Why Kicking Out Counterfeit Crooks on Instagram is so Important

Submitted by editor on Mon, 14/05/2018 - 10:44

Would you spend over a thousand dollars on a pair of sneakers? There are plenty who would -a pair of Adidas Yeezy's comes with a price tag of $1,000 or more. For those who are less flush, the market has become flooded with knock-off fakes. These are promoted via comments and sponsored ads on sites like Facebook and Instagram.

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What Types of Legal Agreements can Protect Intellectual Property?

Submitted by editor on Mon, 14/05/2018 - 10:06

Legal agreements are often part of protecting intellectual property when though business interactions and when used within a company. There are a few different contracts and agreements that assist with these matters, and it is important to know the difference and when to utilize them.

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Co-Branding in Saudi Arabia

Submitted by editor on Mon, 14/05/2018 - 09:17

Today in the market world, there are endless choices of products and services provided for consumers. In this sense, brands face a great challenge by gaining consumer confidence and proving their name in the market.

Many brands have re-examined how to prove themselves and establish their reputation by taking them For the strongest elements of existing products and have them combined with the best complementary brands to provide a new service or commodity.

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Trade Secrets in Unfair Competition Cases

Submitted by editor on Mon, 14/05/2018 - 08:49

Trade secrets provide a competitive edge for a company, and when someone steals, sells or misappropriates these items, it could ruin the company affected leading to failure in the market. If these actions occur, the company owner may need to seek reparations or compensation through the courts to mitigate the damage or remedy the disaster.

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To What Extent are Trademark Laws Harmonized in the Middle East Countries?

Submitted by editor on Mon, 14/05/2018 - 08:18

There is some element of harmonization with common standers available across the different Arab countries, as evidence by the introduction of a GCC trade mark law published in 2006 ( still not ratified by all members states). The law outlines the general directives and rulings governing trademark registration, renewal, assignment and cancellation in 6 GCC countries.

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Middle East's Most Valuable Brands

Submitted by editor on Thu, 10/05/2018 - 11:44

The UAE is home to 5 of the region’s top 10 brands and 42% of the total brand value in the Brand Finance Middle East 50 league table, more than any other country. According to the latest report by Brand Finance, the world's leading independent brand valuation and strategy consultancy, Etisalat (up 40% to US$7.7 billion) is now the Middle East's most valuable brand, ahead of STC (up 7%to US$6.7 billion), and Emirates (down 12%to US$5.3 billion), according to Brand Finance.

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Originality in Copyright: A Meaningless Requirement?

Submitted by editor on Thu, 10/05/2018 - 11:23

Is the originality requirement in copyright a non-requirement? In other words: is there any meaningful threshold to copyright protection?

I've had the opportunity to discuss this issue three times over less than a month: first, at a workshop in Berlin, then with a Belgian student and, finally, with an IP lawyer based outside Europe. If these three situations had anything in common, it was the suggestion that the originality requirement is not really a requirement - whether under EU or US law - and that copyright protection is very easy to obtain.

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Book Review: You Don't Own Me: How Mattel v MGA Entertainment Exposed Barbie's Dark Side

Submitted by editor on Thu, 10/05/2018 - 10:59

Orly Lobel's most recent book, You Don't Own Me, retraces the story behind the infamous legal battle between Barbie and Bratz, the two market-leading dolls, a legal battle also known Mattel v MGA Entertainment . The book covers a particularly timely topic, as Barbie recently found herself in trouble for her most recent 'Frida Kahlo look', which was found to infringe the late artist's rights to her own image . Of course, the cases involve different parties and slightly different claims, but the themes running through both disputes are (surprisingly perhaps) similar.

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The 18th World IP Day: A good day in China for J'adore Dior

Submitted by editor on Wed, 09/05/2018 - 12:21

In 2014, Dior applied for territorial extension of its 3D mark "J'adore bottle" (international registration No. 1221382, as shown below) to the Trademark Office of China (TMO). In 2015, the TMO rejected the application due to lack of distinctiveness. Dior then elevated the matter for review to the TRAB. The TRAB also sustained the refusal and issued decision No. [2016] 13584 (the No. 13584 Decision) holding the following key points:

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Wal-Mart's $32.5 Million BACKYARD Brawl

Submitted by editor on Wed, 09/05/2018 - 11:17

Legal departments sometimes get a bad reputation for saying no too often. A no from legal is particularly hard to stomach when you think the potential legal risk is far fetched. In this dispute, Wal-Mart must have decided that there was no way a competitor could own the basic word BACKYARD for grills and grilling accessories. However, after some discovery and a motion for summary judgment, Wal-Mart was left holding a tab for $34 million in damages, costs, and attorney's fees.

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