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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: Supreme Court affirms refusal of registration to stylised mark due to likelihood of confusion

The Supreme Court has refused leave to appeal a district court ruling which overturned a Israel Patent and Trademark Office decision to register the stylised mark SONICGEAR notwithstanding the opposition by Sony Corporation.;

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DAILY: General Court leaves no stone unturned

The General Court of the European Union has dismissed an appeal against a previous decision of the OHIM Second Board of Appeal and confirmed that the figurative mark AEROSTONE and the word mark STONE were similar, and that there was a likelihood of confusion between the marks.;

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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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DAILY: Carlsberg’s about-face in Myanmar shows that, even absent a trademark law, brand names must be chosen with care

Carlsberg’s local branding of Tuborg beer in Myanmar stirred controversy last month, sending the company back to the drawing board. While experts suggest that the critics threatening legal action against the brewer probably had no case, this transliteration mishap shows that – despite the lack of a trademark-specific law in the country – companies need to tread carefully when choosing a local brand name there.;

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DAILY: GrillSeason succeeds on appeal following refusal of GRILLCUBE

The Board of Appeal has overturned an Estonian Patent Office decision finding that the mark GRILLCUBE was descriptive and lacked distinctive character. The Board of Appeal found that for a refusal, the meaning of the mark should describe some essential characteristics of the goods.;

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DAILY: Federal Court weighs in on discretionary power to cancel trademark registration

In a recent case the Federal Court of Australia considered and dealt with submissions concerning the proper exercise of the court’s discretionary power to cancel the registration of a trademark under Section 88 of the Trademarks Act 1995 (Cth).;

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DAILY: Complaint for three-letter domain fails

A recent UDRP decision highlights that the omission of evidence will not be viewed lightly and could lead to a finding of reverse domain name hijacking, even if the respondent does not actually request this. It further demonstrates that it may also be extremely difficult to prove that a respondent was targeting a particular trademark owner when a domain name is very short.;

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DAILY: No break for Nestlé as high threshold is confirmed for proving acquired distinctiveness

In Nestlé v Cadbury the High Court dismissed Nestlé’s appeal against the registrar of trademarks’ refusal to register the shape of a Kit Kat chocolate bar following an analysis of the European Court of Justice ruling on the applicable test for proving acquired distinctiveness.;

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DAILY: Fake ‘Minecraft’ app puts spotlight on coding marketplaces that are “fuelling pirate community on app stores”

A new trend of sellers on online marketplaces offering customisable code for programmers to easily reskin popular phone apps is on the rise, and should be on the radars of all trademark counsel who enforce marks that are represented on app stores. The good news is that, as one industry expert notes, taking down one infringing customisable code could potentially stop hundreds of infringing apps from entering the app store environment.;

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DAILY: MPAA scores piracy win with Donuts partnership, opens door for others

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and the largest gTLD registry, Donuts, have announced a new collaboration that seeks to combat websites engaged in large-scale piracy. The move will be welcomed by creative content producers and, while focused on copyright infringement, opens the door for further initiatives to combat IP infringement.;

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DAILY: Russia offers ‘Nazdorovje’ to US court finding standing to pursue claims relating to STOLICHNAYA marks

The US Second Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that a state-owned Russian company can sue US distributors of Stolichnaya vodka for infringement of a federal trademark registration under Section 32(1) of the Lanham Act.;

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DAILY: Oppositions under the General Inter-American Convention for Trademark and Commercial Protection

Many international clients and agents are unaware that they do not need to have registered their trademark in Colombia in order to oppose a very similar or identical trademark in the jurisdiction, under Article 7 of the General Inter-American Convention for Trademark and Commercial Protection.;

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DAILY: Laying the litigation groundwork: a US perspective

On April 21 2016 in New York, Trademark Litigation: Practical Strategies will provide an interactive forum for experienced litigators to share best practices and corporate counsel to quiz industry experts on decision making. In advance of the conference, two trademark experts have given us the inside track on the foundations that underpin litigation success.;

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DAILY: No life in appeal of VITA+VERDE application before General Court

A recent General Court ruling which upheld a decision of the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market’s Second Board of Appeal to refuse registration of the mark VITA+VERDE reinforces a number of existing principles in relation to the assessment of a likelihood of confusion.;

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DAILY: TODO BIEN mark not distinctive, but does not take unfair advantage of Valderrama’s reputation

Famous Colombian football player Carlos ‘el Pibe’ Valderrama filed an opposition against the application to register the trademark TODO BIEN for “Soft drinks and energizing drinks” in Class 32.;

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DAILY: Trademark owners benefit from new Civil Procedure Rules

The new Civil Procedure Rules have significantly expedited trademark infringement proceedings by setting stricter, more clearly defined timeframes; reducing the number of cases in which witnesses are heard in court; and restricting the opportunity to obtain postponements without genuinely good cause.;

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DAILY: Parody trumps confusion and dilution – again

My Other Bag, Inc has successfully invoked the parody defence in a claim for federal dilution, federal and state trademark infringement and copyright infringement brought against it by Louis Vuitton. The court concluded that in some cases it is better to accept the implied compliment in a parody and to smile or laugh than it is to sue.;

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DAILY: Market raid turns violent in border town at the nexus of Southeast Asia’s counterfeits trade

An anti-counterfeiting raid on behalf of French brand owners left 12 Thai police injured as hundreds of angry traders protested against the seizure of goods from an infamous border market. Despite the unfortunate turn of events, the operation indicates that Thai authorities are paying increased attention to the country’s border with Cambodia - a major conduit for fake goods originating from China.;

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DAILY: Our latest, free-to-view guide to protecting your brands online is now available

The 2016 edition of Online Brand Enforcement: Protecting Your Trademarks in the Electronic Environment is now available to view online.;

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DAILY: Registrant’s pay-per-click domain is bad faith

In a recent domain name dispute the panel found that the registrant had intentionally attempted to attract, for commercial gain, internet users to an online location by creating a likelihood of confusion with the complainant's mark as to the source, sponsorship, affiliation or endorsement of the registrant's website, which was evidence of bad faith.;

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DAILY: China’s state-owned banks in the spotlight as fake fighters follow the money

Long-running efforts to battle online counterfeiters by pursuing the financial institutions that help them move money around seemed to make headway late last month when the Bank of China handed over records on an accused counterfeiter to a US court. Meanwhile, a study publicised last week suggests that just three state-run banks in China handle the lion’s share of payments for counterfeit goods transactions initiated through spam emails.;

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DAILY: Purely functional change of existing product design does not meet novelty requirement

In a recent decision the Haifa District Court dismissed a claim of design infringement absent novelty and originality of a profile design and cancelled the design.;

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DAILY: 'React World' fallout shows tangible effects of online backlash; what next for the Fine Brothers?

A YouTube comedy channel with 14 million subscribers has been forced to reverse plans to license the format of its popular ‘reaction’ videos and apply for trademarks for the names of its shows due to a huge online backlash. The dramatic loss of subscribers suffered by the Fine Brothers in the aftermath of its original announcement illustrates the very real impact that a backlash can have due to a change in IP strategy.;

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DAILY: Constitutional Court denies possibility of identical trademark coexistence

The Ankara Third Civil IP Court has claimed that the principle of ‘one owner per trademark’ oversteps its purpose and the definition of ‘identically similar’ in Article 7/1(b) should constitute relative grounds for refusal, as stated in Article 8/1(b). The court further claimed that the TPI has only a subjective view of trademarks in terms of their appearance to consumers.;

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DAILY: Anton Piller orders: non-detonating dynamite fishing expeditions

An Anton Piller order is a powerful tool within the arsenal of IP litigants, but one that is by nature open to abuse. A recent Supreme Court of Appeal decision outlined the level of specificity with which the plaintiff must describe the evidence sought when applying for such an order.;

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DAILY: Every word counts – typical cases of illegal advertisements

The Shanghai Administration of Industry and Commerce recently released its report on the enforcement of the Advertising Law in 2015. The report is a good reference to brand owners and advertisers as to the kinds of advertising claim which may attract the authorities’ attention, and potentially penalties.;

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DAILY: 'Be like Bill’ held off top spot of January's most-read list by RedTube coverage

Our most-read blog in January was a story published in October that centred on Google’s announcement of its YouTube Red ad-free subscription service. As we reported, media reports highlighted the similarity of the name to adult website ‘RedTube’ and a spokesperson for the latter told us that he welcomed the resulting publicity. The most popular story published in January, however, related to a very different internet phenomenon – ‘Be like Bill’.;

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DAILY: Liability in criminal proceedings for storage of infringing products

The La Coruña Court of Appeal has upheld a first-instance decision sentencing the owner of around 10,000 items of clothing bearing well-known trademarks, used without the holders' consent, which had been seized in its warehouse. The first-instance decision included a prison sentence, a fine and – with respect to civil liability – the payment of damages to the holders of the infringed trademarks.;

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DAILY: No similarity between ROTKÄPPCHEN and RED RIDING HOOD trademarks for alcoholic beverages

In assessing likelihood of confusion, whether a conceptual similarity arises must be decided on a case-by-case basis. As a recent General Court decision confirms, the more general the words, the higher the risk of a likelihood of confusion.;

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DAILY: Can metatag use constitute grounds for infringement or passing-off claims?

The Federal Court of Appeal of Canada has released a decision which opens up the possibility that use of a trademark by a third party as a metatag might give rise to a claim for trademark infringement or passing off.;

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DAILY: Star Wars deal propels Disney to top of the ‘most powerful brands’ list

Walt Disney has supplanted Lego as the world’s most powerful brand, according to the Brand Finance Global 500 2016. Acquisition activity has played a key role, with Marvel and Lucasfilm properties propelling the Walt Disney brand up the brand strength league table.;

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DAILY: Trademarks in 2016: INTA president looks to the future in our latest podcast

For the first World Trademark Review podcast of 2016, we speak to the new president of INTA, Ronald van Tuijl. In a wide-ranging interview, we cover everything from plain packaging and the internationalisation of INTA to the EU trademark reforms and internet governance.;

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DAILY: World Trademark Review wants your views on the state of the trademark industry

We are calling on trademark professionals to contribute their views and insights on the current state of the trademark industry for the eighth annual Global Trademark Benchmarking Survey. Participation is free of charge and is designed to measure the pulse of the industry, as well as to provide a benchmark for global trademark activities from the perspective of both corporate trademark professionals and law firm counsel.;

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DAILY: China-Britain Business Council aims to follow up Alibaba IP cooperation with WeChat partnership

Following the release of a white paper detailing WeChat’s IP protection efforts in 2015, World Trademark Review has spoken with the China-Britain Business Council about its nascent efforts to establish a dialogue between Tencent and UK rights holders. We also received an update on the council’s ongoing strategic collaboration with Alibaba Group.;

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DAILY: ‘Wrong way round’ confusion evidence not relevant

A recent High Court decision serves as a warning that not just any evidence of confusion will do; evidence of confusion and deception must be carefully analysed as to the cause of it.;

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DAILY: Intel sues SeaIntel for trademark violation

Intel sued SeaIntel for trademark violation. During the trial, SeaIntel claimed that 'intel' is an abbreviation of 'intelligence' and that the INTEL mark was thus descriptive.;

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DAILY: OAPI suspends law firm; suspended agent alleges ‘dictatorship’ OAPI is stifling anti-Madrid Protocol sentiment

The African Intellectual Property Organisation (OAPI) has suspended two IP attorneys in Cameroon, and in turn prohibited parties from using their law firm for any IP services in proceedings before it, in what one of the lawyers contends is a continuation of a bitter battle between the organisation and a group of agents who claim that its accession to the Madrid Protocol was implemented illegally.;

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DAILY: Appeals Division upholds validity of MYRTOLIN mark

G Pohl-Boskamp recently sought the invalidation of SIA Ingen Pharma’s MYRTOLIN mark, based on its own GELOMYRTOL mark. However, the Appeals Division of the Lithuanian State Patent Bureau found that the marks were dissimilar and there was thus no likelihood of confusion.;

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DAILY: TRIPLE BONUS mark is out of luck at General Court

The General Court recently upheld the refusal on absolute grounds of a Community trademark application for the stylised mark TRIPLE BONUS. The decision was unsurprising, given the dominance of the word elements and their apparent descriptiveness in relation to gaming.;

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DAILY: Curacid prevails in complicated dispute

An interesting decision on trademark use was recently handed down in the complicated case of Curacid America Corporation v Finadiet SACIF e I (Case 2591/97) and Finadiet SACIFISA v Curacid America Corporation (Case 1326/00).;

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DAILY: Olympus falls in figurative ‘3D’ mark case

The General Court has rejected Olympus’s application to register a figurative mark in Class 10 of the Nice Classification. The General Court’s decision was consistent with the earlier proceedings in the case, finding the mark both to be descriptive and to lack distinctive character.;

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DAILY: Creator of viral sensation ‘Be like Bill’ “shocked” by trademark application; pledges “aggressive” enforcement

The latest viral internet hit ‘Be like Bill’ has garnered over 1.5 million ‘likes’ on Facebook in the past few weeks, which means it is serious business to creator Eugeniu Croitoru. Following the discovery of a third-party UK trademark application for BE LIKE BILL, World Trademark Review has been told of his dismay at the filing and a pledge to crack down on misuse in the future.;

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DAILY: Political rhetoric around IANA transition heats up

In March 2014, the US-based National Telecommunications and Information Administration announced its "intent to transition key internet domain name functions to the global multi-stakeholder community". In recent weeks the political debate over the transition has heated up, with 2016 INTA president Ronald van Tuijl viewing it as a development “that trademark owners cannot ignore”.;

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DAILY: Four firms and a funeral service: the battle over the ‘Norton Rose Fulbright’ brand in China

International law firm Norton Rose Fulbright is in an ongoing legal battle in China against an entity that is specialising in IP services while using the ‘Norton Rose Fulbright’ name (and which appears to have registered domain names and a trademark related to at least three other law firms). Curiously, the same organisation also plans to offer a Norton Rose Fulbright Funeral Service.;

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DAILY: WeChat deleted 7,000 accounts for counterfeiting last year; acknowledges “huge room for improvement”

The growing number of sales transactions facilitated through the WeChat app means that a large volume of counterfeiting and trademark infringement activity has followed. A white paper on IP rights protection over the last year has outlined the company’s efforts to tackle infringement.;

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DAILY: Higher burden of proof for invalidation proceedings?

A recent Court of Appeal decision brings to light the issue of whether a higher burden of proof is required to establish a likelihood of confusion in a claim to invalidate an existing trademark, in comparison to opposing a trademark for which registration is sought.;

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DAILY: General Court finds confusion between KERASHOT and K KERASOL

The General Court has confirmed a likelihood of confusion between the word mark KERASHOT and the earlier mark K KERASOL. While the court’s judgment was reasonably orthodox as regards its assessment of the existence of a likelihood of confusion, it is notable for its two-pronged approach to the conceptual, aural and visual analysis of the signs.;

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DAILY: Plaintiff's legal interest in non-use trademark cancellation equals public interest in removing unused trademarks from register

In a recently released decision the Ljubljana Higher Court held that a plaintiff's legal interest in non-use cancellation of a trademark which had not actually been used should always be recognised, although Article 120(1) of the Industrial Property Act appears to provide that only parties with a specific interest can request cancellation.;

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DAILY: General Court decides no likelihood of confusion in mint stand-off

In Perfetti van Melle Benelux BV v Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market (OHIM) (Case T-491/13, December 16 2015), the General Court dismissed the applicant’s action against registration of the intervener’s word mark TRIDENT PURE. According to the General Court, there was no likelihood of confusion.;

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DAILY: General Court dismisses appeal over likelihood of confusion

In Hikari Miso v OHMI - Nishimoto Trading (T-751/14) the General Court ruled that a low degree of similarity of the goods at issue did not preclude a likelihood of confusion.;

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DAILY: New guidance on role of Canada Border Services Agency in combating counterfeiting and piracy

On January 1 2015 provisions came into effect which provide Canadian customs authorities with the ability to detain suspected counterfeit or pirated products and exchange information regarding the products with rights holders pursuant to an approved 'request for assistance' application.;

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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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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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