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.
The Madrid Protocol for international registration of trademarks entered into force in Colombia from 29th August 2012. From that date on, Colombia can be designated in any new international registration and existent international registrations can be extended to that country. Continue
The Venezuelan Patent and Trademark Office recently adopted an important decision concerning filing of national trademark applications which will result in an easier procedure. Continue
Two important new laws have been recently signed by the Russian President concerning IP rights. Continue
On 1st January 2012 the 10th edition of the International Classification of Goods and Services for the purposes of the registration of Marks, alias the Nice Classification, entered into force. Continue
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.
New domain name regulations entered into force in Hungary on June 1, 2011 with the aim to shorten and simplify the registration procedure.
One of the main amendment concerns the time to object a domain name registration: trademark owners have now eight days (instead of fourteen days as in the old provisions) to object if a third party registers a domain that infringes their rights. Now, all the domain name applications are published online on the webiste of the Council of Hungarian Internet Providers, so that it is easy for trademark owners to find out possible violations.
On July 29, 2011 an important amendment was published in the Mexican Official Gazette concerning the general Rules of External Trade; according to this amendment, the Official Database for Mexican Trademark Registrations of the Mexican Customs has been created. Continue
As we had already announced in a previous post on this blog dated 20 March 2010, following the Regulation of 13 January 2010 n. 33 relative to the Code of the Industrial Property, the procedure of trademark opposition entered into force in Italy. This administrative procedure become fully applicable further to the publication on the Gazzetta Ufficiale n. 157 of 08/07/2011 of the executing Decree of the Ministry of the Economic Development which contains the terms, rules, provisions and forms for filing oppositions against national trademark applications in Italy. Continue
On March 31, 2011 Tajikistan accessed to the Madrid Protocol for registration of International Trademarks. The Madrid Protocol will enter into force in Tajikistan on June 30, 2011. Continue