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The 16th version of the draft Rules of Procedure of the Unified Patent Court has been published on the website of the Preparatory Committee of the Unified Patent Court.
As of April 1, 2014, the European Patent Office (EPO) will implement several fee changes. Most fees will be increased with an amount of around 4 to 5%. However, there are several exceptions. For example the fee for a (supplementary) European novelty search will increase by 10% from € 1165,- to € 1285,-.
After months of relative silence, the Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) charged with overseeing the setting up of the new Unified Patent Court (UPC) has issued an “Interpretative Note” (http://www.unified-patent-court.org/news ) regarding Article 83 of the UPC Agreement. This article is concerned with transitional provisions and has already been extensively criticized for its lack of clarity and possible loopholes. It allows for holders of traditional European Patents (EP) to opt-out of the exclusive jurisdiction of the new court during a transitional period of at least 7 years.
NLO Shieldmark is recommended in the 2014 edition of the World Trademark Review 1000. European trademark and design attorney Milca Graver-de Looper has received individual praise for her work.
Amendments have recently been approved in Chinese trademark law. These will come into force on 1 May 2014. This is good news because these are amendments which benefit the trademark holder and put him in a better position to protect and enforce his trademark rights in China. There are numerous amendments, the most important of which are presented in this article.
The basic function of a trademark is that it distinguishes the goods and services of one company from those of another. In order to achieve this, a trademark must have distinctiveness. A trademark may not therefore describe the products or services for which it is used. Thus the trademark ‘APPLE’ may not be registered for apples, for example. Furthermore, laudatory terms like ‘GREAT’ or ‘SUPER’ are not distinctive either. The trademark authorities in the Benelux and the European Union will reject such trademark applications because it is not desirable for a party to claim descriptive or laudatory terms. Are there any alternative routes to be nevertheless granted a registration though?
There are currently over 300 gTLDs on the market, such as the familiar .COM and .NL. Over the next three years, 1300 new extensions will be introduced, including .SHOP, .APP and .COMPANY. This development brings new opportunities, but also many risks.
Rights to trademarks can be acquired by registering them. A domain name registration does not grant a right. In Internet traffic, trademarks and domain names are regularly disputed. In practice, a conflict of interests or confusion among Internet users is common.
A contract – or agreement – is not just a way of securing legal protection. It is also a good instrument for safely achieving commercial advantages in the short or long term.
Pinterest is one of the most popular social media platforms of this moment. The platform allows users to ‘pin’ images, videos or other objects to their own mood boards.