Whenever new technology is developed it should be protected as (utility) patent – or kept secret (trade secrets). The new products and/or services resulting from the new invention will usually be commercialised under a specific name – a brand that can be protected as a trademark. Additionally the question arises as to whether there is already a generic name for such product/service or whether the invention created a completely new thing that is not yet reflected in the Nice Classification, the international classification of goods and services used by most IP offices for the registration of trademarks. Therefore, we considered whether the (virtual) goods and services offered in connection with NFTs can already be found in the Nice Classification for trademark applications.
As part of the Green Deal of the European Commission, the eagerly awaited draft of the guidelines for state aid for climate, environmental protection and energy 2022 was published for consultation on June 7, 2021 . The 2022 guidelines succeed the guidelines for state aid for environmental protection and energy 2012-2020. The deadline for submitting comments is August 2nd, 2021.
Bouquets of satellite TV programmes are a convenient service for users. But where is the consent of the rightsholder required? The ECJ will soon offer answers.
Insights include: Will Tiger King kill Doge?; the odyssey of international data transfer challenges; and linking an NFT to a copyright licence.
In their glossary, Marco Thorbauer and Tobias Hayden explain a decision by the VwGH on a company that transfers property associated with trademark rights to a company based in Malta, pays profit-reducing license fees there and up to the VwGH on the impact of these payments on the tax base applicable in Austria litigated.
Implications of the recent Supreme Court of BC decision finding that BC’s authorization of industrial development infringes Blueberry River First Nation’s Treaty rights.
Although this summer sees the lifting of lockdown restrictions across the UK, the re-opening of workplaces does not automatically signal a return to ‘business as usual’. In this briefing, we bring you up to speed on the key issues and latest developments on working life and Covid-19.
Post-Covid, how do we revive our urban centres, now and in the future? What does the future hold for work, retail, entertainment and living? These were some of the issues discussed when Birmingham real estate partner, Beth McArdle, chaired a session at the Big Tent Festival 2021 in Coventry. Joining Beth on the panel were: Siraj Ahmed Shaikh, Director of Research at Institute of Future Transport & Cities, Coventry University; Trish Willetts, Coventry BID Director; and Cllr Jim O’Boyle, Cabinet Member for Jobs, Regeneration and Climate Change, Coventry City Council.
Legislative amendments to the British Virgin Islands trust legislation took effect on 9 July 2021 under the Trustee (Amendment) Act, 2021. The reforms introduce welcome improvements to the BVI’s Trustee Act and ensure that the BVI remains a leading offshore jurisdiction for the establishment, administration, and maintenance of trusts.
The power to exclude a beneficiary from a trust must be exercised with due care, failing which an excluded beneficiary may be able to obtain relief from the court.
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