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Chile and Cap Verde join the Madrid System

Chile and Cap Verde join the Madrid System

An international trademark registration via the Madrid System is a simple and inexpensive way to achieve trademark protection for many countries with one central application. The underlying Protocol to the Madrid Agreement now has 112 participating countries. Since regional organizations such as the European Union are also members, up to 128 countries can be reached…

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New support program for SMEs by EUIPO: Ideas Powered for Business SME Fund

New support program for SMEs by EUIPO: Ideas Powered for Business SME Fund

The Ideas Powered for Business SME Fund is a EUR 20 million financial assistance program designed to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the EU access their intellectual property rights. This SME Fund is a European Commission initiative implemented by the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) and will run from January 10, 2022…

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RKW-Seminars on patent law and other property rights

RKW-Seminars on patent law and other property rights

Patent attorney Gerd Stötter – partner in our patent law firm – is a regular lecturer at RKW Campus. The next seminar will take place on 15.10.2021 in Chemnitz. A basic knowledge of patents and other intellectual property rights is indispensable if a company develops new products or brings them to market. Otherwise there is…

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EUIPO SME Fund to promote intellectual property protection

EUIPO SME Fund to promote intellectual property protection

99% of all companies in the EU are small or medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). However, only 9% of SMEs own registered intellectual property rights. The “Ideas Powered for Business – SME Fund” is a funding program worth a total of 20 million euros that aims to make it easier for SMEs in Europe to access their…

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Protection of know-how and trade secrets in the company

Protection of know-how and trade secrets in the company

On April 26, 2019, the German Act on the Protection of Trade Secrets (GeschGehG) came into force. The law is based on the EU know-how Directive 2016/943 of 08.06.2016. The law strengthens the protection of trade secrets. A very important innovation, however, is that “appropriate secrecy measures” must be taken to ensure that know-how actually…

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WIPO Proof – digital preservation of evidence for your know-how – will be discontinued on 31.01.2022

WIPO Proof – digital preservation of evidence for your know-how – will be discontinued on 31.01.2022

Since the end of May 2020, the WIPO Proof tool has made it possible to create forgery-proof evidence that can be used to prove the existence of your intellectual property in the form of a digital file at a given time without having to publish it. This proof is based on a uniquely generated and…

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Using the corona crisis as an opportunity for realignment

Using the corona crisis as an opportunity for realignment

The corona pandemic has a strong impact on economic processes and is leading to a recognisable recession. Governments are currently offering assistance in the form of loans and short-time working to ensure the liquidity of the affected companies. Due to the decline in sales, many companies are forced to budget heavily for their expenditures in…

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Revocation and invalidity proceedings for German trademarks before the office since 01.05.2020

Revocation and invalidity proceedings for German trademarks before the office since 01.05.2020

In the course of the German Trademark Law Modernization Act (Markenrechtsmodernisierungsgesetz, short: MaMoG), a number of amendments to the German trade mark law have come into force on January 14, 2019. As the MaMoG implements an EU trade mark directive from 2015 in Germany, many of the changes made are already known from the EUIPO…

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Effects of Brexit on European intellectual property rights in the UK

Effects of Brexit on European intellectual property rights in the UK

The United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the EU (Brexit) took place on 31 January 2020, which in part has implications on property rights. Patents With regard to European patents, nothing changes, since the United Kingdom remains a member of the European Patent Convention, which is not Union law but an international treaty to which, for example,…

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