Francis Gurry has been elected, by the World Intellectual Property Organization’s coordination comittee, for a second term as director general of WIPO. He was selected from a list of four candidates.
Case File No XXII GWzt 15/08 British Petroleum p.l.c. requested that: The respondent be prohibited from infringing the claimant’s registered rights of Community trade mark Nos 1 991, 1 142 363, 1 968 403, 3 363 652 and 1 916 550 by prohibiting it from: a)using green as dominant colour on the outer surfaces of […]
Case C-100/11 P The present case concerns the appeal brought by Helena Rubinstein SNC and L’Oréal SA (‘Helena Rubinstein’ and ‘L’Oréal’; or, collectively, ‘the appellants’) against the judgment by which the General Court dismissed the actions which they had brought against the decisions of the First Board of Appeal of the Office for Harmonisation in […]
The Court of Justice of the EU is concerned about the high fees practicated by the collecting society. She thinks that imposing these high fees may amount to an abuse of a dominant position. The Court also decided that a Czech law that absolved health establishments from paying royalties for music played to their guests […]
The Madrid Union Assembly approved new changes to the Common Regulation during his 48th session held in September in Geneva. These new changes came into effect on 1st January 2015. When an application will be processed, the international bureau will use new guidelines. Some amendments include the changing of renewal fees for international registration, which […]
Europe released online last week the first TTIP documents, two-page sheets for each of the 23 chapters. For the intellectual property chapter, no negotiating texts have been posted yet. Europe plans to address in TTIP the fact that the United States, unlike other countries, does not require radio stations to pay royalties to performers when […]
Due to the case Hejduk vs. EnergieAgentur, CJEU ruled that an EU member state has the power to hear an infringement action regarding the copyright-infringing work accessible online in that country. The court is concerned about the posting of copyrighted images online without the consent of the copyright owner.
CJEU said that an artist or his heir could claim royalties from the re-sale of their work. The Court also said that even if the seller should pay the re-sale, the cost could actually be borne by the buyer. The EU’s Resale Right Directive specifies that member states should provide a re-sale right for the […]
OHIM says that these applications are unlikely to pass. Even though a large number of applications were filed all over the world, none of them has been filed at OHIM yet. However, France’s IP office rejected 50 attempts to trademark the phrase “Je suis Charlie” due to ‘overriding public interest’.