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Plagiarism: Award cancellation

As the newspaper Nürnberger Nachrichten informed on the 27th of Mach, 2020, the Toy Award has been cancelled – for the first time in the history of the Toy Fair of Nürnberg. This is a prize which was awarded in the “StartUp” category for a number learning system. During the celebration of the Toy Fair there were allegations of plagiarism, which now apparently have been confirmed.

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EPO – possibility of extension of established terms

As for the procedures at the European Patent Office in relation to the spread of the Coronavirus there is in particular cases the possibility to get an extension of the orginally established terms. To stay on the safe side one needs to assume that the terms will stay the same ones that were established in the first place. For particular questions please get in touch with us.

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European Patent Agreement for more than 40 years

On the 5th October, 1973 came to light the European Patent Agreement, by which 16 member States founded the European Patent Organization. Already in 1977 it was possible to file a European patent application, being valid in the chosen member states. On the 20th December, 1978 (exactly 40 years ago) the first declaration EP 0000001 was published. Since the implementation of the European Patent Agreement the number of member States has increased...

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Property rights for cheese and other foods

Copyrights NO – Patents YES The European Court of Justice (ECJ) determined in the court case C-310/17 that the flavour of the cheese („Heksenkaas“) cannot enjoy any copyright protection within the 2001/29/EG regulation. In case of food flavors there is a lack of a possibility to precisely and objectively identify them. In 2012 a patent was already granted for the process of the „Heksenkaas“ manufacturing. According to...

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Logos of sports clubs

Be careful when designing creative logos for a sports club! As ERLANGER NACHRICHTEN reported on 08.05.2018, the regionally active handball club TV61 Bruck learned that a logo designed by them did not appeal to football club Manchester United. Reason should be the similarity of the logos. The handball club has meanwhile designed a new emblem. In general, one should not be too much guided by existing, possibly world-famous logos in the design of a...

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