The Importance of being aware of IP matters for Actors: An Interview with Hend Sabry

Submitted by editor on Mon, 30/04/2018 - 09:26

What challenges face actresses in the Arab region? And what opportunities might they enjoy? Award-winning Hend Sabry (left), one of the most celebrated actresses in Egypt and the Arab region, shares her views on women in Arab cinema.

What drew you to acting?
It was a coincidence really. I was spotted by a director when acting in high school play. I was just 14 years old. Then I discovered that creating another world and making people believe in it is a lot of fun. I love acting because it gives me the freedom to explore and express different aspects of my personality.

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The WIPO Celebrates the World Intellectual Property Day Under the Tittle of "Powering Change: Women in Innovation and Creativity"

Submitted by editor on Mon, 30/04/2018 - 09:00

Every April 26, we celebrate World Intellectual Property Day to learn about the role that intellectual property rights (patents, trademarks, industrial designs, copyright) play in encouraging innovation and creativity.

This year's World Intellectual Property Day campaign celebrates the brilliance, ingenuity, curiosity and courage of the women who are driving change in our world and shaping our common future.

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The M.A Program in Intellectual Property and Innovation Management at An-Najah University

Submitted by editor on Thu, 26/04/2018 - 10:24

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Rich writer, poor writer

Submitted by editor on Tue, 17/04/2018 - 12:29

There seem to be two types of writers in China: the rich and the poor the ones whose works are'IP-able' and whose are not. The acronym 'IP' in such contexts differs from its conventional meaning as in 'Intellectual Property': rather, it is the abbreviation of 'IP movie/TV' i.e. the films and television plays that result from adaptations of popular copyright works including animation, novels, games or songs, etc. Mostly, before being brought to the big screen, the'IP-able' works have armed with the huge reader fan base, and therefore are highly likely to become hits.

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Patent Appeals to the District Court: Win or Lose, You Pay Attorneys' Fees?

Submitted by editor on Tue, 17/04/2018 - 10:28

Recently, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals (the federal appellate court that primarily hears appeals in patents cases) heard arguments in NantKwest Inc. v. Matal, No. 16-1794 on the issue of attorneys' fees (a timely topic) in certain patent cases.

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Does Google's Enforcement Explain New Ads?

Submitted by editor on Tue, 17/04/2018 - 10:15

Remember this North Memorial Health billboard ad- sporting a plain and literal Google reference -that we wrote about a few months ago, where nominative fair use was pretty clear to me?

Well, a new set of North Memorial billboard ads rolled into to the Minneapolis skyway system, just in time for Super Bowl LII, with essentially the same message, but without a Google mention.

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Touch Trademarks and Tactile Brands With Mojo: Feeling the Strength of a Velvet, Turgid, Touch Mark?

Submitted by editor on Mon, 09/04/2018 - 11:18

Of all the traditional five human senses (sight, hearing, taste, smell, and touch) and trademarks that can be perceived by one or more of those senses, touch, a/k/a tactile, a/k/a texture trademarks are just about as uncommon as any (taste, perhaps, being the least common). Indeed, back in 2006, Marty Schwimmer from The Trademark Blog correctly noted the dearth of recognized tactile marks.

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The Physics of Brand: The Evolution of Branding

Submitted by editor on Mon, 09/04/2018 - 11:09

Brands are complex because they are both real and figments of our imagination. Brands were invented to replace face-to-face transactions between the customer and craftsperson. Transactions evolved from “I’ll give you this goat for that pig” to “Can I really trust this jug of Roman wine?”

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The Sweet Smell of Registration

Submitted by editor on Mon, 09/04/2018 - 10:43

Hasbro’s application to register the smell of its Play-Doh for "toy modeling compounds". The application was ripe for a functionality refusal, but a refusal on the ground of a lack of acquired distinctiveness seemed like a certainty.

An Office Action issued on May 26th, 2017, refusing the application on the ground of a lack of acquired distinctiveness. The Office Action also included a number of Requests for Information to determine whether a functionality should issue, too.

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Did She Or Didn't She?

Submitted by editor on Mon, 02/04/2018 - 12:05

This is the question a court in the Southern District of New York will be dealing with in a recent lawsuit filed against Destiny Hope, a/k/a Miley Cyrus and others. Does Miley's chart topping 2013 hit song" We Can't Stop" infringe on a song written by Michael May?

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