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Traditional forms of trademarks will remain the most relevant, but companies should also start making more of the new possibilities to register and use more complex marks like hologram marks, motion marks or multimedia marks to strengthen their business. However, give a lot of thought into creating such marks to ensure they will be recognized as TRADEMARKS by the public.

 

                                                                                                 

EUTM No. 017451816                            EUTM No. 017941596                           EUTM No. 017965087

(Examples of multimedia marks registered with the EUIPO) Weiterlesen über What you see is what you get – Multimedia Marks

As mentioned in the previous post, LexDellmeier is attending the ECTA Annual Meeting. ECTA, short for European Communities Trademark Association is an association promoting the knowledge and professionalism of members and owners alike in the fields of trade marks, designs, copyrights and other Intellectual Property rights, within the European Union. Among many other activities, they organize the Annual Meeting, this time taking place in the beautiful Dubrovnik, a historic gem in the south of the Croatian coast. We have prepared a short overview of each day of the Meeting.

 

Although the INTA Annual Meeting has just finished, European IP professionals have another opportunity to meet, mingle and discuss the latest novelties in the field of IP. European Communities Trade Mark Association (ECTA) is organizing their annual meeting from 22 June to 25 June, 2016. The venue is the historic town of Dubrovnik, Croatia. With its colorful naval and merchant past, the organizers considered it to be symbolic to what is currently happening with the new trademark protection system, and named this year´s conference “Rogue Waves and Crosswinds: Trade Marks in Motion”. Although the program predicts a plethora of topics, they will all be emphasizing the new EU Legislative Package Trademark Reform. Although you will get a daily summary of the event, this is a short introduction to the planned discussions, workshops and events.

The recent case the General Court of the European Union (the EGC) had to resolve was a great example of the correlation of conceptual similarity and public confusion. What conceptual similarity entails and how (not) to defend it, this case presents a systematic lesson for everyone.

 

        

 

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Welcome to Whatsapp.com! Step one, choose a preferred language for a more personalized experience. That is, unless you are looking for the Terms of Service (ToS). Although being one of the most important elements of this messenger service, they are provided in English only. The Berlin Court on 8 April 2016 rendered the ToS invalid, requesting WhatsApp to adjust to their German-speaking users.

 

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Each year, top intellectual property professionals gather from all around the world to attend an yearly event organized by the International Trademark Association (INTA). This year, the 138th INTA Annual Meeting was held in Orlando, Florida, from 21 May to 25 May 2016. It was a proud moment for INTA, as the number of registrants surpassed the 10 000 milestone, making this the largest meeting in INTA´s history. Of course, LexDellmeier IP Law Firm attended the conference and continues to support INTA´s efforts by serving as a committee member on the Public Media Relations Committee. The Committee´s aim is to educate persons who do not deal with intellectual property on a daily basis.

And what a year it was! On May 1, 2016 LexDellmeier IP Law firm turned seven. Founded in 2009, each year has brought exciting new challenges, cases, clients etc. leading to growth and success and a 2016 award as the Boutique IP Law Firm of the Year in Germany.

 

 

This year we decided to mark our anniversary with a new-and-improved LexDellmeier webpage at www.lexdellmeier.com. Our aim is to give you a full overview of intellectual property, whether you are an IP enthusiast or a newbie just getting interested in the subject. In particular, we have included our blog, which can now be found at http://www.lexdellmeier.com/de/blog.

 

With the booming of online commerce, entering your personal information and sending it to the cloud has become inevitable. Along grew the concern of both citizens and businesses. The lack of control over given data worried many and the fragmentation of laws and complicated national systems of obtaining protection did not help. Therefore, it is no wonder that 90% of the surveyed EU citizens opted for an improved and unified EU data protection legislation.

On 4 April 2016 the European Parliament adopted the new Data Protection Regulation and Directive. The Directive entered into force on 5 May 2016, with a three-year transposition deadline, and the Regulation will enter into force on 24 May 2016, with the application date set for 25 May 2018.

With joined efforts, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) conducted a study on counterfeiting and the impact it had on economy from 2011 to 2013. Their results were published on 18 April 2016 under the name“Trade in Counterfeit and Pirated Goods: Mapping the Economic Impact”. Although presuming the results would not be satisfactory, they have exceeded all expectations, with 2.5% of world trade including counterfeits and up to 5% of imports in the EU. This might not seem significant at first glance, but 2.5% of the world trade amounts to 461 billion USD, which is equal to the GDP of Austria. 5% of EU trade is 116 billion USD, almost the GDP of Hungary. Seeing these numbers in black and white should start the alarm in policymakers´ heads and show how much we are in need of a change in the legislation.

1891 was the year basketball was created, American Express issued first travelers´ checks and Edison patented motion picture camera. However, the most significant date for intellectual property is April 14, 1891 as it marks the date the Madrid Agreement was adopted.

After the European General Court’s (EGC) ruling on September 2015, the battle of the reptiles continues in front of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU). As Lacoste protects their famous crocodile logo, Kajman is trying to prove the difference of their KAJMAN logo.

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