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US jurisdiction report: Patent clash of the titans continues

US21-11-2017Paul J Sutton

Apple must have celebrated for days after a federal court jury on November 6, 2012 awarded it nearly $400 million in damages against its arch enemy Samsung in the ongoing smartphone wars.

Brazil jurisdiction report: Can the patent backlog be beaten?

Brazil03-11-2017Maria Alice Calliari and Vinícius Loureiro Casciano

The Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office has built up a tremendous patent backlog that is hampering the functioning of the patent system. Recent official data shows that a patent application would take 11 years before reaching a final decision. The prospect is bleak: IT inventions may take more than 14 years to get examined. In a rapidly changing field such as this, protracted examination renders most patents unusable.

Chile jurisdiction report: When food labelling and trademarks collide

Chile03-11-2017Andrés Grunewaldt and Luis Felipe Opazo

The high rates of obesity among children in Chile is a problem that the health authorities have tried to tackle through different measures during the last few years. One of the most relevant actions was the modification of the food labelling regulation. Andrés Grunewaldt and Luis Felipe Opazo of Silva report.

Malaysia jurisdiction report: The tale of the tiger stripes

Malaysia01-11-2017Kelvin Ganesan

One of the requirements for a trademark to be registered in Malaysia is that the mark or device has to be used ‘in the course of trade’. A clarification of this definition was raised in the case of Mesuma Sports v Majlis Sukan Negara (2015). Kelvin Ganesan of Henry Goh reports.

US jurisdiction report: The benefits of the provisional patent application

US01-11-2017

With the enactment of the America Invents Act (AIA), signed into law on September 16, 2011 and effective as of March 16, 2013, there are radically new criteria governing who will be awarded a US patent, writes Paul Sutton of Sutton Magidoff.

Alive and well: the doctrine of equivalents in the US

US01-11-2017John Pegram

Decisions restating the doctrine of equivalents by English and German courts within the past year, especially in the Eli Lilly v Actavis litigations, suggest a review of how the DOE is applied in the US, writes John Pegram of Fish & Richardson.

Brandstock wins important judgment for Diesel at EU General Court

EU30-10-2017FashionElena Galletti

In July the EU General Court ruled in favour of the well-known fashion brand Diesel in a trademark case related to the company’s ‘D’ trademark, writes Elena Galletti of Brandstock.

Italy jurisdiction report: The greater role of trade secrets

Italy26-10-2017

The importance of trade secrets is well known in the world of IP. The TRIPS Agreement requires undisclosed information (trade secrets or know-how) to benefit from protection. Marco Conti of Bugnion reports.

Russia jurisdiction report: How to cancel an unused trademark

Russia24-10-2017Annikki Hämäläinen

The cancellation process for unused trademarks in Russia is changing and developing. In 2013 cancellation actions were transferred for consideration by the IP Court. Previously they were considered by the Moscow Arbitration Court (2011–2013) and before that by the Patent Disputes Chamber.

Sweden jurisdiction report: Universities - a hub of innovation

Sweden24-10-2017Maria Zamkova

As noted by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, “public research”, meaning research primarily funded with public money and carried out by universities and public research institutions, plays an extremely important role in innovation systems by ensuring the provision of new knowledge.

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