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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


Video of Trademark.co

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: Latest WTR podcast available: assessing brand worth

In the latest World Trademark Review podcast we talk to David Haigh, chief executive of Brand Finance, to get the inside track on when, how and why brand valuations should be undertaken.;

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DAILY: Global energy company victorious in opposition against local competitor

The Appeal Board of the Albanian Patent and Trademark Office has upheld an opposition by global energy company Repsol SA, the owner of international registrations for REPSOL, against the registration of the mark REXOIL by a Turkish competitor. The board found that the marks covered identical goods and that there was a considerable degree of visual and phonetic similarity.;

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DAILY: Coverage of Taylor Swift’s trademark spree tops list of February’s most-read stories

Following the online furore surrounding trademark applications filed by pop star Taylor Swift, our analysis of her IP strategy – which sparked possibly the first trademark protest song – was our most-read blog last month.;

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DAILY: Trademark Bill prioritised by House of Representatives

The Indonesian House of Representatives has declared that 37 key bills would be prioritised for deliberation in 2015, including the Trademark and Patent Bills. The Trademark Bill is particularly significant, as it will include an introduction to non-traditional trademarks and the Madrid Protocol.;

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DAILY: Trademark containing earlier mark and descriptive element refused registration

In Infocit - Prestação De Serviços, Comércio E Indústria Lda v OHIM, the General Court has upheld a decision of the Second Board of Appeal of OHIM finding that there was a likelihood of confusion between the trademark DINKOOL and the earlier mark DIN. Among other things the court held that the fact that a sign consists exclusively of an earlier trademark, to which another word has been added, is an indication that the two marks are similar.;

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DAILY: Brand valuation? It isn’t as simple as one size fits all

The cover story of the latest edition of World Trademark Review focuses on the Brand Finance Global 500, which reveals the world’s most valuable brands. While such lists spark high levels of interest, when it comes to brand valuation techniques themselves there can be confusion over the available options and how they are applied. We spoke to David Haigh, chief executive of Brand Finance, in a bid to clarify how counsel can cut through the confusion.;

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DAILY: CANARY mark partially cancelled for non-use

The Court of Appeal has reversed a decision of the First Instance Court and upheld an action brought by Virgin International Limited for the partial cancellation of the trademark CANARY based on non-use. The lower court had found that use of the mark for goods in Class 21 constituted use of the mark in Iran.;

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DAILY: Court of First Instance addresses key aspects of trademark law

In Vita Green Health Products Company Limited v Vitasoy International Holdings Limited, the Court of First Instance has highlighted some important principles of trademark law which should be considered when applying for or opposing a trademark. In particular, the decision shows that, while a mark may have an established reputation in respect of particular goods, this does not mean that such reputation will extend to other goods.;

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DAILY: Nicole Kidman obtains cancellation of trademark almost identical to her name

Well-known actress Nicole Kidman has obtained the invalidation of the trademark NICOL KIDMAN for goods in Class 18. Among other things, the TRAB found that the evidence adduced by the actress proved that the name Nicole Kidman had a high reputation in China before the filing date of the disputed trademark.;

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DAILY: India the battleground for Apple as trademark challenge intensifies

iVoice Ventures Private has issued a press statement expanding on its move to contest “all pending/registered IPHONE trademarks through opposition and rectification/cancellation actions” in India. The dispute highlights a conundrum that companies can face when expanding internationally – whether to fight on via established legal processes or seek a deal in a bid for speedy resolution when others cry foul.;

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DAILY: Final chance to contribute your views to WTR’s trademark industry study

Today is the last chance for trademark practitioners to have their voice heard in the seventh annual Global Trademark Benchmarking Survey.;

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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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ARTICLE: Topshop’s sale of Rihanna t-shirt amounted to passing off

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ARTICLE: Vietnam: Approaches to trade dress

Bross & Partners While trade dress is not per se registrable, certain aspects are protectable under certain circumstances;

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ARTICLE: China: Unregistered rights in a first to file environment

Kangxin Partners PC While there are legal grounds for protecting unregistered trademarks and other commercial signs in opposition and invalidation actions in China, each case will require careful management ;

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ARTICLE: US Supreme Court: trademark tacking is question for jury

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DAILY: EU-Ukraine Association Agreement: an update

In accordance with the plan for the implementation of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, relevant IP laws should be drafted by the end of July 2015 and public access to filed trademark applications should be introduced by the end of December 2016. Generally, the agreement provides for the harmonisation of the Ukrainian legislation with the EU legal framework and the resolution of a number of problematic issues in the IP sector.;

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ARTICLE: UK government makes surprise plain packaging announcement

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ARTICLE: Breaking down the barriers

While take-up of the Madrid Protocol across Latin America appears inevitable, progress has currently stalled. World Trademark Review investigates what WIPO can do to make a breakthrough;

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DAILY: GLISTEN held to be descriptive of purpose of cleaning products

In IOIP Holding LLC v OHIM, the General Court has upheld a decision of the Second Board of Appeal of OHIM in which the latter had refused to register the word mark GLISTEN for cleaning products. Among other things, the court held that the board had not erred in finding that the mark applied for was, in the mind of the relevant public, descriptive of the purpose of the goods.;

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ARTICLE: Romania: Changing with the times

VILAU | ASSOCIATES The 2010 amendment to the Trademark Law extended protection to all unregistered marks so that rights holders can oppose the use and registration of their marks by third parties;

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ARTICLE: Are traders allowed to turn a blind eye to counterfeits?

In a case involving counterfeit contact lenses, a trader was able to rely on the defence under Section 49(i) of the Trademarks Act as there was no reason for him to suspect that the products were counterfeit. The decision may allow traders to more easily avoid criminal liability for dealing in counterfeits;

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DAILY: Courts reaffirm construction of design protection rules that is fully in line with EU law

In three recent court decisions, the Specialised IP Divisions of the Courts of Milan and Brescia have considered the protection of designs under Italian law. The Court of Milan decision is significant because it ruled on the highly disputed issue of the interpretation of the transitory rule for works created before protection for industrial designs through copyright was introduced.;

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ARTICLE: Google Domains launches

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ARTICLE: IP licensing in a 3D printed world

While experts may disagree about the extent to which 3D printing will change the world, there is a growing consensus that this technology will shake up current models of IP protection and licensing;

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ARTICLE: General Court decision ‘raises the bar on free riding’

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ARTICLE: The ins and outs of co-branding

While co-branding can be an excellent way for brands to increase their revenue and break into new markets, several complex business issues need to be addressed before brands get in too deep;

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ARTICLE: 3D printing and trademarks – the challenges and opportunities ahead

While it is still early days for the technology, the market is growing and a range of brands have already started incorporating 3D printing into their manufacturing, marketing and market delivery processes. Clearly, there is momentum behind the additive manufacturing revolution; and for brand owners, the technology brings both opportunity and risk.;

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ARTICLE: An IP office perspective on 3D printing

The UKIPO has published the findings of a study into the IP implications of 3D printing, presenting a number of recommendations for government and industry on how to prepare for the future;

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ARTICLE: Coming to America: a guide to extending registrations via the Madrid Protocol

It has been over a decade since the Madrid Protocol came into force in the United States, yet many rights holders looking to extend protection still find the US use-based system confusing. Taking care over the initial application can be a wise investment;

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ARTICLE: 2015 Brand Finance Global 500: China comes of age in the branding world

Strong stock markets in China and Asia contrast with stagnant or falling markets in continental Europe. US and UK markets are consolidating gains and reigniting a boom in IPO and M&A activity, led by iconic branded businesses from China;

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ARTICLE: Developing trends in design patent enforcement

Design patents can be a powerful tool for protecting a company’s intellectual property – as illustrated by recent trends in enforcement – but a cohesive strategy is essential for such protection to work effectively;

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ARTICLE: Inside track: Alibaba

No Chinese company attracted greater international attention last year than Alibaba Group, thanks to its record-smashing listing on the NYSE. World Trademark Review sat down with Karen Law in Hong Kong to discuss the brands, the float and the ongoing fight against fakes;

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ARTICLE: Addressing infringement in the new 3D environment

As 3D printing goes mainstream, so does the risk of protected works being copied. However, an existing IP right – industrial design – could prove key to fighting infringement;

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ARTICLE: Technology imitates nature – the brave new world of 3D printers

Three-dimensional printing represents a paradigm shift in the traditional manufacturing model. While it offers exciting new opportunities – especially in the field of medicine – it also threatens nearly every aspect of IP protection, including trademarks;

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ARTICLE: Perspectives

Trademark-related quotes, opinions and observations from around the globe;

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ARTICLE: Industry moves and mergers

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ARTICLE: Playing the fame card in the Middle East and Africa

Protection for famous marks in the Middle East and Africa depends to an extent on national laws, but a growing body of case law in this area provides much-needed guidance for rights holders;

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ARTICLE: Mexico: When use is not enough

Uhthoff, Gomez Vega & Uhthoff While there are ways to protect unregistered distinctive signs in Mexico, rights holders would be well advised to ensure that the signs they use are registrable;

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ARTICLE: United Kingdom: The perils and powers of passing off

Locke Lord Passing off can be a useful supplement to registered trademark protection, although the evidential requirements can increase uncertainty and costs;

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ARTICLE: New customs request for assistance regime introduced

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ARTICLE: AdWords in Africa – South African case breaks new ground

South Africa’s position as a leader in regional IP jurisprudence was cemented when a court handed down what is believed to be the first case dealing with Google’s AdWords programme on the continent;

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ARTICLE: How to run an administrative raid in China

While administrative raids are a popular anti-counterfeiting tool, ensuring that they work smoothly and efficiently is another matter. This could well hinge on the rights holder’s relationship with the local administration for industry and commerce;

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ARTICLE: National IP policy talks the talk, but will it ever see the light of day?

A first draft of India’s new national IP rights policy goes a long way towards addressing rights holders’ concerns, with many sensible suggestions. However, it is worryingly vague about the details of implementation;

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DAILY: As enforcement activity rises, Darknet battle ‘rages on’

Numerous developments have occurred on the Darknet in recent months that brand owners and trademark counsel should be aware of.;

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ARTICLE: China remains the pacesetter in global trademark and design applications

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ARTICLE: Canada: The importance of registration

Bereskin & Parr LLP While rights in trademarks and other commercial signs can exist irrespective of registration, registration has many important advantages;

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ARTICLE: Interflora faces fresh call to prove M&S keyword infringement

As the Court of Appeal orders Interflora back to the High Court, there are fresh questions over keyword advertising and what exactly constitutes infringement;

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ARTICLE: Italy: When the non-registered mark is the packaging

Bugnion SpA It is important that companies consider the treatment of packaging as trademarks and designs;

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ARTICLE: Looking ahead – the possible effects of 3D printing on the fashion industry

The fashion industry experienced a sudden jolt when 3D printed pieces first appeared on the runway. This article addresses the likely impact of 3D printing technology on the fashion industry and considers what counsel can do now to prepare;

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ARTICLE: United States: Strong rights without registration

Davis Wright Tremaine By collecting and producing evidence of use and marketplace awareness, a trademark owner can develop strong trademark rights in the United States without the need for federal registration;

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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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South African Federation against Copyright Theft (SAFACT)

"Be Your Own, Buy Your Own" campaign that encourages South African consumers to respect copyright Anti DVD piracy public service announcements (2009; in cooperation with Stepping Stones Pictures, Zoopy and Next Video) featuring Kenneth Nkosi and Rapulana Seiphemo, who co-wrote, star in and co-own the popular South African movie "White Wedding"; Nkosi and Seiphemo make the point that people buying pirated DVDs are effectively stealing from them and harm not only their business but also the local film industry Campaigns: "Fake Fakes" (launched in 2006), involving (...);

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Industrial Property Office of the Slovak republic (INDPROP)

"You don't fake – You don't risk" campaign (2013-) targeted at 10-15 year olds to persuade them not to purchase counterfeited and pirated goods Annual "Open Day" at the IP Office: on the occasion of World Intellectual Property Day (April 26th) the office is open for general public; the most interesting parts of the office are archive, congress hall, search room and the renovated entrance hall for public where you can learn about interesting history of innovation activities in Slovakia and in the world Bi-annual "Ján Bahýľ Award" (Ján Bahýľ - inventor of (...);

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Mobile Manufacturer’s Forum

"Spot a Fake Phone" website, to help consumers spot fake mobile phones and avoid being ripped off;

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Clifton Taulbert's Building Community Institute, Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative (ELI), Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

"Ice House Entrepreneurship Program" (launched in 2010/2011) designed to inspire and engage America's youth (high school and community college students) in the unlimited opportunities that an entrepreneurial mindset can provide; includes: - "Who Owns the Ice House?" book, based on the personal experience of Pulitzer nominee Clifton Taulbert, tells a powerful and compelling story that draws on the entrepreneurial influence and eight essential life-lessons Taulbert gained from his Uncle Cleve, an unlikely entrepreneur in the segregated South - interactive online learning (...);

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UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

"Counterfeit: Don’t buy into organized crime" campaign (2014) to raise awareness about counterfeit goods and transnational organized crime; urges consumers to "look behind" counterfeit goods in a bid to boost understanding of the multi-faceted repercussions of this illicit trade "Transnational organized crime: Let's put them out of business" global awareness-raising campaign (2012), emphasizing the size and cost of counterfeit goods, among other aspects;

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Fight the Fakes

Fight the Fakes is a campaign that aims to raise awareness about the dangers of fake medicines, giving a voice to those who have been personally impacted and shares the stories of those working to put a stop to this threat to public health; objective: to build a global movement of organizations and individuals who will shine light on the negative impact that fake medicines have on people around the globe and to reduce the negative consequences on individuals worldwide;

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