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Brexit: seeing red and feeling blue

EU, UK20-04-2018

EU legal developments combined with confusion around Brexit have left brand owners concerned about the scope of their rights, but there is now more reason to be hopeful, as WIPR reports.

Conference preview: IACC 2018 Annual Spring Conference


Vishal Amin, the White House’s IP Enforcement Coordinator, will be the keynote speaker at the IACC 2018 Annual Spring Conference, as IACC reports.

Italy jurisdiction report: Keeping advertisers in line

Italy09-04-2018Valentina Gazzarri and Elisabetta Guolo

The Istituto dell’Autodisciplina Pubblicitaria (IAP) is the Italian advertising standards authority, a private body created in 1966 with the aim of ensuring that every marketing communication must be honest, fair and truthful.

Germany jurisdiction report: Chocolate packaging and protection

Germany09-04-2018Jens Künzel

In Germany and all over Europe, Ritter Sport is a well-known brand for chocolate products. At least in Germany, the special form in which Ritter Sport chocolate bars are packaged—a quadratic form with a wrapping paper that can easily be opened by breaking the quadrat in half—contributes to the product’s special appeal to consumers (at least in this author’s mind).

France jurisdiction report: Protecting the Olympic spirit

France09-04-2018Aurélia Marie

Paris will welcome the summer Olympic Games in 2024. It will be the third time, after 1900 and 1924. An organising committee has been set up and includes 15 major French companies as partners. One-and-a-half billion euros are expected from those companies towards funding of the event.

Nordic IPR 2018 preview: an interview with Ericsson


Companies that more readily adopt cooperative strategies may have access to a much wider platform for knowledge and innovation, says Peter Ericsson-Nestler of Ericsson in an interview before April’s Nordic IPR 2018.

Brexit and IP: the lobbying continues

EU, UK27-03-2018

While the draft agreement on the UK’s withdrawal from the EU was welcomed by the IP industry, there are still many questions over the treatment of IP rights post-Brexit. WIPR spoke to Kate O’Rourke, president of the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys, to find out more.

WIPR Leaders 2018: Sweden trademark practice update

Sweden21-03-2018Petter Rindforth

There is an increasing trend of people registering their surnames as trademarks, as Petter Rindforth of Fenix Legal reports.

WIPR Leaders 2018: Serbia trademark practice update

Serbia21-03-2018Vladimir Marenovic and Nikola Kliska

Serbia makes small but notable IP improvements every year, and 2017 was no different, say Vladimir Marenovic and Nikola Kliska of Živko Mijatovic and Partners.

WIPR Leaders 2018: Russia trademark practice update

Russia21-03-2018Nikolay Bogdanov

Parties seeking to register and protect trademarks in Russia should consider several factors before taking action. Nikolay Bogdanov of Gorodissky & Partners reports.

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