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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: As EUIPO navigates volatile filing environment, research project aims to measure performance and user sentiment

This month, the EUIPO published its 2016 Annual Report, which noted that demand for European trademarks and designs is expected to be volatile going forward. This comes at a time when the office has experienced a significant and growing workload, and is wrestling with a new financial reality. Against this backdrop, filers are being invited to participate in World Trademark Review’s annual EUIPO user survey.;

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DAILY: Israel Patent Office – 2016 Annual Report

The recently published 2016 Annual Report by the Israeli Patent Office (ILPO) summarises its activities and contributions to the IP environment in Israel. An interesting part of the report is dedicated to actions which aim to improve ILPO efficiency. Such actions include, among others, the transition to online services and investment in human resources.;

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DAILY: Apple and AT&T jostle for top spot as rankings gulf prompts call for new valuation accounting

A new report has revealed that, while Apple ranks as the leading company in terms of intangible value - including brands and trademarks - it drops out of the top 100 entirely when only disclosed intangible value is assessed, with AT&T taking the number one spot. This disparity has led to calls for a “reporting revolution”, in which companies would be required to disclose their opinion of the fair value of key intangible assets. Should this become a reality, it could have a significant impact on trademark practice.;

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DAILY: Fourth Circuit upholds hair-raising decision on likelihood of confusion

The Fourth Circuit has upheld a decision that there was no likelihood of confusion between two competing haircare products displaying 450 on their labels. The court focused its analysis on the strength of the plaintiff’s mark, similarities between the marks, intent and evidence of confusion.;

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DAILY: Numerous ‘offensive’ trademark applications filed following Tam ruling; applicants reveal commercial hopes and exploitation fears

It is a week ago today that the Supreme Court handed down its long-awaited ruling in Matal v Tam, holding that the disparagement clause of the Lanham Act violates the US Constitution. On the day of the ruling, there were at least 11 trademark applications filed that could be deemed disparaging or offensive. We reached out to the applicants of these filings to find out why they have chosen now to make their applications, and how they expect last Monday’s decision to affect them.;

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DAILY: Prohibition of ‘derogatory’ marks held unconstitutional by the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court issued a landmark decision in Matal v Tam, unanimously holding the disparagement clause in the Lanham Act unconstitutional on the ground that it violates the First Amendment. This decision upends over 70 years of practice and will likely have an immediate effect on other pending ‘derogatory’ mark cases.;

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DAILY: Avoiding confusion held to be of most importance

The Chilean Supreme Court recently stated that when deciding trademark cases, the courts must endeavour to avoid any possibility of confusion. This seminal decision confirms that the classification of goods and services and the legislative dispositions are always subordinate to this principle.;

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DAILY: Boots becomes latest company to terminate new gTLD but other ‘.brands’ go full steam ahead

Pharmacy chain Boots has become the latest company to signal an intention to terminate a registry agreement, this time for the ‘.boots’ top-level domain (TLD). While a negative development for the new generic TLD programme, it should not be viewed as an indicator that ‘.brands’ are losing their lustre – on the contrary, the rollout of branded spaces shows no sign of slowing.;

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DAILY: Australian Productivity Commission report on IP arrangements

The Productivity Commission recently published a report on Australia's IP arrangements. The issues dealt with in the trademark section of the report are directed largely to recommendations that the Trademarks Act be amended to reduce, and expedite the removal of, trademarks filed on an intent-to-use basis which have not been used, and to the parallel import of trademarked goods.;

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DAILY: New regulation clarifies procedures under amended Trademark Law

Indonesia recently enacted a regulation as part of the implementation of its new Trademark Law. The simplified procedures and additional clarity that the new regulation has introduced are likely to contribute to smoother and more timely trademark registrations, renewals and assignments for brand owners.;

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DAILY: OAPI adopts 11th edition of the Nice Classification

The Trademarks Registry of the African Intellectual Property Organisation (OAPI) announced recently that all new trademark applications which are filed at the OAPI Registry need to conform to the latest (11th) edition of the Nice Classification system on the registration of trademarks. OAPI has acceded to a number of international treaties aimed at creating a modern and dynamic framework and to harmonise administrative procedures in the registration of titles.;

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DAILY: Most used counterfeit trade routes revealed as pressure on enforcement authorities continues to rise

New research has revealed that counterfeiters are using Hong Kong, the United Arab Emirates and Singapore as their main global trading hubs, importing containers of fake goods which are then sent by post or courier in smaller consignments. While providing useful intelligence for rights holders and enforcement officials, the report also highlights a worrying conundrum facing Customs authorities.;

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DAILY: TTAB clarifies test for deceptiveness in registration context

In a precedential decision in In re Tapco International Corporation, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board recently clarified the test for determining whether a mark is deceptive. The term must be misdescriptive of the character, quality, function, composition or use of the goods, purchasers must be likely to believe that the misdescription actually describes the goods and the misdescription must be likely to affect the purchasing decision of a significant portion of the relevant consumers.;

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DAILY: Oh Canada! New regulations bring welcome changes

The Canadian Trademarks Office has released a first draft of the proposed regulations to support new trademark legislation in Canada. The regulations establish the framework for blending the common regulations under the Madrid Agreement with the Canadian regulations in effort to treat Madrid Protocol applications and domestic applications equally, and reflect a welcome modernisation of Canadian practice to accord with international standards.;

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DAILY: Mere registration of domain name can constitute infringement

The Supreme Court has refused to allow a domain name dispute to be reconsidered by the Economic Panel of the Supreme Court. The case confirms yet again that mere registration of a domain name which is identical to a registered trademark may be found to be trademark infringement, irrespective of whether goods or services were sold under the domain name.;

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DAILY: The search to prove that trademark dilution exists; new study casts “serious doubt” on validity of current evidence

Trademark dilution is an often-used legal concept by rights holders of well-known brands, and has been at the centre of a number of well-publicised court battles. Nonetheless, it is also an elusive concept and a new study – which sought to shine further light on the phenomenon – has concluded that there are “serious doubts” on the validity of all current evidence of its existence.;

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DAILY: “We are the online leader in anti-counterfeiting”: Alibaba’s Jack Ma talks tough as company seeks to woo US SMEs

This week Alibaba is hosting a two-day conference designed to highlight to a range of US-based small and medium-sized enterprises the lucrative business opportunities available in China (and how the e-commerce giant can help them tap into the market). In an on-stage interview, executive chairman Jack Ma took the opportunity to talk up the company’s anti-counterfeiting activities. By making brand protection a central part of its pitch to new customers, the responsibility to provide a truly trusted environment is increasing.;

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DAILY: Court examines the perks of confusion claim

In Venngo Inc v Concierge Connection Inc the Federal Court of Appeal has upheld the decision of the Federal Court that there was no confusion between the PERKOPOLIS mark and Venngo’s suite of perks-related trademarks.;

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DAILY: “Simple and correct” or “tremendous damage to minorities”? Opinion split on Matal v Tam decision

The long-awaited Supreme Court decision in Matal v Tam was handed down yesterday and immediately caused heated debate. Following our coverage of the decision, we approached a number of trademark experts to obtain their analysis of the wider implications and what it practically means.;

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DAILY: Can you register a parody trademark?

The registrant in a recent case registered the trademark FRANCK MIURA in Japanese katakana and Chinese characters with regard to its lookalikes of Franck Muller's well-known luxury watches. However, the design similarities were not at issue in this case. Rather, the case centred on the similarity of, and the likelihood of confusion between, the trademark and three prior FRANCK MULLER marks.;

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DAILY: Confusing similarity and a tale of two drugs

In Kenya, certain trademark issues around prescription-only medicines have been clarified following a registrar of trademarks ruling where the parties were at odds over the likelihood of trademark confusion. This decision attempts to make clear what the registrar would consider to be a confusing similarity of marks in Class 5.;

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DAILY: A violation of the First Amendment: Supreme Court issues long-awaited decision on disparagement clause

The Supreme Court has handed down its long-awaited ruling in Matal v Tam, holding that the disparagement clause of the Lanham Act violates the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment. In a unanimous 8-0 opinion, the court states that “the proudest boast of our free speech jurisprudence is that we protect the freedom to express ‘the thought that we hate’”. In response, the USPTO has confirmed to World Trademark Review that it plans to "issue further guidance" on how it will affect the examination of applications.;

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DAILY: Amazon not liable for infringement by third-party sellers

The Federal Circuit in Milo & Gabby LLC v Amazon.com, Inc has upheld a district court’s decision that Amazon was not liable for infringement by third-party sellers offering knock-off products through Amazon’s online marketplace, even where the third-party sellers use Amazon’s fulfilment services to deliver the product to the ultimate customer.;

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DAILY: "Win the race against trolls": the trademark implications of Trump’s Cuba policy reversal

On Friday, President Trump unveiled his plans to re-adjust the policy of the United States towards Cuba, announced that he was “cancelling the last administration’s completely one-sided deal” with the country. The move has implications for trademark owners, although in many respects overall strategies shouldn’t change – not least when companies are faced with third parties seeking to register their brands.;

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DAILY: The concept of ‘bad faith’

The EU General Court has held that, pursuant to the EU Trademark Regulation, an EU trademark must be declared invalid if the registration has been filed in bad faith. The concept of ‘bad faith’, which is not defined, delimited nor described in any way by the legislation, must be determined by taking account of all the relevant factors specific to the particular case.;

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DAILY: Hand gesture trademark application likely "publicity stunt" by Gene Simmons, but practitioners should engage to quell IP backlash

As news articles around the world have reported, Gene Simmons, frontman of rock band KISS, has filed a trademark application for the so-called ‘devil horns’ hand gesture. The news has caused outrage towards both Simmons and the concept of trademark law itself, although some point out that it is likely just a publicity stunt. Nonetheless, faced with yet another IP backlash online, trademark community members should proactively engage in the discussion and quell misperceptions about the law.;

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DAILY: GOOGLE trademark has not become generic

The Ninth Circuit upheld a district court’s decision not to cancel the GOOGLE trademark, rejecting a claim that it had become generic. The court held that in order to prove genericide, a claimant must present evidence that the public has no specific brand in mind when using the trademark term to identify a product. The ruling arguably makes it more difficult to prove that a mark is generic.;

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DAILY: ECJ widens scope for forum shopping in Hummel Holding v Nike

The European Court of Justice has provided two broad requirements to satisfy the notion of ‘establishment’ under Article 97(1) of the Trademark Regulation. This ensures that most disputes involving EU trademarks – no matter whether the defendant has its seat in the European Union – fall under the remit of EU trademark courts and their ability to grant EU-wide injunctions.;

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DAILY: Extension ‘.vip’ becomes important

The extension ‘.vip’ was recently opened up to general availability. Since then, the extension has quickly become one of the most popular of all the new generic top-level domains. Minds + Machines Group announced that it had received orders for 200,000 additional ‘.vip’ domain names, accounting for the recent substantial increase in the number of ‘.vip’ domain names registered.;

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DAILY: African countries on the rise in Global Innovation Index; China remains outside the top 20

The Global Innovation Index 2017 has revealed the world’s most innovative countries. While the top 10 is comprised of the same jurisdictions as last year, high innovation performance among Sub-Saharan African countries, relative to development, is a notable trend. However, given the report's wide scope, the specific trademark lessons are limited.;

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EVENT: Managing Trademark Assets 2017

Now in its 3rd year, Managing Trademark Assets will provide attendees with practical strategies for effectively managing international portfolios despite budgetary constraints. Attendees will hear senior counsel from a range of industries discuss their successes and failures, and share critical insights. ;

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DAILY: Manchester United crowned champions of trademark Premier League; expert warns football clubs “missing huge opportunities” to capitalise on brands

New research conducted by World Trademark Review reveals that, for the second year in a row, Manchester United has the most registered trademarks of any club in the English Premier League – although champions Chelsea are not far behind. However, one leading industry commentator has warned that most clubs do not make effective use of their lucrative brand assets.;

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DAILY: Fighting the robots: could brand backlash provide an opportunity for counsel battling online infringement?

Research from the Chief Marketing Officer Council has found that almost half of consumers would rethink purchasing from brands that place adverts alongside offensive or objectionable content. While the report did not explore the effect of advertising on IP infringing sites, it does provide an opportunity to engage in discussions around the use of programmatic advertising technologies.;

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DAILY: Expanded protection for geographical indications

The Canadian government recently passed Bill C-30. The new legislation introduces a number of amendments to the Trademarks Act related to the protection of geographical indications in order to fulfil obligations under the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement.;

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DAILY: High Court rules on scope of protection for reputed marks

The Danish Maritime and Commercial High Court has upheld an appeal board ruling on the scope of protection for the reputed trademark ECCO. It stated that the use of registered trademarks by a non-competing commercial foundation would not result in the unfair advantage of, or be detrimental to, the mark's repute.;

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DAILY: Carlsberg bottle design not so novel

The Delhi High Court has recently ruled in a case brought by Carlsberg Breweries A/S against Som Distilleries and Breweries alleging design and trademark infringement, and passing off. The court held that Carlsberg’s bottle by itself was not new or novel and was like any other bottle existing in the prior art.;

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DAILY: As the trademark budget squeeze continues, get the inside track on maximising efficiencies and protection levels

World Trademark Review is pleased to announce the third annual Managing Trademark Assets. Held in Chicago on October 17, the event will drill down into the cost-effective management and communication of international portfolios. The focus comes against a backdrop of continued budget cuts for many corporate trademark counsel.;

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DAILY: INSTASITE held too descriptive for EU trademark registration

The EU General Court has upheld a decision by the EU Intellectual Property Office Board of Appeal not to register INSTASITE in Classes 9 and 36 on the grounds that the mark applied for was descriptive of the goods and services covered, and devoid of any distinctive character.;

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DAILY: Slang variation of word is not sufficient to dispel confusion

A recent Trademark Trial and Appeal Board decision found that use of slang in the mark PA’DENTRO for tequila was not sufficient to distinguish it from the registered mark ADENTRO for wines. Instead, it found a likelihood of confusion on the grounds that both goods’ consumers would comprise connoisseurs and average consumers alike.;

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DAILY: Nestlé loses latest appeal in Kit Kat 3D trademark battle

Nestlé has been dealt another blow in its ongoing battle to register the shape of its Kit Kat chocolate bar as a UK trademark. The Court of Appeal has recently dismissed Nestlé’s appeal which sought to overturn an earlier High Court finding that Nestlé’s three-dimensional Kit Kat shape trademark had not acquired distinctive character.;

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DAILY: As Sharp and Hisense square off in trademark tussle, brand reputation takes centre stage

Sharp Corporation has initiated an unfair competition lawsuit against Chinese brand licensee Hisense, which produces and markets Sharp branded televisions in the Americas. A rare instance of a brand – rather than patents – taking centre stage in a tussle between tech giants, the dispute also highlights the delicate balancing act that must be walked when initiating an action that could harm brand reputation.;

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DAILY: ‘Drop-catching’ defence tested in South African domain name complaint

The practice of drop catching in the South African domain name space (‘.co.za’) was considered for the first time in a dispute concerning the domain name ‘darling.co.za’. The adjudicator ruled that the domain name registration abused the complainant’s rights. Where the domain name in dispute is identical to the complaint’s trademark, the onus is on the registrant to prove that the domain name is not abusive.;

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DAILY: After shock UK election result, possible shift in Brexit approach could have significant impact on trademarks

After last night’s unexpected results in the UK general election, which returned a hung parliament, the uncertain direction of the Brexit negotiations has become a hot political talking point across the continent. While positions will no doubt be carved out in the coming weeks, the likely knock-on effect for the trademark world is less clear than ever before.;

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DAILY: MÄNNERSPIELPLATZ mark cancelled due to descriptive and distinctive character

In a judgment of May 11 2017, the EU General Court cancelled the MÄNNERSPIELPLATZ mark due to its descriptive and distinctive character. It held that it is prohibited to register descriptive signs which are of general interest and would prevent the use of those words by competitors.;

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DAILY: Knife handles held not to be trademarks

In the latest case concerning the registrability of knife handles as trademarks, the European Court of Justice has upheld the EU General Court decision that such marks were invalid as they were technical in nature.;

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DAILY: Going it alone: Cayman Islands to create local trademark registry, further calls to join Paris Convention

The new Cayman Islands trademarks law will be implemented on August 1, transforming how international brand owners attain protection in the Caribbean jurisdiction. Previously, a UK or EUIPO registration was required to attain trademark rights on the island, but this practice will end, with only national applications filed by local agents being accepted. However, there are claims the changes don’t go far enough, with one commentator calling for the country to join the Paris Convention.;

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DAILY: MillerCoors hops to victory using effective disclaimers

In Nelson v MillerCoors LLC the court found that images of a kangaroo and a constellation, and an allusion to Foster’s Beer’s historic roots in Australia were not deceptive and no reasonable consumer would be deceived into believing that the beer sold in the United States was brewed in Australia.;

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DAILY: The colourless globe

A recent decision of the EU General Court regarding the signs GLOBO MEDIA and TV GLOBO PORTUGAL illustrates the importance of differences between a sign as registered and as actually used in trade.;

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DAILY: After USPTO director's surprise resignation, the trademark credentials of her successor need to be considered

In a surprise move, Michelle Lee, director of the US Patent and Trademark Office, has resigned after four years in the role. The discussion over her replacement will no doubt focus on the patent background of potential candidates. However, it is important that trademarks are not lost in the mix.;

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DAILY: Chanel DOUBLE C mark is well known under Andean Community Decision 486

The Peruvian Trademark Office (PTO) has recognised Chanel’s DOUBLE C trademark as well known in Peru under Article 224 of Andean Decision 486. The decision shows that a well-known trademark in any Andean Community country will be recognised as well known in all member countries.;

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Amicus Legum

IP awareness initiative: aims to raise awareness about IP and IP rights with focus on trademarks, copyright and patents, via capacity building and training initiative in schools; highlighting the dangers of buying and using counterfeit goods such as make-up, perfume, software, and consumables Educational resources: a toolkit to help the public understand the importance of protecting and respecting IP and helping them learn about the commercial benefits of IP; developing teaching resources for training of teachers and developing an IP guide for students, aimed at middle and high school (...);

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Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO)

Intellectual property (IP) simulation game in which players are given the opportunity to choose between two entrepreneurs' scenarios and work to explore what types of IP they should protect;

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CopyrightUser.org

CopyrightUser.org is an independent online resource aimed at making UK Copyright Law accessible to creators, media professionals, entrepreneurs, students, and members of the public; goal: to provide answers to the most pressing concerns creators have about copyright, helping them understand their rights;

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Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU)

"Wake up - don’t fake up!" campaign (2015): highlights the dangers of buying and using counterfeit goods such as make-up, perfume, electrical hair stylers and sun-cream;

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Internet Keep Safe Coalition (iKeepSafe)

"Copyright & Creativity for Ethical Digital Citizens" curriculum (2015); includes lesson plans, videos, activities, and handouts designed to inspire creativity and help students make conscious choices about sharing their own creative work while understanding the value of respecting the rights of other creators;

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Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO)

IP Video Contest: challenges young adults to make a short video explaining the importance of the patent system;

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NAMAN India (National Association for Mega Awareness and Nomocracy in India)

Intellectual Property (IP) Awareness initiative: aims to raise awareness about IP and IP rights with focus on patents, and change the perception that it is difficult and inconsequential for individuals to obtain patents;

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WhoIsHostingThis.com

Guides for students: Ultimate Guide to Copyright for Students; The Ultimate DMCA Guide for Students; A Plagiarism Guide for Students.;

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State Agency on Intellectual Property (AGEPI), Ministry of Education of the Republic of Moldova (ME), Directorate General for Education, Youth and Sports (DGEYS)

National Pupil Awareness Campaign on Counterfeiting and Piracy (2014); objective: to inform pupils about counterfeiting and piracy, explaining the risks involved;

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Into Film, Industry Trust for IP Awareness

"Creating Movie Magic" program (2014); objective: to explain the importance of copyright to young people, encourage a respect for the film-making process, and debate about the value of intellectual property;

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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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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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Finančná správa, World Health Organization (WHO), Slovak Chamber of Pharmacists, Industrial Property Office of the Slovak Republic

"Falosne lieky" information campaign to highlight the problem of fake medicines; objective: to raise public awareness about the dangers of counterfeit medicines as well as the risks of buying them through the Internet;

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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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3D Chile Comunicaciones

"#ImaginaciónSinMiedos" (Imagination without fear) campaign to promote respect for creativity;

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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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