EUTM application 014297006 Garden CREATIONS partially rejected by EUIPO due to likelihood of confusion on the part of the public

EUTM application 014297006 Garden CREATIONS partially rejected by EUIPO due to likelihood of confusion on the part of the public

The opposition against EUTM application No. 014297006 Garden CREATIONS Y filed by AGRO-BIO TRADING OOD, represented by IP Consulting, pursuant to Article 8(1)(b)EUTMR was settled as the trade mark was rejected for all the contested goods against which the opposition was filed pursuant to the final decision of the Operations Department rendered in opposition No. […]

First edition of DesignEuropa Awards

First edition of DesignEuropa Awards

OHIM recently announced the first edition of DesignEuropa Awards. The DesignEuropa Awards celebrate excellence in design and design management among Registered Community Design (RCD) holders, whether they are individual right holders, small businesses or large enterprises. This award seeks to recognise companies and designers that have brought outstanding design to the market with the protection […]

Commission takes first steps to broaden access to online content and outlines its vision to modernise EU copyright rules

Commission takes first steps to broaden access to online content and outlines its vision to modernise EU copyright rules

Last week the European Commission presented a proposal to allow Europeans to travel with their online content and an action plan to modernise EU copyright rules. At present, Europeans travelling within the EU may be cut off from online services providing films, sports broadcasts, music, e-books or games that they have paid for in their home […]

Protecting trade secrets – MEPs strike a deal with Council

Protecting trade secrets – MEPs strike a deal with Council

New rules to help businesses obtain legal redress against the theft or misuse of their trade secrets were informally agreed by Parliament and Council negotiators on Tuesday. MEPs ensured that freedom of expression and information will be protected and that the new rules will not restrict the work of journalists. “The agreement reached today with […]

Apple trademark is devoid of distinctive character according to OHIM

Apple trademark is devoid of distinctive character according to OHIM

By an international registration, filed at the US Patent and Trademark Office as the Office of Origin, designating the European Union on 31 October 2013 and received by OHIM (‘the Office’) on 5 December 2013, Apple Inc. sought to register the below figurative mark in classes 9 and 38. On 3 January 2014, the examiner […]

The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia joins Designview

The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia joins Designview

As of 05 October 2015, The State O ce of Industrial Property (SOIP) of The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) has made its industrial design data available to the Designview search tool. Designview is a centralized access point to view the registered design information held by any of the participating National Offices, in a […]

Trade secrets and the European Union

Trade secrets and the European Union

A trade secret is a valuable piece of information for an enterprise that is treated as confidential and that gives that enterprise a competitive advantage. European companies are increasingly exposed to the misappropriation of trade secrets. The European Commission is working to harmonise the existing diverging national laws on the protection against the misappropriation of […]

MEPs want better protection for local products rooted in traditional know-how

MEPs want better protection for local products rooted in traditional know-how

EU-wide protection of geographical indication should be extended from agricultural products to include regionally and locally manufactured goods and handicraft products, MEPs say in a non-binding resolution adopted on Tuesday. This would support local economic development, boost tourism, strengthen consumer confidence and help preserve cultural heritage and traditional know-how. “I welcome Parliament’s broad support for […]

The EPO welcomes next step forward for the Unified Patent Court

The EPO welcomes next step forward for the Unified Patent Court

Yesterday in Luxembourg, in the margins of the Competitiveness Council, seven member states (including France, Germany and the United Kingdom) signed the Protocol on the Provisional Application of the Agreement on the Unified Patent Court (UPC).‎ A number of other states affirmed their support and expect to sign the Protocol soon. This Protocol is another milestone […]

Ukraine country guide published

Ukraine country guide published

The latest country guide on IPR in Ukraine complement the current batch of guides of the Observatory on infringements of intellectual property rights covering Brazil, China, the Russian federation and Turkey is now published. This time the Observatory, in cooperation with the European Commission (DG Growth), agreed to follow the style of the IPR Helpdesks’ […]

Trade marks reform: Council confirms agreement with Parliament

Trade marks reform: Council confirms agreement with Parliament

Trade marks reform: Council confirms agreement with Parliament On 10 June 2015, the Council’s Permanent Representatives Committee (Coreper) approved a compromise agreement on the reform of the European trade mark system. The reform of the current system will improve the conditions for businesses to innovate and to benefit from more effective trade mark protection against […]

News from the European Trade mark and Design Network

News from the European Trade mark and Design Network

As of 14 September 2015, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) has made its trade mark data available to the TMview search tool. The integration of CIPO is a concrete result of the International Cooperation programme managed by the Office for harmonization in the internal market in collaboration with its international partners. With CIPO on-board, there are […]

Conference - IP Statistics for Decision Makers

Conference – IP Statistics for Decision Makers

Conference 3 – 4 November Intellectual property (IP) helps to promote investment in new and improved products and processes, and allows innovators to make a return on their investment. It also plays an important role in the dissemination and use of the knowledge and innovations contained for example in patent documents and registered designs. This […]

EPO and Italy await introduction of EU unitary patent

EPO and Italy await introduction of EU unitary patent

Meeting in Rome, EPO President Benoît Battistelli and Italy’s Under Secretary of State to the Ministry of Economic Development, Simona Vicari, discussed the role of patents in supporting innovation and the upcoming introduction of a European patent with unitary effect for the EU member states. After clarification of important legal questions on the unitary patent […]

Benelux Office for Intellectual Property implements Back Office for Designs

Benelux Office for Intellectual Property implements Back Office for Designs

The Benelux Office for Intellectual Property (BOIP) has gone live with the Software Package Back Office for Designs tool, developed by the Cooperation Fund. The first application has already been received and processed by the new system. This implementation is result of substantial effort and close collaboration between the Office for harmonization in the internal […]