𝐓𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐲𝐞𝐚𝐫 𝐰𝐞 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐜𝐞𝐥𝐞𝐛𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐈𝐏 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐘𝐨𝐮𝐭𝐡: 𝐈𝐧𝐧𝐨𝐯𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐚 𝐁𝐞𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐅𝐮𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐞. 𝐓𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐰𝐞 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐝𝐞𝐜𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐡𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐥𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐬𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐫𝐞𝐦𝐚𝐫𝐤𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐢𝐧𝐧𝐨𝐯𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐠 𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐫𝐞𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐮𝐫𝐬 𝐰𝐡𝐨 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐜𝐡𝐨𝐬𝐞𝐧 𝐆𝐄𝐕𝐄𝐑𝐒 𝐭𝐨 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐭𝐞𝐜𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐢𝐫 𝐚𝐬𝐬𝐞𝐭𝐬.
Our consuming society is globally shifting to social media and online marketplaces. This trend has created incredible opportunities for some, and significant losses for others. The traditional mediums for advertising, such as print, radio and television, are losing significant traction to digital spaces. Brand owners are trying to catch the wave by finding new ways to connect with the younger demographic audience. As such, the demands to enhance desirability of brands and deliver products to targeted demographics is growing rapidly and, in turn, brands are hiring the services of social media influencers.
Artificial Intelligence (“AI”) is commonly associated with progress, growth and technological improvements. It has the potential of transforming businesses, but what if something goes wrong? Who will be liable if anything goes wrong with an AI system? Should the AI system itself be made liable for its output? Or should we look at the producer of the system, or even the user?
In this article we will touch upon (i) the current AI liability framework in the EU, (ii) the new proposal for an EU regulation on AI, and (iii) the importance of agreements.
The legalization of cannabis products has been stirring the public debate for decades. With several US states adopting a more liberal approach to the green goods, especially for medical / therapeutic use, ganjapreneurs are ready to take their share of the (legal) market for cannabis and its derivatives, from oils to edibles. The same is happening on the other side of the ocean in several European Union member states.
One would have had to have lived on another planet for the past year and a half – which would probably have been a better option than life on Earth – to not realize that the world was being held in the grip of a pandemic. What started as a small news item about a new Chinese flu variant quickly began to dominate news broadcasts all around the world. In a very short period of time, the Covid-19 virus successfully conquered the world and, in an attempt to stop it from spreading any further and limit the number of victims, far-reaching measures were taken by governments.
As a trademark owner, you have to preserve your trademark from becoming a generic term for the goods or services which it covers.
Although a trademark becoming a generic term for the product or service it covers may seem to be the ultimate marketer’s dream, as nothing works as good as a trademark literally describing a product or service, it must be avoided if you want to maintain the exclusive rights to use in the market.
In recent years the market for sale and the value of grands crus wines has increased significantly. For example, the names of Bordeaux wine domains (eg, Château Petrus, Château Latour, Château Lafite-Rothschild, Château Mouton Rothschild and Château Margaux) are among the most prized wines in the world.
Even in the Intellectual Property (IP) field, third parties do not shy away from using documents and logos similar to those of Official IP authorities. In such documents, payment of fees is requested for maintenance or enforcement of IP rights. Do not be fooled when your IP details are mentioned in those documents, as such information is in fact publicly available. If you take a closer look, you will note that the fees are well above the usual rates in the industry, a foreign bank account number is mentioned, as well as General Terms and Conditions that are entirely contrary to the interests of IP holders. Insofar as GEVERS is your representative, all fees and costs will be directly invoiced by GEVERS, meaning that you may typically disregard any other invoices or payment reminders received by third parties.
The protection of geographical indications is of great relevance in Europe, especially in France. In the past few decades, the internationalisation of the agrifood and wine markets has increased the importance of IP rights and the preservation of traditional knowledge. In France, the National Institute of Origin and Quality (INAO) is the public administrative institution responsible for the implementation of French policy regarding official signs of identification of the origin and quality of agricultural and food products. Nearly half of the 1,100 products protected by an official sign in France are wines.
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