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European Patent Office Seeks Best Inventors

The European Inventor Award 2010 has been opened to the public. Anyone, including individuals, universities, and corporations, may enter the competition or nominate others as inventor of the year. Commercial impact and contributions to social and ecological progress will be the main focus in selecting the inventor of year. The competition has four categories: Industry,

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Not Trademark Infringement says Advocate General

In an action in France involving Google and Louis Vitton, The Court de Cassatson has asked the Court of Justice whether Google committed a trademark infringement by making available keywords and whether Google may be held liable for the content featured in AdWords, the stsytem that enables ads to be displayed in response to keywords.

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Member States Simplify International Design Registration System

WIPO Member states moved on September 24, 2009 to simplify the international design registration system by suspending the earliest of the three Acts that govern the Hague Agreement concerning the International Deposit of Industrial Designs. This decision will streamline the administration of the Treaty which offers the possibility to protect designs in several countries by

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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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