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In this section you will find IP news from the countries, where Agency TRIA ROBIT offers its services, as well as the company news.


Novartis claims victory over Sanofi-Aventis

September 19, 2012

 Agency TRIA ROBIT was successful in defending a trademark of Novartis AG, a multinational pharmaceutical company, in Latvia against an opposition filed by another major player in a global pharmaceuticals industry, Sanofi-Aventis SA. Sanofi claimed that the opposed mark CIRASET was confusingly similar to its earlier trademark CIRARTE. TRIA ROBIT confronted and, among other things, noted that CIRARTE was a prescription drug and as such was supposed to be handled strictly by health professionals. This fact significantly reduced a likelihood of confusion on the part of the public. On 2 December 2011 the Board of Appeals of the Patent Office of the Republic of Latvia rejected the opposition as ungrounded.