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From controversy surrounding a Native American tribe to debates around protecting shape trademarks, 2018 promises to be an exciting year on the IP front, as WIPR reports.
UPC: still no clarity in sight
We have asked the question many times before: will the Unified Patent Court (UPC) ever be implemented?
The latest holdup is a German constitutional complaint against the UPC. Filed last year, the complaint raised several concerns, including the independence of the UPC’s judiciary. It also argued that the German UPC ratification law amends or supplements the Constitution, which would require a majority of two thirds of the Bundestag (parliament) to pass it. However, the law was passed by a smaller majority than this.
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