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4th International Conference “Protection of Intellectual Property Rights"in Moscow

The 4th International Conference “Protection of Intellectual Property Rights” took place at the World Trade Center in Moscow on October 17-18, 2019.

Starke Managing Counsel Daniel Albrecht delivered a speech about the Trademark Reform 2019 in China.

About 180 attorneys and IP professional from Russia, Belarus, Italy, Germany, and the US took part at this well organized event. We learned a lot about the new IP trends in Russia and Europe and are happy to take part next year again.

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Daniel Albrecht was appointed for 2 years as a member of INTA's Anticounterfeiting Committee

Starke Managing Counsel Daniel Albrecht was appointed for 2 years as a member of INTA 's Anticounterfeiting Committee. The committee will monitor developments in treaties, legislation, regulations and other enforcement mechanisms in various jurisdictions, complete analyses and propose policy recommendations to the Board. Work includes report and submission writing, interaction with anticounterfeiting organizations and advocacy in conjunction with relevant INTA committees and staff.

The International Trademark Association (INTA) is a global association of brand owners and...

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China IP impulse, joint presentation by Schneiders & Behrendt and Starke

On Friday the September 27th 2019 representatives of the law firm Schneiders & Starke reported on IP protection in China. The lecture took place in the office of our partner Schneiders & Behrendt in Bochum.


From the invitation:


"The protection of trademarks and patents in China is a topic of growing importance for SMEs and large enterprises. Does it make sense to register trademarks, patents and other intellectual property rights in China?

The answer to this question has changed significantly in the last 10 years. Intellectual property rights...

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2019 Meeting with NDRC delegation and BLUEDEX in Frankfurt

On September 26 2019 we received a delegation from the China National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and the Economic Department of the Chinese Embassy in Berlin in the offices of our partner law firm BLUEDEX, in Frankfurt.

The high-ranking delegation visited us practitioners to get more information about the German insolvency law, in particular about the liquidation of large companies.

BLUEDEX Partner Dr. Herrmann contributed to the details in a 90 minute presentation and also reported comprehensively on the innovations of the EU, which now have to be implemented...

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Starke attended the Marques 2019 Annual Conference

Starke Managing Counsel Daniel Albrecht attended the Marques 2019 Annual Conference that took place in Dublin last week. Over 800 attorneys and trademark attorneys took part at this conference. The meeting focused on changes in technology and the effect on IP, but in fact the hottest topic was the Geographical Indication Protection (GI). Here a lot of import matters changed world wide and need a better clarification. Beside that Daniel attended the constitutional meeting of the new formed Cyberspace team. It was great to meet many old and new friends in the IP business and to learn more...

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33rd Marques Annual Conference in Dublin

Starke managing counsel Daniel Albrecht will take part at the 33rd Marques Annual Conference. The 2019 MARQUES Annual Conference will be held in Dublin from Tuesday 17th - Friday 20th September 2019.

Brands are being buffeted by changes in today’s fast-moving world, driven not just by legal and regulatory developments but also by politics, technology and new business models.This year’s MARQUES Conference looks at the impact of these changes, and how brand owners and IP practitioners can navigate them. Topics covered in the panel sessions will include: megatrends, the impact of...

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ECTA Annual Conference 2019

ECTA Annual Conference completed on last Friday in Edinburgh. With more than 1500 Members, coming from all Member States of the EU and beyond, ECTA promotes the knowledge and professionalism of the Intellectual Property Law community in the fields of Trade Marks, Designs, Copyright and other Intellectual Property Rights, within the European Union. Starke is a member since 2019.

With about 900 attendees this Annual Conference was a great success! Our team took part at many interesting discussions, speeches and other programs.

Two of the highlights were the session about EU...

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Hörmann sues opponents for RMB 3 million in damages

Starke in the news again. The China court official online portal reports about our trademark case that we ran together with our partner Jingsh Law .

This announcement shows the importance of our case and will race the chances to get a high damage compensation for our client Hörmann.

Hebei Huoman unauthorizedly uses similar trademarks of our client on their products and advertising. The regional market supervisory authority has already stated that Huoman has infringed the Unfair Competition Law and has issued a fine.

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Curbing abnormal registrations - China issues draft to improve trademark law

The volume of trademark applications in China has consistently been growing in the past 15 years. This growth, together with the fact that China is a first-to-file trademark system, has led to the proliferation of so-called ‘pre-emptive trademark applications’, filed in bad faith. Bad faith refers to the filing of a trademark that the applicant knows to have been used and developed by another brand. This is done with the intention of making a profit out of it, by selling the trademark back to the brand. Until now, the law made it easy for the so called “professional squatters” to file such...

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Latest news about “non-traditional trademarks” in China

Trademarks are used to distinguish the goods and services from different trademark owners. Trademarks are unique names, symbols, or logos which have distinctive characteristics.

Trademarks are categorized into product marks, service marks, certification marks and collective marks. And the elements that can combine a trademark include (Chinese) characters, figures, letters of the alphabet, sound, colour combinations, 3-dimensional symbol and their combinations according to the Article 8 of China Trademark Law. A trademark seeking registration shall be so distinctive as to...

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