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European IPR Helpdesk Bulletin Issue (24)

We are pleased to inform you that Issue 24 of the European IPR Helpdesk Bulletin has been published and is now available online.

This Bulletin issue is largely dedicated to trade marks and their importance for businesses.

An article from WIPO explains the different ways to obtain trade mark protection and a contribution from the EUIPO provides several updates on the EUTM regime and other relevant issues regarding, inter alia, enforcement. 

EUIPO's EU Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property provides some valuable information regarding two useful databases aimed at tackling IP infringements.

INTA reveals the basics of trade names in its article, and our interview with Design and Engineering Company reflects the importance of trade marks for SMEs and their management. 

As always, the Bulletin reports information about past IPR events together with some fresh news on the Helpline service. In addition, it contains the usual patent quiz and our brand new trade mark soup.

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Lambrusco: protecting and enforcing a GI for wine products

Like most unique food and wine products whose quality and reputation are strictly linked to their geographical origin, Lambrusco, maybe the most famous sparkling red wine in the world, is protected at European Union level by several geographical indications.

Geographical indications (GIs) are valuable intangible assets and their protection and enforcement constitute a crucial step to retain the related competitive advantage.

This case study, based on the direct experience of the Consorzio Tutela del Lambrusco di Modena, demonstrates how GIs can be successfully enforced in the European Union against conflicting trade mark applications.

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European IPR Helpdesk Bulletin Issue (20)

We are pleased to inform you that a new issue of the European IPR Helpdesk Bulletin has been released and is now available online.

Does your business have know-how, inventions or brands? Then you have intangible assets that can be brought to the market to create new revenues and increase profits.

This Bulletin issue is largely dedicated to IP Commercialisation comprising the different available mechanisms to realise economic values from Intellectual Property (IP).

Particular attention is given to licensing as the most common IP commercialisation tool presenting specificities depending on the Intellectual Property involved.

An insight on licensing and Standard Essential Patents (SEPs) is offered by an article of Mr Matteo Sabattini and Ms Alessandra Mosca from Sisvel.

Read our interviews to discover the point of view of European SMEs on IP management and commercialisation.

As always, the Bulletin reports information about past IPR events together with some fresh news on the Helpline service. In addition, it contains the usual patent quiz and a new IP commercialisation crossword.

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11th edition of the Nice Classification

The 11th edition of the Nice Classification system entered into force on January 1.

The Nice Classification is a system used to classify goods and services for the registration of trade marks. Under the Nice Classification, related goods and services are grouped together under various categories or classes, each with their own unique heading.

The Nice Classification is continuously revised by a Committee of Experts deciding on the transfer, insertion, change and deletion of terms of the goods and services classification.

The full text of the latest edition is available here.

 

Improved image recognition in eSearch plus

eSearch plus is the European Union Intellectual Property Office’s most popular database allowing users to search for European Union trade marks and registered community designs.

In November 2015, a new image recognition feature in beta was introduced to search for images with a quick and simple ‘drag-and-drop’ function. After nearly a year of successful implementation, eSearch plus now features an improved algorithm based on deep learning technology that combines visual similarity and object recognition to improve the ranking of search results using codes of the Vienna classification (international classification of the figurative elements of trade marks).

Further information is available here.

 

New Guidelines for Examination of EU Trade Marks and Registered Community Designs

The first part of the revised European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) Guidelines has been adopted and will enter into force on February 1, 2017.

These Guidelines, which reflect EUIPO's practice in the most frequent scenarios, are the main point of reference for users of the European Union trade mark and design systems. 

This revised version has been fully updated with case law from the Court of Justice of the European Union and from the EUIPO’s Board of Appeal, thus increasing consistency of trade mark and design practice as well as legal certainty for users. 

Further information is available here.

 

Georgia joins TMview and DesignView

As of 7 July 2016, the National Intellectual Property Center of Georgia (NIPCG) has made its trade mark and design data available to the TMview and DesignView search tools.

With the addition of more than 28,000 trade marks from NIPCG, TMview provides information and access to about 40 million trade marks in total. DesignView contains more than 9.6 million designs, including almost 1800 from NIPCG.

Further information is available here.

Albania joins TMview and DesignView

As of 4 July 2016, the Albanian General Directorate of Patents and Trademarks (GDPT) has made its trade mark and design data available to the TMview and DesignView search tools.

The integration of GDPT is a concrete result of the International Cooperation programme managed by EUIPO in collaboration with its international partners.

With GDPT on-board, TMview now contains data from 55 participating offices and DesignView from 49 offices.

With the addition of more than 12,000 trade marks from GDPT, TMview provides information and access to about 40 million trade marks in total. Designview contains more than 9.6 million designs, including almost 200 from GDPT.

Further information is available here.

eSearch Case Law: publication of the list of keywords and online training

eSearch Case Law is a tool developed by the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) allowing users to search for decisions and judgments of the General Court, the Court of Justice and the National Courts.

eSearch Case Law now offers a complete list of keywords with explanations which you can find on the EUIPO's website. The keywords are used as tools to perform advanced searches in eSearch Case Law. For instance, a user can limit/refine a search by using the keywords ‘Proof of use’ and ‘Well-known facts need no evidence’; these keywords will help the user to restrict the search to about a dozen case laws.

If you want to familiarise yourself with this tool, don’t miss the EUIPO online eSearch Case Law training. This certified course consists of an online tutorial of less than 15 minutes and a quiz.

The training is accessible at the following link.

 

Albania and Georgia have joined TMclass

As of 30 May 2016, the Albanian General Directorate of Patents and Trademarks (GDPT) and the Georgian National Intellectual Property Center (SAKPATENTI) join TMclass.

These latest additions bring the total number of national and regional IP Offices, including OAPI, WIPO and EUIPO, in the tool to 62.

TMclass is an online tool based on the Nice Classification system helping users to correctly classify goods and services when filing a trade mark. Users can search for terms in any of the 42 languages available and verify lists of terms to check if they are acceptable to any of the participating IP offices. The tool also translates equivalent goods and services terms into all available languages.

TMclass is accessible here.