2010) highlighting the dangers of illegal (...);

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closer2patents

Free workshops for students and academic institutions on various topics of intellectual property rights (IPR) across India;

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Industry Trust for Intellectual Property Awareness, Lionsgate UK

"Postman Pat: The Movie" trailer (2014); aims to inspire film fans to choose official content with one of the UK’s best-loved childhood characters Postman Pat;

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Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy (BASCAP)

"Buy Real. Fakes Cost More" anti-fakes campaign to help consumers understand that what may seem like harmless purchases are not so harmless, and that some counterfeit products are a real threat to health and safety, jobs and the economy;

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Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy (BASCAP)

"Intellectual Property Guidelines for Business": provide information to businesses on practical steps that they can take to protect their own innovation and creativity in IP-based products and services, as well as to protect against the risk of using counterfeit materials or infringing other companies’ IP rights;

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UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

"Your Actions Count – Be a Responsible Traveler" campaign (2014) to raise awareness about the most common illicit goods and services that tourists might be exposed to while travelling; provides guidance to recognize possible situations of trafficking in persons, wildlife, cultural artefacts, illicit drugs and counterfeit goods, and invites travelers to take action through responsible consumer choices.;

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British Library Business & IP Centre

Online distance learning courses: "Basics of Intellectual Property Protection", "Searching the Databases", "Analysing the Markets" Guide: "Inventing - What you need to know to protect and commercialise your ideas" (2010): explains the process of inventing, from protecting your ideas to licensing and manufacturing Exhibitions: "Inventing the 21st century" (explores the stories behind some of the most iconic inventions of the century’s first decade; 2010); "Weird and Wonderful Inventions and Gadgets" (2008) "Invent it! (...);

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National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)

"Get Real About IP Theft" public education campaign to raise awareness and understanding of the impact of IP theft on public health, safety, and the economy;

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UK Intellectual Property Office (UK-IPO)

"Treasure Island" education campaign to build understanding of and respect for IP in young people in a creative way; includes a combination of online resources, apps and a live tour of Karaoke Shower "MusicBiz" anti music piracy competition inviting 14-18 year olds to create their own storyboard or short film of 90 seconds or less focusing on how songwriters, artists and bands are rewarded for their creativity;

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UK Music, the Intellectual Property Office (IPO), Aardman Animations

"Music Inc." app: allows users to take on the role of managing an aspiring musician, designed to give young music fans an insight into the modern music industry and to educate them on specific challenges encountered by artists in the digital age;

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