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Geographical indication of “Hà Giang” for Shan tuyết tea protected

A Geographical Indication (GI) is a name or sign which identifies goods as having a specific geographical origin, and possessing qualities, reputation, or characteristics that are essentially attributable to products from that place of origin. GIs have been recognised in Vietnam since the promulgation of the Vietnam IP Law in 2005. Per Article 4.22 of the Vietnam IP Law in 2005, “A geographical indication means a sign which identifies a product as originating from a specific region, locality, territory or country”. Vietnam has over fifteen years of experience in GI protection, and GIs are considered an important tool for socio-economic development in the country.

The National Office of Intellectual Property of Viet Nam has recently issued the Decision No. 2835/QD-SHTT on granting Geographical Indication Registration Certificate No. 00069 for “Hà Giang” Shan tuyết tea. Department of Agriculture and Rural Development of Hà Giang Province is the organization in charge of managing this GI.

Lego sues Zuru for infringing Trademark, Copyright, Trade Dress, and Patent of its Toy figurines!

Gross violations of intellectual property (IPR) are  commonplace that cause damage to the owner. On 13th December, toy making company Lego Group accused Zuru, a company that designs, manufactures and markets toys and consumer products, of infringing their Trademark, Copyright, Trade Dress, and Patent. The suit was filed at the US District Court of Connecticut. According to Lego’s suit, Zuru infringed their Minifigure figurine. These figurines are protected under VA0000655230 and VA0000655104. The copyright registrations cover 3D sculptures. These products also bear the copyright symbol ‘‘©’’ on their packaging. Lego also owns the Trademarks for their ‘‘Minifigure’’ figurine including 4,903,968 covering the design...

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