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No break for Nestlé?

EU27-07-2018Alexander Heirwegh

The CJEU’s KitKat ruling shows that companies seeking to trademark the shape of their products in the EU must carefully prepare and assess their survey, market and advertising evidence before filing an application, as Alexander Heirwegh of law firm Petillion reports.

The story of ‘Black Friday’ in Germany

Germany18-07-2018Michael Frank

The cancellation of the ‘Black Friday’ trademark in Germany shows that terms in widespread use are vulnerable to cancellation, as Michael Frank of Brandstock reports.

UPC: an interview with Judge Sam Granata

Belgium, EU18-06-2018

Preserving evidence and handling mediation are two key aspects of the Unified Patent Court, says Sam Granata, a judge at the Court of Appeal Antwerp, Belgium, in an interview with WIPR.

Standard-essential patents: help or hindrance in the IoT?

13-06-2018Peter Koch

While the internet of things will create an ever-more interconnected technology landscape, it may cause major problems in the area of standard-essential patents if the new framework is not managed carefully. Peter Koch of Pinsent Masons investigates.

A helping hand: Nokia, FRAND and the IoT

EU08-06-2018Telecoms

As disruptive technologies change the face of the telecoms field, established players should communicate clearly the existence and importance of technologies protected by standard-essential patents so that new entrants are better aware of the potential costs of using certain technical standards, says Nokia’s Adrian Howes in an interview with WIPR.

A one-way ticket to (patent) success

05-06-2018

Understanding the other side’s position in a patent dispute and limiting patent aggression are key aims of Jaime Siegel, CEO of ticketing marketplace FlipTix, who talks to WIPR.

Conference preview: Global IP Exchange, UK 2018

UK04-06-2018

The Global IP Exchange team is bringing the conference series to the UK on June 26 and 27 in London, as the director of the Exchange, Eleanor Pilkington, reports.

Event preview: ECTA 2018

EU, Greece01-06-2018

ECTA’s Annual Conference this year will be held in Athens, from June 13 to 16, as WIPR finds out.

The Confusion of Copyright Fair Use

International, US25-05-2018

“It would be hard to find anyone in this room who would not be confused as to where copyright fair use is today,” said Kate Spelman, Senior Copyright Counsel at Microsoft.

Collaborative Branding: Trademark Lawyers and Marketers

International25-05-2018

Although a company’s marketing and legal departments often have contrasting approaches to brands, it’s necessary for the teams to build trust and cultivate a positive working relationship, as Aislinn Burton finds out.

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