Topic: Other IP rights

360° perspective on IP instruments for plant innovators

Plant breeders will receive a 360-degree training on intellectual property. Join the International Community of Breeders of Asexually Reproduced Ornamental and Fruit Varieties (CIOPORA) and US law firm and lobbying group Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney as they partner to deliver a workshop in Washington, D.C. on IP tools available for plant breeders and innovators. Organized …

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Crocs design registration cancelled

Crocs’ EU design registration has been cancelled because it was made available to the public before its registration. On 22 November 2004, Western Brands LLC applied for the registration of a footwear design with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), claiming the priority of a US design patent application filed on 28 May 2004. …

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German champagne war: Protected designation of origin

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has reviewed EU legislation on protected designations of origin (PDOs) in deciding a case concerning a sorbet branded and sold as ’Champagner Sorbet’. A sorbet may be sold under the name ‘Champagner Sorbet’ if it has, as one of its essential characteristics, a taste attributable primarily …

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Progress for Colombian plant breeders as take-over ban is lifted

A ban preventing the Colombia’s ICA from taking over DUS reports has been lifted. The Council of State of Colombia has officially revoked a preliminary injunction preventing the Colombian Agricultural Institute (ICA) from taking over Distinctness, Uniformity and Stability (DUS) reports, which means that the ICA now has the green light to proceed with taking …

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Status of plant breeders’ rights in Mexico

Ranking tenth in the world for food production, there is much opportunity in Mexico for agriculture. In a world where change is the only constant, innovation is the key to face the challenges of agriculture including competitiveness, productivity, efficiency, value chain, business models and customer satisfaction. All these factors have to be considered, in addition …

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Employees: the biggest threat to a company’s trade secrets?

Thomas Wallerstein of Venebles LLP goes through the three reasons why employees might pose the biggest threat to a company’s trade secrets. For many people, “trade secret theft” evokes an image of a technological superspy, a James Bond meets Edward Snowden. But the more common, less dramatic and yet more dangerous threat to a company’s …

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CPVO announces e-communication tool MyPVR

The success of the Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO)’s implementation of its online application system back in 2015 demonstrated the desire of many of its clients to go electronic. Building on this experience, the CPVO has developed a brand new e-communication tool called “MyPVR”. Launched earlier this month, MyPVR will serve as the new client …

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5 ways Brexit may impact your intellectual property

Rights holders should still consider the possible impacts that the U.K.’s departure will have on their patents, trademarks, designs and copyrights. On June 23, a majority of voters in the United Kingdom elected to have their country leave the European Union, a scenario commonly referred to as “Brexit.” A U.K. departure from the EU will …

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Trans-pacific intellectual property

The recently negotiated Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement contains provisions that would dramatically impact intellectual property in the United States and elsewhere if ratified. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)—a favored talking point among our presidential hopefuls—is an international trade agreement between twelve nations. The agreement was signed earlier this year, but is not yet ratified in most member countries including …

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New & improved Anti-Counterfeiting Intelligence Support Tool (ACIST)

The Anti-Counterfeiting Intelligence Support Tool (ACIST) is an interactive database that provides useful statistics and data on counterfeit goods. ACIST gathers information on detentions (at borders and in internal markets) of goods that are suspected of infringing intellectual property rights (IPRs). This interactive database is operated and maintained by the European Observatory on Infringements of …

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