United Arab Emirates: Copyrighting Cakes

Submitted by editor on Wed, 14/03/2018 - 11:27

Cake! Just the word makes our mouths water. Which one are you craving? Chocolate? Victorian sponge cake? Red velvet? Devil's food cake? Or maybe a slice of cheesecake? There are so many options that all sound wonderful. Be it a birthday, a wedding, or any other special occasion, having some cake makes it better. It is a representation of happiness and comfort and can be said to make events more enjoyable. Has it, however, ever occurred to you that a piece of cake you had at a birthday party was copyright infringed?

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United Arab Emirates: Plagiarism and its Legal Consequences

Submitted by editor on Wed, 14/03/2018 - 11:06

The origins of this proverb are unknown, but they are relevant in varied contexts. One can say that the concept of plagiarism efficiently sits on this axiom. But there's another saying too; "If you steal ideas from one source that's plagiarism, but ideas stolen from more than one source makes the output a 'research.'" So, which one of these two proverbs should we apply when talking about plagiarism? Will it be literary theft? Or will it be fair to use? No doubt, the rules of plagiarism are vague.

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Chanel May Have Just Won a Battle for the Chanel Instagram Account

Submitted by editor on Mon, 12/03/2018 - 11:34

THE FASHION LAW EXCLUSIVE - On the heels of the lawsuit it won against Chanel Jones, a Merrillville, Indiana salon owner, who was using her first name in connection with her business, it seems Chanel may have decided to take on another similarly-named individual. This time the hypothetical battle was on Instagram, though, and not in a courtroom. The account at issue: @Chanel, which did not belong the Karl Lagerfeld-helmed house, but instead, to a 20-year old girl from Vancouver, Canada named Chanel Bonin.

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Intellectual Property is an Enormous Asset in the Fashion Industry

Submitted by editor on Mon, 12/03/2018 - 11:29

The purchase of a designer handbag is satisfying, despite being among the most expensive items on the shopping lists of many women. High fashion goods are a billion-dollar market, and this is the reason why fashion houses value their brand equity. It is due to this brand recognition and equity that the fashion houses develop a bond with their customers. As such, considerable resources are invested in protecting the names and brands through trademark registrations.
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Innovation, Technology and the Future of Legal Services

Submitted by editor on Mon, 05/03/2018 - 10:41

The legal profession has always been identified as being traditional, unsusceptible to change, and guided by precedent as opposed to innovation. However, despite the fact that in comparison to other industries legal innovation has lagged behind, the scope, pace and reach of innovation and technology in the legal industry has, over the last years made significant strides.

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OfficeMax Rubber Band Ball Brand Symbol

Submitted by editor on Mon, 05/03/2018 - 10:27

OfficeMax has been sporting its friendly and colorful rubber band ball brand signal on billboard advertising and delivery trucks for some time, but yesterday is the first time I’ve noticed prominent static use of the bouncy rubber band ball as a non-verbal logo on storefront signage positioned next to the OfficeMax brand name.

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Patents and the Fourth Industrial Revolution. What Indications for the Future on the Basis of Patent Activity?

Submitted by editor on Mon, 05/03/2018 - 10:04

The EPO published in December 2017 a report titled, “Patents and the Fourth Industrial Revolution” (available here). The report looks into the new era of technological development, characterised by digitalisation and the storage and management of big data, what has been called the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), or Industry 4.0. The goal of the report is to provide a first cartography of this dynamic technological field on the basis of patent activity (based on data available until 2016).

The Fourth Industrial Revolution

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Sweet! (or not?): Cookie-Shaped Cushions Without Trade Mark Owner's Permission

Submitted by editor on Mon, 05/03/2018 - 09:51

Are you familiar with cookies like Pan di Stelle, Galletti, Abbracci, or Ringo? If you are Italian or have lived in Italy you surely are, but also if your favourite supermarket stores Italian products it is most likely that you have tried these extremely popular sweet products once … or many times.

While reading the blog of specialist IP law firm Martini Manna, I learned about a ‘yummy’ case concerning indeed the aforementioned cookies and … cushions shaped like them!

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Many Options to Protect Your Fashion Design, But No One-Stop Shop

Submitted by editor on Thu, 01/03/2018 - 09:38

This article was co-authored with Joshua Rudawitz, an associate in the Intellectual Property Department at Nutter.

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ParisTribunal supports heir's claim to looted painting

Submitted by editor on Mon, 19/06/2017 - 10:47

An heir claims ownership over his ancestor's painting seventy-years and six months after the death of his ancestor... and the Paris Tribunal seems likely to grant his request. How is it possible? Elementary, my dear Watson.
The legal ownership of artworks spans across a number of legal fields, going beyond intellectual property rights in some cases. As a result, more than one kind of ownership is vested in works of art. Ownership may be conferred by copyright in the graphic representation embodied by the painting, and by (traditional) property law over the painting itself. Unlike copyright-ownership, property-ownership knows no time-limit. As confirmed by a recent decision of the Paris Tribunal, property-ownership may be passed down from one generation to the next without losing its legal force. Old titles may thus come back to haunt collectors, galleries and museums who exhibit works that are otherwise cleared by copyright.

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