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Past June 10th, African leaders have agreed to establish a large free trade zone that will cover 26 African countries, including large regional economies, including Egypt, South Africa and Angola, large countries by land area, such as the Democratic Republic of Congo or Sudan, but also small insular countries, such as Seychelles, Comoros or Mauritius.
The agreement is called Tripartite Free Tra...
In order to update trademark files, The Angolan Intellectual Property Office (IAPI) issued a notification, requesting all applicants and/or attorneys of trademark applications numbered from 1 (one) to 5000 (five thousand) to present the following documents:
1) Copy of the official filing receipt or application request;
2) Power of Attorney;
3) Certificate of Incorporation, proving the company...
Since 2011 the Ministry of Trade and Industry from Kurdistan is claiming that Iraqi trademark registrations before Iraqi PTO in Baghdad no longer cover Iraq jurisdiction. Now, the State Council of Iraq has issued an opinion clarifying this question, informing that there is no longer possibility of extending the trademark registrations from Iraq to Kurdistan. In this sense, Kurdistan is now a compl...
The Sixty-eighth session of the World Health Assembly (WHA) took place in Geneva 18–26 May 2015. One of the issues that have been addressed was the high prices of medicines in Europe. Actually this is a growing problem in the EU. In the past few years the price of the medicines have been increasing exceeding the ability of the patients to pay for it. It is enough to recall the recent case in...
The Court of First Instance of Turin has ordered a preliminary injunction regarding the protection of moral rights of the author of a work protected under copyright. The case was brought before the court by Riccardo Pagani and the defendant was his former employer Leo Burnett Company Srl.
Riccardo Pagani claimed to be the author of the script of the TV commercial FIAT 500 Cult Yacht, while we w...
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...
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