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Inappropriate outsourcing may invalidate patents

US03-10-2016Paul J Sutton

Imagine the following unfortunate scenario, which could have been avoided. A representative of a corporate technology client approaches patent counsel with a request to protect a dozen new inventive developments that will be very important to the future of the company. Fully documented invention disclosures are delivered to counsel, together with instructions to file a non-provisional patent application directed to each as soon as possible.

Turkey’s state of emergency: impact on IP

Turkey03-10-2016Işık Özdoğan and Ezgi Baklacı

After July 2016’s failed coup attempt, Turkey’s Council of Ministers introduced a nationwide state of emergency under article 120 of the Constitution of Turkey, for three months from 1am on July 21, 2016.

New rules for patent infringement assessment

Taiwan03-10-2016Crystal Chen

The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office revised the “Directions for Patent Infringement Assessment” in February with considerable modifications. The document has been renamed as the “Directions for Determining Patent Infringement”.

The Wikimedia case: copyright of public art

Sweden03-10-2016Maria Zamkova

In June 2014, Bildkonst Upphovsrätt i Sverige (BUS), a Swedish association that represents artists in copyright matters, filed a lawsuit against Wikimedia Sweden, based on offentligkonst.se, a webpage and database with pictures of works of art placed in public places. The database is available to the public free of charge and it is also the public that provides the database with the pictures by uploading photographs there.

Post-Brexit pros and cons

Romania03-10-2016Raluca Vasilescu

The purpose of this article is to see whether there are any positive consequences of Brexit for companies from Eastern European countries that are members of the EU.

Tips on filing national phase PCT applications

Peru03-10-2016Gino Piaggio

Before filing a Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) application into the national phase in Peru, it is important to know that Peruvian patent law grants patents only for goods or processes, but not their uses. According to article 14 of Decision No. 486 of the Andean Community, which governs the law in Peru: “Patents shall be granted for inventions, whether goods or processes, if they are new, involve an inventive step and are industrially applicable.”

Brilliant ideas and inventive step

Netherlands03-10-2016Michiel Rijsdijk

A rusk is an essential part of a typical Dutch breakfast. But before you can eat it, it’s a big challenge to get it out of its tight wrapper without the brittle product falling apart.

The sticky problem of proving first use

Mexico03-10-2016Carlos Hernández León

In accordance with Mexican intellectual property law and regulations, a trademark applicant must indicate the date of first use in the application. The date cannot be amended after the application is filed.

The rising tide of unusual trademark applications

Japan03-10-2016Ryo Maruyama

On May 17, 2016, the Japan Patent Office (JPO) issued an announcement titled “Caution to trademark owners whose trademarks might have been filed for registration by other persons”. It ensures that much public attention is being given to the unusual recent mass number of trademark applications made by certain entities and persons.

The importance of clarity

Italy03-10-2016Marco Conti and Valentina Gazzarri

A decision by the Court of Milan (R.G. 54450/2012) in January 2015 held that an Italian part of a European patent was invalid for, inter alia, having a lack of essential features in the independent claims.

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