Archive | 2013, May | (3) posts

Awapatent at Enterprise Day

On April 18, Awapatent joined the Student Association at the Stockholm School of Economics as a premium partner at the Enterprise Day.

Enterprise Day is an annual fair with the aim to inspire and encourage entrepreneurship amongst the students. According to the Student Association at the Stockholm School of Economics the vision for the day was through various lectures, workshops and an exhibition, inspire creativity and novel thinking amongst the students.

Awapatent had a well-attended exhibition stand at the fair and the delegates Hanna Nilsson, Fredrik Liljegren, Linn Berggren and Åsa Hagström were asked questions regarding all aspects of IP. Awapatent was also given the opportunity to hold a lecture on the matter. It seemed that most of the audience had given good thought on how IP can help turn innovations into successful business and they were very curious and inquisitive. Many of them visited the exhibition stand after the lecture to continue discussing IP-matters. Awapatent was very impressed by the students and look forward to continue helping them to achieve the most of their ideas and innovations.

Hanna Nilsson, Attorney at Law

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Report from BIO 2013 in Chicago

On April 22-25, 2013, the yearly BIO International Convention was held in Chicago. This is the largest global event for the biotechnology industry, and it attracts research companies and service providers from all over the world. The BIO event provides an excellent arena for establishing new partnerships and collaborations, and the exhibition hall literally vibrates of knowledge, curiosity, internationalism, open-mindedness, and a tangible belief in the future.

Intellectual Property has become an increasingly important part of the biotech industry, and this is also reflected in the number of IP firms being represented at the BIO Convention. Several IP firms could be found among the exhibiting companies, and in addition to that, a huge number of IP professionals were included in the attendee list. So for us, the BIO means a great opportunity to expand our international network, and also to maintain established collaborations.

The BIO also offers a lot of social receptions, serving not only the chance to meet with a lot of strikingly nice people, but also to have a taste of exotic food, drinks, and cultures. One of this year’s favourites was undeniably the hula hula dancing to be experienced in the Hawaiian Pavilion.

Next year, the BIO is heading towards one of the world’s most influential biotech communities; San Diego, and we are already looking forward to meet with new and old friends in sunny California.

Inga-Lill Andersson, European Patent Attorney, Partner
Mikael Henriksson, European Patent Attorney

Controlling the EUROVISION trademark

The amazingly talented Swedish artist Loreen succeeded in bringing the Eurovision Song Contest to Sweden and Malmö, the hometown of AWAPATENT. Malmö has now been all glammed up and is more than ready to welcome Europe.

For those of you who aren´t already die-hard fans of the Eurovision Song Contest, the ESC, here is some background information. The European Broadcasting Union, the EBU, was founded in 1950 by 23 broadcasting organizations and is today an alliance of public service media organizations with members in 56 countries in and outside of Europe. Marcel Bezençon, an employee of the EBU, popped the brilliant idea of the Eurovision Song Contest during a meeting in 1955 and the first Eurovision Song Contest was broadcasted in 1956. The rest is, as you say, history and the ESC has been an annual event since. On its 50th birthday in 2005, Swedish Eurovision winner ABBA, with their song Waterloo, was voted Best ever ESC song by viewers.

The ESC is produced by the national public broadcaster of the winning country of the year before and even with this travelling circus the EBU still seem able to control the use of their IP-rights. The EBU seemingly works on keeping a close legal control over the competition, for example all broadcasting and other rights to the ESC shows are exclusively owned by the EBU and managed centrally by EBU on behalf of the participating broadcasters.

The trademark EUROVISION and the Eurovision logotype, among other trademarks, are owned by the EBU and the Eurovision Standard Terms and Conditions constitute that the EBU have absolute discretion over the development and exploitation of these trademarks. The Eurovision Song Contest Rules clearly state how the shows are allowed to be titled, any deviations is to be approved by the EBU. Also, the EBU is in close collaboration with the hosting national public broadcaster in organizing the contest and managing the brand.

But no need to worry that the ESC will get stuffy and out-dated, the EBU has initiated a Eurovision Song Contest Reference Group which are responsible for important tasks such as the development and future format of the competition and modernizing the brand. All you need to worry about is voting for your favorite on Saturday and keeping your fingers crossed!

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Hanna Nilsson, Attorney at Law

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