In our latest round-up, we look at a new online service launched by the Swedish IP Office, the Babybel wax-coating trademark being invalidated, scammers filing “fake trademarks” to hijack Instagram accounts, and much more.
Although in recent years the authorities have shown increasing concern over counterfeiting and implemented mechanisms to combat it, these efforts have been largely inadequate, due to increased traffic in these goods worldwide.
A Venezuelan court has granted Babyliss, the well-known French manufacturer of hair care appliances, the possibility to take precautionary measures against a business located in Punto Fijo, one of Venezuela’s free-trade zones. This resulted in the seizure of 588 counterfeit hair straighteners.
An amendment to the Act against Smuggling Crimes has been published in the Official Gazette. The amendment seeks to criminalise and punish acts and omissions that constitute criminal or administrative smuggling acts, and strengthen controls over customs officers and their assistants.
The Subcommittee Against Intellectual Property Infringement has created
a travelling exhibition of pirated products created and sold in Venezuela. The
display is part of an education programme designed to increase public awareness
of counterfeit products, and is being shown to companies and organizations that
are involved in intellectual property.
Created in February, the Subcommittee Against Intellectual Property
Infringement is waging a war against IP pirates. Among its various reforms,
the subcommittee has initiated (i) an induction and training workshop for customs
and tax officials to help them recognize IP infringement, and (ii) a consumer