intellectual Property

Easier to revoke or invalidate a trademark

The amendment of the Industrial Property Law entering into force on 15 April 2016 also introduces major changes in regulations governing the loss of the protective rights to trademarks.

Pentesting of software and intellectual property

Can a controlled attack on a computer system to identify its security weaknesses violate copyright or trade secrets?

More changes in the Industrial Property Law

The amendment of 24 July 2015 to the Industrial Property Law doesn’t enter into force until 1 December 2015, but another amendment has already been published—dated 15 September 2015 and entering into force on 15 April 2016. Letters of consent are the most important change introduced by the first amendment, while the second amendment will revolutionise the system for obtaining protective rights to trademarks. The changes will affect the registration procedure and the grounds for lapse of protective rights.

Freedom of panorama

In computer games and apps, the use of images of nature, like mountain streams, does not raise doubts in terms of copyright. But the use of architectural structures, such as bridges, monuments or buildings, can be problematic, because they are generally regarded as “works” for copyright purposes.

Protection of highly distinctive trademarks

Conceptual similarity between trademarks may be sufficient to find a risk of confusion even when there is little visual similarity between the marks, if the earlier mark has become highly distinctive through its use.

When the meaning and pronunciation of words in a trademark are relevant

In evaluating the likelihood of confusion when conflicting names in a foreign language look similar, the meaning and pronunciation of the words in that language should be considered.