A brief guide how you can manage your intellectual property

Albert Ferraloro (Wrays) published in Lexology an interesing and helpful brief guide what steps you can take to start managing your intellectual proerty.

The article covers some essential points in that regard such as:

– Who may create IP?

– When might IP be created?

– What steps can be taken to help identify and capture IP?

– Good business practices.

– Know the ‘IP Landscape’.

– Promoting an ‘IP culture’ in the workplace.

– What are the risks of poor IP management?

– Action items – Trade Marks Considerations.

The full article can be found here.


Brief IP news

briefs_1131. Celebrating Twenty Years of the WIPO Academy. for more information here.

2. A guide to managing intellectual property. For more information here.

3. Hey, DJ! Are you licensed to play that music? For more information here.

Source: Intellectual Property Center at the UNWE. More information can be found here

Kraków Intellectual Property Law Summer School – 2018

1200px-Collegium_novum_fasadaThe Jagiellonian University announced its 2018 Kraków Intellectual Property Law Summer School. The programme will take place from September 17 to 22, 2018 and it will be conducted in English.

The programme provides an opportunity to acquire deeper knowledge of intellectual property law. This year the topic of the Summer School will be “Manoeuvring between limitations, exceptions, and infringements of IPRs”. The programme will consist of well-known lecturers in the area of intellectual property from foreign and Polish universities, as well as workshops, case studies, group discussions on selected topics relating to IPR limitations, exceptions and infringements.

The deadline for registration is July 31, 2018. An early bird rate applies for registration made before May 28, 2018.

More information can be found here.

EU-Singapore trade and investment agreements


The European Commission published the main elements from the EU-Singapore trade and investment agreements. According to this information what concerns the intellectual property matters is:

The EU-Singapore trade and investment agreements will take EU and Singapore relations to a new level and create more opportunities for EU and Singaporean businesses to grow and create new jobs.

(7)      Protects intellectual property rights

Both the EU and Singapore already have modern systems to protect and enforce intellectual property rights. The trade agreement consolidates this and sets out basic rules on enforcement (other than criminal enforcement), including at the border.

Intellectual property right-holders will be able to get help from customs authorities to detain counterfeit trademarked or GI-protected goods, pirated copyrighted content and registered designs.

On copyright, the agreement provides for equitable payment for both performers and producers of recorded music played on the radio, TV or in places open to the public (such as shops, restaurants, bars)– which will improve the current situation in Singapore.

Singapore has agreed to strengthen its existing geographical indications (GI) regime by setting up a system to register GIs in Singapore. Once registered in Singapore, around 190 GIs for wines, spirits and certain agricultural products will enjoy levels of protection equal to those in the EU thanks to this agreement. This includes Bordeaux wines, Parma ham, Champagne and Bayerisches Bier. Better protection for such products will also improve Singapore consumers’ awareness of authentic top-quality EU GI products.

For more information here.

An agreement between UK and EU on IPRs


WIPR reports about a general agreement between the UK and the EU regarding the protection of intellectual property rights after the Brexit transition period which is due to end on December 31, 2020.

According to the published draft of this agreement rights over European trademarks, Community designs, plant variety, and databases will be still valid on the UK territory even after the end of the transition period.

This news is of an utmost importance for all IPRs owners which have been in deep uncertainty until that moment what would happen with their intellectual property after Brexit.

Regardless of this progress, however, many experts still rise different additional questions which aim is to reveal the whole picture. For example, there is no clarity whether some fees will have to be paid for this ongoing protection, or what will happen with geographical indications, which are not part of the agreement, or whether UK attorneys will be able to represent clients before the EUIPO and so on.

Conor McGregor’s IP fights


The well-known MMA fighter Conor McGregor fights not only on the boxing ring but on the IP scene too.

The fighter has been trying to register various marks around the world for years but has met oppositions in different jurisdictions. An example for this is his attempt to register EU trademarks for Conor McGregor, The Notorious, Notorious, I Am Boxing, ChampChamp, Mystic Mac.

On the other hand, he fights against any attempt for registration of similar marks by third parties. This is the situation with the UK trademark applications, which include Conor McGregor and Notorious, filed by  Gazala Khan as an individual.

The McGregor’s wish to possess such trademarks is not strange. This is part of his merchandising strategy to license these names to be used for different products and services. This by itself could be quite a profitable approach for every famous sportsman.

The onliest problem in that regard is the fact that this requires an adequate intellectual property strategy, built in advance, which to cover all steps in order the necessary protection to be achieved successfully. One of the set requirement in that light is a trademark clearing to be done as early as possible. The other important moment is that applications for trademarks have to be filed earlier in the sportsman carrier in order bad faith applications by third parties to be prevented.

Source:  Claire Jones, Novagraaf.


Doing business in China – a help from the European Commission

pexels-photo-745243Do you want to do business in China? Do you know what are the legal requirements and how you can protect your intellectual property there?

The European Commission and the EUIPO try to give some clarity on that matter launching a brand new website called IP KEY CHINA, where you can find a lot of information which can facilitate your efforts to enter the Chinese market. The site gives access to a variety of legal documents including such related to intellectual property.

More information can be found here.