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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: TMO requires ratification of oppositions

The Venezuelan Trademark Office has issued an official communication requesting that trademark owners or applicants which have filed oppositions against third-party applications reaffirm their interest in continuing such proceedings.;

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DAILY: Just one week remains to make nominations for the WTR Industry Awards 2017

The nominations window for the WTR Industry Awards 2017 closes on December 13. Act now to ensure that the leading in-house trademark departments, groups and individuals receive the recognition they deserve.;

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DAILY: Descriptive or distinctive? Birkenstock sole pattern held to be invalid

An application for a declaration of invalidity against the registration of the Birkenstock sole pattern has succeeded on the basis of lack of distinctiveness, but failed on the grounds of descriptiveness, customary use and shape. The decision underlines the differences between descriptive and distinctive character.;

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DAILY: The additional threshold on distinctive character

The EU General Court has upheld a decision by the EUIPO First Board of Appeal that found two marks belonging to Caffè Nero lacked distinctive character for some of the goods in Classes 30 and 35, including coffee and coffee expresso beverages, on the grounds of deception.;

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DAILY: Litigation that racks up the miles

A seemingly straightforward claim of likelihood of confusion between ASIA MILES and AIR MILES took a circuitous route through the Federal Court, ending with the application for ASIA MILES being refused.;

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DAILY: Brand owners and shipping firms sign “historic declaration” to fight counterfeits; reaction suggests this is just the start

Representatives from a number of global shipping companies, logistics firms, anti-counterfeiting organisations and multinational brand owners signed a declaration of intent last week aimed at preventing the maritime transportation of counterfeit goods. While described as “historic” by those involved, commentators say success will require a line-up of projects to curb the billions of dollars of counterfeit goods being shipped around the world.;

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DAILY: Expert suggests EU digital single market points towards one pan-European IP system

Last week’s International Trademark Association Digital World Conference featured many discussions focused on the digital single market that the European Union is looking to implement. While issues around copyright have spurred the most IP-related concerns from brand owners during the ongoing negotiations, one speaker suggested that the "natural result of the European project" will be a future move to a single European system of trademarks and patents – with national registered rights eventually faded out.;

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DAILY: California Heritage Protection Act

California has adopted a new law that prohibits state parks from granting trademark or service mark rights in park names or names associated with historical, cultural or recreational resources to any businesses operating within the parks. From next year, any contract that violates this provision will be deemed unenforceable under California law.;

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DAILY: Likelihood of confusion between CLOVER CANYON and CANYON

In a dispute dating back to 2012, the EU General Court has rendered its decision in the opposition proceedings between California-based Clover Canyon and German company Kaipa Sportswear regarding an international trademark application for CLOVER CANYON designating the European Union.;

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DAILY: Section 45 clears register of deadwood

Following the appeal of a registrar's decision, the Federal Court has restored the intention of Section 45 proceedings by stating that these are intended to be summary in nature as a means to clear deadwood from the register, not an opportunity for evidentiary overkill.;

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DAILY: The spread of publicly listed IP law firms continues as Xenith acquires Australia’s Griffith Hack in strategy play

It has been announced that Australian Securities Exchange-listed holding company Xenith IP Group is buying Griffith Hack for A$152 million (US$112.5 million) in cash and shares, as Australia’s trend towards publicly traded IP law firms continues.;

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DAILY: Battle of the masters

Two organisations with substantial reputations recently came head to head in a trademark battle in World Masters Games 2017 Limited v MasterCard International Incorporated. The decision indicated that all parties to proceedings needed to “tidy up their respective acts” as poor pleading and irrelevant evidence would be dealt with rigorously.;

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DAILY: Session line-ups revealed for next week’s Brand Protection Greater China conference

World Trademark Review is pleased to present the session-by-session speaking faculty for Brand Protection Greater China, which takes place in Shanghai on December 7. A handful of delegate places remain for next week’s high-level interactive event, which has been designed to deliver practical, actionable takeaways for professionals engaged in protection and enforcement activities across the region.;

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DAILY: General Court confirms BRAUWELT not registrable

The EU General Court recently held that BRAUWELT was not registrable for several goods and services and confirmed the EU Intellectual Property Office's previous rejections. Although not a landmark decision, it reminds practitioners of a number of points which should be observed in such proceedings.;

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DAILY: Brand trust under attack as cybersecurity threats continue to blur the real and the fake

Intel Security’s McAfee Labs 2017 Threats Predictions Report focuses on the cybersecurity challenges facing all organisations and is important reading for those in the IT sector. However, while not written for a trademark counsel audience, it highlights a number of issues that both mark owners and the law firms that work with them need to be alive to – not least attacks that directly erode brand trust.;

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DAILY: Specsavers secures SHOULD’VE trademark registration; hits out at inaccurate media coverage

Eyewear giant Specsavers has successfully secured registered trademark protection on the term SHOULD’VE, a shortened version of its well-known tagline ‘Should’ve gone to Specsavers’. The initial application at the UK Intellectual Property Office spurred negative media reaction earlier this year, with reports claiming that it demonstrates the overreach of trademark law. However, in exclusive comments to World Trademark Review, Antony Douglass, principal IP counsel at Specsavers, has hit out at the “inaccurate commentary” surrounding the mark.;

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DAILY: Opposition fails due to lack of specific evidence of use

A recent decision by the UK Intellectual Property Office highlights the importance of comprehensive and accurate evidence of use in an effective opposition, after opposition to a visually similar device mark failed on all but one ground due to perceived weaknesses in evidence.;

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DAILY: TTAB sets precedent on preclusive effect of prior actions

In a precedential opinion, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board held that a fraud claim based on a Section 15 declaration filed during a prior proceeding for fraud on a different basis was not barred by claim preclusion.;

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DAILY: WHO may drop ‘counterfeit’ from its substandard drugs definition; move won't affect national legislation

The World Health Organisation is considering a recommendation that it drops use of the term ‘counterfeit’ when referring to drugs and other medical products that appear to fail regulatory standards and lack relevant approvals.;

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DAILY: '.xxx' to adopt the URS

ICM Registry LLC, the registry operator which runs the adult entertainment-oriented generic top-level domains ‘.xxx’, ‘.adult’, ‘.porn’ and ‘.sex’, has renegotiated its ‘.xxx’ registry agreement with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers.;

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DAILY: Breakthrough in fight against trademark solicitations? Lessons from New Zealand’s $600,000 refund success

The constant flood of trademark solicitation scams has been a blight to the IP community for a number of years now. But a recent success in New Zealand has led to over NZ$600,000 in refunds being paid to affected parties. Expert commentators are hopeful that this positive outcome could be repeated in other jurisdictions and may serve as a deterrent to other trademark solicitation operators.;

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DAILY: Prudence advised in appeals to the Trademarks Opposition Board

A recent case has shown that if a party gives its best evidence in an opposition, it should be cautious about considering an appeal unless either the Trademarks Opposition Board has made a material error in fact when making its decision or pertinent new evidence has become available.;

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DAILY: Turkey introduces customs training seminars

Due to its location in the worldwide trade route, Turkey has a vital role in the fight against counterfeiting. The European Union and the Turkish government are therefore working together to increase training for Turkish customs officials and are looking to involve IP rights holders wherever possible.;

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DAILY: Brazil signals Madrid Protocol intent; “vast majority” of local trademark practitioners concerned

The Brazilian government has confirmed that it intends to join the international trademark system by mid-2018. While the country’s move towards the Madrid Protocol will be seen as positive by the World Intellectual Property Organisation, one expert argues that the country’s trademark office is far from ready – even claiming that its progress could be stifled as a result of Madrid.;

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DAILY: New law on trademarks and geographical indications

The new Trademark and Geographical Indication Law has been passed by Parliament and is expected to take effect imminently. This update outlines the main prosecution changes and the impact on revocation, infringement and enforcement.;

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DAILY: Bankruptcy is not force majeure to justify non-use

The Argentine Court of Appeals has rejected a defendant's argument that a trademark's proof of use was impossible because the prior owner was in a bankruptcy proceeding which constituted a force majeure event. The court stated that bankruptcy did not constitute “an unforeseeable and unavoidable event” because if it did, insolvent parties could avoid debts by arguing force majeure.;

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DAILY: The problem with acronyms

In a recent decision, a panel at the World Intellectual Property Organisation denied the transfer of a four-letter domain name, under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy, because there was insufficient evidence that it had been registered in bad faith.;

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DAILY: High Court finds CAESAR is not well known

The High Court has reversed the decision of a registrar and allowed an application for CAESARSTONE to proceed to registration, after considering whether competing marks were similar and whether CAESAR was well known in Singapore.;

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DAILY: Brand owners are losing the battle against typosquatters; study highlights tactics that could be effective

New research has found that typosquatters are becoming increasingly adept at securing the most valuable brand-related domains, with the authors suggesting that many brands “do not know which domains they should target for reclaim”.;

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DAILY: IP Court holds that 3D mark is a device

Three-dimensional (3D) trademarks are notoriously difficult to register in Malaysia because the existing law does not specifically provide for the registration of shape marks. However, many 3D trademarks have been filed by taking advantage of the non-exhaustive definition of a mark under the Trademarks Act 1976.;

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DAILY: Goodwill not established in TALA cups

A deputy enterprise judge has rejected a claim for passing off conical measuring cups based on the similarities of the exterior and interior design. The judge concluded that the defendants had taken sufficient steps to distinguish the two cups and that there was insufficient evidence to indicate that the shape of the cups served as an indicator of origin.;

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DAILY: Time running out to nominate the industry’s leading lights for the WTR Industry Awards 2017

World Trademark Review is currently seeking nominations for the WTR Industry Awards 2017 – and there is not long left to recommend the leading in-house trademark departments, groups and individuals for recognition.;

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DAILY: US trademark litigation filings on course for 16-year low

The latest available data from Lex Machina estimates that 3,529 trademark litigation suits will be filed in the United States in 2016. If so, the level of filings will be the lowest since 2001. For law firms, competition for the trademark litigation dollar seems set to intensify.;

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DAILY: Media brands can’t rely on Facebook and Google to fight the reputational risks posed by fake news

There have been growing calls in recent weeks for Facebook and Google to tackle content published by fake news websites. This follows accusations that both provided a platform for the sharing and promotion of misinformation during the recent US election. What is being less discussed is the responsibility that major media companies have to stop such sites – specifically those that use the branding of popular news outlets as a way to add legitimacy to their hoax articles.;

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DAILY: Additional damages approved in line with TPPA

Despite the uncertain future of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), the New Zealand government has introduced legislation to bring its trademark laws into line with the TPPA in relation to additional damages.;

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DAILY: No confusion between YOGGI and YOGIBOOST

The newly established Swedish Patent and Market Court of Appeal has upheld a ruling by the Stockholm District Court resulting in a Swedish dairy producer losing registration of its 45-year-old trademark for goods outside bacterial culture yoghurts.;

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DAILY: General Court finds likelihood of confusion in P signs

The EU General Court has recently confirmed a decision of the EUIPO Fourth Board of Appeal regarding the likelihood of confusion between an application for an EU figurative mark likely to be perceived as the letter P and an earlier German figurative mark also likely to be perceived as the letter P.;

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DAILY: Record-breaking year confirms financial payback of strong brands, even if counsel don’t get the credit they deserve

Heinz’s $41.3 billion acquisition of the Kraft Foods portfolio has been identified as a record-setting brand-based transaction, dwarfing the previous biggest acquisition, Procter & Gamble’s $25.5 billion takeover of Gillette in 2005. Analysis of the most expensive brands that changed hands in 2015 further suggests that big ticket, brand-backed deals could be back after a post-recession lull.;

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DAILY: BLACK GIRLS ROCK! and BLACK MEN ROCK confusingly similar

The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board recently acknowledged that the similarities outweighed the differences between the marks BLACK GIRLS ROCK! (clothing and entertainment services) and BLACK MEN ROCK (clothing and educational services). Although the decision seemed straightforward, the case was precedential because it discussed the efficiency of the Accelerated Case Resolution procedure.;

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DAILY: High Court holds common assumption invalid

The High Court recently held that a claimant could not rely on an argument of common assumption in relation to the purchase of disputed IP rights, as this relied too heavily on subjective intention. The court emphasised that parties have the ability to contractually agree termination provisions and therefore, only the terms of the contract – not the pre-contractual negotiations – should be taken into account.;

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DAILY: A change for '.il' domain names

The Israel Internet Association – the registry responsible for running the '.il' namespace – recently announced that the registration and management of '.il' domain names would move to a registrar model. The move took effect this month, when ISOC-IL transferred the registration and management role for all '.il' domain names to accredited registrars.;

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DAILY: Amazon takes unprecedented action against alleged counterfeiters, but will it appease concerned IP owners?

For the first time in its history, Amazon has sued parties suspected of using its online platform to sell counterfeit goods. The litigation, filed last week, represents a positive step for the e-commerce company, which has often been accused of inaction when it comes to tackling counterfeits on its website. But trademark owners are likely to want to see a lot more from Amazon for their concerns to be significantly allayed.;

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DAILY: Federal Court rules wrongful behaviour is not cause of alleged damages

In E Mishan v Supertek Canada, the Federal Court held that although the defendant was established to have made false or misleading statements, it did not cause the alleged damages of cancelled orders, lack of access to dealers and loss of future orders. Instead, the court found that while the defendant’s behaviour was unpleasant, the decisions at issue were caused by a third party’s inventory management considerations.;

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DAILY: Kickstarter labelled "treasure trove of product designs" for counterfeiters and copycats

Following an investigation by World Trademark Review, leading crowdfunding platform Kickstarter has been labelled “a treasure trove of product designs for would-be counterfeiters and copycats” by a brand protection expert. The investigation found that countless popular crowdfunding projects are being copied and sold on major online marketplaces – often before the legitimate product is available to buy.;

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DAILY: Kerala farmers establish organic brand

A farmers’ collective in the Indian state of Kerala has recently sought trademark protection for a form of organic spices and food products called ‘Wayanadan’. The application was filed by Biowin Agro Research for registration of the trademark WAYANADAN in Classes 29 and 30, and was a welcome step in line with the substantive efforts initiated by the Indian government to encourage communities to protect their IP rights.;

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DAILY: Lawyer, politician, marketer: the hats corporate counsel must wear as they fight for internal recognition

The opening conference session of this week’s International Trademark Association (INTA) Leadership Meeting explored how counsel can bridge the divide that often exists between business units and the legal function in an effort to deepen the understanding of trademarks. It was a timely issue, with INTA currently digesting recommendations on how to bolster the profile and career development of in-house trademark professionals.;

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DAILY: Plain packaging is on the march; World Health Organisation cops criticism over Syrian campaign

The plain packaging juggernaut rumbles onwards, with recent announcements that Sri Lanka and Turkey plan to implement new legislation imminently. Indeed, a new study confirms that the World Health Organisation’s push for plain packaging is “gaining momentum around the globe” – but there has been criticism over the organisation’s lobbying priorities, including a recent campaign to introduce the measure in Syria.;

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DAILY: IP Court overrules dismissal of Usadba

The IP Court has ruled that lack of distinctiveness of a dominating element of a trademark cannot be grounds for dismissing an infringement claim until the trademark has been invalidated through the proper administrative procedure.;

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DAILY: When is a brand not really a brand?

In a recent opposition cancellation, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board has held that the phrase ‘I ? DC’ would be perceived by consumers as informational and an expression of enthusiasm, and therefore did not create the commercial impression of a source indicator, even when displayed on a hangtag or label.;

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DAILY: MARKETS.COM registered as international mark

The Romanian Trademark Office for Inventions and Trademarks has accepted registration of the international trademark MARKETS.COM for services in Classes 36, 41 and 42 after a provisional refusal of protection due to lack of distinctive character.;

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CopyrightUser.org

CopyrightUser.org is an independent online resource aimed at making UK Copyright Law accessible to creators, media professionals, entrepreneurs, students, and members of the public; goal: to provide answers to the most pressing concerns creators have about copyright, helping them understand their rights;

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Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU)

"Wake up - don’t fake up!" campaign (2015): highlights the dangers of buying and using counterfeit goods such as make-up, perfume, electrical hair stylers and sun-cream;

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Internet Keep Safe Coalition (iKeepSafe)

"Copyright & Creativity for Ethical Digital Citizens" curriculum (2015); includes lesson plans, videos, activities, and handouts designed to inspire creativity and help students make conscious choices about sharing their own creative work while understanding the value of respecting the rights of other creators;

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Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO)

IP Video Contest: challenges young adults to make a short video explaining the importance of the patent system;

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NAMAN India (National Association for Mega Awareness and Nomocracy in India)

Intellectual Property (IP) Awareness initiative: aims to raise awareness about IP and IP rights with focus on patents, and change the perception that it is difficult and inconsequential for individuals to obtain patents;

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WhoIsHostingThis.com

Guides for students: Ultimate Guide to Copyright for Students; The Ultimate DMCA Guide for Students; A Plagiarism Guide for Students.;

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State Agency on Intellectual Property (AGEPI), Ministry of Education of the Republic of Moldova (ME), Directorate General for Education, Youth and Sports (DGEYS)

National Pupil Awareness Campaign on Counterfeiting and Piracy (2014); objective: to inform pupils about counterfeiting and piracy, explaining the risks involved;

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Into Film, Industry Trust for IP Awareness

"Creating Movie Magic" program (2014); objective: to explain the importance of copyright to young people, encourage a respect for the film-making process, and debate about the value of intellectual property;

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closer2patents

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

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Industry Trust for Intellectual Property Awareness, Lionsgate UK

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

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Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy (BASCAP)

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

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

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

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Finančná správa, World Health Organization (WHO), Slovak Chamber of Pharmacists, Industrial Property Office of the Slovak Republic

"Falosne lieky" information campaign to highlight the problem of fake medicines; objective: to raise public awareness about the dangers of counterfeit medicines as well as the risks of buying them through the Internet;

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

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

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UK Intellectual Property Office (UK-IPO)

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

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

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

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3D Chile Comunicaciones

"#ImaginaciónSinMiedos" (Imagination without fear) campaign to promote respect for creativity;

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Mobile Manufacturer’s Forum

"Spot a Fake Phone" website, to help consumers spot fake mobile phones and avoid being ripped off;

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CropLife International

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

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Fight the Fakes

Fight the Fakes is a campaign that aims to raise awareness about the dangers of fake medicines, giving a voice to those who have been personally impacted and shares the stories of those working to put a stop to this threat to public health; objective: to build a global movement of organizations and individuals who will shine light on the negative impact that fake medicines have on people around the globe and to reduce the negative consequences on individuals worldwide;

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