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Brexit: its effects on copyright

Brexit: its effects on copyright

As of 30 March 2019 (i.e. when the United Kingdom will leave the European Union), the EU copyright laws will also cease to apply to the United Kingdom, subject to temporary measures which may be applied.

Ford patents voice command vehicle doors

Ford patents voice command vehicle doors

The US Patent No. 9,890,576, granted on February 13th 2018, is titled: “Active door operation based on voice commands”. The summary discloses that an audio sensor is mounted on the exterior of the vehicle and is configured for listening to voice commands.

BREXIT – Effects on European Union Trade Marks and on Community Designs

BREXIT – Effects on European Union Trade Marks and on Community Designs

The European Commission, with a note republished on 22 January 2018 countersigned by the EUIPO, notified all stakeholders that the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union is an event that will have consequences not only for the European institutions and the national governments, but also for private individuals, companies, and all economic operators.

John Deere wins lawsuit to protect its green and yellow

John Deere wins lawsuit to protect its green and yellow

A United States district court in Kentucky found in favour of Deere & Company in a lawsuit brought to protect the use of its trademark combination of green and yellow as a mark of distinction for its John Deere agricultural machinery. The suit was brought against...

GEO UIBM – An online platform to fight fakes

GEO UIBM – An online platform to fight fakes

GEO UIBM is a project launched by the Directorate General for Counterfeit Protection at UIBM - the Italian Patents and Trademarks Office (Direzione generale per la Lotta alla contraffazione – Ufficio italiano brevetti e marchi) - that has been made available on-line:...

European Patent in Tunisia

European Patent in Tunisia

Starting 1 December 2017, thanks to an agreement between the European Patents Office (EPO) and the Tunisian National Institute for Standardisation and Industrial Property (INNORPI), European patents can be validated in Tunisia and given the same standing as Tunisian...

INDONESIA: the international trademark reaches 100!

INDONESIA: the international trademark reaches 100!

Starting 2 January 2018, it will be possible to apply for protection of a trademark in Indonesia by means of an international trademark registration. On 2 October 2017, Indonesia submitted to WIPO its accession form to the Madrid Protocol on the International...