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EU certification and collective marks

Product quality is a growing concern for consumers due to trade globalization and easier access to international goods and services.

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Creative solutions for cannabis industry IP

Current USPTO policy is to refuse all cannabis-related trademark applications other than hemp derived products that contain less than .3% THC. This policy has forced the cannabis industry to use creative alternatives to protect their brands.

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The General Court of EU confirms the invalidity of Adidas three-stripes trademark

It is hard to find somebody who has never worn a pair of sneakers or another garment featuring the famous "three stripes" at least once in his life. However, being famous does not exempt trademark owners from the strict requirements of providing evidence.

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10 most significant changes in Intellectual Property over the last 25 years

The last 25 years have seen massive developments in the practice and treatment of IPRs. We are taking a look at those changes that have significantly influenced the practice of IP.

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China revises its trademark law to combat bad faith trademark filings

On April 23, 2019, the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) enacted revisions to the country's trademark law.

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Key features of the Benelux trademark law reform – the second part

As of March 1, 2019, the further amended Benelux Convention on Intellectual Property (BCIP) entered into force, implementing the European Trademark Directive 2015/2436 and aligning the Benelux trademark law with the EU trademark law.

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European Parliament adopts EU Copyright Directive creating new rules for the digital era

EU needs modern copyright rules fit for the digital age but, when it comes to their implementation, hardly any topic has sparked as much controversy as the planned Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market.

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The scent of a trademark: removal of graphic representability requirement

By removing the graphical representation requirement for a trademark application, the European legislature widened the underlying concept of trademarks as an IP right in Europe. We look into the potential impact on trademark registration and the challenge

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US Federal Circuit: a design can be protected in two dimensions

In the case, In re: Ron Maatita, CAFC 2017-2037, decided August 20, 2018, the CAFC held that just because an object has three dimensions, does not mean that the ornamental design aspects cannot be disclosed and judged from a two-dimensional, plan or plana

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Supermac v Big Mac : trademark use showdown

The Irish fast food-chain Supermac’s, named after its director Pat McDonagh’s high school nickname, has engaged in a trademark battle against McDonald’s Big Mac. <!-- Do not remove bellow script --> <script type="text/javascript"> function addAuthorNewBl

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Markenrechtsmodernisierungs-Gesetz in Kraft getreten

Am 14. Januar ist in Deutschland das sogenannte Markenrechtsmodernisierungs-Gesetz (MaMoG) in Kraft getreten. Ohne viel Aufhebens verabschiedet sich die deutsche Praxis damit von einigen Besonderheiten des deutschen Markenrechts und sorgt für eine weiterg