The trademark ‘BOLSHOI THEATRE’ has been designated a well-known mark

Several years ago, the mark of the Moscow State Theatre has been declared well-known.

The words “BOLSHOI THEATRE’ and ‘BOLSHOI’ may only be used with the theatre’s permission.
Moreover, this is not limited merely to Classes 35 and 41, for which the mark has been registered, but includes all classes.
The initiative to declare the mark well-known came mostly from the theatre itself, which is hardly surprising:
the Russian ballet performed in the state theatre is world-famous, so it is desired that the theatre troupe would not be associated with anything else.

P.C.T.: welcome Qatar !

On 3 May 2011, Qatar deposited its instrument of accession to the PCT (Patent Cooperation Treaty); from 3 August 2011 Qatar became a PCT contracting state.

Accordingly, it is possible to designate Qatar in any international patent application filed on or after as of 3 August 2011.

However, the Qatari Patent Office will be ready to receive national phase applications starting from middle October 2011.

The official fees and date of annuity have not yet be decided.

New Copyright Law in Montenegro

The new Law on Copyright and Related Rights entered into force on August 6, 2011. This new regulation has the main aim to strenghten the old Serbia and Montenegro’s copyright law dating back to 2004 and to focus more on the artist’s rights. The new provisions deal more deeply with the collective management of rights and introduce a control by the State of the copyright collectives.

Furthermore, the new Law is compliant with international conventions and with the EU’s directives on the subject matter.