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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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ARTICLE: Mexico: Strategies beyond registration

Uhthoff, Gomez Vega & Uhthoff For those who have fallen victim to cybersquatting, there are options available to recover the desired domain name.;

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ARTICLE: Indonesia considers alcohol plain packaging move

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ARTICLE: The Enforcement Database: an overview

The Enforcement Database is designed to provide a secure channel for businesses to exchange information with enforcement officials.;

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ARTICLE: Doing battle on and off the pitch

A review of IP disputes in Brazil during the FIFA World Cup and the lessons learnt.;

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ARTICLE: European Commission adopts ‘follow the money’ approach to enforcement of IP rights

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ARTICLE: ECJ considers genuine use requirements for everyday consumer goods

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DAILY: Mark owner forfeits rights in domain name by waiting eight years to file complaint

A WIPO panellist has refused to order the transfer of the domain name 'ergoline-service.ch' to JK-Holding, the owner of the ERGOLINE mark. Among other things, the panellist held that JK-Holding had forfeited its rights, if any, by waiting for eight years to file the complaint after becoming aware of the allegedly infringing use.;

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ARTICLE: The first years of Brazil’s SACI-Adm

SACI-Adm, the administrative proceeding for the resolution of conflicts involving ‘.br’ domain names, has seen increasing levels of use since its launch in 2010, suggesting that it can provide swift and efficient solutions to IP infringements.;

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ARTICLE: China: The electronic trademark

Kangxin Partners PC The view that domain names effectively function as ‘electronic trademarks’ is becoming increasingly prevalent, but in some respects infringement of domains can be more harmful.;

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ARTICLE: Poland: The case for specialised arbitration

Patpol Arbitration proceedings can be an attractive way of resolving domain name disputes.;

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ARTICLE: Canada: Navigating the Canadian domain name landscape

Bereskin & Parr LLP Non-Canadian entities operating in or planning to enter the Canadian market would be well advised to consider acquiring a ‘.ca’ domain name sooner rather than later.;

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ARTICLE: Italy: One way or another

Bugnion SpA Multiple avenues are available to rights holders to protect their brands online.;

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DAILY: Welcome to the new-look World Trademark Review

With our short summer break over, we return with a new-look website and magazine.;

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ARTICLE: New GCC trademark law sparks change across the region

The Gulf Cooperation Council States Trademark Law came one step closer to reality when it was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers in Saudi Arabia. While a single trademark law for the region is positive news, it will mean big changes for each state.;

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ARTICLE: From fees to the future

World Trademark Review presents its annual focus on the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market, polling users to gauge sentiment on its performance, assessing the impact of upcoming legislative changes and presenting updates direct from Alicante.;

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ARTICLE: Nike named most counterfeited brand

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ARTICLE: Shining a light on the Darknet

The Darknet is growing at a phenomenal pace. World Trademark Review dives into the murky depths to investigate the risks for brand owners.;

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ARTICLE: It's officially time for a change to Canada's official marks regime

A new bill sets out proposals to overhaul Canada’s official marks regime. While the bill itself is unlikely to become law, there is a consensus that the official marks regime is in need of significant reform.;

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ARTICLE: United States: A strategy in five easy pieces

Edwards Wildman A number of key decisions need to be taken when developing an action plan for policing marks in the new gTLD space.;

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ARTICLE: Industry moves and mergers

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ARTICLE: The Convergence Programme in focus

The Convergence Programme links OHIM with national offices and user associations in an effort to find common ground in areas where IP offices have different practices.;

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ARTICLE: ECJ: bringing together services can be a ‘service’

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ARTICLE: Middle East: ‘.????’ (‘.shabaka’) – a new gTLD in Arabic

Cedar White Bradley Strategies for brand owners in anticipation of the new Arab language top-level domain '.????' (‘.shabaka’).;

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ARTICLE: The results are in on the ITC

The US International Trade Commission is a powerful and cost-effective weapon in the ongoing brand protection war, but remains underused.;

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ARTICLE: Implications of US sanctions for rights holders

The United States maintains various economic sanctions around the world, which can directly affect rights holders. Rights holders may also be affected when they do business with Arab League countries that maintain the boycott against Israel.;

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ARTICLE: ECJ gives green light to trademark protection for retail store layout

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ARTICLE: Time to shop around

In this article, private practice trademark counsel from 19 jurisdictions provide a general overview of the performance of their countries’ Community trademark courts.;

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ARTICLE: United Kingdom: Now is the time for review

Edwards Wildman The online domain expansion raises a number of issues for UK rights holders.;

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DAILY: President Obama nominates new IP czar, drags heels on USPTO appointment

Last week President Obama unveiled his intent to nominate a number of individuals to key administration posts, one such being for the role of intellectual property enforcement coordinator (IPAC). While a positive move for the IP community, the directors chair at the USPTO remains vacant, having been overlooked in this latest round of nominations.;

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DAILY: Changing down a gear: prestige brand opts for bargain basement court

The IPEC has found in favour of BMW, the owner of the MINI mark, ruling that there was a genuine risk that the website at ‘www.minigearbox.co.uk’ would be perceived as either an official BMW website or as having been licensed or authorised by BMW. However, in light of earlier proceedings between the parties, one may wonder why BMW did not seek a fine or imprisonment for contempt of court.;

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ARTICLE: Traditional marks in a design world

Designs are becoming more crucial to manufacturers of consumer goods – distinctive design can not only result in aesthetically pleasing products, but also help to indicate the products’ origin. But could or should designs ever replace trademarks?;

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ARTICLE: India: Taking a balanced approach

RNA Intellectual Property Attorneys Faced with the new gTLD roll-out, a number of strategies are available to rights holders in both existing and new top-level domains.;

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ARTICLE: Challenges with 3D marks

Registrations for 3D marks are extremely attractive to rights holders – so much so that the European Court of Justice is continually adopting a stricter interpretation of the absolute grounds for refusal.;

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DAILY: IP protection in Ukraine and Russia in light of Crimean conflict

On July 22 2014 the Ukrainian Patent and Trademark Office held a roundtable on issues related to IP protection in Crimea, a former Ukrainian region annexed by Russia in March. The discussion centred on the legal status of IP rights owners and the protection of IP rights in Crimea. On the same date, Russia’s president Vladimir Putin signed a law regulating IP protection in Crimea.;

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ARTICLE: Tracking illicit trade

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ARTICLE: Using numbers to win your case

Trademark cases can stand or fall on survey data that demonstrates the likelihood of confusion and actual confusion – the crucial issue is not just what type of data is collected, but how it is presented.;

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ARTICLE: Quotes

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

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DAILY: Study reveals new gTLD usage patterns - but treat figures with caution

New research from Verisign has revealed that only 3% of the second-level domains registered in new gTLDs contain business websites, with pay-per-click usage dwarfing that level. However, there are some caveats to consider.;

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DAILY: Assumptions in recent trademark studies slammed

New research has challenged the assumptions used in recent studies evidencing the positive economic impact of intellectual property. The paper is specifically critical of US research projects that it claims make a “substantial leap from the fact that IP exists within a particular industry to the conclusion that job creation and employment in that industry hinge on strong IP protections”.;

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DAILY: Holograms in 2014: A mixed response on the future of holography

With new innovations emerging in anti-counterfeiting and authentication, especially surrounding security methods being developed to combat the counterfeit threat of 3D printing, a natural question to ask is where this leaves the humble hologram. We talk to commentators about the future of holography.;

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EVENT: FORUM’s 14th International Trademark Conference

October 23-24 2014 – Alicante, Spain This annual trademark summit offers a unique opportunity to meet examiners and officials at the premises of the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market, and discuss the latest issues directly with them and trademark counsel from leading industries around the globe. The two-day programme addresses the specific demands of private practitioners and industry counsel, covering the latest trends and developments in trademark law in Europe, as well as trademark reforms in China. ;

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DAILY: General Court: Board of Appeal not 'too demanding' with regard to proof of use

In Nanu-Nana Joachim Hoepp GmbH & Co KG v OHIM, the General Court has considered how to assess the evidential value of sworn statements for the purposes of furnishing proof of genuine use of a CTM. Among other things, the court held that the Board of Appeal had not been “too demanding” in its assessment of the veracity and credibility of the evidence submitted.;

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DAILY: Athens IP Court recognises that 'Vara' shoe buckle is famous trademark

The Athens IP Court has held that the 'Vara' shoe buckle, which has been closely associated with shoe designer Salvatore Ferragamo for more than 30 years, has become a famous trademark in Greece. Although there had been no instances of consumer confusion in this case, the court held that the defendant had enjoyed gains deriving from the unfair exploitation of the fame, repute and distinctive character of the 'Vara' buckle.;

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DAILY: Bombay High Court restrains defendant from using metatags similar to plaintiff's mark

In People Interactive (I) Pvt Ltd v Gaurav Jerry, the Bombay High Court has issued an ex parte ad interim order restraining the first defendant from using the mark SHAADIHISHAADI.COM, including as part of a domain name or in metatags, on the ground that such use infringed the plaintiff’s mark SHAADI.COM. The court also directed defendant GoDaddy to cancel the first defendant's registration for the corresponding domain name.;

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DAILY: We're taking a summer break – but first an update on our Star Wars story

Rocketing up the top 10 like the Millennium Falcon jumping into hyperspace, yesterday’s blog on the UK Passport Office’s decision to reject a passport application because the applicant's signature, which reads 'L Skywalker', infringed a trademark quickly became the most-read blog of the last month. WTR Daily is about to wind down for its summer break, but before we go, here are the top 10 news stories for July – and an update from the US State Department on whether it would have taken the same approach as the UK office.;

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DAILY: Court considers distinctiveness of compound noun

In Gagnaeyðing Ltd v Pétur Axel Valgeirsson, the Norðurland eystra District Court has considered whether the defendant’s use of the name Gagnaeyðing Norðurlands infringed the plaintiff’s rights in the mark GAGNAEYÐING ('gagn' means ‘data’, while 'eyðing' means ‘destruction’). Among other things, the court found that the word 'gagnaeyðing' had acquired distinctiveness through use over a period of 20 years.;

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DAILY: The force is with famous trademarks in dispute over name change (updated)

(This article has been updated – the new information is italicised at the end of the article) The decision by the UK's Passport Office to reject a passport application because the applicant's signature, which reads 'L Skywalker', infringed a trademark is an unusual incident, and throws up the issue of how stringently passport examiners check trademarks.;

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DAILY: Philip Morris loses 'activate' appeal against Japan Tobacco

In Philip Morris Products SA v Japan Tobacco Inc, in proceedings between two rival applications, the district court has upheld the registrar’s decision to proceed with the examination of Japan Tobacco’s ACTIVATE FRESHNESS mark for cigarettes, and to refuse Philip Morris' application for a mark containing the words 'activate' and 'fresh'. Among other things, the court held that Philip Morris had failed to show that it had chosen its mark in good faith.;

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DAILY: Federal Supreme Court considers standards of distinctiveness and descriptiveness

The Federal Supreme Court has confirmed a decision of the Federal Patent Court in which the latter had invalidated the German part of the international trademark HOT. Among other things, the court stated that, when a trademark has several meanings, all of which are descriptive of the registered goods, the interpretative effort resulting from these different meanings is not, as such, sufficient to give the mark distinctive character.;

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DAILY: ECJ considers requirements for genuine use for everyday consumer goods

In Reber Holding GmbH & Co KG v OHIM, the ECJ has upheld a decision of the General Court in which the latter had found that Reber had failed to prove that the German mark WALZERTRAUM had been put to genuine use for chocolates. The case shows that it is increasingly difficult for small companies that do not offer everyday consumer goods over the Internet, but sell them only in one or a few shops, to reach the level of sales required to prove genuine use.;

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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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CropLife International

IP52.org campaign to help everyone from an IP lawyer to the average person understand IP and how it helps our world thrive; includes IP basics, myths & truths, innovator profiles, infographics, benefits of innovation;

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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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IPR Aware World

"IPR Aware World" IP education and awareness initiative;

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