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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.

India jurisdiction report: Remedies against infringing names

India24-05-2019NV Saisunder and Srividya Sundaresan

Infringement of trademarks takes various forms such as counterfeits and cybersquatting. Another way of infringement is when a corporate name is identical with or too nearly resembles another trademark.

Italy jurisdiction report: Changes to the Italian IP Code

Italy23-05-2019Claudio Balboni and Tommaso Puggioli

On March 08, 2019, the Legislative Decree No. 15 issued on February 20 was published in the Official Gazette of the Italian Republic.

Malaysia jurisdiction report: No small beer in Bintang case

Malaysia23-05-2019Lim Eng Leong

In Heineken Asia Pacific v Super La Via 2019 MLJU 117, the plaintiff is part of the Heineken Group which produces, packages, distributes, markets and sells more than 50 acclaimed beers, non-alcoholic beers and a range of other beverage brands, including Tiger and Anchor. The plaintiff is also the registered proprietor in Malaysia of various ‘Bintang’ trademarks in class 32 for beers.

Netherlands jurisdiction report: A growing problem of trade secrets

Netherlands22-05-2019Michiel Rijsdijk and Marlies Wiegerinck

On March 20, 2019 the court of The Hague handed down its noteworthy decision on the trade secrets of Future Crops, a Dutch cooperative enterprise, on its method for the vertical cultivation of herbs. The case concerned the infringement of trade secrets by Certhon Build, a Dutch limited liability company, relating to Future Crops’ developed system to vertically cultivate herbs.

Russia jurisdiction report: A turning point for Russian legal services?

Russia22-05-2019Annikki Hämäläinen and Riikka Palmos

There have been discussions and different projects pending about regulating the legal services in Russia for a long time. None of those projects has led to major changes, until now. It seems that now there is a real will for actual changes in the Russian legal services system. A new reform project is pending.

Sweden jurisdiction report: The innovation quartet changing the world

Sweden21-05-2019Maria Zamkova

The Öresund bridge that opened in 1999 between Denmark and Sweden, further connecting southern Scandinavia with central and Western Europe, is not just a practical example of constructive cooperation between Denmark and Sweden. It can also be seen as a symbol of inventive collaboration in the region.

Taiwan jurisdiction report: Amendments to Taiwan patent law

Taiwan21-05-2019Tony Tung-Yang Chang

The Draft Amendment to Taiwan’s Patent Law was passed by Taiwan’s Legislature on April 16, 2019. The Amended Patent Law will take effect from November 1, 2019.

Turkey jurisdiction report: Mediation in opposition cases

Turkey21-05-2019Özlem Fütman and İnci Asena Suvar

Mediation was first practised in Turkey following publication of the Code on Mediation in Civil Disputes no. 6325 on June 22, 2012. Since January 10, 2017 when the IP Code No. 6769 entered into force, the Turkish Patent and Trademark Office (TurkPatent) has been authorised to invite parties to mediation in opposition cases.

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