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Results of the 2018 competition for the best European design

 

The DesignEuropa Awards ceremony takes place every two years, in a prestigious location with architectural significance and resonance.


The POLIN conference centre hosted the DesignEuropa Awards ceremony on 27 November 2018. It is one of the most striking and emblematic buildings in Warsaw, Poland, and has won many major international architectural prizes.


Two outstanding European designs have been honoured at the ceremony in Warsaw:


The Small and Emerging Companies Award has been won by the Air.Go 2.0 automatic bag drop system, owned by Danish firm Marcus Pedersen ApS, and designed by Sara Clement. The Industry Award was won by the ARTIS pheno robotic C-arm angiography system from Siemens Healthcare GmbH, designed by Nadja Roth and Tobias Reese.


The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Hartmut Esslinger, a German designer with global reach and impact. He is known for his collaboration with Steve Jobs and Apple which led to the creation of the “Snow White” design language for Apple in the 1980s.

USA: campaign rallies and music: do artists have the right to demand politicians stop using their songs?

During a campaign rally last month in West Virginia, Donald Trump’s team played a classic Aerosmith song, “Living on the Edge,” before he took to the stage.

 

The lead singer of Aerosmith, Steven Tyler, got wind of the usage and demanded that Trump and his campaign stop playing any of the band’s music at their rallies or public events.  Tyler tweeted, “This is not about Dems vs. Repub. I do not let anyone use my songs without permission.  My music is for causes, not political campaigns or rallies.  Protecting songwriters is what I’ve been fighting for even before this current administration took office.”


Tyler’s stance left people on social media questioning whether it was really possible for an artist to control when their music is played, or whether an artist could dictate that their music can only be played on certain mediums or at certain events.

Protection of creative and non-creative databases

All around the world databases are copyright objects and are protected in accordance with its tenets. A database is a compilation of works, data or other materials, i.e. collection of facts, arranged in a systematic or methodical way. In other words, the data are made up based on the logical rules set up by the compiler.


The facts themselves can not be protected under copyright but their organization and layout can, provided that the compilation shows a certain level of creativity on the part of the author.


Usually creative databases are subject to copyright protection. Herewith, in different jurisdictions the creativity level has not been determined explicitly. Therefore, in the world there formed two approaches: protection of creative and non-creative databases.

Trademarks Infringement - world judicial practice

International trademark infringement cases commonly result from the use of linguistically or phonetically similar words or phrases in another language. However in some cases they result from companies specifically copying profitable and well-known brands to increase their business.

“Borrowing” the branding of another company can bring financial gain and increased exposure to a lesser-known, local company. However, positioning a company to profit off of the branding of another does not come without repercussions. That being said, some companies will still try to get away with it.

What new in industrial designs - amendments 2015

The world does not stand still and develops at a frantic pace. New technologies are being developed and implemented, the already used facilities are being improved, innovative design solutions are being invented to attract customers, increase demand and improve functional characteristics of products. Every year the interest of manufacturers from different countries of the world is being increased to consolidation of their positions in sales markets and legal protection of their products from unfair competition.


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