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Apr 02, 2020
Andrej Bukovnik, Bukovnik & Kulbaba IP Guardians, Belgium
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Amendments to the Slovenian Intellectual Property Act

Andrej Bukovnik, Bukovnik & Kulbaba IP Guardians, Belgium, First published at LinkedInOn 5 March 2020, the Slovenian Parliament finally adopted amendments to the Industrial Property Act, transposing into the national legislation Directive (EU) 2015/2436 of the EU Parliament and of the Council of 16 December 2015 to approximate the laws of the Member States relating to trade marks. The amendments to the Slovenian IP Act will come into force on 29 March 2020 and introduced major changes to trademark protection and related proceedings in Slovenia. The amendments remove the graphical representation read more

Mrz 19, 2020
R. Nelson Godfrey, Gowling WLG, Canada
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Five significant developments following the June 2019 c...

R. Nelson Godfrey, Gowling WLG, Canada, First published at www.gowlingwlg.comThe last 12 months have been an exciting time in Canadian trademark law. In June 2019, the most significant changes in decades were implemented to Canada’s Trademarks Act and Trademarks Regulations. The changes implemented in June 2019 have been well documented, and include higher class-based filing fees and shorter registration terms, mandatory Nice classification, the implementation of the Madrid Protocol, and the removal of filing bases and the requirement to file Declarations of Use of proposed read more

Feb 20, 2020
Sara Radić, PETOŠEVIĆ Serbia
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Serbia Adopts New Trademark Law, Introduces Opposition ...

Sara Radić, PETOŠEVIĆ Serbia, First published at www.petosevic.comOn January 24, 2020, the Serbian National Assembly adopted a new trademark law, which enters into force on February 1, 2020 and introduces the trademark opposition system, which will exist alongside the current ex officio examination on absolute and relative grounds. If the application successfully passes the examination on absolute and relative grounds, it will be published in the Serbian IPO’s Official Gazette. Interested parties can file an opposition based on relative grounds for refusal within three months from the application’s publication  read more

Feb 20, 2020
Anca Draganescu-Pinawin, IP Counsel, Novagraaf, Switzerland
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How to build an IP enforcement strategy that reflects, ...

Anca Draganescu-Pinawin, IP Counsel, Novagraaf, Switzerland, First published at, a leading e-tailer of outdoors, recreational products, undertook an aggressive IP rights enforcement campaign in 2019 against several smaller businesses that had filed trademarks which included the term ‘backcountry’. Under intense pressure and with the prospect of expensive, protracted legal battles, several of these businesses felt forced to rebrand. In other situations, this would be considered a success for the enforcing trademark holder, but in this instance, the strategy did not strengthen’s  read more

Feb 20, 2020
Yesabel Cavero, OMC Abogados & Consultores, Peru

Phantom Marks, the Twilight Zone of Intellectual Proper...

Yesabel Cavero, OMC Abogados & Consultores, PeruThe situation of these marks is not as spooky as actual ghouls haunting at cemeteries or abandoned houses, but they still cause many trademark offices to run off and refuse their submission. These trademarks contain “phantom” or changeable elements in their denominations usually represented by inserting a blank (in figurative marks), or by using dots, dashes, underlining, or a designation such as "XXXX" (in denominative marks). An overly known example of these, is the American trademark “----- For Dummies”, used in an extensive and varied set of  read more

Feb 06, 2020
Mauricio Serino Lia – Lia e Barbosa IP Lawyers, Brazil
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Brazil and the Madrid Protocol – Brief comments on the ...

Mauricio Serino Lia – Lia e Barbosa IP Lawyers, BrazilAfter many years of preparations and adaptations due to Legal conflicts with the domestic legislation and to the structure of the Brazilian PTO, on October 2nd, 2019, the Madrid Protocol finally entered in force in Brazil. It is therefore now possible to Brazilian companies, natural persons or those with domicile here to use the Madrid System and for Brazil to receive the international applications as a designation from other countries businesses and natural persons. Although most people and IP practitioners are thinking positively about the reflections in Brazil, some discussions are still on the table when speaking about  read more

Feb 06, 2020
Dimitar Batakliev, PETOŠEVIĆ Bulgaria
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Bulgaria: New Law on Trademarks and GIs Brings Importan...

Dimitar Batakliev, PETOŠEVIĆ Bulgaria, First published at www.petosevic.comA new law on trademarks and geographical indications entered into force in Bulgaria on December 17, 2019. It transposes into national legislation Directive (EU) 2015/2436 of the European Parliament and of the Council of December 16, 2015 to approximate the laws of the EU member states relating to trademarks, while the provisions on GIs are aligned with Regulation (EU) No. 1151/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council on quality schemes for agricultural products and foodstuffs. The new law brings significant changes  read more

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Lia e Barbosa Sociedade de Advogados is a law firm specialized in business law with emphasis on the protection and defense of intellectual property rights: trademarks, patents, copyright, technology transfer, know-how, industrial design, business secrets, Confidentiality, contracts/agreements, computer programs, innovation, domain names, business names and issues related to the Internet and new technologies.

Comprising professionals with a large experience, some with more than 25 years, in preventive, advisory, administrative/prosecution and litigation activities for national and international clients, we seek, as a main differential, to offer a personalized advice that privileges the resolution of interests and conflicts with focus on business advocacy, always considering the binomial quality / investment.

The office, located in São Paulo / SP, has carefully selected correspondents to work throughout the national territory and in any countries part of the intellectual property protection systems, with correspondents in approximately 180 countries.

Our members are active members of the main associations dedicated to the study of the subjects related to its area of activity, thus providing information and cutting-edge knowledge in this constantly changing area. In addition, the office has a structure that brings together experienced lawyers, engineers, economists, administrators, designers, experts, referees and teachers depending on the client´s necessity.