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Will Rubik’s Cube share the fate of LEGO blocks?
More than 40 years have passed since Ernő Rubik created his magical cube (hun. bűvös kocka) in 1974. Within that time, many techniques and ways of solving the cube have been developed, whereby competitors break speed records solving the cube, with speedcubing (speedsolving) enjoying unflagging popularity. Registering the shape From a legal point of view, [...]

OCCP's online case law database
A few days ago we informed you about new clarifications by the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (OCCP) in relation to amicable decisions (OCCP provides new guidelines on amicable decisions). In line with its mission for transparency, the OCCP has now created an initial database where decisions concerning the infringement of collective consumer interests, [...]

OCCP provides new guidelines on amicable decisions
What is an amicable decision and what does it do? The President of the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection may issue an „amicable decision” to entrepreneurs in cases related to anti-competitive practices (Article 12 of The Protection of Competition and Consumers Act) and those practices infringing upon collective consumer interests (Article 28) ending such disputes in an amiable  manner. When is an amicable [...]

Caimans, Crocodiles and Alligators – Lacoste's monopoly of the Crocodilia reptile order. But what about “Gucio”?
Today, the General Court of the European Union rendered its judgement in case T-364/13 concerning Lacoste’s objection filed with the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) of the following logo for clothing, footwear, bags, as well as pet cushions, and real estate lettings: The company applying for its registration is a Polish partnership [...]

Opinions on websites can be critical – but they must be reliable and fair!
Websites collecting opinions about “public persons” may present also negative opinions – as long as such opinions are reliable and fair. But they must bear in mind that their evaluation of such criticism (and the credibility of notification in this respect) – if the injured party does not agree with it – will be subject [...]

External advertising saga continued – what does the “Landscaping Act” change”?
We have already posted on the IPBLOG how to legally advertise in the outdoors. That post was inspired by the legislative works, then in progress, on the Landscaping Act draft. The Act was signed by the President of the Republic of Poland in May, and will come into force on September 10, 2015. For this [...]

Can tea have the flavor of vanilla? – The Court of Justice of the EU examines
An average, adequately informed and sufficiently careful and reasonable consumer may find it sometimes quite difficult to tell what exactly it is that he/she puts in his/her shopping basket. The situation is no different in the case of a “fruit” tea named “Felix – raspberry and vanilla adventure”, made by the Teekanne company, whose packaging is [...]

Office of Competition and Consumer Protection: A receipt could come in handy, but it is not by all means necessary…
When we buy something in a shop, it can turn out the product we bought is defective. In such case, we, as consumers and independent of the entrepreneur, may exercise our right of complaint in the form of warranty (in every circumstances) or guarantee (if granted). In practice , we may demand the goods be [...]

Legal rules on outdoor advertising
In the second half of March 2015 the lower house of the Polish Parliament adopted an Act cryptically named: “Act on changes of certain laws in connection with enhancing landscape protection measures”. This complicated name was shortened in the media to a few graceful words – the Landscaping Act draft. Despite the fact that the [...]

The Court of Justice and Edward Snowden's revelations
On March 24, 2015 the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) commenced proceedings in the case of Maximillian Schrems against a local Irish Data Protection Commissioner (file no. C-362/14) who refused to consider a complaint by Mr. Schrems concerning activities of the Irish branch of Facebook. The case has been given wide media [...]

Severe headache of the Chief Pharmaceutical Inspector
As it has been demonstrated in practice, legal errors in advertising can happen to the best of us. Recently, it was Johnson & Johnson that experienced this first hand. Yesterday, the company “Johnson & Johnson Poland” stopped advertising a medicinal product named “Sudafed” promoted by the following slogan: “condition of head cold” or “quick relief [...]

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