Latest news about Intellectual Property

25. September 2017
Design Law

An important judgement for the fashion world was pronounced: Chanel SAS was found right in the trademark dispute over the distinctive Chanel monogram. The EUIPO must annul the registered design for a similar ornament of Li Jing Zhou and Golden Rose 999 Srl, the French ARRÊT DU TRIBUNAL (quatrième chambre) judged.

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22. September 2017
Trademark Law

The Taiwanese company Wawei wants to protect its name as a European Trademark. But the Chinese smartphone giant Huawei finds the brandname "Wawei"  confusingly similair to its own trademark. To strengthen their arguments before the EUIPO, Huawei analyses the pronouncation of the two trademarks in different European languages.  

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19. September 2017
International Intellectual Property

How to protect my drugs from patent approval and generic replication? This question is a constant challenge for pharmaceutical companies, especially if their original drug has high development costs and a very good sales success. The Irish pharmaceutical company Allergan has now sold the patents of the drug Restasis to a Mohawk tribe in the state of New York to prevent the patents from being invalidated.

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15. September 2017
International Intellectual Property

US discount warehouse chain Costco has been ruled by a US district judge for trademark infringement of Tiffany & Co. by selling "Tiffany" engagement rings. Costco Wholesale Corp. must pay approximately US $19.4 million in damages to the luxury juweler. Moreover the discount warehouse chain is forbidden to use “Tiffany” as a standalone term for selling engagement rings that were marketed using Tiffany’s name.

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12. September 2017
International Intellectual Property

Is the EU trade mark still useful in Britain after the Brexit? And will the protection offered by the patent still be valid in the UK? Maybe there will be answers: last week the Commission of the EU submitted a new position paper about intellectual property rights.

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