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The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Trademark Law has the primary objective of unifying the trademark registration systems and procedure of all member states of the GCC: Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman and United Arab Emirates. This unification, however, does not create a centralized filing procedure nor does it replace the national filing.
Approved by the GCC Supreme Council during i...
A case that is currently attracting a lot of media attention has been the case of Pirate Joe vs Trader Joe’s. The first is a Canadian retailer, located in Vancouver, who resells products belonging to the second party at a 30 to 40% increased price, without any authorization to use the similar trademark; the second party is a large company based on Monrovia, California, United States, who sel...
Past August 30, 2016, a trademark opposition system has come into effect in Mexico. The amendment to the Mexican IP Law was published in the Official Gazette June 1, 2016 and a new opposition has come alive, where before there was none. While the opposition system is most certainly welcome, taking into account that it will make it easier – and cheaper – for opponents to oppose publishe...
The Hague Convention that abolishes the requirement of legalization for foreign public documents, also known as the Apostille Convention, has entered into force past August 14st, 2016.
Before, foreign documents had to be authenticated at a Notary Public and legalized up to Brazilian Consulate, but now the process is simpler and less bureaucratic. Documents that had to be filed at the National I...
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Cook Islands has notified that they have deposited the instrument of accession of the Convention Establishing the Word Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), signed at Stockholm in 1967.
The deposit occurred past July 2th, 2016 and will enter into force October 27th, 2016.
The Cook Islands are an island country in the South Pacific Ocean with close...
In the last few years we have seen the rise in popularity of multiple software applications, with the latest and biggest example being “Pokémon Go” developed by NIANTIC, Inc. However, where there is a rise in popularity of a product, there is always an increase on the amount of copycats and counterfeits.
While in Europe there is a larger restriction for software patents, in t...
Aiming at making the protection of intellectual property a more efficient process, Thailand has amended its Trademarks Act of B.E. 2534 (1991).
The amendments were published in the Royal Gazette on April 29, 2016 and become effective on July 28, 90 days after the publication date.
Significant changes were introduced which we may summarize as follows.
Extension to the definition of trad...
Kickass Torrents (KAT) is one of the largest file sharing websites in the world that has allowed people to copy and distribute more than $1 billion worth of media. Since its inception in 2008, KAT has provided a directory that allows users to download TV shows, music, movies, videogames and other types of media. It is estimated that the aggregation of media that has circulated the website to be wo...
ARM Holdings, a Cambridge-based internet technology company that designs chips and holds the title as the UK’s only global-scale tech company and is also listed in the FTSE 100 has accepted a takeover offer by the Japanese tech conglomerate SoftBank for $31.4 billion.
ARM’s technology is present in virtually every mobile device, tablet and smartphone. The phone designs chips, but do...
A court battle between Apple and Network-1 from 2008 had a recent development. It all started when a company named Mirror Worlds filed a lawsuit against Apple, due to an infringement of patents describing streams of information in a computer system. A similar functionality is found in Apple’s Time Machine and Cover Flow.
In 2010, a preliminary jury trial, concerning four of those patents...
Following several months of uncertainty and speculation, the trans-Atlantic agreement between the European Union and the United States of America has been officially adopted on Tuesday the 12th of July, 2016.
The agreement, known as ‘Privacy Shield’ intends to protect data between the EU and the US, two regions that have distinct regulations concerning data security. It establishes...
Abstract: Djibouti becomes the 150th PCT Member-state
Djibouti has become the 150th Member State to join the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), it filed its instrument of accession on the 23rd of June, 2016 and the treaty is expected to be enforceable from the 23rd of September, 2016. The law in Djibouti is due to be amended in order to cater for PCT international applications.
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