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For those of you who want to spare important time, required by a regular trademark registration procedure, some of our collaborators thought of offering the following registered trademarks, available at any time for being licensed or assigned.

    * The national word trademark "PUI DE LAPTE" no. 88442
      Registered trademark for the following goods: 29 (meat, fish, poultry and game; meat extracts; preserved, frozen, dried and cooked fruits and vegetables; jellies, jams, compotes; eggs, milk and milk products; edible oils and fats) and 30 (coffee, tea, cocoa, sugar, rice, tapioca, sago, artificial coffee; flour and preparations made from cereals, bread, pastry and confectionery, ices; honey, treacle; yeast, baking-powder; salt, mustard; vinegar, sauces (condiments); spices; ice).
      The registration is valid on the entire Romanian territory, until September 4, 2017.
      License's price: EUR 400 (for one class) or EUR 750 (for both classes) /year.
      Assignment's price: 2,000 EURO

    * The national word trademark "7 COLINE" no. 76502
      Registered trademark for the following goods and services: 33 (alcoholic beverages (except beer, wines, sparkling wine) and 43 (services for providing food and drink; temporary accommodation; hotel, motel, rural /urban guesthouse,  holiday camp, camping, villa, hotel, hotel for youth, chalet, restaurant, wine cellar, bar).
      The registration is valid on the entire Romanian territory, until January 25, 2016.
      License's price: EUR 1,000 / class / year or EUR 2,000 for both classes / year.    
      Assignment price: EUR 6,000 - for one class and EUR 12,000 for both classes.
      Aditionally, the owner may also assign the domain name

   * The national word trademark "PADUREA FERMECATA" (THE CHARMED FORREST) no. 085474
      Registered trademark for the goods contained in Nice class 32.
      The registration is valid on the entire Romanian territory until April 2, 2017.
      License's price: EUR 1,000 / year.
      Assignment's price: EUR 6,000.
      Aditionally, the owner may also assign  the domain name

   * The national figurative, black and white trademark "M MARKETING POWER" no. 061916
      Registered trademark for the services contained in Nice class 35.
      The registered trademark is to be assigned along with the domain names and
      The registration is valid on the entire Romanian territory until April 27, 2014.
      Assignment's price: EUR 25,000.

   * The national figurative, black and white trademark "ALTERNATIVE TRAVEL" no. 091295
      Registered trademark for the services contained in Nice class 39.
      The registered trademark is to be assigned along with the domain name
      The registration is valid on the entire Romanian territory until October 23, 2017.      
      Assignment's price: EUR 11,000.


  * The national word trademark "DANUBE DELTA LAND OF THE GREEN TRAVEL" no. 090636
     Registered trademark for the services contained in Nice classes 35 and 42.
     It is an eco-label trademark, meant for the ecotouristic services offered on the territory of the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve.
     The registration is valid on the entire Romanian territory until June 8, 2017.
     Assignment's price: EUR 12,000.

All the official fees for registering the transfer of rights with the Romanian Patent and Trademark Office (OSIM) are included in the above-mentioned prices.


McDonald's loses trademark battle against McCurry

Based on the Malaysian High Court's final decision, McDonald's has lost the trademark battle lodged eight years ago against the Malaysian company McCurry.

The decision is final, the plaintiff being forced to pay USD 2,900 as judgement costs in the defendant's favor.

One of the main arguments invoked by the defendant's attorneys was that McDonalds 's does not own exclusive rights pupon the prefix "MC" and that , in McCurry trademark, this particle represents the abbreviation of the expression "Malaysian Chicken".

This decision represents an important precedent for the future actions which will be loged in Malaysia.
The most important loss being the fact that, due to the bureaucracy and the defective regulation of the law, McCurry was detained from growing their business and promoting their trademark for more than eight years.

Source: China Ip Magazine



Court orders Microsoft to stop selling Word

The District Court of Texas ordered Microsoft to stop selling Word in its current form, due to a violation of the industrial property rights owned by the Canadian company i4i Corporation.

The Court issued a permanent injunction that "prohibits Microsoft from selling or importing to the United States any Microsoft Word products that have the capability of opening .XML, .DOCX or DOCM files (XML files) containing custom XML," according to a statement released by attorneys for the plantiff, i4i Corporation.

Microsoft said that it would appeal the verdict. "We believe the evidence clearly demonstrated that we do not infringe and that the i4i patent is invalid," Microsoft spokesperson Kevin Kutz said in a statement.

i4i Corporation sued Microsoft in 2007 alleging that the Redmond, Wash -based software giant violated its 1998 patent (No. 5,787,449) for a document system that eliminated the need for manually embedded formatting codes. XML--an integral feature in Microsoft Word--is considered a "page description language," with one of its key qualities being that it is readable by people, not just machines.

Microsoft was also ordered to pay an additional $40 million for willful infringement, as well as $37 million in prejudgment interest. The order requires Microsoft to comply with the injunction within 60 days and forbids Microsoft from testing, demonstrating, or marketing Word products containing the contested XML feature.


Viagra vs. Wei Ge

Pfizer Inc., the manufacturer of the well known Viagra, which is offered to the public under a blue tridimensional longsized shape, suffered a loss in its battle with China's pharmaceutical companies over the trademark, having been denied the right to use the transliteration of the product's name as a trademark.

When Pfizer initially begun to manufacture and sell Viagra in China, nobody thought of protecting the transliteration of the trademark with Chinese characters: Wei Ge.

Subsequently, when realizing the danger they are exposed to, they tried to protect the said transliteration but were surprised to learn that the name was already registered with the Chinese Trademark Office by Guangzhou Wei Er Man Pharmaceutical Ltd.

Trying to cut out its contender from the Chinese market, under the circumstances of losing the word mark, Pfizer sued Guangzhou with the Beijing Court, based on the reason of having copied the shape and color of the subject pill.


Important reduction of OHIM's official fees

Due to the global economical crisis, the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) decided to eliminate, beginning with May 9, 2009, the registration fee corresponding to the Community trademarks.

This measure is meant to encourage the companies to protect their right to promote and sell their products/services on the European market.

Basically, strating the above date, the only official fee payable at the registration of a community trademark is the basic fee amounting to EUR 1,050 for the first three classes of goods/services plus EUR 150 for each exceeding class.


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