Beijing Treaty enters into force

The Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances has just entered into force on 28 April 2020.

Actors, singers, musicians and dancers are expected to get more rights out of their work thanks to this new Treaty. In words of WIPO's Director General, Francis Gurry "Many of the actors and other performers in our beloved series and movies are essentially gig workers, without long-term salaries, equity stakes or great fame. The Beijing Treaty helps give these performers more rights to their work, which in turn boosts their personal revenues."

Virtual Event - Textile Connect 2020

 

Textile connect is the platform that connects companies/designers looking for production partners with manufacturers, service providers and suppliers within the textile and footwear industry. The Enterprise Europe Network welcomes you to participate in the virtual matchmaking event, taking place on 4th-8th of May. This is an online matchmaking event that will organise buyer-supplier meetings.

 

IP in the Fashion Industry

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Although IPRs tend to be associated to technological industries, companies operating in the fashion and related industries also benefit from them. IPR protection is the cornerstone to fight against piracy and counterfeiting, preventing free riding of your commercial and innovative efforts.

Unregistered Designs

Laranjon is a European SME operating from Italy focussing on the fashion industry. The marketing department of the company launched the new spring-summer campaign. New merchandising was created for this purpose, including a pen with a new, stylish and very attractive design for promotional purposes.

Design protection in Peru

Lope & James SPRL, a Belgian prêt-à-porter company launched its collection ‘Montagnes’ which contains a 2-D monogram incorporated into textiles produced on an industrial scale. As the small company is based in Europe, it relies on the Unregistered Community Design. Therefore, it did not register the design neither in Belgium nor in the EU. The company rightly relied that its right comes into existence automatically after the first disclosure of the design to the public in the EU and thus giving the owner the right to prevent unauthorised copying of the design.

Protecting video games in Mexico

RedSquare, a video game company headquartered in France, created the now famous psychological horror game “Visage” back in 2017. After having succeeded in French- and English-speaking countries, the company decided to have the script translated into Spanish in order to launch the game in Spain and Mexico as pilot countries to test the market in Spanish-speaking countries.

Idea-expression dichotomy in Ecuador

Sam and Daisy, two young French artists, started negotiations with Cherryland, a well-known Ecuadorian company that organizes outdoors activities.

The parties held several meetings in Quito and after analysing the whole portfolio, Cherryland’s representatives selected eight of the plays, which were all previously registered before the Ecuadorian Intellectual Property Office (IEPI). But finally, the Latin-American company only bought the rights of three of them and asked to adapt another one for a new project.