New fees for international trademarks for Denmark

flag-667467_960_720.jpgWIPO reports about new individual fees payable for designation of Denmark in international applications for trademarks. These fees, which will come into force on 01.07.2019, are as follow:

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Malawi joins the Madrid Protocol

malawi-674475_960_720WIPO reports about the accession of Malawi to the Madrid Protocol for international registration of trademarks. In that way, the participating Member States become 102.

Registration of international marks for the country will take up to 18 months, the period when a refusal can be issued. Apart from this, any trademark license in order to be valid on the territory of Malawi has to be registered in the local Patent Office.

The Protocol will come into force for the country on 25.12.2018.

More information here.

Aston Villa lost an opposition in Japan

Aston Villa v Stoke City - Premier LeagueThe UK football club Aston Villa lost an opposition against the following trademark that was applied for classes 12, 25, 35:

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Against this mark Aston Villa evoked its following earlier mark in class 25:

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According to the Japan Patent Office, both signs are not confusingly similar because the earlier mark includes the abbreviation AVFC besides the lion depiction. Furthermore, the lion character is widely used in heraldic which leads to lower distinctive power. On top of that, there are some differences between the lion depictions themselves.

Source:  Masaki MIKAMI

WIPO Magazine issue 4

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WIPO published the 4th issue of the WIPO Magazine, where you can find the following:

  • GII 2018: energizing the world with innovation
  • COCOpyright and the value of moral rights
  • The role of IP rights in the fashion business: a US perspective
  • Strengthening Africa’s audio-visual sector: market intelligence is critical
  • Ethics, technology and the future of humanity

For more information here.