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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The Supreme Court of the Russian Federation adopted Resolution No. 10/2019 and thus provided welcome clarifications on domain names

On April 23rd 2019, the Russian Supreme Court adopted Resolution No. 10/2019, which clarified the provisions of Part 4 of the Russian Civil Code relating to intellectual property rights, and therefore to domain names, which are the subject of this article.   Among the clarifications provided, the Russian Supreme Court decided in particular that the […]
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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The WHOIS protocol now appears to be outdated due to the evolution of technical requirements in the digital era.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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Enterprise names and Trademarks in China

The Asian giant – hitherto invisible – has become one of the countries where most patent and trademark applications are filed. It is not surprising that companies from all over the world want to have a presence in China. However, several factors must be taken into account when setting up these companies’ such as the […]
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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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Fashion ID & Facebook : a joint liability subject to debate

Like many digital players, Fashion ID inserted a Facebook “Like” button on its website. This plug-in automatically collects and transmits to Facebook the personal data of the website users, whether or not they click on the button, and whether or not they have a Facebook account. This process takes place without any control by the […]
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Generic trademarks: good practices to avoid ‘genericide’

Protecting intellectual property assets is a major concern of companies. Trademarks are a subject of immediate interest, because they allow consumers to associate products and/or services with a specific company. The company is therefore more easily recognized and is more likely to see customers buy its products.   Once a trademark has been duly registered, […]
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The dispute resolution policy which governs the <.cn> domain has extended the term within which action may be taken from 2 to 3 years.

On March 2017, the new General Civil Chinese Law Rules extended the general limitation period for civil actions from 2 to 3 years. Since then, many recommendations have been made about the need to change the China Internet Network Information Centre (CNNIC) dispute resolution policy which barred action against a <.cn> domain name which had […]
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