Even those who visit Amsterdam just for a moment usually don’t miss their chance to “tick off” the must-sees of the city. Aficionados of art or broadly understood culture will certainly appreciate Rijksmuseum in the capital of the Netherlands.
There are few images of outstanding representatives of art and culture with their use as scrupulously regulated as that of Fryderyk Chopin. The famous composer with a French-sounding name became the symbol of Polishness to a far greater extent than other well-known Poles. It is therefore hardly a surprise that the Polish business is striving to appropriate this personage, in search of icons and symbols to drive the promotion and product sales.
Hasbro succeeded in registering the smell of children Play-Doh in the United States. This information become publicly known just after the US Patent and Trademark Office officially confirmed registration of the smell as a trademark.
No one needs to be convinced that the applicable provisions of law are sometimes ambiguous. This also applies to the European Union law, but the European legislator has provided for a possible solution.
In April 2016 there occurred a major change in the Polish trademark law, namely a shift from the examination system into the opposition system. The Polish Patent Office ceased to check whether there exist earlier marks identical or similar marks to the one applied for registration. Therefore, trademark monitoring became the indispensable activity that needs to be pursued by any trademark owner who intends to protect his marks.
SMEs often manufacture their products abroad in countries where the workforce is cheaper. Foreign contractors offer products specially designed for SMEs or from catalogues. In most cases, entrepreneurs are assured that the foreign contractor possesses all the necessary IP rights to each product.
On 1 October 2017 the Regulation of the European Parliament and the Council on the European Union Trademark (EUTM) enters into force. The regulation amends some principles of registration of European Union trademarks in the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO). Moreover, it introduces new types and categories of signs.
The relationship between patentability and patent clearance is sometimes tricky. We think: I’m producing a product based on my own patent, so how could I possibly infringe someone else’s exclusive rights? And yet it is possible. And not as rare as you might think.
The market of computer games is one of the fastest-growing sectors of the economy in the 21st century. With hundreds of most loyal fans focused on that specific field of technology, this market concentrates devoted game creators who must constantly prove their high-level creativity and accurate outlooking for gaming trends around the world.