Patent on the service of the State

In less than a week ago the World Health Organisation characterized COVID-19 as a pandemic. It affects people within different and basic aspects of their lives. Nowadays, we ponder how this situation will impact the economy, mainly entrepreneurs. Therefore, the wide discussions about new regulations  concerning employees and employers is being conducted. However, my aim is to introduce our Readers-  entrepreneurs and often patent holders, to the regulations which allows the State to use their patents in case of a threaten of broadly understood public interest.

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Automatic alerts of .eu domain name registrations equivalent to the European Union Trademarks – a new tool available from now to EUTM applicants and holders

Owing to strengthening collaboration between the European Registry for Internet Domains (EURiD) and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), the applicants and holders of the European Union trademarks will be able to receive automatic...

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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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