Mea Culpa: Well known Marks and Arms

I made an error in yesterday’s post on the protection of the pope’s coat of arms. I described the arms as a well-known mark. That’s not the law. Mea culpa, mea maxima culpa.

An anonymous reader has pointed out that art 6bis Paris Convention protects well known marks and art 6ter state emblems, official hallmarks, and emblems of intergovernmental organizations. That happens sometimes when you try to inflate a story on a generally news flat day into news.

If I may be a bit impertinent in revenge, Anonymous counsels us not to confuse statutory provisions. The Paris convention is of course a treaty not a statute. But your point is well taken and thanks.


About Jane Lambert

I am a barrister specializing in intellectual property, technology, media and entertainment and competition law. I specialize in helping SME (small and medium enterprises) protect and exploit their investment in brands, design, technology and the arts. SME require intellectual property (legal protection for their intellectual assets) at least as much as big business but their limited means restrict the way they can use it. Looking after such clients wisely requires skills and knowledge which have taken me years to learn.
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