Latest news about Intellectual Property

26. May 2017
International Intellectual Property

The newest Version of the "Madrid Yearly Review" is out now. The MYR claims to be the plattform for comprehensive facts, figures and analysis of the international registration of marks. Right away: The amount of applications has grown but the registration-rate has (significantly) decreased. All key facts in our article:

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23. May 2017
Trademark Law

What is allowed in Germany does not necessarily have to be valid in Switzerland: The brand "MINDFUCK" is classified as inadmissible by the Swiss Federal Administrative Court (BVGer). The Swiss see the term "fuck" still as too vulgar and feel themselves harmed in their "moral feeling". But what are the arguments in this "sit discussion"?

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17. May 2017
International Intellectual Property

The Beijing Higher People's Court officially issued on 20 April 2017 the revised Guidelines for Patent Infringement Determination, which standardise the judicial rules applicable to patent infringement cases within the Court's jurisdiction. This decision could influence upcoming legal decisions.

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15. May 2017
International Intellectual Property

Our friends at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) have published release the newest issue of their "Madrid Highlights". The 1/2017 version features a 2016-throwback stating that the Madrid System experienced another record year in 2016, with 52,550 applications filed – 7.2% more than in the previous year. Other topics such as the Change in the Nice Classification 11th Edition, the newly published Classification Guidelines and the Madrid Goods and Services Manager (MGS) will also be discussed.

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11. May 2017
Trademark Law

Starbucks has been slapped with a trademark infringement lawsuit by the New York coffee shop "The End Brooklyn" in connection with its "Unicorn Frappucino" that went viral in social medias. According to the lawsuit, which was filed last Wednesday, The End alleges that they stole the Unicorn drink, that the Coffee Shop has created. It's dominated by the colors blue and pink. They began selling it in December 2016 (4 months before Starbucks launched their version). Furthermore they have a pending Unicorn Latte Trademark Application since January 2017 ...

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9. May 2017
Trademark Law

Grupo Osborne, the Company behind the famous Osborne Sherrys and Brandys with the Bull, is also known for actively protecting their trademark(s). So as it had to happen Osborne found out that there has been a (EU) Trademark Application that contains a bull too. But besides the bull there is also a sunset, the words "PAELLA DEL ARTE" and moreover all these things are inside a pan. But is that enough to show its distinctiveness?! 

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