• The Transparency Register becomes a full register - compulsory registration for ALL companies

    Created by Jennifer Hauch | | Gesellschaftsrecht

    Since 01 August 2021, the new “Transparenz-Finanzinformationsgesetz Geldwäsche“ (“TraFinG Gw”) applies in Germany, amending the “Money Laundering Act” (“GwG”). All German companies are now obliged to report their beneficial owners to the Transparency…

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  • Canada: Important changes regarding trademark applications

    Created by Jens Liesegang | | Trademark Law

    As from June 17, 2019, a new Trademarks Act will enter into force. Here are important points you need to get familiar with:

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  • BREXIT: What IP owners should do now

    Created by Normen Lang | | Trademark Law

    Despite existing EU trademarks and designs, intellectual property rights should be registered locally in UK. If no treaty is reached between the EU and the UK by March 29, 2019 to the effect that currently valid EU-wide intellectual property rights…

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  • Is your company already in the transparency register?

    Created by RAin Katharina Huber | | Gesellschaftsrecht

    Legal entities under private law and registered partnerships are affected by the new obligation to disclose information on beneficial owners. The details must be submitted to the Transparency Register by 30 September 2017.

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  • Nomen est omen - What can be used as a company name?

    Created by Jens Liesegang | | Trademark Law

    First impressions count. Even at a company name. Therefore, the company name must be well chosen: easy, understandable, not too long or too similar to others. We show what needs to be considered.

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  • How to protect an artist name?

    Created by Normen Lang | | Trademark Law

    There are many well-known artists who do not appear under their common name. Particularly when it comes to the marketing of artistic services and possible merchandising products, the question arises as to how an artist's name can be protected.

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  • Before filing a trademark application: Check for grounds for refusal and similar trademarks

    Created by Jens Liesegang | | Trademark Law

    Not everything can be registered as a trademark and not everything can be infringed. Trademark searches reveal the risks at an early stage and protect against misinvestments.

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  • Russia: Patent and Trademark Office fees to be significantly increased

    Created by Alexander Baranchikov, PATENTUS | | Trademark Law

    Trademark and patent owners or firms who intent to file IP rights should hurry up and prepare their filings before the fees will be increased by 2-3 times.

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  • Brazil: New Rule for Design Application

    | Trademark Law

    The Brazilian PTO (INPI) published new rules for filing and processing design applications including new provisions for electronic filing.

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  • OHIM: New "eSearch plus" service launched

    Created by RA Jens Liesegang | | Trademark Law

    OHIM has launched an exciting new search service combining the data in ten previous databases.

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  • A sign composed exclusively of numerals may be registered as a Community trade mark

    | Trademark Law

    However, since it is a descriptive indication of the content of the publications covered by Technopol’s application for registration, the sign ‘1000’ is devoid of any distinctive character

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