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IP assets are becoming increasingly more important to companies worldwide and regarding several business activities. The geographic scope of the enforcement of these rights knows no frontiers as companies keep battling it out over IP assets in various countries worldwide.
Fashion: Gucci vs. Guess
Gucci has been pursuing Guess over allegations of trademark infringement for several years and in...
Sriracha is a well-known chili-based hot sauce that was made popular in the US by Huy Fong Foods Company, achieving greater consumer success due to its distinctive red bottles with a green cap, its rooster logo and of course…its flavor.
However, the Sriracha sauce has an intriguing story related to trademark protection or, to be precise, lack of protection, considering that Huy...
After the new European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, the new the German politician and member of the Christian Democratic Union, Günther Oettinger, took office, the European Copyright Society issued a letter claiming for a unification of the European Copyright Law.
Among other issues, the letter focuses attention on the urgency of the European Copyright Laws’ Unificat...
Lionel Messi is currently battling another Portuguese. This time, however, Cristiano Ronaldo is not in the picture, given that this time, Messi is facing a Portuguese wine company, which is unwilling to allow Messi to sell his wine “Leo” in Europe.
In 2010, Leonel Messi has joined the Argentine wine company Bianchi, which union lead to the commercialization of the wine “Leo&rd...
On December the 18th 2014, the Act that governed Industrial Property in Morocco (Act No. 17/97) was amended by the new Industrial Property Law No. 23-13. This new Law came into full force on January the 15th 2015. This transition enhanced Industrial Property rights in Morocco in order to meet current international standards.
The main adjustments introduced into this new law include:
On February 13, 2015, USA and Japan deposited official instruments at WIPO headquarters in Geneva bringing the number of memberships of Hague System to 64. This Agreement came into effect on May 13, 2015.
The Hague System is an international registration system that facilitates the process of obtaining design protection in multiple countries by means of a single international application filed...
On December 17th, 2010, an agreement to enable European patents to be validated in Morocco was signed between European Patent Office (EPO) and Moroccan Industrial and Commercial Property Office (OMPIC). The Moroccan industrial property law has been revised and amended in order to be compatible with this agreement that will finally enter into force on March 15th, 2015.
Until now, Moroccan law on...
After consultation with the Trademark Public Advisory Committee and authorization by the Leahy-Smith American Invents Act, the United States Patent and Trademark Office proceeded to reduce the official fees required to register trademarks in the US, as of January 17, 2015.
Of the 3 available trademark application options, the one with the stricter requirements had its fees reduces by $50 to $22...
The Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) has recently addressed the question whether the expression “Je suis Charlie” could be a Community Trade Mark (CTM). Despite OHIM’s general rule of not commenting on individual cases of trade mark applications before or during the registration procedures, the public interest regarding the registration of “Je suis Cha...
The Lisbon-based Portuguese sports club ‘Sport Lisboa e Benfica’, generally known as ‘Benfica’, or ‘SLB’ by loving fans has recently “scored one for the team” when they successfully opposed a Turkish trademark application made in the name of the club.
The Turkish leather and textiles company which was acting in bad faith at the time that the Trade...
Right before the end of 2014, the soft drinks company Coca-Cola filed applications for two new trademarks at the US Patent and Trademark Office that consist of hashtags: #cokecanpics and #smilewithacoke. Hashtags became very popular because of the social network Twitter. Simply consisting of words or short expressions, they allow to easily search published messages about a certain topic.
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