Can I protect the appearance of commercial premises?

As we always say, the vast world of Intellectual Property covers all kinds of issues and queries. There are several that we have been dealing with over the last few months on the…

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Exhaustion of trademark rights in the Andean Community

Trademark law, like almost any other right, has limits. One of these limits, when it comes to trademark law, is the exhaustion of trademark rights. What is the exhaustion of trademark rights? By…

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Parodying a brand? Not everything is fair use

Fair use is an American legal doctrine on copyright that allows limited use of copyrighted material (a work, for example) without the permission or consent of the copyright holder. It is a license for use restricted to either educational or review purposes. …

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Project to reform the Brazilian Industrial Property Law: will it be possible to amend a patent application after filing?

On 2 July 2021, the Chamber of Deputies of the Brazilian National Congress approved Bill No. 10.920/18 in relation to articles 19, 32, 35 and 217 of the Industrial Property Law. In relation…

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The Ralph Lauren case and its iconic polo player trademark: the importance of choosing between design or trademark.

If the American firm Ralph Lauren is known for one thing, it is for its famous trademark logo, whose protection reached to Europe in 2004 when Ralph Lauren applied to the EUIPO to…

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The rise of NFTs in music, art and fashion: What are they and how do they relate to Intellectual Property?

In recent days, there has been a lot of talk about NFTs technology and its relationship with sectors such as music, arts, fashion and luxury goods. This link between the aforementioned technology and…

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App icons can (and should) be registered as trademarks. What do I need to know?

It is true that, today, each and every one of us would find it difficult – to some extent – to live without our mobile phone. An accessory that always accompanies us and…

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New privacy controls give users more power over their data

Technology giants are increasingly receptive to implementing changes to their privacy policies, much more closely aligned with the most widely recognized contemporary regulatory framework: the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). In…

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MONOPOLY case: The practice of repeatedly applying for registration of a trademark in order to avoid the consequences of its non-use

On 21 April 2021, the General Court of the European Union ruled in case T-663/19 in relation to the practice of repeatedly applying for the registration of a trademark in order to avoid…

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