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Open season on open source?

International, UK12-06-2019Daniel Tarr

There are several IP considerations to bear in mind when using, integrating and contributing to open source software, says Daniel Tarr of Duane Morris.

ECTA: The implications of AI for IP

International07-06-2019Max Oker-Blom

Artificial intelligence is a hot topic, but are existing legal frameworks for IP rights capable of dealing with it, asks Max Oker-Blom of the European Communities Trademark Association.

WIPR Annual 2019 Business Brief: Greece


According to Law 1733/1987, patentable inventions must be new, involve an inventive step and be susceptible to industrial application. They may concern a product, a process or an industrial application. An invention is considered as involving an inventive step if, with regard to the state of the art, it is not obvious to the skilled person; it will be considered as susceptible to industrial application if the subject matter can be made or used in any field of industry.

WIPR Annual 2019 Business Brief: United Kingdom

UK03-06-2019Alison Simpson

National applications are filed at the UK Intellectual Property Office. European patents filed at the European Patent Office can be validated in the UK. The UK and the EPO are members of the Patent Cooperation Treaty, which allows applicants seeking patent protection internationally to consolidate their applications in one initial filing.

Brand protection: Defining return on investment

International30-05-2019Jan Maarten Laurijssen

Brand protection is now so sophisticated that trademark owners can measure its value to the business, says Jan Maarten Laurijssen of Pointer Brand Protection.

Winning preliminary injunctions

China28-05-2019Deqiang Zhu

Proving urgency and irreparable harm when trying to achieve injunctions in China is not easy, but there are examples that show how it can be done, says Deqiang Zhu of CCPIT Patent and Trademark Law Office.

ECTA Annual Conference preview: New horizons through the Highland haze

UK26-05-2019Anna Ostanina

From June 26 to 29 the European Communities Trade Mark Association will welcome its members and attendees from all around the world to its 38th Annual Conference in the historic city of Edinburgh, Scotland, writes Anna Ostanina.

France jurisdiction report: Copyright in the digital age

24-05-2019Aurélia Marie

The Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on Copyright in the Digital Single Market was adopted on March 26, 2019 by the European Parliament. It provides general rules for the protection and the conditions of use of works protected by copyright in the fields of research, education and the conservation of cultural heritage.

Germany jurisdiction report: Book, song and film title protection

Germany24-05-2019Christian Buchholz

German law provides protection for titles of works—book titles, song titles, film titles, theatre titles or titles of comparable works—irrespective of the requirements of trademark or copyright protection.

Women in the boardroom: A balancing act?

India, International, UK02-05-2019

In the legal profession a woman can climb the career ladder, but between lawyer and partner level, there’s a step missing, and it often arises around parenthood.

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