Sarah Matheson of AIPPI reviews the organisation’s report on the state of protection of computer-implemented inventions around the world, and the trend revealed by the results.
The functionality doctrine in the EU has been extended to traditional trademarks, such as patterns and packaging, as well as non-traditional signs, such as colour and sound marks, just as in the US, as Kate O’Rourke of ITMA reports.
The number of trademarks owned by corporate entities is increasing but the cash to defend their expanding portfolios is not. Elisa Cooper, vice president of marketing for Lecorpio, has some suggestions for protection on a budget.
The sheer volume of counterfeit goods being trafficked, particularly via small consignments, requires a concerted effort in order to successfully fight the problem, argues Travis Johnson of the IACC.
FRAND policies in the US date back more than 100 years, and policy makers are well advised to remember the historical precedents when crafting and analysing such commitments, argues Jorge Contreras on behalf of LESI.
INTA is monitoring and influencing a wide range of trademark developments across the world, and 2016 is shaping up to be a busy year. Ronald van Tuijl, the association’s president, provides an update.
The two-part Alice test on patent subject matter eligibility means patent owners and licensors face severe and potentially overwhelming obstacles in the licensing playing field, argues Eric Guttag, chair of the public policy legal task force of the Association of University Technology Managers.
Ahead of the US presidential election later this year, WIPR analyses the IP views of the three main contenders.
With a huge trademark portfolio to defend, FIFA has to think carefully about which registrations to oppose, but won’t tolerate blatant infringement, as Daniel Zohny, senior legal counsel, intellectual property, tells WIPR.
China’s government has committed to implementing changes to the country’s IP system through a state-backed ‘opinion’, but how realistic are the goals? WIPR investigates.
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