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15 September 2009

Greece

The following national and international laws, among others, govern trademarks in Greece: the Trademark Law (2239/1994), the Unfair Competition Law (146/1914) and Law 213/1975, which ratifies the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property.

15 September 2009

France

French trademark law is governed by statutes as France is a civil law country. The main law governing French trademarks is Law 91-7 of January 4 1991, implementing the EU First Trademark Directive (89/104/EEC) and codified in Book VII of the IP Code.

15 September 2009

Jamaica

The relevant laws in Jamaica are as follows: the Trademarks Act 1999 and the Trademark Rules 2001, the Fair Competition Act 1993, the Merchandise Marks Act 1888 and the Jamaica Intellectual Property Office Act 2001.

09 September 2009

France Telecom/Deutsche Telekom co-branding strategy revealed

Details describing the "coexistence" of the two UK mobile phone brands to be merged in a proposed joint venture between France Telecom and Deutsche Telekom have surfaced. There is no indication of what the merger will mean for the trademark teams or practices at the respective companies, Orange UK and T-Mobile UK.

08 September 2009

Certified: getting serious about ethical brand strategy

Large corporations are under increased pressure from consumers to adopt ethical business practices. WTR investigates how brand owners can go about authenticating their ethical claims and incorporating them into house and product brands.

03 September 2009

Pharmaceutical trademarks

The Indian courts have adopted the principle of trans-border reputation to protect foreign pharmaceutical marks that have not been registered in India.

03 September 2009

Pharmaceutical trademarks

Pharmaceutical trademarks in Portugal must meet both the requirements for registration as a trademark and those for eligibility as a medicine name, which are much stricter.

03 September 2009

Pharmaceutical trademarks

Trade dress issues in relation to pharmaceutical products have become more apparent in Brazil as trade in generic drugs increases. Luckily, local law provides adequate protection against imitation.

03 September 2009

Trademark managementTaxing decisions for trademark managers

While it can be expensive to acquire, maintain and enforce trademark rights in the United States, it is crucial to bear in mind that some of the costs associated with trademark management may be subject to significant tax deductions

03 September 2009

Smart thinking on phonewords

Word telephone numbers, which substitute numerals with letters, have been widely used in the United States for years, but as they become more common in other countries, it is time to consider the risks such numbers pose, in particular with regards to domain names

03 September 2009

Pharmaceutical trademarks

The main issues presented by pharmaceutical trademarks in Benelux concern their descriptiveness, the relevant public and parallel imports

03 September 2009

Pharmaceutical trademarks

As in most other jurisdictions, in China pharmaceutical companies must navigate a dual system of registration and approval of their trademarks and the commercial names of their products.

03 September 2009

Running like clockwork

BP recently announced that it has scrapped its head of trademarks role. WTR examines the thinking behind this decision and wonders what the move says about how corporations can align their trademark practice with the core business strategy

03 September 2009

Pharmaceutical trademarks

Many trademark challenges are specific to the pharmaceutical industry. Issues include whether clinical trials can be considered trademark use in Canada – a prerequisite to trademark registration – and the limited extent to which pharmaceutical trademarks can be used in advertising.

03 July 2009

Preserving prestige

With demand for luxury goods tumbling, many brand owners are looking to licensing as a means of boosting income. A recent decision from the ECJ could help them maintain a firmer grip on their rights