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18 Mar 2015

Converting a Community trademark

A Community trademark is a trademark which has been registered with the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market in order to enjoy protection across the whole of the European Union. However, in some situations it may be beneficial for the mark owner to apply to convert its Community trademark into a national trademark.

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25 Sep 2013

Halloumi versus hellim: more than just a trademark battle?

The European Court of Justice recently dismissed a challenge to the registration of the mark HELLIM for cheese, approving it for registration. The registration was challenged by the owner of the collective Community trademark HALLOUMI based on the likelihood of confusion.

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19 Dec 2012

New IP tax regime takes effect

Amendments to the Income Tax Law have turned Cyprus into one of the best jurisdictions for royalty and holding structures. The new regime provides attractive opportunities for structuring the exploitation of IP assets through Cyprus, in particular through the use of Cyprus-resident IP owners.

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26 May 2010

The Cypriot patent system: Q&A

In 1997 Cyprus entered the European Patent Organisation and became a member of the Patent Cooperation Treaty. Therefore, the most effective way for a European patent holder to enforce its rights in Cyprus is to file a court application for a freezing order until its case is heard by the courts.

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David M Tennant
Washington DC, United States
White & Case LLP