2016

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    Fake spirits and wine cost EU businesses €1.3 billion per year

    A report from the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) shows that 4.4% of legitimate sales of spirits and 2.3% of legitimate sales of wine are lost each year due to counterfeiting of alcoholic drinks. This means that the legitimate industries lose approximately €1.3 billion of revenue…

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    Awapatent is a partner in the royal initiative GEN-PEP

    The initiative GEN-PEP was launched on 4 July and the aim is that all children and young people in Sweden should have the possibility and will to live an active and healthy life. Awapatent is one of the proud partners and is responsible for the trademark related matters.

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    The Netherlands are getting closer to the ratification of the UPC

    On 28 June 2016, the first chamber of the Dutch parliament approved a bill that enables the Netherlands to ratify the UPC agreement. The instrument of ratification must now be deposited with the Council of the EU before the ratification comes into effect. When this has been done the Netherlands will…

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    Anette Rasmussen Elected Second Vice President of ECTA

    Yesterday, 22 June, Anette Rasmussen was elected Second Vice President of ECTA during the ECTA annual conference in Dubrovnik. The election was unanimous. Anette has been very active within ECTA for many years and has previously been a member of the Law Committee and recently the vice chairman…

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    Awapatent’s and AWA Asia’s attorneys in “Who’s Who Legal – 2016”

    Four of Awapatent's/AWA Asia’s attorneys have been included in the Who's Who Legal: Trademarks 2016 guide which places them among the world's leading trademark lawyers. For the second consecutive year, Martin Tranälv , Attorney at Law at Awapatent, and Ai-Leen Lim , CEO of AWA Asia, are listed…

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    The German Parliament starting ratification process on June 23

    The German parliament will hold an initial consultation regarding the draft bill to adapt the patent law provisions for the Unified Patent Court and the Unitary Patent. This will be held in the evening of June 23 and is a first step in the ratification process, which is currently expected to be completed…

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    Google reaches top in global brand ranking

    In the 2016 edition of Millward-Brown's annual ranking BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands , Google reclaims the number one position from Apple . According to the ranking, Google's brand values grew 32% to $229 billion, while Apple's value decreased 8% to $228 billion. Microsoft remains…

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    M&M’s banned in Sweden in trademark dispute

    The chocolate maker Mars cannot use the trademarks "m" and "m&m's" in Sweden, following a recent ruling by the Svea Court of Appeal in Stockholm.

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    Bulgaria joins the Unified Patent Court Agreement

    Bulgaria deposited its instrument of ratification of the UPC Agreement with the General Secretariat of the Council of the EU on 3 June 2016. This is required for the ratification to have effect. Bulgaria is the 10th country to take this step and, apart from the UK and Germany (the remaining two of…

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    The US dominated international patent and trademark filings in 2015

    2015 was another year of growth for worldwide intellectual property filings, according to statistics from WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization). Patent applications, as well as trademark and industrial design applications increased during the year. During 2015, international patent applications…

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