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Conference papers as prior art

01-04-2011Ron Kaminecki

Inventors love to talk about their work and what better venue than a meeting of like-minded researchers? But sometimes, inventors speaking about discoveries may find they’ve actually revealed more than they should have.

Forensic IT for intellectual property

01-04-2011

Graham Robinson, managing director of Farncombe International, tells WIPR how and when companies should use computer forensics to address intellectual property theft.

Changes at Anvisa

Brazil01-04-2011Otto Licks and Ricardo Dutra Nunes

The Brazilian national health surveillance agency (Anvisa) is the equivalent of the US FDA and the EU’s EMEA. It was established in 1999.

Significant trademark case law in 2010

Canada01-04-2011Victoria Carrington

Canadian trademark jurisprudence saw numerous interesting developments during 2010. Our courts and Opposition Board adopted new approaches to certain ‘old’ concepts and reinforced others.

Criminal enforcement of IP

China01-04-2011Stephen Yang

On January 11, 2011, the Supreme People’s Court, the Supreme People’s Procuratorate and the Ministry of Public Security released opinions on the handling of criminal cases involving infringement of IP rights.

New rules on search

EPO01-04-2011Annelise Holme

On January 1, 2011, new changes to the Implementing Regulations of the European Patent Convention (EPC) entered into force.

On suspicion

France01-04-2011Aurélia Marie

In France, intellectual property rights’ holders have been using and working with customs authorities for many years—and well before European harmonisation—to stop the importation of counterfeit goods.

Marketing goods using competitions

Germany01-04-2011Jens Künzel

It has become quite common in Europe and elsewhere to use competitions as marketing tools for goods and services.

Doctrine of equivalence

Hungary01-04-2011Gábor Harangozó

The doctrine of equivalence is commonly used to interpret the scope of an invention in patent and utility model litigation case law.

Patent granted: here and now!

India01-04-2011Ranjna Mehta-Dutt

When can it be said that a patent has been granted? To date, a patent has been held as granted on the grant date indicated on the letters patent document.

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