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OMC Abogados & Consultores | Peru | 2 Aug 2021

IP rights during covid-19 pandemic: FAQs

According to the National Institute for the Defence of Competition and Protection of Intellectual Property, there was a notable increase in trademark applications for goods in the healthcare area (eg, pharmaceuticals, alcohol gel and masks) in 2020. This article answers FAQs about changes in IP procedures and trends in Peru that have resulted from the covid-19 pandemic.
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Abdulai Taiwo & Co | Nigeria | 2 Aug 2021

Effective local strategy for combatting IP pandemic – counterfeiting

While the world is grappling with the effects of the covid-19 pandemic, the IP world has continued to be plagued with another pandemic – counterfeiting. In Nigeria, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has proven to be an effective and cost-efficient recourse in fighting counterfeiters and counterfeit goods. The success of NAFDAC procedures may depend on......
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Wanhuida Intellectual Property | China | 2 Aug 2021

Guiding opinions released by CNIPA and SAMR to strengthen protection of GIs

The China National Intellectual Property Administration and the State Administration for Market Regulation recently released Guiding Opinions on Further Strengthening the Protection of Geographical Indications. This will ramp up efforts in the areas of legislation, accreditation and administrative enforcement of geographical indications.
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GEVERS | European Union | 2 Aug 2021

Registering slogans in European Union can be challenging

The General Court has stated that it is inappropriate to apply criteria to slogans that are stricter than those applicable to other types of sign. Nevertheless, many applicants still face an uphill battle when trying to register slogans as trademarks. This is likely because slogans are often considered as being purely laudatory advertising. A recent case shows that while slogans may face a......
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Grünecker | Germany | 2 Aug 2021

Sony Music obtains blocking injunction against DNS resolver

The Hamburg Regional Court recently issued a blocking injunction to Sony Music against domain name system resolver Quad9. The order blocks internet users' access to websites with content that illegally infringes Sony Music's copyrights. The ruling is one of the first of its kind in Germany and its principles can also be applied to the infringement of trademark and design rights.
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Becerril Coca & Becerril SC | Mexico | 2 Aug 2021

Divisional applications in Mexico in view of new IP law

The Federal Law for the Protection of Industrial Property applies to patent applications filed in Mexico from 5 November 2020. If a patent application was filed before this date, the former Industrial Property Law (IPL) applies until the patent is granted. However, what happens to divisional applications filed after 5 November 2020 when the parent application was filed under the IPL?
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Lee and Li Attorneys at Law | Taiwan | 2 Aug 2021

IPO to launch industry collaborative interview programme

The Intellectual Property Office recently stated that it would like to launch an industry collaborative interview programme in the near future to benefit patent applicants' portfolios and enhance the efficiency and quality of its patent examination. It is recommended that patent applicants pay close attention to the implementation of the industry collaborative interview programme and......
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Grau & Angulo | Spain | 2 Aug 2021

Updated Spanish case law in relation to protective letters

Protective letters have become a common tool used by potential defendants in patent matters. In recent years the Barcelona patent courts have allowed patentees to appear in proceedings initiated by a potential defendant via the submission of a protective letter and, therefore, to gain access to a protective letter before filing a preliminary injunction motion. This raises interesting......
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GRAF ISOLA Rechtsanwälte GmbH | Austria | 2 Aug 2021

Revocation of EUTM for misleading public

The Supreme Court recently issued its first decision concerning the revocation of a trademark for misleading the public. Since there is little case law relating to article 58(1)(c) of the EU Trademark Regulation, the decision is a welcome clarification of the prerequisites for this ground of revocation.
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Gorodissky & Partners | Russia | 30 Jul 2021

Russia denounces tax agreement with Netherlands

Russia has denounced its agreement with the Netherlands on double taxation avoidance and tax evasion provisions relating to income and property tax. The termination of the agreement is set for 1 January 2022. It is the first denouncement of a tax agreement in Russian history.
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