Week’s news headlines – jun. 19th 2015

5 Things You May Not Know About Trademarks in France

On the French territory, two types of marks coexist: French trademarks issued by the French Trademark Office (INPI), that are valid on the French territory only, and Community trademarks issued by the Community Trademark Office which is part of the OHIM (“Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market”) that are valid throughout the European Union, including the French territory. Each type of mark is governed by its own set of rules: the French Intellectual Property Code on the one hand and EU Regulation No. 07/2009 of 26 February 2009 on the other. In practice, however, the rules that apply to national marks and Community marks are very similar.

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Apple Files Trademarks for “Apple Music” and Updated Apple Logo

On June 8, 2015 ― Apple unveiled Apple Music™, a single, intuitive app that combines the best ways to enjoy music — all in one place. Today, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published Apple’s latest trademark filing for “Apple Music,” which was originally filed in the U.S on June tenth.

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The U.S. Patent System is Broken: Derek Khanna on Trolling and Low-Quality Patents

re current patent policies slowing innovation and infringing on economic liberties? Derek Khanna, a tech policy and intellectual property expert, says yes.

“A patent is a government-granted monopoly” that gives the owner sole right to profit from making or licensing a product, Khanna explains. “So effectively every week the government says, ‘These are all the things that American citizens can’t do for about the next 20 years.'”

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Patent Values Return to Earth as Mania Dies Down

For a while it seemed the mobile industry was deteriorating into a battle over who had the best patents — and the best patent lawyers.

Apple was suing Samsung, Motorola was suing Microsoft and Google was in everyone’s cross hairs. And there were a lot more cases that weren’t making headlines.

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How Do Restaurant Trademarks Work?

Last month, a subsidiary of the multi-million dollar burger haven Shake Shack filed a trademark application for the term “Chicken Shack.” Not surprisingly, the requested trademark pertains to a restaurant that serves chicken sandwiches, much to the excitement of Danny Meyer acolytes everywhere. (Meyer and his camp remain mum as to their plans for the mark.) But if the application is granted, the term “Chicken Shack”

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Cyprus Airways trademarks up for grabs

An official announcement regarding the trademarks stated: “The purpose of this Expression of Interest process is to determine interest of prospective parties for the exclusive license to use/exploit the Logos and Trademarks for the operation of a flights schedule out of the Republic of Cyprus.”

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Provisions on Prohibiting the Abuse of Intellectual Property Rights to Exclude or Restrict Competition (Mainland China)

To protect fair market competition, encourage innovation and prevent operators from abusing intellectual property rights to exclude or restrict competition, the State Administration for Industry and Commerce promulgated on April 7, 2015 the Provisions on Prohibiting the Abuse of Intellectual Property Rights to Exclude or Restrict Competition (hereinafter, the “Provisions”), which will enter into effect on August 1, 2015. The main points of the Provisions are as follows.

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