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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: Mystery over entertainment tycoon’s web of trademarks, domains and company names

Eyebrows have been raised over recent trademark filings by businesses linked to prolific domain owner and entertainment entrepreneur Michael Gleissner. World Trademark Review has conducted an extensive investigation into the filings, and it reveals an intriguing web of thousands of company names, domains and trademarks related to high profile brands, generic terms and even IP offices – with the legal work in the US being led by a former USPTO patent examiner.;

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DAILY: Creating a unified front: how counsel are navigating the murky waters of social media in the US

The playing field for US brand owners has been forever transformed by the explosion of social media over the last decade. For the trademark professionals we spoke to as part of the current WTR 1000 research process, it has also created a range of challenges – not least in making sure that law firm and corporate counsel are taking a consistent approach to enforcement.;

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DAILY: Singapore comes out top in Asia-Pacific for innovation thanks to enhanced focus on filing and licensing

The latest edition of the Global Innovation Index (GII) was released this week, with the performance of Asian economies boosted by trademark filing levels and IP monetisation.;

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DAILY: New association ponders ‘alternative global definition of trademark use on social media’

A new not-for-profit membership organisation, the International Social Media Association (ISMA), has been set up with the aim of harmonising laws and policies on social networks around the world. Talking to World Trademark Review, the ISMA’s founder reveals that significantly improving the trademark landscape on social media will be one of the association’s primary goals.;

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DAILY: Major new event for brand protection professionals unveiled

World Trademark Review is pleased to announce that it will be hosting Brand Protection Greater China, a new high-level event for brand protection professionals, in Shanghai on December 7 2016.;

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DAILY: Venturing into Africa: law firm opportunity and risk in an evolving IP landscape

For this week’s blog post from the WTR 1000 research team, it is timely to consider the current state of trademark protection in Africa, how bright the future looks, and – crucially - the strategic counsel that clients are likely to receive as firms seek to extend their coverage across the continent.;

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EVENT: Webinar: Readying a Patent Portfolio for Sale: What You Need to Know to Be Successful

During this one-hour free webinar IP strategist Kent Richardson will take you through the process of preparing your patent portfolio for sale and how to avoid common pitfalls that could derail your efforts. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.;

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DAILY: Stellar speaking faculty revealed for Managing the Trademark Asset Lifecycle

World Trademark Review is pleased to unveil the first speakers participating in this year’s Managing the Trademark Asset Lifecycle conference, to be held in New York on October 20. Building on the success of last year’s inaugural event, this year’s conference will take an even deeper dive into the strategic management of trademarks, with professionals from companies such as A&E Television Networks, Kate Spade & Company, BlackBerry, and Voya Financial.;

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DAILY: An IP marketing revolution? Changing attitudes to marketing in Latin American law firms

With an increasingly competitive IP legal market in Latin America, law firms are having to adapt and grow their marketing activity to stand out from the crowd. While little attention has been paid to marketing strategies in the past, today sees significant investment being made to effectively cut through the cluttered IP market. This week, the WTR 1000 research team looks at how Latin American IP law firms, big and small, have evolved their marketing in recent years.;

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DAILY: Our most-read stories of 2016 so far – and we’re now on a summer break

The WTR Premium Daily email will be taking a summer break over August, with the full blog and Premium Daily email service for subscribers recommencing on Tuesday August 30. Meanwhile, here’s a look at the most popular articles and legal updates in the first seven months of 2016 on World Trademark Review.;

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DAILY: New commissioner at Japan’s trademark office promises faster prosecution and greater focus on licensing

The Japan Patent Office has a new commissioner, and he has indicated that building an environment conducive to IP licensing and sales in order to exploit the country’s “brand power” will be at the top of the agency’s agenda for the foreseeable future.;

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DAILY: Interim injunction bars Blu Frog from piggybacking on reputation of celebrated venue

The Bombay High Court has issued an interim injunction restraining Blu Frog Kitchen from infringing the marks of the celebrated Blue Frog bar, restaurant and music venue, and from passing off its goods and services as those of the plaintiffs.;

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DAILY: Dramatic shift in Benelux trademark landscape sees lines blurring between law firms and agencies

This week, the WTR 1000 research team looks at the blurring line between law firms and trademark agencies in the Benelux jurisdictions in recent years. A number of factors account for the significant changes in the relationship between these two sets of service-providers. However, the map has not yet been redrawn and the old specialisations may prove more resilient than one might assume.;

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DAILY: Proving genuine use of an earlier EU trademark

On June 16 2016 the European General Court rendered its decision in Case T – 614/14 between Fútbol Club Barcelona (the applicant), the EU Intellectual Property Office (the defendant) and Kule LLC as the other party before the EUIPO Board of Appeal.;

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DAILY: General Court affirms rejection of 3D ‘barbell’ toothbrush as EU trademark

The General Court has affirmed a decision of the EUIPO Second Board of Appeal that a 3D mark of a toothbrush was only a variant of a generally used and recognised shape of a toothbrush, and thus could not benefit from registration under the EU Trademark Regulation.;

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DAILY: Sky’s the limit for Skyscape when seeking a declaration of non-infringement

After Sky's solicitors wrote to Skyscape alleging that it was infringing a number of Sky's trademarks, Skyscape asked the court to grant a declaration of non-infringement. Although a viable tool in infringement cases, there are issues that claimants should bear in mind when seeking a declaration of non-infringement.;

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DAILY: The new Virtual Office of Industrial Property

The Colombian Patent and Trademark Office have implemented a new modern and innovative platform for the online filing and management of distinctive signs, patents and certifications of industrial property.;

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DAILY: ICANN report says “little benefit” in extending gTLD protection mechanisms, despite lack of trademark owner engagement

ICANN has released a draft report on the efficacy of the Trademark Clearinghouse and rights protection mechanisms that suggests that there is little evidence to support an expansion of rights protection mechanisms – but the level of input from trademark owners may lead to questions over the findings’ usefulness in ICANN’s future policymaking.;

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DAILY: Trademark ZERO held to be generic for beverages

The recent (non-precedential) decision by the US Trademark Trial Appeal Board regarding the registrability of the word ‘Zero’ raised an evidentiary question regarding foreign registrations that merits further attention.;

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DAILY: Aggressive trademark litigant decries ‘trademark troll’ label; warns major brands not to ignore cease-and-desists

A self-proclaimed ‘aggressive’ enforcer of trademark rights and frequent filer of IP infringement litigation action has told World Trademark Review that he primarily initiates disputes with major brands because cease-and-desist letters sent by small business owners are often "ignored or not taken seriously". Furthermore, he revealed he may consider legal remedies against parties – including the media – that refer to him as a ‘trademark troll’.;

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DAILY: Colombian Trademark Office breaks new ground for non-traditional trademarks

The Colombian Trademark Office has granted the first-ever tactile trademark registration for the surface of the Old Parr bottle to identify “alcoholic beverages (except beers)”.;

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DAILY: Latest Supreme Court decision in Fiorucci saga

The Supreme Court recently issued the latest decision in the ongoing saga between renowned Italian stylist Elio Fiorucci, who passed away last year, and the eponymous company which he founded.;

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DAILY: Bombay High Court: 'Ultra' not distinctive and cannot be monopolised

The Bombay High Court has rejected Ultratech’s interim application in a suit for trademark infringement and passing off and held that the term ‘Ultra’ is not distinctive and cannot be monopolised.;

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DAILY: First brand value-linked financial indices launched; what it means for trademark counsel

Brand Finance and Solactive AG have announced the launch of two financial indices which offer investors exposure to companies deemed to have a strong brand value. While geared towards the investment market, the move could have a positive payback for trademark counsel further down the road.;

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DAILY: Scope of undesirable company names extended to registered trademarks

A company may not be registered by a name which the registrar believes is offensive, undesirable or contrary to the public interest. Under the Companies Act, the existence of a registered trademark now constitutes grounds for refusal on this basis.;

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DAILY: What brand owners need to know about Australia’s new food labelling standards

At the start of this month, the Australian government began to implement a new set of standards for ‘country of origin’ labelling for food products sold in the country. Brand owners should take the time to familiarise themselves with the new system, as it could have an impact on their trademark filing and management strategies.;

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DAILY: Joint circular causes concern over cybersquatting

A new joint ministerial circular will help the application of coercive measures against domain name infringers. However, it is unclear whether the remedies are available in cases of cybersquatting.;

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DAILY: Cannabis trademark ruling ‘against the public interest’; threatens big brand licensing on legal products

A US Trademark Trial and Appeal Board ruling that refused a trademark due to its association with cannabis products could have wide implications for the fledgling state-legal cannabis industry in the United States. One expert tells us there is a “frightening possibility” the ruling may stop any major brand owner considering licensing their marks for use on legal cannabis products – and that, overall, the IP situation for the industry is worse today than a year ago.;

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DAILY: ECJ issues ruling on registration renewals

In a recent decision the European Court of Justice stated that the EU Intellectual Property Office is not obliged to register a renewal before the end of the grace period. This is not a good sign.;

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DAILY: Trademark battle continues on WILD GEESE chase

A recent appeal decision clarifies what constitutes ‘control’ in determining whether use of a trademark by a licensee is ‘authorised use’. It is the latest in the ongoing battle concerning the WILD GEESE trademarks.;

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DAILY: Nothing is impossible for the UDRP

In a recent UDRP decision, a three-member panel refused to order the transfer of a domain name because the complainant failed to prove that the respondent had no rights or legitimate interests in the domain name.;

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DAILY: The rise and rise of football brands: an infographic

Football has grown exponentially in popularity in recent years, and with this has come a significant increase in the brand value of football clubs and players – Manchester United, the most valuable, is worth nearly $1.2 billion. However, registered trademark portfolio size varies greatly, creating an opportunity for private practice lawyers in the IP space. Our infographic reveals all.;

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DAILY: Birkenstock leaves Amazon "to counterfeiters, fake suppliers and unauthorised sellers" as IP concern mounts

German footwear maker Birkenstock has decided to quit the Amazon marketplace in protest at what it perceives to be a lax approach to counterfeiting on the part of the online retailer.;

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DAILY: Battle of the domain kings

A WIPO panel has denied the transfer of a domain name identically reproducing the complainant’s trademark as there was no evidence that the respondent had registered the domain name for its trademark value.;

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DAILY: Original/notarised power of attorney now required for IPO filings

The Kosovo IP Office will now accept filings only if they are accompanied by an original power of attorney or a notarised copy of the original. Scanned copies of a power of attorney will not suffice.;

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DAILY: Opposition cracks in porcelain case

An EU trademark application for the device mark MEISSEN involved some unusual arguments, including that the public would not recognise the element as a reference to the city, which is usually written ‘Meißen’.;

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DAILY: The ZERO sum game in the cola wars

Coca-Cola’s win at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the US Patent and Trademark Office may cause drink manufacturers to be wary about using ‘zero’ in their beverage names.;

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DAILY: A new generation of IP-aware YouTubers? Online video creators urged to embrace positives of brand protection

A couple of months ago, YouTube reached the milestone of 2,000 channels with over 1 million subscribers. Despite the commercial nature of many of those offerings, a significant number lack any trademark protection for their names or logos – although that could change, with one expert predicting that “in a couple of years you won't be able to find popular YouTubers who don't have a trademark”.;

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DAILY: Second Circuit Revisits Dawn Donut and geographic scope of injunctive relief in trademark cases

The Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has issued an influential decision concerning the proper scope of injunctive relief in a trademark infringement case where the plaintiff owns a federal registration, but is doing business only under its mark in a localised geographic area.;

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DAILY: Recordal of trademark pledges in China

Local administrations for industry and commerce or market supervision administrations can now receive applications for the recordal of trademark pledges. This is expected to significantly reduce the cost and time of recordal, making it easier for small businesses to arrange for finance and to cut related costs.;

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DAILY: Asian and South American netizens have highest awareness of new gTLDs – but uptake is another question

ICANN recently published the findings of its latest Global Consumer Research Survey, aimed at measuring the progress of the new gTLD landscape. The findings highlight an encouraging trend in terms of awareness of new gTLDs – particularly in regions where internet use is growing most rapidly. But the evidence of new gTLDs as a web navigation tool is disappointing.;

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DAILY: High expectations for Sweden’s new specialised IP court

A new era for the Swedish IP market will be ushered in on September 1 2016 with the opening of the Patent and Market Court in Stockholm. Swedish participants in this year’s WTR 1000 research process have welcomed the introduction of this specialised, IP-exclusive court as an overwhelmingly positive development for their jurisdiction.;

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DAILY: Compatible espresso capsules infringe Nespresso’s trademark and trade dress

A US district court has enjoined a firm’s use of the term “Nespresso® compatible” on its packages for espresso capsules made to fit Nespresso’s coffee machines.;

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DAILY: Online trademark infringement - a criminal offence

Trademark owners have a new defence mechanism available to them in the fight against online infringement and counterfeiting in Nigeria. The Cybercrime Act 2015 deals with a range of cyber issues, including cybersquatting.;

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DAILY: EUIPO and Europol step up efforts against online infringement

The EU IP Office and Europol have joined forces to launch the IP Crime Coordinated Coalition, which will provide operational and technical support to law enforcement agencies. The move comes shortly after a new study revealed the diversity of business models being used by infringers online.;

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DAILY: New procedures to record exclusive distributorships in Cambodia

The Ministry of Commerce has introduced a Regulation on the Procedures to Record and File Permission Letters for Imported Goods Bearing Exclusive Trademarks. The regulation sets out the procedures to register an exclusive distributorship with the Department of IP Rights.;

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DAILY: Changes to IP practice in Rwanda

There have been recent changes made to IP practice in Rwanda. This is as a result of Ministerial Orders dated March 17 2016 (published in the Official Gazette on April 20 2016, but only made available on May 10 2016).;

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DAILY: Advertising campaign banned for disparaging insurance agents

The Tel Aviv District Court has held that an aggressive advertising campaign commissioned by a dial-in insurance company, which portrayed insurance agents in a negative light, did not give rise to a civil defamation action being directed against a group, but enjoined its continuation on the basis of the tort of false trade description.;

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DAILY: Delhi High Court affirms significance of ‘well-known’ marks in ground-breaking ruling for Toyota

A seven-year legal battle between Toyota and owners of the Indian trademark PRIUS has come to an end, with the Japanese automaker claiming victory. The Delhi High Court ruled that Toyota’s trademark rights had been infringed in spite of the defendants’ ownership of the PRIUS mark in India. This should boost the confidence of owners of globally recognised brands looking to do business in the country.;

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DAILY: Acquired distinctiveness and its limited recognition in Costa Rica

This article aims to explain the meaning of ‘acquired distinctiveness’ and its limited recognition in Costa Rica. It also seeks to address the elements that are pursued in order to use acquired distinctiveness as a defence when filing a trademark application.;

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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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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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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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