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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: Could China’s economic woes lead to a counterfeiting time bomb?

As has been widely reported in recent months, the wheels appear to have fallen off of China’s economic juggernaut (or at least to have picked up a few punctures). As might be expected, the slowdown is leading to a tightening of consumer purse strings, particularly when it comes products and services sold in higher price brackets – including, notably, luxury goods. For brands, the concern will be that buyers now turn to fake alternatives.;

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DAILY: What a pandemonium!

An application was made by an individual to register PANDEMONIUM DRUMMERS as a UK trademark in Class 41. The Pandemonium Drummers Association opposed the application under the Trademarks Act 1994, claiming that it had earlier rights in the mark.;

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DAILY: Court clarifies doctrine of trademark limitation by coexistence

The Court of Milan has addressed the relationship between the likelihood of confusion and consumers’ perception of the different messages linked to the RING and URBAN RING trademarks, and between the limitation by coexistence and trademark acquiescence doctrines.;

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DAILY: Amazon’s clear labelling defeats MTM trademark claims

The Supreme Court has denied certiorari for the Ninth Circuit decision in Multi Time Machine Inc v Amazon.com Inc, which held that Amazon did not infringe MTM’s trademark in its presentation of other competing products in a consumer’s search results.;

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DAILY: Apple button considered not distinctive

The Federal Administrative Court has dismissed an appeal against a decision of the Federal Institute of Intellectual Property which partially refused to register a design trademark of Apple Inc showing a button form in a round circle.;

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DAILY: WTR Industry Awards Awards 2016: shortlisted teams and individuals revealed

World Trademark Review is pleased to announce the shortlist for the 2016 WTR Industry Awards. Among the corporate teams featured on this year’s shortlist are those from Apple, BMW, Citigroup, eBay, Enterprise Holdings, Google, Hewlett Packard, Itaú Unibanco, Mars, MasterCard, Moncler, PepsiCo, Red Bull, Tory Burch and Visa.;

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DAILY: Two Haases, both alike in goods and services

A recent decision of the Northern District of Ohio, Haas Door Company v Haas Garage Door Company, 13-CV-2507, concerns the right of two parties to use the same distinctive house mark in connection with separate, but closely related, goods and services.;

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DAILY: New free-to-view anti-counterfeiting guide available online now

The 2016 edition of Anti-counterfeiting – A Global Guide – which provides trademark and brand protection professionals with critical guidance on anti-counterfeiting laws, procedures and strategies in key jurisdictions around the world – is now available to view online.;

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DAILY: Progress for brand owners in Vietnam as government sides with foreign entity in dispute with state-owned enterprise

The Vietnamese government’s recent decision to uphold a foreign company’s trademark rights in the face of a cancellation action launched by one of its state-owned enterprises represents a significant positive development for brand owners operating in the country.;

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DAILY: Reimbursement of costs in German opposition proceedings remains a problem

The basic rule in opposition proceedings is that each party bears its own costs and that cost reimbursement is possible only if equity requires it. A recent decision highlights the difficulties of getting costs reimbursed in opposition proceedings;

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DAILY: Ghana IP policy document – cooperation with Switzerland bears fruit

Ghana has recently published an IP policy document entitled “National Intellectual Property Policy and Strategy”, which was produced with help from the Swiss government.;

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DAILY: The most “intense” client relationship and “squirrelly” witnesses - observations from Trademark Litigation: Practical Strategies

Last week, World Trademark Review hosted its inaugural Trademark Litigation: Practical Strategies conference in New York. The event benefited from a diverse, enthusiastic mix of attendees, providing unique insights on how to maximise the chances of success in litigation. We provide some selected highlights.;

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DAILY: SPEZOOMIX held to be confusingly similar to SPEZI

The EU General Court has upheld a decision of the OHIM Board of Appeal which had found that there was a likelihood of confusion between the signs SPEZOOMIX and SPEZI.;

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DAILY: Where does cause of action occur in trademark infringement claim?

The plaintiff in a recent case filed suit for passing off against two defendants before the Delhi High Court on the grounds that the second defendant had its registered office in Delhi and the plaintiff had filed for a trademark registration there.;

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DAILY: Exclusive survey shows impact of new gTLDs on trademark enforcement strategies

Despite hundreds of new generic top-level domains hitting the market in 2015, our latest Global Trademark Benchmarking Survey reveals that concern over the impact of the rollout is abating. The results also suggest that the proactive approach taken by trademark counsel has eased the pressure created by the influx of launches. However, there is still work to be done.;

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DAILY: Opposition based on conceptual similarity fails

A recent Opposition Division decision demonstrates that not too much importance should be given to the fact that two signs comprise the same semantic content. This conceptual similarity may prove to be insufficient in the absence of any aural or visual similarities.;

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DAILY: Three-dimensional image cannot normally serve as EU trademark

The EU General Court has ruled that a three-dimensional image of the game Mölkky cannot serve as an EU trademark. It examined the application for both original distinctiveness and acquisition of distinctiveness through use.;

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DAILY: Top tips on recording trademark licence agreements in China

The recordal of trademark licensing agreements is particularly beneficial in jurisdictions where there is significant uncertainty for foreign companies in enforcing their marks (and, of course, where a high volume of trademark licensing is taking place). The first country that will spring to mind for many counsel in this regard is China.;

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DAILY: Modified trademark can defeat non-use claim

The National Office of Intellectual Property of Vietnam has rejected a non-use cancellation action, holding that use of a mark by the owner in a slightly modified form is sufficient to maintain registration of the mark.;

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DAILY: Infringer gets a rap on the knuckles in pharma dispute

The Delhi High Court has dismissed an application to set aside an exparte injunction granted in favour of Win-Medicare Pvt Ltd against Galpha Laboratories Ltd and others.;

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DAILY: ‘.fi’ available to registrants based outside Finland

The Finnish country-code top-level domain registry has announced that registrations under the ‘.fi’ domain will be available to registrants based outside Finland.;

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DAILY: USPTO makes next move in high-profile battle over disparaging marks

The USPTO has filed a petition for a writ of certiorari to review the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit decision in In re Tam, asking the Supreme Court to answer the question of whether the disparagement provision in Section 2 of the Lanham Act is facially invalid under the free speech clause of the First Amendment. The move means that the battle over the registration of disparaging marks is nearing its end.;

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DAILY: An invalid mark by any other name still fails

A recent decision confirms that form is not to be elevated over substance. Where a mark is invalid, a plaintiff may not use different causes of action not called ‘trademark infringement’ to circumvent a finding of invalidity of the mark.;

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DAILY: Report shines light on trademark strategy inside Indian companies

It has been almost three years since India acceded to the Madrid system, but recent research from the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore suggests that there is still work to be done to raise awareness of international trademark filing procedures among businesses in the country’s key growth sectors.;

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DAILY: Supreme Court declares Verkkokauppa.com mark to be well known and worthy of protection

In Verkkokauppa.com v Veneilijänverkkokauppa.com the Supreme Court has quashed two lower-court decisions, ruling in favour of the owner of Finnish trademark Verkkokauppa.com. The action was based on the 2004 registered word trademark covering "retail and e-commerce" in Class 35.;

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DAILY: US IP case should remain in the United States

The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has held that a US rights and infringement case should be heard in the United States as there was insufficient evidence that an alternative foreign jurisdiction could provide an adequate remedy.;

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DAILY: Cyrillic domain names coming to '.eu'

EURid, the registry for '.eu' domain names, has announced that in June 2016 it will launch domain name registrations under '.??', the Cyrillic version of '.eu'. This will enable registrants to apply for internationalised domain names in Cyrillic script taking the form of '??????.??'.;

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DAILY: Call for action as evidence suggests nearly 10% of targets fall for trademark solicitation campaigns

Receiving deceptive, confusing or misleading trademark solicitation letters has become a depressingly common occurrence for brand owners around the world, with new campaigns popping up on a regular basis. Speaking with a number of stakeholders involved in this issue - including affected brand owners, IP offices and a representative from OPT Register - we gained some startling insights into how these campaigns work and how successful they can be.;

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Ministry of Internal Trade and Consumer Protection

"Al Bassel Fair For Invention and Innovation"; objective: to encourage creators and inventors, and to promote their creations;

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DAILY: Supreme People's Court having second thoughts on inclusive development theory?

In China, scrutiny is being given towards the theory of 'inclusive development'. Under this theory, when two similar trademarks have coexisted for some time and are both successful, they should continue to coexist, regardless of whether the first trademark owner agrees. In other words, the status quo is more important than the law.;

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DAILY: Trunki: Points for designers to take on board

The Supreme Court has upheld the decision of the Court of Appeal that the Community registered design for the shape of the Trunki ride-on suitcase was not infringed by a similar product called the ‘Kiddee Case’. While the judgment confirms that the scope of a registered design can be construed narrowly, it remains a valuable and effective IP right for designers;

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DAILY: US customs seizures rocket to 10-year high as infringers’ tactics evolve

US Customs and Border Protection and US Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations has revealed that the total number of seized IP infringing products increased by nearly 25% in fiscal year 2015, with the value of detained goods breaking through the $1 billion barrier.;

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DAILY: “We are failing”: study reveals $461 billion international trade in counterfeit and pirated goods

A major new study released today has revealed that counterfeit and pirated goods represented up to 2.5% of world trade in 2013 – a figure that Antonio Campinos, president of the EU Intellectual Property Office, noted “is equivalent to combined GDP of the Czech Republic and Ireland”. Reflecting on this, BASCAP director Jeff Hardy has called on policymakers to do more to fight the scourge of counterfeiting.;

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DAILY: A trademark cautionary tale: personal liability cannot hide behind corporate veil

The Quebec Superior Court recently issued a reminder that the principal of a corporate defendant can be found personally liable for damages alongside the corporate defendant that committed the infringement or passing off.;

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DAILY: General Court decides on likelihood of confusion between CURODONT and EURODONT

A decision has been rendered in the battle between Swiss-based credentis AG and Danish-based Aldi Karlslunde K/S over the trademarks CURODONT and EURODONT.;

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DAILY: Korea’s new ‘dominance’ in global design filings is almost entirely accounted for by single applicant (you know who)

The World Intellectual Property Organisation recently released annual data for industrial design filings under the Hague System; this is the first year in which Japan and the United States, and the second year in which South Korea, have been members of the scheme. All three countries now appear to be major players when it comes to design rights, as Korean press reports suggest – but a closer analysis of the statistics tells a different story.;

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DAILY: EUIPO Board of Appeal should carry out own independent assessment, holds General Court

In 2003 publishing company Karl-May-Verlag GmbH registered the WINNETOU mark as an EU trademark. In a recent decision, the General Court held that the EU IP Office Board of Appeal should not have treated decisions on the registrability of the WINNETOU mark from the German national courts as binding in an EU trademark invalidity action, but rather should have made its own independent assessment of the mark.;

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DAILY: TTAB refuses registration despite consent agreement

Despite a consent agreement between the applicant and the registrant, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) affirmed the refusal to register ‘time traveler blonde’ for beer based on likelihood of confusion with the prior registered TIME TRAVELER mark for beer, ale and lager. The TTAB quickly determined that the respective goods and trade channels were the same and that the purchase of beer could be made on impulse without careful deliberation.;

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DAILY: Row over French descriptions on trademarks reignited in Quebec

In 2015, international brands successfully challenged plans to compel the positioning of French descriptions alongside trademarks when used in Quebec. This week, it emerged that the government intends to ask stores to use French signage on their facades. While the move does not go as far as previous plans, opposition figures are calling for the government to revisit and strengthen plans to compel companies to adopt French descriptions.;

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DAILY: Another troll in Cuba

When a new market opens up, some may seek to take advantage of the fact that many brand owners have not yet registered their trademarks there as they are not doing business in that jurisdiction.;

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DAILY: Federal Court of Appeal seeks to clarify law relating to descriptive or misdescriptive trademarks

The Federal Court of Appeal has revisited the issue of whether geographically descriptive words are registrable as trademarks or whether they are prohibited by Section 12(1)(b) of the Trademarks Act.;

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DAILY: Full speaker line-up for Trademark Litigation: Practical Strategies is unveiled

With the addition of corporate counsel from New Balance and Zippo Manufacturing Company, the speaking faculty for Trademark Litigation: Practical Strategies – an immersive, high-level conference being held in New York next week – is now complete.;

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DAILY: Trademark application filed for 'The Panama Papers'; applicant reveals ambitious plans

A Munich-based marketer has applied for a trademark in Germany for the term ‘The Panama Papers’, with plans to write a movie and sell merchandise related to the unprecedented leak of 11.5 million files from the database of law firm Mossack Fonseca. An IP expert tells us that if the application progresses to the opposition stage, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists will need to rely on unregistered rights if it seeks to prevent its registration by a third party.;

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DAILY: Closeness of products important factor in establishing link in Article 8(5) cases

The Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market Opposition Division has upheld an opposition that there was a risk that The Body Shop International's use of the term SPA WISDOM would take unfair advantage of the distinctive character or repute of the Benelux trademark SPA. Its decision was confirmed by the Fourth Board of Appeal.;

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DAILY: IPOS introduces mediation scheme for IP disputes

To encourage parties in Intellectual Property of Singapore (IPOS) proceedings to choose mediation as an avenue for dispute resolution, IPOS has launched a mediation promotion scheme to fund the administration and mediator fees incurred by parties during mediation up to a combined total of S$5,500 per mediation case.;

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DAILY: After IKEA trademark blow, Indonesia offers brand owner boon with licence recordal regime

The Indonesian Supreme Court hit the headlines back in February for upholding a decision to strip Swedish retailer Ikea of several trademarks after it fell foul of non-use rules. While the event will likely have exacerbated brand owners’ apprehensions about doing business in the country, the introduction of new regulations addressing the recording of licence agreements could boost their confidence in the trademark system;

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DAILY: Supreme Court rules on trademark comparisons and previous coexistence

On January 27 2016 the Supreme Court issued an important decision regarding previous factual coexistence of trademarks and how conflicting trademarks must be compared in opposition cases.;

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DAILY: MINI obstructs MINICARGO

In LG Developpement v Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market (OHIM) the EU General Court has upheld a finding by the OHIM Board of Appeal of a likelihood of confusion between the trademark MINI and the figurative mark MINICARGO.;

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DAILY: On the brink of change? What a ‘Brexit’ could mean for trademark practitioners

Our latest podcast looks at the significant impact that a UK vote to leave the European Union would have on national and international trademark practitioners. To find out what changes could be in store and what preparations counsel can make now, we speak with Chris McLeod, a partner at Elkington and Fife in London and the current president of the UK Institute of Trademark Attorneys.;

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DAILY: The future of the Nigerian Trademarks, Patents and Designs Registry

Despite challenges and uncertainties occasioned by changes in leadership, there is cause for optimism for the future of the Nigerian Trademarks, Patents and Designs Registry.;

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DAILY: Hudson Bay’s iconic multi-stripe mark found inherently distinctive by OHIM

A recent decision provides further support to the case law maintaining that a trademark can perform a distinctive function while also being perceived by consumers as a decorative element.;

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National Geographic Television

Film: "Illicit - The Dark Trade" and accompanying curriculum materials and activity guide for students and teachers;

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UK Intellectual Property Office (UK-IPO)

Curriculum materials: "Think Kit" (2016) helps pupils understand the importance of protecting and respecting IP and helps students to learn about the commercial benefits of IP;

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European Union, Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM)

"Roadmaps for IP Protection" guides covering IP protection at trade fairs, customs enforcement, trademark/copyright/patent protection, Community Designs, trade secrets Access to all IP laws and IP legal updates in the European Union (EU) and China Intellectual property documentation by leading experts from China and Europe;

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Intellectual Property Office (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 5-7, 7-11, 11-14, 14-16 and 18+ age groups Spokescharacters: Wallace & Gromit Teaching resources covering 5-18+ age groups; provide clearly structured curriculum-linked sessions to help explain and explore IP with students across a range of subjects Annual "Cracking Ideas" competition; an innovation and creativity competition for young people aged 4 – 16 years old;

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School of Communications and Theater (SCT)

Copyright and fair use curriculum: "Teaching about copyright and fair use for media literacy education"; designed for educators interested in exploring copyright and fair use with their students;

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Copyright Society of the U.S.A.

Website: "Copyright Kids" Event: Copyright Awareness Week; objective: to encourage teachers from all subject areas to teach students basic concepts about copyright during Copyright Awareness Week;

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IP Australia

Shark Tank reality TV series (2015); IP Australia is following the series and doing a wrap up each week of the role IP played (or didn’t play) "Hard Sell" competition (2011/2012): challenges tertiary students around Australia to develop a TV advertisement that would creatively communicate the importance of IP to Australian businesses;

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United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

"USPTO Kids" website (activities, events, FAQ, games, puzzles, resources, videos): Sections for kids, teens and parents/teachers;

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Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

"Know your source" flyer campaign (2014) to raise health-care professionals' awareness of counterfeit medicines Poster: "Counterfeit Medicines - Filled With Empty Promises";

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International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL)

"Turn Back Crime" campaign (2014) to raise awareness about the organized, transnational criminal networks behind various crimes that can affect the general public on a day-to-day level, in particular, those crimes that are harmful to health or that are facilitated by the Internet, including fake goods and medicines "Proud to be" campaign (2011/2012) to raise public awareness worldwide of the health risks posed by fake medicines; spokespersons: Yvonne Chaka Chaka and Youssou N'Dour "Don't Be Your Own Killer" videos (2010) highlighting the dangers of illegal (...);

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closer2patents

Free workshops for students and academic institutions on various topics of intellectual property rights (IPR) across India;

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Industry Trust for Intellectual Property Awareness, Lionsgate UK

"Postman Pat: The Movie" trailer (2014); aims to inspire film fans to choose official content with one of the UK’s best-loved childhood characters Postman Pat;

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Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy (BASCAP)

"Buy Real. Fakes Cost More" anti-fakes campaign to help consumers understand that what may seem like harmless purchases are not so harmless, and that some counterfeit products are a real threat to health and safety, jobs and the economy;

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Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy (BASCAP)

"Intellectual Property Guidelines for Business": provide information to businesses on practical steps that they can take to protect their own innovation and creativity in IP-based products and services, as well as to protect against the risk of using counterfeit materials or infringing other companies’ IP rights;

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UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

"Your Actions Count – Be a Responsible Traveler" campaign (2014) to raise awareness about the most common illicit goods and services that tourists might be exposed to while travelling; provides guidance to recognize possible situations of trafficking in persons, wildlife, cultural artefacts, illicit drugs and counterfeit goods, and invites travelers to take action through responsible consumer choices.;

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British Library Business & IP Centre

Online distance learning courses: "Basics of Intellectual Property Protection", "Searching the Databases", "Analysing the Markets" Guide: "Inventing - What you need to know to protect and commercialise your ideas" (2010): explains the process of inventing, from protecting your ideas to licensing and manufacturing Exhibitions: "Inventing the 21st century" (explores the stories behind some of the most iconic inventions of the century’s first decade; 2010); "Weird and Wonderful Inventions and Gadgets" (2008) "Invent it! (...);

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National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)

"Get Real About IP Theft" public education campaign to raise awareness and understanding of the impact of IP theft on public health, safety, and the economy;

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UK Intellectual Property Office (UK-IPO)

"Treasure Island" education campaign to build understanding of and respect for IP in young people in a creative way; includes a combination of online resources, apps and a live tour of Karaoke Shower "MusicBiz" anti music piracy competition inviting 14-18 year olds to create their own storyboard or short film of 90 seconds or less focusing on how songwriters, artists and bands are rewarded for their creativity;

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UK Music, the Intellectual Property Office (IPO), Aardman Animations

"Music Inc." app: allows users to take on the role of managing an aspiring musician, designed to give young music fans an insight into the modern music industry and to educate them on specific challenges encountered by artists in the digital age;

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