已故歌手王子(Prince)深愛之顏色已提出商標申請!

已故歌手王子(Prince)之公司 (Paisley Park Enterprises) 於2018年10月15日已向美國專利商標局(USPTO)提出了紫色商標申請(申請號: 88155481),指定於第9類,即「娛樂服務,即現場音樂表演; 音樂會性質的現場舞台表演…」。

「The Purple One」是王子的許多綽號之一。 據報導,這是他最喜歡的顏色,自1984年伴隨「Purple Rain」電影及主題曲成功後,這個顏色的用途定義了他的形象及傳說。這位已故之西洋傳說、樂壇傳奇希望在電影、表演現場、錄製音樂中能擁有使用 「紫色」的專用權。

根據「美國商標審查手冊」(Trademark Manual of Examining Procedure,以下簡稱 “TMEP”)1202.05(h) 顏色商標主張意圖使用提出之申請 (Color Marks in §1(b) Applications「申請之顏色商標是否具有功能性之問題需要考慮商標使用的方式。」….

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「商標」英文是「trademark」、「trade mark」還是「trade-mark」?

大體而言,trademark 是美國人的寫法,深受美國影響的台灣、菲律賓也使用同一個字,WIPO與中國亦然。英國人習慣把 trade mark 分開寫,因此澳洲、紐西蘭、印度、新加坡等大英國協會員國沿用相同寫法,香港回歸中國後,並未改成中國官方慣用的trademark,維持一國兩制。

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中國最高人民法院

中國專利訴訟程序修法:一審上訴改由最高法院受理

中國最高人民法院2019年起將直接受理專業技術性較強的專利上訴案件,以利統一知識產權的裁判見解並加強司法保護力度,此次修法涵蓋發明專利、實用新型專利、植物新品種、基體電路佈局設計、技術秘密、軟體等專利類型。
From 2019 on, China’s Supreme Court will hear appeals on IP lawsuits involving strong technical background, covering IP right disputes on invention patent, utility model patent, new varieties of plants, layout design of integrated circuits, technical secret, computer software, anti-trust, etc. 

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中國最高人民法院

China’s Supreme Court Will Hear Appeals on IP Lawsuits Involving Strong Technical Background

According to a decision made by the Standing Committee of National People’s Congress on October 26, 2018, appeal cases involving strong technical backgrounds will be heard by China’s Supreme People’s Court ( SPC ), effective January 1st, 2019. Such legislation that aims to unify standards for hearing intellectual properties (IP) cases and further enhance the judicial protections for IP rights covers disputes on invention patent, utility model patent, new varieties of plants, layout design of integrated circuits, technical secret, computer software, anti-trust, etc. 

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EPO專利審查程序講座

EPO當前專利審查程序講座

2018年11月7日德國PATENTSHIP 事務所主持律師Dr. Robert Klinski 受邀至本所, 就EPO(歐洲專利局)目前審查績效制度對歐洲專利審查的影響,發表主題講座,並就實務上可能遭遇的問題,分享其多年累積的專業經驗。

On November 7, Dr. Robert Klinski, the Managing Director of PATENTSHIP Patentanwaltsgesellschaft mbH, was invited to share his observation on how EPO’s internal KPI system might have impacted the European Application Process and Result. He also gave applicants and agents valuable advice on how to avoid unwanted situations during the process.

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EPO專利審查程序講座

How EPO’s Internal KPI System Impact on EP Application Nowadays

To increase efficiency and quality of EPO service, the office has introduced a set of key performance indicators (KPIs) to monitor examiners’ performance in recent years. The performance rating system greatly boosts the office productivity but has its downsides, too. Under the current KPI system, search report in each case is awarded most points, meanwhile, a refusal action is awarded more points than a further written opinion or oral proceeding.

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