Week´s news headlines – Aug. 12th 2016

The US Olympic Committee Is Actually Banning Retweets

The U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) sent out a letter last week warning non-sponsor companies against using the Olympics’ intellectual property.
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Hashtags, trademarks and the Rio Olympics

The opening ceremony of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio is now just eight days away. But you may want to be careful about how you tweet, retweet and post about the games.

Apparently, the U.S. Olympic Committee is putting a vice-grip on any non-sponsor company that uses Olympic hashtags.

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Court deals major blow to Fraunhofer in intellectual property dispute

Legal case is over process to infuse bacteria into nicotiana, a relative of the tobacco plant used in cigarettes

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Social Utility Needs to be Part of the Debate on Intellectual Property Rights in India

The government’s IPR policy seems to lack a holistic understanding of the complexities attached with “traditional” knowledge (to be free and open for public access) vs. some kind of privately locked knowledge capital.

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Ivorian Government Wants Intellectual Property Protection For Traditional Dish, Attiéké –

The Ivorian government wants the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization to protect attiéké, (pronounced atchekay) — a traditional couscous-like dish made from fermented ground cassava roots that Ivorians eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner, BBC reported.

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Botswana Pilots Intellectual Property Policies

Botswana has been selected as the first pilot country for the development of Intellectual Property (IP) policies in the universities.

Speaking during the national workshop on the framework Intellectual Property Policy for Universities and Public Research Institutions in Gaborone, senior counsellor for IP policies for Universities of World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Ms Lien Verbauwhede said WIPO fully supports the use of intellectual property for economic, social and cultural development and encourages creativity and innovation.

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First-of-its-kind e-gateway to protect intellectual property

DED launches ‘IP gateway’ for faster response to complaints from trademark owners

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Clause for evergreening of patents dropped from RCEP: Nirmala Sitharaman

A patent on the new form would give the innovator company a 20-year monopoly on the drug

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Teva’s $4 Billion Medicine Faces Patent Judgment Day in U.S.

The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office will decide on the legitimacy of patents that expire in 2030, which safeguard the drug’s thrice-weekly regimen and the $4 billion in annual sales it rakes in, by Aug. 25. The 40-milligram injection allowed Teva to hang on to sales when the original version of Copaxone — half the dose, taken once a day — began facing generic competition last year.

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How ambush marketers are winning in Rio

The practice is bigger than ever, and social media has helped

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Are Augmented Reality Games Liable for Depictions of Buildings, Trademarks or Artwork?

In the few weeks since its release, Pokémon™ GO has dominated the interactive entertainment landscape. The augmented reality game has reportedly achieved more than 30 million downloads and lots of buzz. But as its popularity grows, so do questions about its legal implications – including the use of landmarks, buildings, monuments, and other frequented locations. Can the developers of augmented reality games be liable for copyright or trademark infringement for depictions of buildings or artwork? While we are not aware of any cases against augmented reality projects yet, we can apply some familiar concepts to shed light on these important legal questions.

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Fair Use of Others’ Registered Trademarks Case study: Pierre Fabre Dermo-Cosmetique vs. Changsha Huiji E-Commerce Co., Ltd.

Many foreign companies which do business in China have found themselves in an unclear position in potential infringements of their trademarks or instances of unfair competition: It has been noted in a number of cases that Chinese traders who are active in retail of the foreign companies’ authentic products advertise them on their websites and in their promotional materials using these foreign companies’ registered trademarks. In some cases, it has also been observed that Chinese traders falsely claimed that they have been exclusively authorised as the foreign companies’ distributors in China.

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BlackBerry sues Avaya for infringing on its patents

BlackBerry has filed a lawsuit against Avaya, accusing the multi-national tech company of infringing on eight of its U.S. patents related to mobile communications. The patents allegedly used by Avaya were filed between 1998 and 2011, and include 9143801, 8964849, 8116739, 8886212, 8688439, 7440561, 8554218 and 737296.

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China Trademarks, Patents and Copyrights: A Different Sort of Wake-Up Call

EBN, an online publication geared to supply chain professionals, recently ran a piece called Why Apple’s Patent Fight With Baili Should Serve As A Wake-Up Call. Although the piece is well-meaning, and its generic thesis – that Western companies need to do more to protect their IP in China – is correct, many of the details are either misleading or flat out wrong.

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Copyrights – Copyright protection – Vietnam

Derivative works shall only be protected if they do not infringe the copyrights in respect of the works used to make derivative works. However, only works directly created by authors, without copying from others’ works are subjects of copyright protection.

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Copyrights are seen as a weapon against instead of being seen as a tool for the prosperity and economic development of Bosnia and Herzegovina

If you are like the majority of our compatriots, you will answer both questions with a probable „NO!“, judging by the fact that according to certain presumptions 60% of all software and close to 90% of all music in use in Bosnia and Herzegovina are a direct result of infringement of one or, often more copyrights.

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Sony’s quarterly revenue from music publishing fell by around $20m in the three months to end of June, down to 15.65bn Yen ($152m).

In the same quarter (Sony’s Q1) of the previous year, the company’s publishing operation turned over 17.84bn Yen ($173m at current exchange rates), according to Sony Corporation.

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Burberry acalla a rapero

La casa de moda demandó al músico Burberry Perry por infracción de marca registrada.

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Whole Foods sin slogan

La Oficina de Patentes y Marcas rechazó una solicitud de registro de la cadena estadounidense, por considerar que la marca era “laudatoria”.

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Aumenta registro de marcas

Durante el primer semestre de este año, el Instituto Mexicano de la Propiedad Industrial otorgó 57.684 registros.

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¿Victoria uruguaya?

El Centro Internacional de Arreglo de Diferencias Relativas a Inversiones laudó la disputa entre Philip Morris y el gobierno uruguayo. Estas son las conclusiones.

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IG para productos chilenos

La presidenta Michelle Bachelet otorgó la distinción a las aceitunas de Azapa y al orégano de la Precordillera de Putre.

El Instituto Nacional de Propiedad Industrial (Inapi) de Chile, otorgó la Indicación Geográfica (IG) a las aceitunas de Azapa y al orégano de la Precordillera de Putre.

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Aumenta solicitud de patentes

Durante el primer semestre de este año, la Superintendencia de Industria y Comercio recibió 248 pedidos

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