World Intellectual Property Day and 50th anniversary of the WIPO Convention on 26 April 2020


The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) celebrates World Intellectual Property Day (World IP Day) every April 26 with the aim to “learn about the role that Intellectual Property (IP) rights play in encouraging innovation and creativity”. This year 2020, the WIPO Convention turns 50 on the same day. Two reasons for celebrating and for dedicating this day a very important topic: “Innovate for a Green Future”. 

Weiterlesen über World Intellectual Property Day and 50th anniversary of the WIPO Convention on 26 April 2020

On 15 April 2019, the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market, a.k.a. the EU Copyright Directive, was approved by the Council of the European Union.

As the European Commission emphasizes (please see https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/en/modernisation-eu-copyright...), the new Directive should support “creating a Digital Single Market” and “bringing down barriers to unlock online opportunities”. The aim is to provide EU copyright rules that fit to the digital age.

The main goals are:


•    better access to online content and across borders, 


•    improved copyright rules for education, research, cultural heritage and inclusion of disabled people and


•    a fairer online environment for creators, the press and a well-functioning marketplace for copyrights.

 





 

 

 

 

Alexandra Dellmeier is a German Attorney at Law and Certified IP Attorney. She founded the law firm LexDellmeier Intellectual Property Law Firm 10 years ago in Munich, Germany. It is time to say:

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Every year on April 26 we celebrate the World Intellectual Property Day organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). This year’s theme is “Reach for Gold: IP and Sports”. The campaign encourages taking a closer look inside the world of sports, where intellectual property rights also play an important role.

 

                                                            

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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)

In April 2019, the Center for Intellectual Property Understanding (CIPU) published a report regarding IP awareness and attitudes. The report summarizes and collects together 15 studies and surveys focusing on IP awareness and perception among consumers, small businesses and college students.

 

                                            

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ECJ landmark case: Successful invalidity proceedings against an EU design based on an earlier trademark

With its decision dated 6 March 2019, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) confirmed a decision of the European General Court (GC) concerning invalidity proceedings between Ferrero SpA (Ferrero) and BMB sp. z o.o. (BMB) regarding the following opposing IP rights.

                         

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