PATENTS • TRADEMARKS • DESIGN • IP-LAW

Where others stop - we begin

 

In an ever-changing world someone has to see

the possibilities.

Fenix Legal offers legal solutions for the

creative minds.

Our consultants are lawyers, engineers,

business consultants and branding experts.

 

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Patentchef / Patent Manager

Patentkonsult - Mekanik / Patent Attorney - Mechanical

Patentkonsult - Kemi / Patent Attorney - Chemistry

Patentkonsult - Elektronik & Telekom / Patent Attorney - Electronic & Telecom

 

 

Fenix Legal & Maria Zamkova:

 

Among the The World’s Leading Patent Professionals 2018

 

IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Professionals 2018, a unique guide that identifies the top patent professionals in key jurisdictions around the globe, is now published. The extensive research process for this guide was conducted over several months by a team of full-time analysts, and involved more than 1,700 interviews with patent specialists across the globe.

 

Both Fenix Legal KB (as firm) and Maria Zamkova (as individual) are recognized and listed.

 

As explained by Nicholas Richardson, research editor for the IAM Patent 1000: “In the world of commerce, patents have become pivotal in driving corporate value and profitability…IAM Patent 1000 is pinpointing the best of the best in prosecution, litigation and licensing".

 

FENIX LEGAL AT ICANN63

 

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) held its 63rd public meeting in Barcelona, Spain, October 20 – 25, 2018.

 

It was not only ICANN’s Annual General meeting, but also its 20 Years Anniversary. ICANN was formed and incorporated in California on September 30, 1998.

 

 

Fenix Legal participated in several working groups and discussions, such as:

 

The Review of all Rights Protection Mechanisms (RPMs) in all gTLDs PDP Working Group, that is now preparing questions for public comments on the Uniform Rapid Suspension System (URS).

 

Another intensive topic was on the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), that come into effect on May 25, 2018, and its impact on WHOIS Data Access. ICANN adopted on May 17, 2018 a “Temporary Specification” for gTLD Registration Data, in order to allow ICANN and gTLD registry operators and registrars to continue to comply with existing ICANN contractual requirements and community-developed policies in light of the GDPR. Users with a “legitimate and proportionate purpose” for accessing the non-public Personal Data are able to request such access through Registrars and Registry Operators. Users also maintain the ability to contact the Registrant or Administrative and Technical contacts through an anonymized email or web form. The problem is however how to identify “legitimate and proportionate purpose”. In many infringement cases so far, registry operators and registrars have refused to inform of the identification of the domain holder. An ICANN GDPR and WHOIS Users Survey, presented October 2018, shows that: When requesting reveal of redacted data, 79% had either been denied requests for access out-of-hand (51%), or they had been asked to obtain a court order (28%).

A possible solution is that ICANN adopt a policy developed through ICANN multistakeholder processes, governing (a) who would have access to personal data in WHOIS records; (b) the purposes for which such access would be permitted; (c) jurisdictional concerns/controls; and (d) the safeguards applicable to such access. Upon receipt of a properly verified access request, ICANN would arrange for responsive data to be made available to the relevant third party for specified uses consistent with applicable data protection laws, including GDPR, and the policy/code/rules, through a mechanism to be determined.

The most active technology for patent protection in Sweden is digital communication (representing 30% of the applications), followed by transportation, medical technology, telecommunication and civil engineering. Swedish focus of IoT - Internet of Things - is the reason why more and more Swedish industrial companies choose to take home their production from abroad.

 

In the Patent Lawyer Magazine March/April 2018, Fenix Legal’s CEO Maria Zamkova gives examples of the hottest areas for Swedish patent applications right now: IoT, telecom and self-driving vehicles.

 

 

 

 

Sweden – the natural base for “Internet of Things”

The true value of a brand

 

“You cannot just make and sell a product—you need to step in to your customers’ minds and become an ordinary and welcome part of their daily life”.

 

Maria Zamkova explains in the World Intellectual Property Review (WIPR Jan-Feb 2018) how to keep the high impact of your trademark and to keep customers satisfied.

 

 

 

Don’t “copy wrong” in

Sweden - Copyright!

 

New legislative amendments will come into force in Sweden on July 1, 2019, introducing two new criminal denominations: gross copyright infringement and gross trademark infringement.

 

Failing one of the new crimes can be sentenced to imprisonment for six months up to six years.

 

As stated by Ms Heléne Fritzon, Deputy Minister of justice, "Today there is an organized online piracy that has major consequences for the whole community.

 

Therefore, it is good that the rate of punishment for these crimes have been reviewed as the sanction should be proportional to the seriousness of the crime".

 

In an article of The Copyright Lawyer Magazine, Petter Rindforth, investigates Swedish copyright laws by considering some of the major judgments and law.

 

 

 

Stockholm – the Capital of Scandinavia®

 

Names of cities around the world are working well as trademarks for the cities and related regions/countries.

 

Helsinki, Finland, is using a number of different colourful symbols, instead of a traditional trademark as “an image of Helsinki is created wherever people experience the city”. Oslo, Norway, has created the “Oslo Brand Toolbox”, with general guidelines on how to market Oslo, with the position identified as “Oslo – the young, pioneering city”. However, the city trademark that indeed is the most well-known and discussed in international media is “Stockholm – the Capital of Scandinavia”

 

Read the full article, published in the Trademark Lawyer, Issue 3, 2018, written by Petter Rindforth, Head of Trademark & Legal Department of Fenix Legal:

 

As you know, we use the European TLD .EU when we communicate with you. If you want to know why, look here at EURid’s – The European Registry of Internet Domain Names movie on Fenix LegalMAGINE

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The scourge of fake trademark renewals

 

The problem of fake invoices is a widespread illegal business that focuses on sending invoices close to holidays, to small and medium-sized companies and individual applicants. The international and national PTO’s handle this problem in different ways.

 

The Swedish Court of Appeal in Stockholm (Svea Hovrätt) recently convicted a main actor for fraud in 355 cases. He was sentenced to imprisonment for 4 years and 8 months, giving a clear signal to others that plan to earn money from fake registration or renewal invoices.

 

Read more of this and how to protect yourself against being tricked in Maria Zamkova’s Jurisdiction Report published in WIPR May/June 2018.

INTA

Leadership Meeting

 

The International Trademark Association (INTA), a global association of brand owners and professionals dedicated to supporting trademarks and related intellectual property to foster consumer trust, economic growth, and innovation, had its Leadership Meeting November 6-9, 2018 in New Orleans, Lousiana, USA.

 

Fenix Legal, represented by Petter Rindforth and Maria Zamkova, participated in sessions about Brand Communication, Virtual Reality, AI, and Mobile Applications, as well as in committee meetings: The Europe Global Advisory Council, Internet Committee, Future of IP on the Internet Subcommittee, and the Panel of Trademark Mediators.

 

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