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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.

Mexico jurisdiction report: Dealing with third party observations

Mexico21-10-2017Mariana Gonzalez

According to article 52bis of the Mexican IP Law (in force from September 17, 2010) it is possible to file a formal observation brief before the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property containing documents and arguments surrounding the patentability of an invention claimed in a patent application within a term of six months from its publication in the Official Gazette.

IP portfolio audits: Conquering the odds

International20-10-2017John Boyd

Patent portfolios require constant monitoring, amending and culling in order for businesses to keep pace with their competitors, says John Boyd of TechInsights.

France jurisdiction report: A matter of taste

France20-10-2017Aurélia Marie

Dennis Voerman is the Dutch creator of a successful cheese-based spread named Heks’nkaas. In 2011, he assigned to a company called Levola the copyright relating to the recipe, its method of preparation and the taste features of his product.

Germany jurisdiction report: First compulsory licence for a pharma product

Germany20-10-2017Jochen Bühling

In a landmark decision on July 11, 2017, the German Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof) for the first time confirmed the grant of a compulsory licence under the German Patent Act (docket no. X ZB 2/17).

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