International trademark : Malaysia’s accession to the Madrid System

After the accession of the Republic of Rwanda, Algeria, Gambia, Sultanate of Brunei Darussalam, Thailand, Samoa and Canada, it is Malaysia’s turn to join the Madrid System. This means the Madrid Union now has 106 members, covering 122 countries. This succession of countries acceeding confirms the success of the Madrid System and its effectiveness in […]
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RDAP replaces WHOIS

The WHOIS protocol now appears to be outdated due to the evolution of technical requirements in the digital era. Indeed, this tool, provided by registrars, is inter alia not capable of working with either encoding or with non-latin characters. Consequently, since 2015, ICANN in collaboration with the Internet Engineering Task Force (IEFT) has been working […]
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Audiovisual works: the protection of program titles by trademark law

Companies which specialise in the audiovisual sector often require protection for their program titles through trademark law. If granted, this protection obviously offers considerable advantages for the company, but it is necessary to take into consideration some limits to it.   The advantages of trademark protection First, the term of protection of a title by […]
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The EU cybersecurity certification Framework

Cyber-attacks are on the rise, and they are becoming more sophisticated. Our current business model is globally interconnected; commercial transactions and even social life transcend national borders. Consequently, our vulnerability to cyber-attacks has been increased, however, the competences of the cyber security and police authorities, as well as political responses, are predominantly national. This situation […]
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US : A copyright registration is required prior to filing a copyright infringement suit

The U.S. Supreme Court held on March 4, 2019 on a long-debated question. In “Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corp. v. Wall-Street.com, LLC” the Court decided that the copyright owner of a work created in the United States must first have registered it with the U.S. Copyright Office « Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corp. v. Wall-Street.com , LLC » du 4 mars 2019. […]
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New French Decree on the protection of trade secrets : provisional sequestration of seized documents

French Decree No. 2018-1126 of 11 December 2018 on the protection of trade secrets, enacted in application of Act No. 2018-670 of 30 July 2018published in the Official Journal on  December 13, 2018 establishes new rules to preserve trade secrets. This decree modifies the rules of protection of confidentiality for seized documents. From now on a provisional […]
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Social networks and online reviews: how to defend against unfair competition

In a short time, networking sites have become one of the main channels for companies’ communication. eBay, Tripadvisors, Amazon or even the more conventional social networks such as Facebook or Twitter have, in fact, become preferential showcases for advertising. They do undoubtedly represent an opportunity for making a company visible, but they nonetheless pose a […]
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