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The AIPPI China Copyright Forum (2018) in Beijing

by (Allen) Jun Wang (Beijing TA Law Firm – China) The AIPPI China Copyright Forum (2018) was held on December 22, 2018 in Beijing, with 200 domestic experts, scholars, business representatives and lawyers in attendance, focusing on sophisticated and hot issues in the field of copyright law and practice. The AIPPI China Copyright Forum(2018)in Beijing: […] Read More

Tobacco Products in Turkey: mandatory plain or standardized packaging, a consequence of the WTO decision?

by Hakan Pehlivan (Istanbul Patent A.S. – Turkey) The law mandating plain packaging went into force on December 05, 2018. The new regulation imposes strict limitations on the appearance of tobacco products packaging and the use of trademarks on the packaging. Turkey is a party to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, and was […] Read More

Spain approves reform on Trade Mark Law implementing the EU directive 2015/2436 of the European Parliament and of the Council

by Luis-Alfonso Durán (Durán-Corretjer SLP – Spain) Last December 21st, 2018, the Spanish Government approved Royal Decree 23/2018, by which the Spanish Trade Mark Law was amended to incorporate the changes included in the EU Harmonization Directive 2015/2436. The main amendments incorporated in the new law include: 1. Any individual or legal person, no matter […] Read More

A message from the President

by Renata Righetti Pelosi, (President of AIPPI) Dear AIPPI Members, I hope you have had a great start into 2019. After our successful Congress in Cancun the newly constituted Bureau, with the support of our new Executive Director Arno Hold, has taken up its work with a lot of energy and fresh ideas. One key lesson learned […] Read More

Limitations and Exceptions on Copyright – Report from latest SCCR meeting in WIPO

by Shiri Kasher-Hitin (Kasher Law Office – Israel) The 37th session of WIPO’s Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) was held in November 2018. The gap in positions regarding the need for further regulation of limitations and exceptions (L & E) at the international level was evident. In previous meetings it was agreed to […] Read More

Additional damages for flagrant copyright infringement welcomed by performing right association

by Thomas Huthwaite and Susan Hur (Baldwins Intellectual Property – New Zealand) In the past, copyright infringers may have thought that there was little risk to waiting for a lawsuit before considering taking a license. However, the High Court has now signalled that significant additional damages can, and will, be awarded in cases that warrant increased […] Read More

No copyright for flavours says EU Court of Justice

by Tougane Loumeau (GIDE LOYRETTE NOUEL – France) Levola Hengelo BV v. Smilde Foods BV; CJEU, Grand Chamber, November 13, 2018, case number C-310/17, ECLI: EU:C:2018:899 On 13 November 2018, the EU Court of Justice ruled on whether the taste of a food product may be covered by copyright under European legislation. The dispute started […] Read More

Multi-Color Marks on Product Packaging Must Acquire Distinctiveness for Registration

by Seth I. Appel (Pattishall, McAuliffe, Newbury, Hilliard & Geraldson LLP – U.S.A.) It has long been the case in the United States that trademark registration is not available for single-color marks that have not already acquired distinctiveness. This general rule had previously not been studied with respect to multiple color marks. Now, the USPTO’s Trademark […] Read More

Revision of the Japanese Design Law

by Hirohito Katsunuma (Katsunuma International Patent Office – Japan) An extensive revision of the Japanese Design Law will be made in 2019. It includes an expansion of the protection of Image Design, an introduction of the protection of Space Design, an expansion of Related Designs, etc. The Act will come into effect in 2020. 1. Expansion […] Read More