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The Protection of Non-Traditional Trade Marks

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ISBN13: 9780198826576
To be Published: December 2018
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £70.00



This volume offers a detailed analysis of the issues related to the protection of non-traditional marks.

In recent years, the domain of trademark law and the scope of trademark protection has grown exponentially. Today, a wide variety of non-traditional marks, including colour, sound, smell, and shape marks, can be registered in many jurisdictions. However, this expansion of trademark protection has led to heated discussions and controversies about the impact of the protection of non-traditional marks on freedom of competition and, more generally, on socially valuable use of these or similar signs in unrelated non-commercial contexts. These tensions have also led to increasing litigation in this area across several jurisdictions.

This book provides an overview of the debate and state of the law surrounding non-traditional marks at the international, regional, and national level. In particular, this book addresses relevant international treaties administered by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects to Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) as well as several regional and national legislations and leading judicial decisions in order to examine current law and practice culminating in critical reflections and suggestions on the topic.

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Subjects:
Intellectual Property Law
Contents:
Part I: Taking Stock - Legislative Framework and Practical Implications
1.: Making a Large Universe Visually Perceptible: The Development of Non-Traditional Marks in WIPO Treaties, Denis Croze
2.: Non-Traditional Marks: An Empirical Study, Mitchell Adams and Amanda Scordamaglia
3.: Non-Traditional Marks and Classification Traditions, Dev Gangjee
4.: What Should Constitute Infringement of a Non-Traditional Mark?, Michael Handler
5.: Keeping Indistinctive and Descriptive Shapes Free - The Broadened Limitation of Protection in the European Union, Annette Kur
Part II: Assessing the Legislative Framework - Unresolved Challenges
6.: Should Trademark Laws Protect Non-Traditional Marks as Marketing Practices?, Deven Desai
7.: Special Restrictions on Registration of Product Shape Marks - A Breach of International Law?, Ng-Loy Wee Loon
8.: Designing a Stricter Distinctiveness Requirement for Non-Traditional Marks under the Current Legislative Framework(s), Irene Calboli
9.: Aesthetic Functionality, Acquired Distinctiveness and Non-Traditional Marks, Graeme Dinwoodie
10.: The Vexing Problem of Aesthetic Functionality in Non-Traditional Marks, Justin Hughes
Part III: Assessing the Impact on Freedom of Competition - Innovation Concerns
11.: Non-Traditional Marks as Eternal Monopolies on Product Features?, Gustavo Ghidini
12.: Trade Dress Protection: The Error Costs of Making an Exception the Rule, J. Glynn Lunney
13.: Assessing the Impact of Registering Non-Traditional Marks: A Competition Law Analysis, Lavinia Brancusi
14.: Non-Traditional Marks on Pharmaceutical Products: Non-Traditional Barriers to Access to Medicine?, Arul Scaria
15.: The Economics and Management of Non-Traditional Marks, Carolina Castaldi
Part IV: Assessing the Impact on Freedom of Expression - Social and Cultural Concerns
16.: Non-Traditional Marks and Inherently Valuable Expression, Lisa Ramsey
17.: The Corrosive Effect of Non-Traditional Marks on Cultural Follow-On Innovation, Martin Senftleben
18.: The Impact of Non-Traditional Marks on Access to Aesthetic Styles and Symbols, Haochen Sun