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Seizures in Customs in EU Hits a Peak

According to the statistics published by the European Commission the increase relating to goods infringing trademarks, patents, designs, and related rights reached the highest level ever, with an increase of 13 % over 2007. While customs detained some 43, 000 cases of goods in 2007, in 2008, customs detained nearly 50,000 cases of goods at

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USPTO Opens Exhibit of Michael Jackson’s Patent and Trademarks

The US Patent and Trademark Office and the National Inventors Hall of Fame and Museum are presenting a special exhibit featuring material from Michael Jackson’s patent and trademark applications. The exhibit is free and open to the public starting Wednesday, July 15, and runs through Labor Day. Mr. Jackson is the co-inventor of a “system

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Pirate Store Hunting in China

The imitation of stores and by pirates in China has not slowed down. It was found that Chinese pirates have opened 3 stores of Wenice Kids, the Turkish textile giant concentrating on children’s fashions. Oktay Ozdemir, the CEO of Wenice Kids, stated that they had become aware of this infringement by accident and that they

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Istanbul Police raid “pirate” ship

A few days ago after a long investigation, the Istanbul Police raided a ship containing pirate materials, including music and game CDs and DVDs, and books. Over 200,000 CDs and DVDs with a market price of about Turkish Lira 600,000 were seized. Additionally, the Istanbul Police carried out another operation seizing over 1 million pirate

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Another Controversial Decision from WIPO’s Domain Name Authority

WIPO’s domain name dispute resolution authority issued another controversial decision on the domain names www.jonathan-ive.com, www.jonathanive.com, www.jony-ive.com, and www.jonyive.com. Jonathan Ive, the Senior Vice President of Industrial Design at Apple, Inc., who designed well-known Apple products iMac, iPod, and iPhone, filed a complaint to transfer or terminate the above domain names claiming that he is internationally renowned within the

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Technology Transfer Offices to be Opened at Universities

Technology Transfer Offices will be opened at universities to carry out patent studies to make the university staff’s ideas and works utilizable in market. Prof. Durmus Gunay, member of the YOK, the Board of Higher Education, stated that they are carrying out a program to build Technology Transfer Offices at universities. Adding that a commission

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Community Trade Mark Fees Fall By 40% From 1 May

The cost of having a Community trade mark will be cut by 40% to € 900 for online applications from 1 May, the European Commission announced today. OHIM’s President, Wubbo de Boer, speaking at a joint press conference with the European Commissioner for the Internal Market, Charlie McCreevy, said he was delighted that Community trade

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Record Number of Cybersquatting Cases in 2008, WIPO Proposes Paperless UDRP

Allegations of cybersquatting by trademark holders continued to rise in 2008, with a record 2,329 complaints filed under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP), a quick and cost-effective dispute resolution procedure administered by the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center. This represented an 8% increase over 2007 in the number of generic and country

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Decree Law Numbered 556 on Protection of Trademarks Amended

A new statute amending the Decree Law numbered 556 on Protection of Trademarks was enacted by the Grand National Assembly. The statute aims to avoid loopholes likely to occur after the Constitutional Court’s decision abolishing some of the articles of the Decree Law numbered 556. The statute set forth the scope of the rights arising

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Court Accepts Registration of Trademark by Representative

Registration of trademarks by representatives is of paramount importance as it may be problematic at the end of the relationship. Predicting such problems beforehand, the Decree Law on Protection of Trademarks in Article 8/2 disallows representatives from registering the trademarks of which they are representatives, agents, or distributors. This article reads as follows: “Upon opposition

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