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All together now: ‘block’

International, US06-04-2016Marc Rachman and Michael Silver

Retail trade associations haven’t yet followed their media brethren into the website blocking game to fight counterfeiters. Marc Rachman and Michael Silver of Davis & Gilbert discuss the reasons.

Protecting 3D shapes in Germany: the swinging pendulum

EU, Germany01-04-2016Henning Hartwig

The most recent case law from German courts seems to suggest a more friendly approach to protecting 3D shapes with trademarks, as Henning Hartwig of Bardehle Pagenberg reports.

Oktoberfest for the UPC?

Germany24-03-2016Ulrich Worm and Benjamin Beck

In the autumn of 2016, Germany is expected to pass draft legislation that will allow for the UPC Agreement to be approved, but there are still some hurdles to overcome, say Ulrich Worm and Benjamin Beck of Mayer Brown.

Cyprus and the UPC: the view from a minnow

Cyprus24-03-2016Ramona Livera

The new Unified Patent Court and unitary patent system is likely to reduce the workload of attorneys in Cyprus, but there are positives too, says Ramona Livera of Andreas Neocleous.

Insights into the world of ‘dot brands’

International23-03-2016Guillaume Pahud

Guillaume Pahud, co-founder of Dot Stories, an activation platform for 'dot brands', provides some analysis on the current state of play of this form of new gTLD.

What would a ‘Brexit’ mean for the UPC and patent litigation?

EU, UK22-03-2016Rowan Freeland

If Britain votes to leave the EU in June 2016, it could have a wide-ranging impact on the European patent system, as Rowan Freeland of Simmons and Simmons explains.

How Alice has fared in Delaware

US18-03-2016Ferlillia Roberson

Despite some predictions that the impact of Alice v CLS Bank is waning, two recent decisions by a US district court show that this is probably not the case, at least in Delaware. Ferlillia Roberson of DLA Piper reports.

UPC: speaking in tongues

International17-03-2016Jim Kinnier Wilson and Katie Gordon

There are several factors affecting which language UPC proceedings will be heard in. Patentees and other stakeholders should start considering them now so they don’t get lost in translation, say Jim Kinnier Wilson and Katie Gordon of Penningtons Manches.

Doing good business in China

China16-03-2016Amy Hsiao and Brett Heavner

Trademark owners entering the Chinese marketplace online should develop strategies tailored to the unique Chinese legal system to protect their brands from piracy, say Amy Hsiao and Brett Heavner of Finnegan Henderson Farrabow Garrett & Dunner.

Three years on: what the new definition of prior art means today

US16-03-2016Russell Dunlap

Three years after the America Invents Act changed the definition of prior art in the US, patent applicants, owners and practitioners still need to fully understand its meaning in order to successfully navigate the patent system. Russell Dunlap of Taylor English Duma reports.

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