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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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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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DAILY: Proposed amendment to Russian trademark law receives mixed response

Russia’s Federation Council on Intellectual Property is proposing an amendment to Russian trademark law that would stop naturalistic images of products and descriptive trademarks as the basis for distinctiveness. WTR discovers a very mixed response to the proposed changes.;

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DAILY: Decision highlights strictness of practice regarding marks similar to geographical names

The Federal Administrative Court has upheld a decision of the Federal Institute of Intellectual Property refusing to allow the registration of Janssen Pharmaceutica NV's international trademark FIRENZA in Class 5 on the ground that it could be deceptive. The court agreed with the institute that consumers could be misled into believing that the products originated from Italy, as the mark was similar to the name of the Italian city of Florence ('Firenze').;

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DAILY: Amendments to Law on Industrial Property enter into force

Law 55/2014, which amends Law No 9947 of July 7 2008 on Industrial Property, has entered into force. Among other things, the amendments have introduced significant novelties with regard to collective and certification trademarks. For example, as of July 10 2014, applicants are able to apply for and register certification trademarks for the first time.;

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DAILY: Perpetual protection for retail design? Apple succeeds before the ECJ

In Apple Inc v Deutsches Patent- und Markenamt, the ECJ has opened the door for retailers to seek trademark protection for the layout of their stores. Among other thing, the ECJ held that a store layout may allow the goods or services for which registration is sought to be identified as originating from a particular undertaking.;

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DAILY: How brands are preparing to avoid a ‘.fail’ in the expanded gTLD space

The sunrises for the ‘.fail’ and ‘.wtf’ gTLDs close in just over a week. The two are prime strings for the creation of gripe sites, so are brands proactively securing their trademark terms, either for marketing purposes or to keep them out of the hands of others?;

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DAILY: Used new gTLD for sale, one careful owner

Registration volumes under the new gTLDs seem to have fallen woefully short of the mark of other previous TLD launches, and some new gTLD registry operators may be seeking to implement an exit strategy in order to cut their losses. As such, a new aftermarket for new gTLD registries appears to be emerging.;

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DAILY: Requests for assignment should not be taken for granted

In opposition proceedings between Puma and Ibd Alrazak Abido, the adjudicator has considered a motion filed by Puma to strike Ibd Alrazak Abido’s counterclaim or, in the alternative, to strike the names of two of the parties named in the counterclaim. At the centre of Puma’s motion was the request filed by Ibd Alrazak Abido for partial assignment of the mark to two assignees.;

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DAILY: ECJ confirms that mark descriptive of component can be descriptive of product itself

In BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeräte GmbH v OHIM, the ECJ has upheld a decision of the General Court in which the latter had found that a mark that is descriptive of the characteristic of a component in a product could also be descriptive of the essential characteristics of the product itself.;

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DAILY: ECJ considers right to prohibit use of later mark under Article 8(4)

In Peek & Cloppenburg KG v OHIM, the ECJ has confirmed the decisions of the General Court and Boards of Appeal in cases concerning CTM applications for PEEK & CLOPPENBURG. The decision clarifies that Article 8(4) of the Community Trademark Regulation does not require the party invoking that provision as the basis of an opposition to have the right to prohibit the use of a subsequent trademark throughout the entire national territory.;

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DAILY: CTM Court of Appeal upholds decision in smell-alike perfumes case

The CTM Court of Appeal has confirmed its first instance decision in a case involving the use of ‘comparison lists’ to sell smell-alike perfumes, ruling that the defendants were guilty of trademark infringement and unfair competition. Comparison lists link the numerical references of the smell-alike perfumes with the registered trademarks of the original perfumes.;

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DAILY: EU-Ukraine Association Agreement: the Trademark Implications

The EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, signed late last month, is expected to pursue the harmonisation of Ukrainian law with the European legal framework. This will affect trademarks, among other things. While many rules set forth in the agreement are already reflected in the relevant Ukrainian laws and regulation, crucial novelties are to be introduced, including the enhancement of the possibility to oppose trademark applications.;

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DAILY: CTM Court sides with IKEA against "parasitic" use of its well-known mark

The Community Trademark Court has upheld IKEA’s claim of trademark infringement against a company which operated under the marks IKEATELO and IKEVAMOS. The defendant bought IKEA furniture and other products ordered by individuals and transported the goods to their homes. Among other things, the court, citing L'Oréal v Bellure, found that the defendant was taking unfair advantage of the well-known character of the IKEA mark.;

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DAILY: Supreme Court likely to mend circuit split over court deference to TTAB findings

The federal circuits are currently split over the level of deference that should be afforded to findings made by the TTAB on likelihood of confusion, with the circuit courts applying at least five different standards. However, that may be about to change as the Supreme Court has recently granted certiorari in a case that directly addresses the issue.;

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DAILY: As new gTLD registrations break the 1.5 million mark, scammers get in on the act

Domain registrations in the expanded gTLD space have busted through the 1.5 million mark, with 1,547,820 domains registered at time of writing. For those wrestling with the impact of the online expansion on their brand spend, a new headache has been identified – solicitation scams targeting registrants.;

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DAILY: Delhi High Court decision shows importance of cultural and historical factors

In Allied Blenders and Distillers Pvt Ltd v Shree Nath Heritage Liquor Pvt Ltd, the Delhi High Court has restrained Shree Nath Heritage Liquor Pvt Ltd from using the mark COLLECTOR’S CHOICE for whisky. The court concluded that there was a likelihood of confusion with Allied Blenders and Distillers Pvt Ltd’s OFFICER’S CHOICE mark, as a ‘collector’ is the chief administrative and revenue officer of an Indian district.;

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DAILY: Likelihood of confusion for non-negligible part of public sufficient to refuse registration

In Advance Magazine Publishers Inc v OHIM, the General Court has upheld a decision of the Second Board of Appeal of OHIM finding that there was a likelihood of confusion between the mark GLAMOUR in Classes 12, 14 and 18 and the earlier mark TUDOR GLAMOUR in Class 14. Among other things, the court found that the existence of a likelihood of confusion for a non-negligible group of consumers was sufficient to refuse the registration of the GLAMOUR mark.;

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DAILY: The impact of plain packaging on brand experience (and loyalty) is revealed

New research has revealed that, following the introduction of plain packaging legislation in Australia, long-term smokers are increasingly unable to differentiate between the taste of cigarettes, effectively negating the brand loyalty that has been built up over time. The findings will sound alarm bells for brand owners concerned about the creep of plain packaging into other industries.;

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DAILY: Basis for aggravated and punitive damages confirmed and clarified by Federal Court of Appeal

In Bauer Hockey Corp v Sport Maska Inc dba Reebok-CCM Hockey, the Federal Court of Appeal has confirmed the circumstances in which aggravated damages are available and clarified the availability and required elements for claims for punitive damages. Among other things, the decision shows that mere allegations of intentional and wilful infringement of IP rights are insufficient to support a claim for punitive damages.;

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DAILY: Official fees increase

Indonesia has issued a new regulation increasing trademark costs. Among other things, the new regulation states that the application fee of Rp1 million (just under $100) now covers only up to 10 items in the specification for each class. For each additional 10 items, another identical fee is now charged.;

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DAILY: Research highlights ‘unspoken challenge’ of counterfeit merchandise

Considering what has been described as the “unspoken challenge” of the music industry and other entertainment sectors, one commentator has called for more to be done to help consumers differentiate between official and unofficial goods after research suggested that a significant proportion of branded music merchandise on Amazon is the latter - or just plain counterfeit.;

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DAILY: '.ca' domain name holders and users to be given additional level of security

CIRA has announced that it will begin implementing DNSSEC in the ‘.ca’ domain name space later this year. DNSSEC was designed and implemented as a response to the inherent security vulnerabilities in the way that the DNS operates. The purpose of this additional layer of security is to protect websites associated with ‘.ca’ domain names from online attacks.;

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DAILY: Jordan v Qiaodan - or how the Chinese press may hurt or help your trademark case

The decision in the case brought by basketball player Michael Jordan against Qiaodan Sports is due to be handed down soon. Michael Jordan sued the Chinese company for infringement of his right of name, as 'Qiao Dan' is the Chinese translation of ‘Jordan’. An article entitled “The TRAB and legal experts firmly support Qiaodan Sports”, published in a major financial newspaper, shows how the Chinese press may play a role in trademark lawsuits.;

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DAILY: Target prevents registration of mark with three-ring design

In Target Brands Inc v Artificer Life Corp, the TTAB has upheld Target Brands Inc’s opposition against the registration of a trademark consisting of the word ‘artificer’ and a three-ring design for clothing and jewellery. Among other things, the TTAB found that Artificer’s mark seemed to be a hand-drawn version of Target’s famous ‘bulls eye’ mark.;

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DAILY: Counterfeiting trends across the globe: an infographic

We take a look at the World Customs Organisation’s (WCO) second Illicit Trade Report, which revealed that Nike and Apple are the world's most counterfeited brands, and offer a big-picture look at counterfeiting trends across the globe.;

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DAILY: WHOIS afraid of reform? Report recommends changing nature of WHOIS records

An ICANN-convened Expert Working Group has released a 166-page report broken out over 180 recommendations for a next-generation Registration Directory Service designed to replace the current WHOIS system for all gTLDs. The report has already come in for some criticism from industry commentators and even some dissent from one member of the group itself.;

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DAILY: Sale of 22 jewellery items insufficient to meet genuine use requirements

In House of Fraser (Stores) Limited v BiBa GmbH, the hearing officer has revoked the registration for the trademark BIBA in respect of all of the goods for which the mark was protected. Among other things, the hearing officer held that evidence of the sale of 22 jewellery items, in a single transaction, over a period of five years was insufficient to meet the requirements identified by the ECJ in Ansul.;

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DAILY: General Court rules on admissibility of late evidence in opposition proceedings

In You-View.tv v OHIM, the General Court has annulled a decision of the Fourth Board of Appeal of OHIM and held that the opponent was permitted to submit late evidence concerning the ownership of the earlier trademark on which the opposition was based. However, the lesson of this decision should not be that opponents may safely rely on a second round as regards the evidence as to their ownership of earlier marks.;

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DAILY: Commissioner of Trademarks under fire as OIG criticises USPTO hiring practices

An investigation by the Office of the Inspector General has accused the USPTO’s Commissioner of Trademarks of improperly using her position to facilitate the hiring of a family member’s fiancé, while criticising wider hiring practices at the office. Meanwhile the search for a permanent successor to David Kappos, previous director of the USPTO, continues to stutter.;

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DAILY: Boost for Apple as ECJ gives green light to retail store layout protection

The Court of Justice of the European Union today ruled that the representation of the layout of a retail store, such as an Apple flagship store, can be registered as a trademark – as long as certain conditions are met.;

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DAILY: IP Court decision clarifies what type of evidence may prove genuine use

In Lazarev v Gorbushka LLC, the IP Court has dismissed an action for the cancellation of the mark KORMUSHKA on the ground of non-use. The decision clarifies what type of evidence may be used by trademark owners to obtain a decision in their favour and prevent their trademarks from being cancelled.;

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DAILY: Opponent fails to establish existence of well-known mark and use of company name

In Fundaçao Calouste Gulbenkian v OHIM, the General Court has found that the opponent had not proven the existence of the well-known mark FUNDAÇÃO CALOUSTE GULBENKIAN or the use of the company name Fundaçao Calouste Gulbenkian for certain services. The decision confirms that, for an opposition under Article 8(1)(b) to succeed, the cumulative conditions of identity/similarity of the signs and identity/similarity of the goods/services must be met.;

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DAILY: Bad-faith claim without concrete evidence may be insufficient in opposition proceedings

The Turkish Patent Institute has dismissed an opposition by the owner of several BOARDEX marks against registration of the mark GUARDEX. The opponent argued that the application for GUARDEX had been filed in bad faith because the marks were similar and covered similar goods. The decision suggests that the institute has developed a rather prudent approach to assessing bad-faith claims.;

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DAILY: Name of famous cyclist registered as trademark

Colombian cyclist Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas, the winner of this year's Giro d’Italia and runner-up of the 2013 Tour de France, has obtained a registration for the mark NAIRO QUINTANA for services in Classes 35 and 41. Trademark registration was seen as an additional way of protecting a name attached to a public image.;

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DAILY: General Court: consumers will focus on beginning of marks

In Rani Refreshments FZCO v OHIM, the General Court has upheld a decision of the Fourth Board of Appeal of OHIM finding that the mark SANI on the one hand, and the marks RANI and HANI on the other, were not confusingly similar. Among other things, the court agreed with the board that the relevant public would be able to distinguish the beginning of the marks from their shared ending.;

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DAILY: Public accustomed to identifying shoes or clothing based on distinctive design

The Oslo District Court has found that a figurative trademark belonging to Swedish company Tretorn was distinctive for shoes and clothing. Among other things, the court stated that the public has become accustomed to identifying a particular brand of running shoes or sports shirts based only on a distinctive pattern or design.;

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DAILY: Trademark solicitation dispute continues as call made for more government engagement

The US District Court for the Southern District of New York has ruled that a law firm has standing to complain about trademark solicitations sent by the Patent & Trademark Agency LLC, which it alleges are misleading. While the case will now progress and be decided on its merits, one practitioner has called for more to be done to police trademark solicitation campaigns.;

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DAILY: The unwelcome battle between ‘Beats’ and ‘iPhone’ for most requested counterfeit crown

WTR takes a look at which fake brands and products consumers have been proactively searching for using the Google search engine.;

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DAILY: UDRP panel takes nature of gTLD into account in reaching decision

US company Slide Mountain Acquisition Company LLC, the owner of several LOEHMANN’S marks, has obtained the transfer of the domain name ‘loehmanns.clothing’ under the UDRP. Among other things, the panel noted that the adoption of the gTLD ‘.clothing’ was particularly apt to increase the risk of confusion, as the complainant’s trademark was registered and used in connection with such goods.;

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DAILY: Board of Appeal refuses to register name of small village as trademark for drinks

The Board of Appeal has upheld a decision of the Patent Office refusing to register the trademark VERGI for non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks on the ground that it created an association between the goods and a domestic source and could thus influence the purchase preferences of consumers. The board dismissed the applicant’s argument that the office had not proven that Vergi was familiar to consumers, as it is a very small village.;

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DAILY: Guidelines for examining and ascertaining trademark rights in administrative cases issued

The Beijing Higher People’s Court has issued a set of guidelines for examining and ascertaining trademark rights in administrative appeals/proceedings filed with the court against decisions made by the TRAB under the new Trademark Law. The guidelines consist of 30 articles covering five major issues, including the determination of consumer confusion and the protection of prior rights.;

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EVENT: MARQUES 28th Annual Conference

The theme of the MARQUES 28th Annual Conference in Copenhagen is “Traditional Brands in a Digital Market”. Many of the sessions will address different aspects of this question, focusing on the legal issues and challenges of creatively using social media. The conference will include discussions on issues such as new business models on the internet, website selling of counterfeit goods and limits in the digital market, as well as updates on OHIM, WIPO and European Trademark reform.;

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DAILY: Distribution and retail services are similar where goods are identical or highly similar

In Basic AG Lebensmittelhandel v OHIM, the General Court has found that there was a likelihood of confusion between the figurative mark BASIC for retail and wholesale services relating to foodstuffs and beverages in Class 35, and the earlier figurative mark BASIC for the distribution of staple foodstuffs in Class 39. Among other things, the court found that distribution and retail services are similar where the distributed/retailed goods are identical or highly similar.;

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DAILY: '.uk' launch day sees over 50,000 domain names registrations

The registration of domain names directly under ‘.uk’, the ccTLD for the United Kingdom, launched on June 10 2014. The launch day saw over 50,000 domain names registered within the first 24 hours, making the launch of ‘.uk’ one of the fastest-selling new domain name releases on record. The vast majority of holders of domain names at the third level have five years to reserve the equivalent domain name under ‘.uk’.;

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DAILY: First domino ready to fall as alcohol plain packaging move pondered

This weekend it was reported that Indonesia is stepping up plans to introduce plain packaging for alcoholic products. Should the country press ahead with its plans, the prediction by IP associations that plain packaging will creep into other industry segments may be realised sooner than expected.;

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DAILY: The tale of breadcrumbs: Eighth Circuit finds trademark licence no longer executory

In Lewis Brothers Bakeries Inc v Interstate Brands Corp, the US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit has held that a perpetual, royalty-free, assignable, transferable, exclusive trademark licence granted in connection with a substantially consummated asset purchase agreement was not an executory contract that could be assumed or rejected by the licensor-debtor in bankruptcy.;

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DAILY: Top 10 trademark news stories for June

The most-read trademark story on the World Trademark Review blog this month looked at the community outcry sparked by Ultra PRO’s application to trademark DOGE. However, rather than a story highlighting the danger of online backlashes, the incident instead shows how direct engagement can lead to positive outcomes.;

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DAILY: Top 10 legal updates for June

The most-read World Trademark Review Daily Legal Update, available exclusively to World Trademark Review subscribers, in June centred on the Court of Justice of the European Union’s reply to three questions referred to it in a complex dispute concerning a colour mark. Its answers provided guidance on acquired distinctiveness.;

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DAILY: Innovations emerge to pre-empt the counterfeit threat of 3D printing

The anxiety that 3D printing could lead to a new front in the war against counterfeiting and trademark infringement has increased exponentially this year, and new innovations could ease those worries but there is still much to be done.;

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DAILY: Call for IP community to keep up pressure over murdered customs officer

The myth that counterfeiting is a victimless crime was sharply dispelled in 2011 when South African customs official Johan Nortje was gunned down in front of his house, in what was described by police sources as a “hit”. This week it has been reported that the murder case has been withdrawn, and IP practitioners are being urged to keep the pressure on authorities.;

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DAILY: Marks in different languages may be conceptually identical

In The Hut.com Ltd v OHIM, the General Court has upheld a decision of the Second Board of Appeal of OHIM finding that there was a likelihood of confusion between THE HUT in Class 35 and LA HUTTE in Classes 3, 5, 18, 22, 25 and 28. The decision is interesting in that it accepts that marks in different languages can be conceptually identical, and confirms that the retail sale of goods in Class 35 is similar to the goods themselves.;

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Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy (BASCAP)

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

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British Library Business & IP Centre

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

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South African Federation against Copyright Theft (SAFACT)

"Be Your Own, Buy Your Own" campaign that encourages South African consumers to respect copyright Anti DVD piracy public service announcements (2009; in cooperation with Stepping Stones Pictures, Zoopy and Next Video) featuring Kenneth Nkosi and Rapulana Seiphemo, who co-wrote, star in and co-own the popular South African movie "White Wedding"; Nkosi and Seiphemo make the point that people buying pirated DVDs are effectively stealing from them and harm not only their business but also the local film industry Campaigns: "Fake Fakes" (launched in 2006), involving (...);

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Industrial Property Office of the Slovak republic (INDPROP)

"You don't fake – You don't risk" campaign (2013-) targeted at 10-15 year olds to persuade them not to purchase counterfeited and pirated goods Annual "Open Day" at the IP Office: on the occasion of World Intellectual Property Day (April 26th) the office is open for general public; the most interesting parts of the office are archive, congress hall, search room and the renovated entrance hall for public where you can learn about interesting history of innovation activities in Slovakia and in the world Bi-annual "Ján Bahýľ Award" (Ján Bahýľ - inventor of (...);

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Clifton Taulbert's Building Community Institute, Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative (ELI), Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

"Ice House Entrepreneurship Program" (launched in 2010/2011) designed to inspire and engage America's youth (high school and community college students) in the unlimited opportunities that an entrepreneurial mindset can provide; includes: - "Who Owns the Ice House?" book, based on the personal experience of Pulitzer nominee Clifton Taulbert, tells a powerful and compelling story that draws on the entrepreneurial influence and eight essential life-lessons Taulbert gained from his Uncle Cleve, an unlikely entrepreneur in the segregated South - interactive online learning (...);

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UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

"Counterfeit: Don’t buy into organized crime" campaign (2014) to raise awareness about counterfeit goods and transnational organized crime; urges consumers to "look behind" counterfeit goods in a bid to boost understanding of the multi-faceted repercussions of this illicit trade "Transnational organized crime: Let's put them out of business" global awareness-raising campaign (2012), emphasizing the size and cost of counterfeit goods, among other aspects;

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UK Intellectual Property Office (UK-IPO)

"Cracking Ideas" project: uses a combination of specific lesson plans, teaching resources and a dedicated website (crackingideas.com) to encourage innovation and creativity among pupils in the 4-7, 8-11 and 12-16 age groups Spokescharacters: Wallace & Gromit Learning resources: activity packs, innovation packs, "My IP" booklet Creative competitions: annual "Cracking Ideas" competition Interactive games, challenges and lesson plans: Sprocket Rocket (Help Wallace & Gromit collect cogs to fix their ship and fly to the moon! You'll need creative skills and some (...);

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International Trademark Association (INTA)

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

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Jamaica Intellectual Property Office (JIPO)

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

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

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

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

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

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HIP Alliance (Singapore)

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

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IP Australia

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

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IP Australia

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

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National Board of Patents and Registration of Finland (NBPR)

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

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Enterprise Estonia (EAS)

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

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Austria Wirtschaftsservice (AWS)

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

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New Zealand Post

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

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Television New Zealand (TVNZ)

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

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