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Cross-border parcel delivery – European Parliament approves the regulation proposal

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Some time ago now, the European Commission launched an initiative to improve transparency and regulate the cross-border parcel delivery sector as part of its aspiration to create a real Digital Single Market. Clearly, no...more

Don’t let your brand go to pot (Part II): how cannabis brand owners can cover their “buds” with plant breeders’ rights

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The Canadian federal government is moving quickly towards legalizing the possession and consumption of cannabis for recreational purposes. However, Canada’s cannabis industry is already “overgrown” with many licensed (and...more

An Uphill Battle Protecting Fashion Designs In Nigeria and Abroad

Growing frustration in the fashion community regarding weak or non-existent intellectual property laws has finally caught the attention of some nations. Nigeria is one nation that currently is trying to alleviate this...more

Seasick Trademarks Walking the Plank? Don’t Let Yeezy Make You Queasy

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Successful brands from the United States, and particularly those branded by U.S. celebrities, are often received with similar enthusiasm in other parts of the world. Recently, YEEZY shoes designed by Kanye West made their...more

MarkIt to Market® - February 2018

The February 2018 issue of Sterne Kessler's MarkIt to Market® discusses changes to Canadian trademark law, Federal Trade Commission versus California state rules for the "Made in the USA" designator, and lists the new gTLD...more

European Union Welcomes Certification Marks

Companies that attest to the quality of products or services under a “certification mark” – a type of trademark used to show consumers that particular goods or services (or their providers) have met certain standards – are...more

Don’t let your brand go to pot (Part I): 4 things that cannabis brand owners need to know

by Smart & Biggar on

The Canadian federal government is moving quickly towards legalizing the possession and consumption of cannabis for recreational purposes. However, Canada’s cannabis industry is already “overgrown” with many licensed (and...more

Trademarks: Use it or lose it – and prove it!

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You may be surprised to learn that even after your trade-mark is registered, it can be expunged from the Trade-marks Register. One way is through Section 45 of the Trade-marks Act (“Act”). Section 45 of the Act authorizes...more

GDPR May 25th Deadline Approaching – Businesses Globally Will Feel Impact

In less than four months, the General Data Protection Regulation (the "GDPR" or the "Regulation") will take effect in the European Union/European Economic Area, giving individuals in the EU/EEA greater control over their...more

The Google vs. Equustek Decision: What comes next?

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The internet is borderless, right? So how does one country balance the rights of internet users within its own borders? And can a Canadian court reach across an international border to control the online conduct of an...more

Danger in the Korean Peninsula: Ambush marketing and the Olympic Games

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For a few weeks every two years, the Summer and Winter Olympic Games offer brand owners and advertisers the opportunity to reach billions of people in hundreds of countries. The Summer Games in Rio 2016 reached a television...more

Heavy jail sentence handed down on illegal set-top boxes sellers in Hong Kong

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On 28 December 2017, the District Court of Hong Kong handed down sentences varying from 21 to 27 months’ imprisonment against 3 individuals who took part in a scheme that enabled users of the “Maige Set Top Box” (the “Maige...more

2018: Predictions From Socially Aware’s Editors and Contributors

Happy 2018 to our readers! It has become a Socially Aware tradition to start the New Year with some predictions from our editors and contributors. With smart contracts on the horizon, the Internet of Things and...more

DSM Watch: Leaked JRC Study calls into question neighbouring right for press publishers

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The evolution of a new neighbouring right for press publishers is currently the subject of wide and heated debate. The European Commission proposed such a right in Article 11 of its proposal for a new directive on copyright...more

What’s up with WHOIS? The GDPR May Limit or Prevent Access to Domain Name Registration Information

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Domain name registrars and registries might soon be changing their mantra from, “I think ICANN,” to, “Maybe ICANN’T,” when it comes to providing publicly available WHOIS information for domain name registrants. New potential...more

Trademark Practice Update: Scandalous? Immoral? It's all Good

On December 15, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit held that the Lanham Act’s prohibitions on registering scandalous and immoral marks discriminated based on content, and violated the First Amendment (In...more

Sites get ICEd in transatlantic assault on cyber crooks

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As part of a sustained and coordinated effort, law enforcement agencies on both sides of the Atlantic have rounded off their on-going fight against cybercrime known as “Operation In Our Sites” with the traditional annual...more

Draft regulation on online transmissions and retransmissions – EP ready to negotiate with Council and Commission

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Drama at the European Parliament: whoever thought the dispute within the Committee on Legal Affairs (JURI) around the adoption of a new regulation dealing with online transmissions by broadcasters and retransmissions...more

Six Key Trademark Filing and Protection Strategies for Canada in 2018

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As 2017 draws to a close and we begin to look forward to the new year, the countdown to the implementation of Canada’s new trademark law begins in earnest. Announced in 2014, Canada’s Bill C-31 is expected to be implemented...more

Business Litigation Report - November 2017

The Un-Crisis Crisis Law and Strategy Group - No Two Situations Are Alike—That’s the Challenge “How fast can you get to…” “Let’s see. I just got back from London. We’ll be there tomorrow.” As our founder John Quinn...more

Ugh (or Ugg?), Another Trademark Dispute

UGG brand boots are a popular fixture on many holiday wish lists, but did you know that the UGG trademark has been the center of a dispute for the past decade? The comfortable sheepskin boots had a long history prior to their...more

Webinar Recording: Digital Single Market 2018 – It is becoming real!

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On Tuesday 14 November the Hogan Lovells DSM Taskforce (our dedicated pan-EU team of lawyers tracking the Commission’s DSM strategy) had its annual live meeting in Brussels to discuss the progress of the implementation of the...more

.RU and .PФ show healthy growth whilst deterring cyber criminals

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The Coordination Center, which is responsible for the management of the Russian country code Top Level Domains (ccTLDs) .RU and...more

Sad Tale of a Trademark Fail

Earlier this month, Unilever made headlines by accidently naming its new soap after Kim Jong Un. The shower gel line, created by a Korean designer and aimed at urban millennials in China, is called KJU....more

The Southern District of New York Finds “Work Made For Hire” Under Italian Copyright Law

Musical scores incorporated into films are usually produced with the specific film in mind. In the U.S., we call such works “works made for hire,” meaning that the artist does not retain authorship rights to the music....more

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