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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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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: CDRP panel rules that personal names can be trade names

Two related decisions of a panel under the CIRA CDRP have considered the extent to which an individual’s name can serve as a basis for a successful complaint. On balance, the decision appears incorrect on the letter of the CDRP and may open the doors to individuals asserting rights to their names under the CDRP.;

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DAILY: Lawyers react to Commission recommendations on groundless threats reform

The Law Commission has published its proposals for reform of the groundless threats regime, a move which one practitioner feels will help further encourage a ‘negotiate first, sue later’ approach in UK trademark disputes.;

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DAILY: ASOS mark remains valid - but court limits its specification

In Maier v ASOS plc, the High Court has rejected a challenge to the mark ASOS, brought by a Swiss company that sells high-end cycling gear under the CTM ASSOS. The court found no real risk of confusion and held that the ASOS mark, owned by online fashion store ASOS, would not take undue advantage of, or be detrimental to, the distinctive character and repute of the CTM. However, the court limited the specification of the ASOS mark to exclude the types of goods sold by the Swiss company.;

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DAILY: Court considers unauthorised use of mark for app icon in iTunes store

In OJSC RZD v Apple Inc, the Moscow City Commercial Court has considered the unauthorised use of a mark in the logo of an app in an online app store. The court indicated indirectly that it was the developer of the app that should have been named as defendant, rather than Apple. The case shows that carefully drafted licence agreements with developers will help avoid unnecessary disputes between domain name administrators and trademark holders.;

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DAILY: General Court: OHIM decision vitiated by failure to state reasons

In Intesa Sanpaolo SpA v OHIM, the General Court has annulled a decision of the First Board of Appeal of OHIM, finding that it was vitiated by a failure to state the reasons identifying the services for which the mark on which the opposition was based had been registered and for which genuine use had been proven.;

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DAILY: When two become one – the complications of joint mark ownership

DC Comics and Marvel were in the news this week after a British author complained over a notice opposing the use of ‘Superhero’ in the title of his advice book "Business Zero to Superhero". In many respects this is a straight trademark dispute, but it does have an interesting dimension, the joint ownership of trademarks.;

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DAILY: IP High Court lacks HEART in cancelling mark under Article 51(1)

The IP High Court has upheld a decision of the Japan Patent Office cancelling the mark NURSE®/HEART/NURSE HEART for goods in Class 16. The court ruled that the trademark owner's subsequent use of HEART and HEART®, which were similar to the petitioner's HEART NURSING marks, intended to cause confusion with the petitioner's goods. This is one of the few cases in which a mark has been cancelled under Article 51(1) of the Trademark Law.;

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DAILY: Federal Court confirms protection for colour trademarks

In Rothmans Benson & Hedges Inc v Imperial Tobacco Products Limited, the Federal Court has reinforced the principle that a single colour as applied to the surface of a consumer product is capable of being registered as a trademark. The decision relates to two applications filed by Imperial Tobacco Products Limited for the colour orange applied to cigarette packages in 2D and 3D forms.;

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DAILY: Advocate general issues fashion-forward opinion on unregistered designs

Advocate General Wathelet has issued his opinion in Karen Millen Fashions Ltd v Dunnes Stores, following a request for a preliminary ruling from the Supreme Court of Ireland. The opinion is likely to be welcomed by rights holders in this often neglected area, particularly as it clarifies that a combination of existing design elements can be protectable, and clears up the issue of the burden of proving individual character.;

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DAILY: Trademark removed from register due to owner's "unethical" behaviour

In Reynolds Presto Products Inc v PRS Mediterranean Limited, the High Court has ordered that the trademark GEOWEB be removed from the Register of Trademarks under Section 24(1) of the Trademarks Act. Among other things, the court held that bad faith in relation to claims to proprietorship and trademark registration need not necessarily involve a breach of a legal obligation; it is sufficient that the court is of the view that the conduct is unethical.;

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DAILY: '.uk' to launch in June

Nominet, the registry responsible for ‘.uk’ domain names, has announced that registration of domain names directly under the ‘.uk’ TLD will be possible from June 10 2014. For many of the registrants of third-level domain names under the existing extensions run by Nominet, the latter will automatically reserve the shorter ‘.uk’ equivalent for free until June 10 2019.;

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DAILY: Quebec Superior Court sides with brands on treatment of trademarks

The Quebec Superior Court has ruled in Magasins Best Buy Ltée v Office Québécois de la langue française, a case that centres on whether stores with non-French commercial signs must additionally display generic terms describing the store’s product or service offering in French.;

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DAILY: Relevant public will note difference between first letters of marks

In Oracle America Inc v OHIM, the General Court has upheld a decision of the Second Board of Appeal of OHIM finding that there was no likelihood of confusion between the marks AAVA MOBILE and JAVA. Among other things, the court held that, visually, the resemblances resulting from the presence of the common letters ‘ava’ were completely offset by the significant differences between the signs.;

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DAILY: Mark holders should send cease and desist letters before filing UDRP complaint

An Israeli cosmetics and skincare company has failed to obtain the transfer of a domain name incorporating its trademark under the UDRP. The case highlights the need to check whether the respondent has any commercial relationship with the complainant, as well as the need for trademark holders to send cease and desist letters to registrants of domain names using their marks before filing a UDRP complaint.;

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DAILY: Federal Supreme Court provides guidance on acquired distinctiveness in TEST case

The Federal Supreme Court has reversed a decision of the Federal Patent Court finding that the mark TEST had acquired secondary meaning for magazines and related publishing services. Although the Federal Supreme Court held that a degree of awareness of 43% among the public was not sufficient to find that the mark had acquired distinctiveness, it was not prepared to state a fixed percentage for acquired distinctiveness.;

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DAILY: Mega Brands responds to criticism over Call of Duty licence agreement

Canadian toy maker Mega Brands' licensing deal with Activision, the video games publisher behind the widely successful game series Call of Duty, has come under fire from advocacy groups and politicians amid concerns that the partnership exposes children to adult content. The company has hit back at the criticism, but the debate highlights some of the issues that can arise when licence strategies become reality.;

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DAILY: Latest EURid report shows impressive renewal rate for ‘.eu’ domain names

EURid, the registry for the ‘.eu’ TLD, has published its latest progress report, which contains positive results for the registration and renewal of ‘.eu’ domain names during Q4 2013. The report shows that the number of ‘.eu’ domain names registered during Q4 2013 increased by 9,502 domains, and that approximately 80% of ‘.eu’ domain names were renewed in 2013.;

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DAILY: Non-direct competitors may sue under Lanham Act; doctrine of prudential standing eliminated

In Lexmark International Inc v Static Control Components Inc, the Supreme Court has held that the right to bring false advertising claims under the Lanham Act is not limited to direct competitors. The court swept away the different standards for Lanham Act prudential standing previously applied by the courts of appeals, and expressly discarded the amorphous concept of prudential standing in all federal statutory cases.;

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DAILY: Registrar allows cross-examination of witness in cancellation proceedings

In PT Eigerindo Multi Produk Industri v Sports Connection Pte Ltd, the registrar has deviated from the default rule and allowed an application for cross-examination of the applicant's witness in cancellation proceedings. The registrar held that, in view of the serious nature of the applicant’s bad-faith claim, the prejudice to the mark owner justified the exercise of her discretion to allow the cross-examination of the applicant’s deponent.;

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DAILY: No injunction against use of 'Soho' for commercial centre despite SOHO mark for design stores

In Collection Soho Limited Partnership v Electra Real Estate Ltd, the Tel Aviv District Court has refused to enjoin a building developer from using the name Soho for a commercial centre at the request of the registered owner of the SOHO mark for a chain of home design stores. Among other things, the court held that the name Soho had a "universal flavour" and should not be easy to monopolise. Nevertheless, the court restricted the developer's use of the name.;

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DAILY: Cologne Appeal Court considers scope of protection of chocolate bars’ trade dress

The Cologne Appeal Court has issued its decision in a case brought by Mars Inc against Turkish chocolate maker Sölen AS concerning Mars’ Snickers and Bounty chocolate bars. While the court dismissed Mars’ claims that the defendant had copied the Bounty packaging and infringed its 3D mark for the Bounty chocolate bar, it granted Mars’ claim that the defendant had imitated the Snickers packaging.;

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DAILY: Deutsche Bank fails to obtain trademark protection for slogans

In Deutsche Bank AG v OHIM, the General Court has upheld decisions of the Fourth Board of Appeal of OHIM in which the latter had found that Deutsche Bank's slogans 'Leistung aus Leidenschaft' and 'Passion to Perform' lacked distinctiveness. Among other things, the court held that the relevant public's level of attention varies according to the type of goods or services, but is generally low with regard to advertising and promotional slogans.;

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DAILY: Problem of brands funding illicit websites persists

The UK’s Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) has launched its Infringing Website List (IWL), which is designed to provide the digital advertising sector with an up-to-date list of copyright infringing sites that they should avoid placing advertising on. The initiative follows other recent efforts to disrupt advertising on websites that infringe copyright and trademark rights, and trademark counsel have a critical role to play in such initiatives.;

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DAILY: Public Interest Registry report shows continued growth for '.org' registrations

Public Interest Registry, the not-for-profit operator of the ‘.org’ gTLD, has published its bi-annual report for the second half of 2013, which shows steady growth throughout 2013 for ‘.org’ registrations. The report revealed that there were 206,542 new ‘.org’ domain names registered during 2013, representing a rise of 2.6%.;

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DAILY: Community Trademark Court of Appeal finds infringement of 'Armani eagle'

The Community Trademark Court of Appeal has upheld a decision of the Alicante Commercial Court Number 2 in which the latter had found that there was a likelihood of confusion between a Spanish figurative mark and the ‘Armani eagle’. Among other things, the Court of Appeal dismissed the argument that a final and binding decision on the matter had already been issued by the Madrid Criminal Court of Appeal.;

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DAILY: Government introduces extensive amendments to Trademarks Act

The government has introduced Bill C-31, the Economic Action Plan 2014 Act, No 1, which includes significant amendments to the Trademarks Act. The new provisions are in part designed to put Canada in a position to adhere to major international trademark treaties. However, the changes go beyond the requirements of the treaties and amount to the most extensive amendments to Canadian trademark law and practice since the enactment of the Trademarks Act in 1953.;

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DAILY: Battle heats up over wine gTLD GI protections

This week the battle for protection for geographical indications in the ‘.wine’ and ‘.vin’ strings heated up, with the European Federation of Origin Wines threatening an ongoing campaign should the strings be delegated without mechanisms in place.;

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DAILY: ECJ: General Court infringed principle that parties should be heard

In Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market v National Lottery Commission, the ECJ has set aside a decision of the General Court, finding that the latter had infringed the principle that the parties should be heard. According to the ECJ, the parties were not put in a position to submit their observations on a 2007 judgment of the Italian Supreme Court of Cassation, which was crucial to the General Court’s line of reasoning.;

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DAILY: Heineken obtains cancellation of RADLER mark for non-use

Heineken Slovensko, which is part of the Heineken Group, has obtained the cancellation of the trademark RADLER, registered for goods in Class 32, on the grounds of non-use. The Intellectual Property Court decision to cancel the mark is remarkable in that the court ignored a 2012 decision of the Chamber of Patent Disputes of the Patent and Trademark Office, which had found that RADLER had been in use between 2010 and 2012.;

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DAILY: New domain names regulations aim to bolster fight against cybersquatters

The registry for ‘.ar’ domain names, NIC Argentina, has been introducing changes to the way in which ‘.ar’ domain names are registered, handled and renewed. The aim is to optimise the operation of ‘.ar’ domain names and to fight cybersquatting. Among other things, NIC Argentina will now charge an official fee of between $20 and $30 for registrations, renewals, assignments and disputes. In contrast to many other countries, the registration or renewal of domains names used to be free in Argentina.;

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DAILY: Court considers relationship between national copyright law and national and/or EU design law

In a case involving the design for the ‘Birthday Train’, the Federal Supreme Court has considered the relationship between national copyright law and national and/or EU design law. The court had to decide whether the designer and author of the ‘Birthday Train’ could claim rights under German copyright law.;

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DAILY: Large department store ordered to cease using trademark similar to previous supplier's mark

The Superior Tribunal of Justice has issued its decision in a case involving a large Brazilian department store, Lojas Renner, and a former supplier, Cortex. Cortex, which used to supply Lojas Renner with goods bearing the mark CORPELLE, filed suit against the store when the latter started selling goods under the mark CORTELLE. Among other things, the court held that Lojas Renner’s actions amounted to bad faith and unfair competition.;

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DAILY: UDRP decision highlights importance of providing sufficient evidence for panel to examine

IndiaMART InterMESH Limited has obtained the transfer of the domain name ‘infoindiamart.com’ under the UDRP. The decision highlights several essential UDRP principles and rules, and underlines the importance of providing sufficient evidence for the panel to examine.;

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DAILY: Coty-Alibaba dispute keeps host liability on the trademark legal agenda

Following Alibaba’s recent call for increased brand owner co-operation, World Trademark Review has been contacted by one trademark practitioner who has expressed frustration with the prevalence of counterfeit products on the site and argues that the e-commerce giant should be under certain obligations to filter out fake goods.;

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DAILY: Domain name may constitute prior right - provided that it is actually in use

The Paris Tribunal of First Instance has held that, while a domain name could constitute a prior right which could be opposed to a future trademark application, the domain name in question must actually be used and not merely registered. This confirms prior, although scarce, decisions from French courts.;

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DAILY: Trademark legislation to be amended

Montenegro has drafted amendments to its trademark law in order to bring it into line with the EU trademark legislation. Among other things, the new law permits the cancellation of trademarks that have become generic, as well as of trademarks that are likely to cause confusion with existing marks. It is expected that the amendments will be adopted in the near future.;

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DAILY: Federal Supreme Court follows Interflora in keyword case

The Federal Supreme Court has considered once again the issue of whether the purchasers of keywords via Google’s AdWords programme can be held liable for trademark infringement. The court issued a decision which appears to be a change in jurisprudence - but only at first sight.;

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DAILY: Canadian counsel divided over new trademark regime proposals

While proposals to switch the statutory spelling of ‘trade-mark’ to ‘trademark’ have been welcomed, other aspects of Canada’s new trademark bill are proving more divisive.;

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DAILY: Applause can come with a big price tag

Paying tribute to celebrity can sometimes be an expensive proposition. A Chicago grocery store chain has found this out the hard way in Jordan v Jewel Food Stores Inc, in which the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit held that an advert congratulating Michael Jordan on his induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame was commercial speech.;

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DAILY: Federal Court: well-known geographic locations are inherently weak

In London Drugs Limited v International Clothiers Inc, the Federal Court has emphasised that well-known geographic locations are inherently weak and deserve a narrow scope of protection, even when used in association with goods and services that have no pre-existing connection to that geographic designation.;

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DAILY: Prepare for the non-traditional mark take-off

While there remain significant obstacles to overcome before registering non-traditional trademarks, given recent legal and technological developments one practitioner suggests that we could soon see non-traditional marks become mainstream marketing tools on both sides of the Atlantic.;

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DAILY: Hotel industry giant succeeds in revocation action for non-use

A globally known brand of hotels and resorts has succeeded in revocation proceedings for non-use against a Bulgarian hospitality company. The Patent Office found that the evidence submitted by the Bulgarian company showed its intent to use the trademarks, but did not prove that the marks had been put to genuine use.;

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DAILY: Supreme Court of Appeal: no passing off in STAR case

In Pioneer Foods v Bothaville Milling, the Supreme Court of Appeal has held that Pioneer Foods had failed to prove that Bothaville Milling was passing off its STAR super maize meal as Pioneer’s WHITE STAR super maize meal by selling it in a get-up deceptively or confusingly similar to that of Pioneer’s product. The court stated that, in assessing the likelihood of confusion, account should be taken of the value of the goods in question and the class of customers who buy the goods.;

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DAILY: Top 10 trademark stories for March

Analysing the read statistics for March, when it comes to the trademark news reported on the WTR blog it is easy to crown the King, with our analysis of the trademark strategy related to online game Candy Crush Saga boasting the highest number of reads. Elsewhere developments in the online world featured prominently on the top 10 list.;

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DAILY: Use of 'V-KOOL' as mark, domain name and company name held to constitute infringement

The Intellectual Property Court has rendered a decision in favour of plaintiff Solutia Singapore Pte Ltd, the owner of the famous V-KOOL mark for window film, in a trademark infringement case involving the use of the term 'V-KOOL' as a trademark, domain name and company name.;

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DAILY: Top 10 legal updates for March

Topping the list of most-read WTR Premium Updates in March was analysis of a Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) decision which considered the issue of the revocation of a trademark due to inactivity of the proprietor.;

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DAILY: NTIA to bow out of DNS oversight role

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration, the US-based guardian of the DNS, has issued a press release announcing its "intent to transition key internet domain name functions to the global multistakeholder community". The release also states that the organisation “look[s] forward to ICANN convening stakeholders across the global internet community to craft an appropriate transition plan".;

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DAILY: Court dismisses infringement action and rebukes plaintiff for following wrong procedure

The County Court of Harju has dismissed an action by ABC Kliima OÜ alleging that use of the figurative mark KODUKLIIMA by Kodukliima Grupp OÜ infringed its exclusive rights in the figurative mark ABC KODUKLIIMA SALONG. The court held that, before filing a court action, ABC Kliima should have followed the pre-court procedure at the Board of Appeal.;

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DAILY: Name of famous writer not registrable as trademark for writing instruments

The Federal Patent Court has reversed a decision of the Patent and Trademark Office and ordered the cancellation of the word mark MARK TWAIN for writing instruments. Among other things, the court held that, if the public perceives a mark as a dedication to a famous personality, then it does not function as an indication of origin.;

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DAILY: Trademark owners: watch out for upcoming TRAB Rules

China is speeding up the preparations necessary for the entry into force of the newly amended Trademark Law. The SAIC has recently closed the public comment period for its proposed changes to the TRAB Rules, which govern the procedural and evidentiary aspects of the TRAB proceedings. Mark owners are advised to review the implications of the new TRAB Rules closely and decide on possible adjustments to current trademark strategies.;

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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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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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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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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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UK Intellectual Property Office (UK-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 4-7, 8-11 and 12-16 age groups Spokescharacters: Wallace & Gromit Learning resources: activity packs, innovation packs, "My IP" booklet Creative competitions: annual "Cracking Ideas" competition Interactive games, challenges and lesson plans: Sprocket Rocket (Help Wallace & Gromit collect cogs to fix their ship and fly to the moon! You'll need creative skills and some (...);

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International Trademark Association (INTA)

"Unreal" campaign (2012/2013), an integrated awareness initiative which aims to educate teens about the value of trademarks and the negative effects of counterfeiting;

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Jamaica Intellectual Property Office (JIPO)

Authentic Jamaica Design Competition (2013): promotes the craft industry by highlighting distinguishing features of Authentic Jamaica Seminars for the local business community: "Intellectual Property for SMEs - Effective Business Strategies" Downloadable, ready to use forms for IP registration Detailed trademark, copyright, patent, design and geographical indication information;

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Recognition and Mentoring Program Institut Pertanian Bogor (RAMP IPB), Yayasan Inovasi Teknologi Indonesia (INOTEK)

"Recognition and Mentoring Program" (RAMP - Indonesia) launched in 2006 with the support of the of The Lemelson Foundation Student Technopreneurship Program;

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Federation Against Software Theft (FAST), Investors in Software (IiS)

"Stay Legal" viral campaign (2013) directed at senior management within large corporations, as well as small to medium sized business owners, who have the legal responsibility to monitor and manage software estates to ensure compliance; message: "Get control for the sake of your business" Website: educational resources (guidance section, glossary, FAQs), e-Newsletter, "report piracy" feature Free seminars and workshops;

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HIP Alliance (Singapore)

Flagship public outreach initiative based on a collaborative effort between the consumers, the private and the public sectors; aims to develop an IP-savvy nation by raising public awareness and respect for IP with the support of like-minded partners IP Expedition (2013-2014): 30-minute interactive skit on copyright for schools/primary school students;

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IP Australia

"Innovation for Schools": activity-based learning modules suitable for students in upper primary and lower secondary grades; each learning unit has been designed to help boost creativity and innovation among young Australians and encourage the exploration of intellectual property concepts in the classroom Exhibition: "Wallace & Gromit’s World of Invention" (2012/2013, at Powerhouse Museum): showcases innovation and creativity in everyday life, and highlights the important link between invention and protection for IP;

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IP Australia

Guides: "Fashion Rules" handbook, "Protect Your Creative", "Make Your Mark" "IP for Designers" website "Design Centenary" year (2007) celebrating the registered design by hosting some important events to mark this milestone; website includes success stories, videos, fact sheets;

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National Board of Patents and Registration of Finland (NBPR)

Exhibitions a the NBPR exhibition rooms ("Innogallery"), including the "120 years of trademark protection in Finland" exhibition (2009), the "Dynamite, or Nobel's powder" exhibition (2008), "The sketch is a designer’s tool" car designs exhibition (2008), the "Beware the Pirate!" exhibition (2007), and an exhibition presenting famous Finnish inventor Tuomas Vohlonen and his patents (2006);

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Enterprise Estonia (EAS)

Industrial property training courses mainly for entrepreneurs, to raise intellectual property (IP) awareness and skills "SPINNO Programme" aiming to support the establishment of IP commercialisation tools in R&D and higher education organisations;

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Austria Wirtschaftsservice (AWS)

"Innovation Protection Programme" ("Innovationsschutzprogramm"): offers support and assistance to Austrian small and medium-sized businesses in protecting their intellectual property rights (IPR) in Asian emerging markets, especially China (by raising IPR awareness, helping with IP audits/registration/enforcement); also includes the "patent credit action" ("Patentkreditaktion") consisting of grants for patent applications, and bank guarantees for loans taken out to finance patent applications;

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New Zealand Post

"Clever Kiwis" postal stamps and first day covers featuring drawings from New Zealand patent specifications;

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Television New Zealand (TVNZ)

"Let's Get Inventing" reality TV show helping young inventors build their idea from concept to reality;

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Community Research and Development Information Service (CORDIS), European Commission

European research project "COUNTER"; objectives: to collect data, generate knowledge and disseminate findings on the European landscape for the consumption of counterfeit consumer goods;

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