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Trademark fluidity - not only humans are social distancing

June 8 2020 Only a few weeks ago, the phrase 'social distancing' was not part of daily conversations. However, in the context of the current COVID-19 crisis, it…

Did you know: domain name registration is no substitute for trademark registration?

July 6 2020 Unlike a trademark, a domain name is a contractual right which is primarily used to identify a website. In most jurisdictions, it cannot serve as a…

Obtaining patent protection for software in Europe

February 24 2020 Under the European Patent Convention, a computer program per se is not considered a patentable invention; rather, program listings per se are…

Trademarks: why companies should obtain copyright for logos

July 20 2020 When a company decides to refresh its image and develop a new logo, it will probably want to protect the logo as a trademark. In most cases, a new…

Protecting product appearance through trademark and design registrations

February 22 2021 Consumers recognise products not only by the words and logos on their packaging, but also by their look and feel, including their shape and colour…

When am I protected after having filed a European patent application?

June 28 2021 The basic principle of the European Patent Convention is that a patent application provides the same rights as a granted patent, so parties should be…

Patented inventions may infringe existing patents

June 21 2021 Patents prohibit a party's competitors from producing, selling or using the protected invention. However, patents do not automatically confer to the…

International patent applications provide you 2.5 years' decision time

May 31 2021 An international patent application, also referred to as a 'Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) patent application', is a single patent application which…

Champagne protection remains strong

May 17 2021 Champagne was one of the first wine-growing areas to seek a protected geographical status. A recent case exemplifies the hard work of the National…

More than a wine label when prestige is at stake

May 10 2021 When a trademark achieves a reputation, its owner can claim a broader protection which extends to goods and services not designated by their trademark…