A bunch of Italian entrepreneurs are still trying to register a trademark with the symbol of cannabis – do such marks really incite consumers to use illegal substances?

In my previous publications on IP Blog I have already discussed the problems encountered by applicants in connection with registration of trademarks having some reference to hemp and cannabis (The symbol of cannabis is contrary...

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Surname, first name, pseudonym, personal image – can they be regisrtered as a trademark in the Polish Patent Office or EUIPO?

On 24 March 2016 a Spanish company, Gaudí BCN Projects S.L., filed in EUIPO a trademark application no. 015270077 having the following representation: The above mark was applied for services in class 35 (among others for...

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Apple vs. Animoji. Does it really seem to be the end of a famous dispute?

Recently, a worldwide premiere of a new iPhone has taken place. The product named “iPhone X” has raised controversies mainly because of its price and the function of unblocking the phone by means of recognizing the user’s face. As far as the price of this new device is the issue of secondary importance for the true lovers of Apple’s products, the function of recognizing the user’s face is not.

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When applying for trademark registration, do not forget about the author

Upon seeing a word or word-figurative trademark, do we wonder who really has the exclusive right to use it? The applicants are hardly ever the creators of a trademark. More frequently, a logo is purchased form a graphic designing studio or a repository of files (e.g. Shutterstock). However, such purchase does not mean the acquisition of material copyrights to the form of expression of the mark.

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The devil is in the details, or from when one should count the 5-year period, during which it is possible not to use one’s trade mark without consequences?

Our clients frequently ask the question when exactly the obligation to start to use a trade mark arises, or in other words, from when the absence of genuine use may render the mark vulnerable to declaring lapse due to non-use. The continuous period, after which the holder of registration is at the latest obliged to put his mark to genuine use, in order to avoid negative consequences for its exclusive right, lasts 5 years.

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