Iceland Cultural Story: Trademark Issues And Regulations (LISTEN)

We covered Iceland Airwaves Music Festival and other cultural stories over the fall semester. Read about our adventures via our Iceland Airwaves 2016 page and tune into WCRX-FM for our final Radio Documentary on January 14th at 10 a.m. CT (livestream here) and during the encore presentation on January 15th at 10 a.m. CT. In the meantime, hear this cultural story that was produced while we were in Iceland.

In the past two months, Iceland has been confronted with a legal dispute with British supermarket chain Iceland Foods, at the risk of losing the right to its country’s name. This brings to light the many issues with registering common geographic names as trademarks, a controversy the U.S. has also been dealing with.

Sigrún Brynja Einarsdóttir, General Director of the Department of Trade and Tourism at the Ministry of Industries and Innovation, and Margrét Hjálmarsdóttir, Legal Director of the Icelandic Patent Office, share their thoughts about the need to have a more regulated worldwide trademark system.

Also, here’s a teaser from the class’ radio documentary, which airs on January 14th and January 15th at 10 a.m. CT on WCRX-FM. Ásgeir Jónsson is a Senior Lecturer in the Economics department at the University of Iceland who discussed Iceland’s economy. He commented on the uniqueness of Iceland’s economic independence:

 

About Sarah Matthews

Columbia College Chicago Arts Management student // 98.7 WFMT Exploring Music Intern
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