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23 Jul 15. DSM Dyneema, owner of the Dyneema® brand, takes trademark infringement very seriously and continues to make strong progress in its vigorous global efforts to defend the Dyneema® brand against unauthorized and illegal use. Given the rise in digital commerce, DSM Dyneema has stepped up legal actions against online marketplaces by more aggressively enforcing the removal of advertisements in which the Dyneema® trademark is used without DSM’s permission. Some of the web portals have featured thousands of adverts infringing the Dyneema® brand. Citing just-released data, DSM Dyneema is pleased to report that its collaboration with the online marketplace owners has led to the removal of more than 22,000 adverts that had been illegally using the Dyneema® trademark. It is notable that this enforcement activity has been continuing for a year, and these numbers show that continuous and diligent action pays off.
“Although Chinese websites are often notorious for offering counterfeit products,” noted Nathali Donatz, DSM Dyneema’s Director of Branding & Communications, “a number of online marketplaces – such as Alibaba.com – have shown a cooperative attitude toward trademark owners such as DSM.”
The Alibaba group has a strict approach toward parties that infringe multiple times. If the offending party does not “clean up” its actions, it will be banned from placing advertisements on their websites.
“Promotion of the Dyneema® trademark or logo in relation to an end product provides users of that product with a guarantee that they are investing in performance and quality,” said Ms. Donatz. “It represents a valuable mix of know-how, service and innovation that is protected and leveraged for the benefit of our customers and licensees, as well as for the end users in the various market segments we serve. As such,” she stressed, “we will do all we can to protect the brand and drive home the message that non-authorized companies cannot take advantage of this carefully established position.”
22 Jul 15. The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Integrated Test Force is in the process of testing the F-35A’s newest munitions asset – the GAU-22/A. The gun is a four-barrel Gatling gun that fires 25 millimeter rounds. Unlike the Marine Corps and Navy variants, the GAU-22/A is integrated internally to the F-35A. In the other variants, the gun is mounted to the outside as a pod. A similar weapon, GAU-12, has been used on the AV-8B Harrier Jump Jet. The first phase of testing started June 9, when the first shots were fired from tail number AF-2 on the ground at the Edwards Gun Harmonizing Range. The test team hopes to finish ground testing sometime during August and start the airborne phase late September. An operational gun capability will be added with a future block of software, which is in the beginning stages of testing at Edwards. The tests are done using a target practice round, PGU-23/U, which fires from the gun, but does not explode on impact.
21 Jul 15. Peru receives Chinese tactical MRLs. The Peruvian Army has accepted 27 new Norinco Type 90BM multiple rocket launcher systems (MRLSs), acquired from China under a USD38.5m deal signed in December 2013. The Type 90BMs, officially received on 18 July, will allow the army to create three new rocket artillery groups (GACs), each with nine MRLSs, to reinforce the service’s one GAC that is currently equipped with nine BM-21 ‘Grad’ launchers acquired from the Soviet Union in the 1970s. This latest acquisition covered nine sets of forward observer’s equipment, a small batch of ammunition, spare parts, training, and establishment of a maintenance centre. The Type 90BM is a 40-tube 122 mm launcher, mounted in a Beiben 2628 6×6 truck. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
21 Jul 15. Raytheon uses 3D printing to create guided weapon components. Raytheon Missile Syst