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Several negotiations between the governments of the US and Cuba are warming up Cold War reminiscences that to this day still impact the travel of persons, goods and money between this Caribbean island and the US.
In the past few years, US and Cuban delegations have had secretive meetings with the objective of easing the trade embargo on the island, which resulted in an exchange of political pri...
A battle of titans is happening. It all started when Rihanna’s firm attempted to trademark the name “Robyn” on June 23, 2014. DC Comics subsequently filed a “Notice of Opposition” to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). DC Comics has advocated that Rihanna’s trademark will create a likelihood of confusion on the part of consumers because the trademark &...
The European Commission has issued a press release on the April 21st that details changes that have the goal of modernising the EU trademark system, adapting it to the Digital Era and promoting its use by Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).
First and foremost, the “Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market” (OHIM) will change its name to “European Union I...
On 2nd September 2004, the Minister for Foreign Affairs has notified WIPO (notification no. 220) of the deposit by the Government of the State of Kuwait of its instrument of accession to the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property of March 20, 1883. The Convention has entered in force on 2nd December 2014 and now Kuwaiti PTO announced that priority claims will be available for t...
The Industrial Property Act 2014 in the Seychelles entry into force on March 1, 2015.
The key contributions of the new Act include:
It is now possible to claim priority in accordance with the Paris Convention.
The duration of a registration is now 10 years from the filing date instead of 7 years. The renewal term is 7 years instead of 14 years previously.
The time perio...
Algeria implemented new rules concerning renewal of trademark applications. According to the new regulations issued by the Algerian PTO, renewal of trademark applications shall be accompanied by proof of use from in the year preceding the renewal deadline.
Hitherto, there is no specific information about how the trademark owner’s may fill this requirement. However, according to the legal...
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...
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