Which Musicians are also Inventors?

Submitted by editor on Wed, 09/05/2018 - 10:40

Musicians are famously creative, but some of them are also pushing the boundaries in other areas of innovation.

Which of the musicians below are also inventors, having filed international patent applications via WIPO's Patent Cooperation Treaty

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Relevance of visual similarity in "food" marks: MONTECITRUS vs. Mountain Citrus

Submitted by editor on Wed, 09/05/2018 - 10:06

In Case T-495/15 dated 16 March 2017 (General Court of the EU), The applicant (Spanish oranges, SL), applied for protection in Europe in classes 29 and 31 (fruits, vegetables and oranges) the Trademark 'MOUNTAIN CITRUS spain' (see above).

The third party Sociedad Agraria de Transformacion, considering the requested mark confusingly similar to its prior EU trademark MonteCitrus (see above), filed an opposition to obtain the refusal of the competitor's Trademark application before the European IP Office (EUIPO).

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Net Neutrality at Risk?

Submitted by editor on Thu, 03/05/2018 - 11:43

Net neutrality is a principle according to which Internet service providers (ISP) should enable transparent and quality access to all contents and applications regardless of the source, without favoring, blocking, or discriminating users, products or websites. It is about equality. However, it can face changes in the near future.

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Can Tattoos be Protected Legally?

Submitted by editor on Thu, 03/05/2018 - 11:32

It is well known that tattoos are part of the history of humanity, it is enough to take a look at the first civilizations to know what importance they had in their society. The first tattoos were found about 5 thousand years ago, in Siberia, Polynesia or the Marquesas Islands, and Egypt. The meaning of tattoos varies according to culture and can be a symbol of social status, to honor a battle, have a religious meaning, or simple aesthetics, among others.

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Amazon Brand Registry and Online Protection

Submitted by editor on Thu, 03/05/2018 - 11:28

Nowadays every business is aware of the importance of the protection of its trademarks in the course of online trade and it is old news that counterfeiting is a vast, successful and global business that increasingly operates online.
Small postal services are the top method of shipping counterfeit goods because those are an effective way to avoid detection and reduce the risk of penalties.
The countries that suffer most from trademark infringement are the United States, Italy and France.

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Design Law in the European Fashion Sector

Submitted by editor on Thu, 03/05/2018 - 09:47

Following the entry into force of the Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement in the European Community, Dr. Fridolin Fischer, an attorney-at- law in Zurich, Switzerland, and author of 'Kleidermod -Phanomen ohne Rechtsschutz?', an analysis of legal protection for fashion designs, discusses in this article for WIPO Magazine the relevance of design law in the fashion sector.

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Sport and Intellectual Property

Submitted by editor on Thu, 03/05/2018 - 09:33

Innovation and creativity are key drivers in the world of sport. In every sporting field, inventors and creators are working behind the scenes to push the boundaries, creating new opportunities for enjoyment and for athletes to better their performance.

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YouTube's New Transparency Report Reveals Centrality of Automated Notices and Automated Takedowns

Submitted by editor on Mon, 30/04/2018 - 10:27

Over the past few years YouTube has relied on a combination of human intervention and technology to "flag" content that is considered inappropriate in light of YouTube's Community Guidelines. In particular, content can be flagged by YouTube's automated flagging systems, members of the Trusted Flagger programme (which includes NGOs, government agencies and individuals) or from simple users within the YouTube community.

Google/YouTube has recently released a new Transparency Report, that adds up to its reports on copyright, the 'right to be forgotten', and government requests.

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When Fashion Sought to Protect Itself Through Private Collective Action: Recalling the Fashion Originators Guild

Submitted by editor on Mon, 30/04/2018 - 09:46

One aspect of this question is is whether there Is there any legal space for private collective action against "piracy"? Stated otherwise, how broad a shadow does competition law/antitrust law cast when copying takes place, but the IP laws are not applicable? Consider the tale of the New York-based Fashion Originators Guild.

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Innovation, Creativity and the Gender Gap

Submitted by editor on Mon, 30/04/2018 - 09:34

Societies all around the world have benefited from the work of women inventors, designers and artists. But data show that fewer women than men use the intellectual property system. That gender gap matters for a number of reasons, perhaps most importantly because gender equality is a human right and because we are all better off when women and girls are empowered to make their full contribution to innovation and creativity.

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