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Wed Jan 17

Your Customers Are the Key to Expanding Your Business [BUSINESS]
As a business owner, you know only too well that without your customers, your business would grind to a halt. Your customers are your businesss lifeblood. You also know that the key to improving your bottom line is expanding your business. Depending on the nature of your business, expansion could mean opening new stores in multiple locations or adding new products or services to your current offerings. However, regardless of your expansion strategy, one thing remains constant: Your customers mak [...]

Thu Jan 18

Swedish Patents and Market Court of Appeal requests CJEU to clarify notion of ‘shape, or another characteristic, which gives substantial value to the goods’
The Manhattan printWhile trade mark professionals are keenly awaiting the outcome of the Louboutin reference [the case has been re-opened, and a new Opinion of Advocate General Szpunar, on which see here, is due on 6 February], the appeal branch of the specialist Swedish IP court has made a reference to the Court of Justice of the European Union regarding what is to be intended as ‘shape, or another characteristic, which gives substantial value to the goods’. The reference concerns Article 7(1)( [...]

Wed Jan 17

Around the IP Blogs!
As the January blues have seriously started to kick in, the IPKat is in search of some excitement around the IP blogland. Stay warm and cozy, Kat friends!IPKat doesn’t mind a duvet day!The 1709 Blog discusses the proposed Music Modernization Act in the U.S., directed to an overhaul of the system of royalty arrangements for mechanical licenses. This piece of legislation proposes a mechanism, under which digital services would fund a Mechanical Licensing Collective, and, in turn, be granted blanke [...]

Thu Jan 18

CAFC finds that CD Cal failed to provide a “full and fair opportunity to ventilate the issues.”
The opinion beginsDefendant Zinus, Inc., appeals from a summaryjudgment entered in favor of plaintiff Cap Export, LLC,and third-party defendants Abraham Amouyal and4Moda Corp. (collectively, “Cap Export”) by the UnitedStates District Court for the Central District of California.The district court ordered Zinus, the owner of U.S. PatentNo. 8,931,123 (“the ’123 patent”), to file a motion forsummary judgment of validity of that patent. Followingbriefing, the court held two of the asserted claims of [...]

Wed Jan 17

New presidency of the Council of the European Union ... new position on the EU copyright reform?
Following the conclusion of the 6-month Estonian presidency, the presidency of the Council of the European Union is now Bulgarian, and will be so for the first semester of 2018.The Council is one of the key EU institutions and brings the voice of Member States governments into the decision- and law-making process. In fact and among other things - together with the European Parliament - the Council is in charge of adopting EU legislation.Of course, one of the pending pieces of legislation that mi [...]

Fri Jan 19

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Thu Jan 18

Guest post: Ornamental? Or trademark as a product?
Likelihoodofconfusion [GUEST]
Trademark-as-a-Product v. Ornamental Sparked by a question from Pamela Chestek about promotional goods, I got to thinking about when a design or word on a [...]

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