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briefs_1131. Interbrand: Best Global Brands 2017. For more information here.  

2. Microsoft v Motorola. For more information here.

3. Leibniz: Biscuits vs. the University of Hannover. For more information here.

Information from Intellectual Property Center at the UNWE. More information can be found here

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Estonia ratifies the UPC Agreement

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Estonia ratifies the UPC Agreement on 1st August 2017. In that way, Estonia becomes the 13th country ratified the agreement along with Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal, and Sweden.

To be entered into force, the UPC Agreement have to be ratified by Germany and the UK too.

In the case of Germany, the ratification was suspended by the German constitutional court whereas in the UK the procedure was delayed by the Brexit and all uncertainties that followed.

More information can be found here.

Source: Lexology.

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briefs_1131.  Strengthening Innovation in Europe’s Regions: Strategies for resilient, inclusive and sustainable growth. For more information here.

2. Legal protection of a database. For more information here.

3. How Donald Trump Is Affecting the CNN Brand. For more information here.

Information from Intellectual Property Center at the UNWE. More information can be found here

A lawsuit awakens – a case regarding BB-8 robot from Star Wars

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WIPR reports about a lawsuit which regards the BB-8 robot from “Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens”.

The US company Sphero has developed a patented technology for user-controlled, self-propelled sphere robots, which has been selling by the company since 2011.

In 2014 Sphero started negotiations with Disney and receive a license to use the character of  BB-8 robot from the Star Wars series.

In 2016 the company discovered that the Canadian based toy manufacturer Spin Master had a prototype for the same toy robot that presumably used its technology. Based on this Sphero initiated a lawsuit in New York for patent infringement.

This case is interesting and indicative of the importance of intellectual property rights and their proper management. In the case at hand, we have copyrights over the original character from the movie, owned by Disney. Some trademarks and industrial designs can be added too.

On the other hand, we have a patent over the technology implemented in the end product.

Based on this bundle of rights, the relevant merchandising strategy can be very useful and profitable for the right holders giving them a serious market advantage over their competitors.

 

Brief IP news

briefs_1131.Korea: Direct link to similar patents in KIPRIS. Form more information here.

2.LinkedIn’s Patent Strategy. For more information here.

3.Safeguarding innovation through confidentiality. For more information here.

Information from Intellectual Property Center at the UNWE. More information can be found here

Brief IP news

briefs_1131.  Trade secrets: An efficient tool for competitiveness. For more information here.

2. Making American intellectual property great again. For more information here.

3. Investing in the European future we want. For more information here.

Information from Intellectual Property Center at the UNWE. More information can be found here

New lower fees from the Bulgarian Patent Office

BG-znameThe Bulgarian Patent Office reports about the fact that the fees for 19 different services, offered by the Office, will be eliminated. What’s more, another 44 fees will be reduced by some percentage.

The Office reminds that small and middle-sized companies can benefit from the 50% reduced fees for patent search services.

The new fees will come into force after their publication in the Bulgarian State Gazette.