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Where will Asia go?
May12

Where will Asia go?

Today, there are three forces that are fighting for the Asian region: China, Russia and the US. On the 6th of May of this year the President of the US Barack Obama has said in a rather rigid form: “The world has changed. The rules are changing with it. The United States, not countries like China, should write them. Other countries should play by the rules that America and our partners set, and not the other way around.” But what are...

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Russia is going to produce “Nash Meldonii”
Apr06

Russia is going to produce “Nash Meldonii”

Patriotic businessman in Russian Federation is going to put a new energy drink with the name “Nash Meldonii” (which means “Our Meldonium”) on the market. Entrepreneur is planning to use the recent Meldonium scandal related to the number of Russian sportsmen for his own interest. The mentioned substance is considered an illegal stimulant for the professional sportsmen. Since more and more people are interested in this...

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Sales for sale: M-Video fights against Black Friday
Mar31

Sales for sale: M-Video fights against Black Friday

Last week the Russian Patent Court initiated proceedings following a claim from M-Video to Black Friday, a sales organizer. Top managers of the responding side were surprised since the case matter could in no way be a direct concern for the trade giant M-video. The direct demand for the annulment of protection of the author’s trademark “Black Friday” would practically destroy the organizer of sales at reduced prices,...

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Russian court sides with Korean automobile titan
Mar31

Russian court sides with Korean automobile titan

A positive decision for Korean Hyundai Motor Company in the dispute with Rospatent, the Russian Patent Authority, was issued by the Russian Patent Court. Hyundai started the dispute with this agency after the latter’s refusal to register Hyundai Autron trademark on the grounds that it contained no fundamental differences from other trademarks of the company. After all the possible appeals in the registration agency, Hyundai...

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An Unfinished Symphony for the famous beer
Mar29

An Unfinished Symphony for the famous beer

The regular hearing in the Russian patent court between the companies Multibeer and Budweiser Budvar, which took place on March 25, has once again come to nothing. The court has postponed the trial to the end of April. The core of the dispute between the plaintiff and the defendant is the determination of priority in the use of the “Budweiser” trademark in Russia. The litigation, which started last summer, might become a long-playing...

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UK Government extends and changes withholding tax scheme for royalties paid to nonresidents
Mar28

UK Government extends and changes withholding tax scheme for royalties paid to nonresidents

A set of budgetary documents for 2016, issued early in March by the UK Government, outlines a new extended and changed scheme of tax payments for IP products for non-UK residents. Now the tax rate for royalties paid to non-residents may be increased by up to 20%. Aside from that, a list of taxable services and products is also broadened and changed. According to the Government, these changes aim to protect the of interests of UK...

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Russian Regulator Sides with Apple on iWatch Mark
Mar25

Russian Regulator Sides with Apple on iWatch Mark

March 23—The Russian IP office has ruled in favor of Apple Inc. and its application to register the iWatch trademark, in a March 23 decision. The Chamber of Patent Disputes of the Russian Federal Service for Intellectual Property (Rospatent) annulled an earlier decision to deny registration of the iWatch trademark. On Jun. 3, 2013, Apple filed an application to register the iWatch trademark, but on Apr. 27, 2015 the agency denied the...

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