IP rights

Conflict between trademark and plant variety

In the decision of June 18, 2019, the General Court of Justice of the European Union applied Article 7, paragraph 1, m) of Regulation No. 2017/1001, which prohibits the registration of trademarks that consist of “an earlier plant variety denomination … Read More

New developments for trademark protection in China: what has changed.

China is once again named top one in trademark applications received in 2018, making already 16 consecutive years. In addition, many changes impacted the Chinese Trademark Law and the China Trade Mark Office (CTMO), the most remarkable ones are the … Read More

How is counterfeiting really characterized?

For the average consumer, a counterfeit is just a copy of an original product. Hence, there are many misconceptions attached to this term, such as “this is not a counterfeit because the trademark is not reproduced on the product” or … Read More

The milestone of two million EU trademark applications reached

The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) has announced that the milestone of two million EU trademark applications has been reached. In a press release issued on June 10, EUIPO states that the two millionth EU trademark applicant is a … Read More

Reform of the Finnish Trademark Act

The new Finnish Trademark Act came into force on May 1, 2019, after having been ratified by the Finnish President on April 26, 2019. This legislative reform was an opportunity to incorporate into the Finnish legislative system the provisions of … Read More

How Are Lawyers and Small Law Firms Using Technology?

Solo and small firm lawyers often find it difficult to compete with larger legal organisations in terms of resources and costs. But thanks to the increasing accessibility and affordability of technology, the playing field is being levelled all the time. … Read More