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Narcissistic CEOs: Handle patents with care

US20-05-2016Paul J Sutton

While it may be natural to react with outrage when a company discovers that an arch competitor has knowingly introduced a product that infringes its patent, that outrage, if not checked and dealt with carefully, can lead to disastrous results. It is under this type of scenario that the leadership of a company will be tested.

Advertising saves the day in non-use case

Turkey20-05-2016Işık Özdoğan and Ezgi Baklacı

In a 2016 Turkish case, the Assembly of Civil Chambers clarified the approach to interpreting evidence submitted to prove use of service marks in non-use actions. The decision clarifies how to prove use of service marks in Turkey for trademark owners.

The role of the IP Court in patent invalidation

Taiwan20-05-2016Crystal Chen and Jesse Peng

If the Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) and the Appeal Board of the Ministry of Economic Affairs both reject and dismiss a third-party action for patent invalidation, the petitioner may bring the case to the Intellectual Property Court (IPC) and submit new supporting evidence.

Sweden: FRAND is our friend

Sweden20-05-2016Maria Zamkova

A fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) licensing agreement (also sometimes known as RAND) is “a licensing obligation that is often required by standards organisations for members that participate in the standard-setting process”, according to Wikipedia.

IP reputation: Turning a corner

Russia20-05-2016Riikka Palmos

In the past Russia has had a bad reputation for enforcing intellectual property rights. The competence and expertise of courts in IP matters has been especially questionable. Even after several changes in legislation and practices, many IP owners still have doubts about the existence of effective mechanisms for protecting and, especially, enforcing IP rights in Russia.

Romania: Should ex officio examination for prior rights be reintroduced?

Romania20-05-2016Raluca Vasilescu

According to Directive (EU) 2015/2436 on harmonising EU member states’ trademark laws, states must transpose the directive into their national laws by January 2019. The exception is for the provisions on the procedure for revocation and invalidity, for which the deadline has been extended to January 2023.

The challenges of invalidating design rights

Netherlands20-05-2016Michiel Rijsdijk

On September 2, 2015 the Court of The Hague passed a judgment in a case between Wibit-Sports and Aquaparx. Wibit-Sports invoked its copyright and registered Community designs (RCDs) covering several inflatable water toys for use in amusement parks. In response Aquaparx claimed invalidity of the RCDs owned by Wibit-Sports, stating that those designs are solely dictated by their technical function.

The dizzy heights of the IMPI-EPO pilot PPH

Mexico20-05-2016Jorge Juárez

The Mexican Institute of Industrial Property (IMPI) is considered to be one of the main patent offices in Latin America.

Sweet success for Tan Kim Hock

Malaysia20-05-2016Lim Eng Leong

‘Dodol’ is a thick, sticky, sweet toffee-like confection made from coconut milk, jaggery and rice flour. It is popular in many parts of South and Southeast Asia, including Malaysia.

Japan: New rules for product-by-process claims

Japan20-05-2016Ryo Maruyama

On March 30, 2016, the Japan Patent Office (JPO) published “Interim Handling Procedures for Examinations and Appeal/Trials involving Product-by-Process Claims” in response to decisions rendered by Japan’s Supreme Court on June 5, 2015.

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