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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: Counterfeits and customs seizures in China: an infographic

China’s customs agency has released a report into its IP enforcement efforts during 2014. The data reveals that the number of detained shipments is growing significantly year-on-year, and underlines the importance of engaging with customs authorities in the world’s biggest exporter. We have studied the figures and created an infographic that presents the key findings.;

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DAILY: Supreme Court of Appeal considers standard for registrations in bad faith

In Etraction v Tyrecor, the Supreme Court of Appeal has examined the issues of vested rights, use in relation to registered goods and use in good faith. Among other things, the court found that Tyrecor had vested rights in the trademark INFINITY in relation to tires, and allowed Tyrecor’s counterclaim for the partial expungement of Etraction’s INFINITY mark.;

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DAILY: Revoked trademark held to have been infringed

In a case involving two LIBERTO trademarks for Class 25 goods, the Barcelona Court of Appeal has found that the plaintiff's trademark should be cancelled for lack of use and that the defendant's trademark was invalid. However, it also found that the plaintiff's revoked trademark had been infringed by the defendant.;

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DAILY: Constitutional Court abolishes Article 7/1-i of Decree Law No 556

The Constitutional Court has abolished Article 7/1-i of Decree-Law No 556 on the ground that it was unconstitutional. Under Article 7/1-i, applications for the registration of well-known trademarks filed without the permission of the true owner were rejected by the TPI ex officio. Following the abolition of Article 7/1-i, the TPI may no longer refuse applications for well-known marks on absolute grounds.;

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DAILY: Use of slogan "The Champagne of Nature" for mineral water held to be unlawful

In Comité Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne v Eden Springs Ltd, the Tel Aviv District Court has held that Eden Springs’ long-term use of the marketing slogan “Water of Eden - The Champagne of Nature” (in Hebrew) for mineral water infringed the Comité Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne’s appellation of origin ‘Champagne’ and amounted to passing off and dilution of goodwill.;

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DAILY: The fact that later sign contains earlier mark in its entirety is indication of similarity

In Infocit 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 marks DIN and DINKOOL. Among other things, the court reiterated 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: Trademark law amended following ban of Communist and Nazi symbols

Following the entry into force of a new law condemning the Communist and Nazi regimes and prohibiting all related symbols and propaganda, several articles of the Law on Protection of Rights to Marks for Goods and Services have been amended. Under the transitional provisions of the new law, rights holders whose trademarks contain Communist and/or Nazi symbols are obliged to bring such trademarks into line with the legislation.;

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DAILY: Funimation’s boundary-setting statement offers positive lesson on trademark engagement

When a trademark owner is perceived to act in a heavy-handed way, any resulting backlash is reported with relish by the mainstream media. However, the reverse rarely gets the coverage it deserves. This week, US production company Funimation directly engaged with the fan art community in a bid to explain how and why it has to police its marks. Its message was broadly welcomed by its target audience, many of whom have become allies in spreading the message.;

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ARTICLE: Community position trademarks – an increasingly difficult position

Although position marks are accepted by the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market, they tend to be refused by the General Court and the European Court of Justice. What strategies can rights holders use to ensure that their signs depart from the norm or customs of the sector?;

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DAILY: Issue 56 of World Trademark Review is now available online

The latest issue of World Trademark Review magazine is now available online to subscribers. In this edition we celebrate best practice in creating, protecting and exploiting trademarks, profiling all of the winning teams and individuals from this year’s WTR Industry Awards.;

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ARTICLE: Managing trademarks in the BEPS environment – the shifting tax landscape

The international tax regime for IP rights is shifting. Multinational companies should revisit their internal ownership and licensing structures to ensure that they meet guidance forthcoming from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development;

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ARTICLE: Not-for-Profit Organisation Team of the Year: Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry FH

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ARTICLE: Household & Consumer Goods Team of the Year: ZWILLING J A Henckels

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ARTICLE: Internet & Telecommunications Team of the Year: Google

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DAILY: Important decisions strengthen protection of GIs

Two decisions - a decision of the Supreme Court of Cassation in a case involving the GI 'Felino' and a decision of the Court of Milan in a case involving the GI 'Emmentaler' - have further strengthened the protection of GIs in Italy. The decisions also highlight the importance of having the right defence strategy, since the respective outcomes largely depended on the claims presented by the parties.;

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ARTICLE: Software & Online Services Team of the Year: Twitter

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ARTICLE: India: Prosecution tips for India  

RNA Intellectual Property Attorneys India is providing a better atmosphere and infrastructure for trademark prosecution, even though it faces significant challenges in this area;

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ARTICLE: Healthcare & Life Sciences Team of the Year: Eli Lilly and Company

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ARTICLE: United States: The importance of registration in a global economy

Davis Wright Tremaine Companies which focus solely on domestic filings may suffer severe consequences if their marks are stolen in countries where products are manufactured or shipped;

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ARTICLE: The right investigative approach

In Southeast Asia’s complex enforcement environment, several different models for trademark and counterfeiting investigations have evolved. For brand owners, choosing one is the first step in a challenging process;

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ARTICLE: Technology & Consumer Electronics Team of the Year: Western Digital

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ARTICLE: Romania: Best practice for Romanian filings

Vilau I Associates Romania is a first to file jurisdiction and brand owners are advised to act quickly – and strategically – to secure their rights;

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ARTICLE: Latin America Team of the Year: National Federation of Coffee Growers of Colombia

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ARTICLE: Canada: Preparing for change

Bereskin & Parr LLP Businesses would be well advised to consider their registration strategies before changes to the Trademarks Act under Bill C-31 are implemented;

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ARTICLE: ‘.brand’ new gTLDs – lessons learned and looking ahead to a second round

As the dust begins to settle on the first round of applications for new generic top-level domains (gTLDs), applicants are taking a long, hard look at what lessons can be learned – especially with regard to ‘.brand’ gTLDs and likely challenges in the second round;

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DAILY: Trademark King coverage tops list of the most-read WTR blogs

Our most-read blog in June focused on the pros and cons of ‘do-it-yourself’ trademark filings, after one commentator warned that an individual who had spent up to $50,000 in trademark filings could find that his applications are “void from the outset”.;

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ARTICLE: United Kingdom: Does it matter if it’s black and white?

Locke Lord The issue of trademarks being registered in black and white and then used in colour has attracted much discussion in recent years – not least due to Specsavers International Healthcare Ltd v Asda Stores Ltd;

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ARTICLE: North America Team of the Year: Phillips 66

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ARTICLE: FTC responds to ICANN over ‘.sucks’ pricing policies

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ARTICLE: China: Creating the right strategy

Kangxin Partners PC A number of strategies can be used to obtain trademark registrations in China smoothly and with a broad scope of protection;

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ARTICLE: Vehicles & Transport Team of the Year: BMW

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ARTICLE: World Trademark Review Industry Awards 2015

On May 5 2015, World Trademark Review announced the winners of its ninth Industry Awards at an exclusive ceremony at the San Diego Natural History Museum;

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ARTICLE: Lifetime Achievement Award: Barbara Kolsun

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ARTICLE: Italy: Creating coexistence in Italy

Bugnion SpA In Italy, there is still much debate as to the nature, scope and validity of coexistence agreements;

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ARTICLE: ECJ decision highlights difficulties facing shape mark applicants

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ARTICLE: Sports, Entertainment & Media Team of the Year: World Wrestling Entertainment

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DAILY: Trademark registration for online shopping services maintained based on use in online fashion blogs

In a recent decision of the Trademarks Opposition Board dealing with a non-use cancellation proceeding, the hearing officer has maintained a registration for a trademark covering online shopping services based on evidence showing the mark appearing in the title and the text of online fashion blogs.;

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ARTICLE: Financial & Professional Services Team of the Year: MasterCard

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ARTICLE: Food, Beverages & Tobacco Team of the Year: PepsiCo

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ARTICLE: UK Supreme Court: mere reputation not sufficient to succeed in passing off

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ARTICLE: Asia-Pacific Team of the Year: Alibaba

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DAILY: CTM held to be invalid due to proprietor's bad faith when filing application

In Silicium España Labaratorios SL v OHIM, the General Court has upheld a decision of the First Board of Appeal of OHIM declaring that the CTM LLRD5 was invalid. Among other things, the court found that one of the intervener’s directors had acted in bad faith when filing, through an intermediary, an application seeking to register the company name of the intervener at a time when he was a co-director and without informing the intervener of his action.;

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ARTICLE: UK Supreme Court rules on threshold for establishing goodwill

The UK Supreme Court has confirmed that the tort of passing off depends on having customers in the UK territory. However, it leaves uncertainty around the ability of some online businesses to protect their brand in the United Kingdom;

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ARTICLE: The view from the counterfeiting front line

Many brand owners regard counterfeiting as an irritant and one that is largely confined to fakes being sold in emerging economies. However, this eyewitness report gives some sense of the scale of the challenge facing brand owners around the world;

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ARTICLE: Supreme Court holds that issue preclusion may apply to TTAB decisions

The Supreme Court has held that issue preclusion may apply to Trademark Trial and Appeal Board decisions. While the decision itself is relatively narrow, it could have a profound effect on how attorneys advise their clients;

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ARTICLE: Industry moves and mergers

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ARTICLE: Travel & Leisure Team of the Year: Expedia

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ARTICLE: African storms: controversy delays new dawn of IP protection

The recent accession of 17 African countries to the Madrid Protocol has proved unexpectedly contentious and cast doubt on the enforceability of some international marks. We speak with the figures involved in the dispute and consider how brand owners can best protect their marks in the continent;

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ARTICLE: SKYPE loses out to SKY

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ARTICLE: In-house Counsel of the Year: Sophie Bodet, GlaxoSmithKline

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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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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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