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Poor productivity at the INPI

Brazil09-05-2016Otavio Beaklini and João Marcelo Lima

Following a freedom of information (FOI) request filed by Licks Attorneys, the Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office (INPI) has disclosed new information that sheds more light on its backlog problem.

France: where can online infringement actions occur?

France19-02-2016Aurélia Marie

Article 5(3) of Regulation (EC) No. 44/2001, referred to as ‘Brussels I’, which covers the competence of courts in matters concerning tort, among others, provides that “a person domiciled in a member state may be sued in another member state, in the courts of the place where the harmful event occurred or may occur”.

New draft for patent amendments in China

China19-02-2016Stephen Yang

On December 2, 2015 a new draft of the fourth amendment to the Chinese patent law, which was sent to the State Council for review, was published.

PPH pilot lands in Brazil

Brazil19-02-2016Ricardo Nunes and Otavio Beaklini

The much-awaited Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot programme signed between the US and Brazil came into force on January 11, 2016. Despite its limitations, the programme might speed up the examination of Brazilian applications filed and pending in Brazil after the corresponding application is granted by the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

India: the complexities of e-commerce

India19-02-2016Manisha Singh and Shristi Bansal

The IT sector is growing at an unprecedented rate with e-commerce emerging as an indispensable tool for business/commerce. With the plethora of online portals, aggregators, online/mobile businesses, content distributors providing services ranging from ticketing and travelling to matrimony, it is safe to call the internet a one-stop solution to all needs.

The TPP’s impact on trademarks in Malaysia

Malaysia19-02-2016Lim Eng Leong

After years of negotiations, Malaysia, Brunei, Chile, New Zealand, Singapore, Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, Peru, the US and Vietnam last year reached a multilateral free trade agreement on various economic policies called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

IMPI drags its heels over PCT priority rights restoration

Mexico19-02-2016Nallely Castillo

Mexico does not apply the following Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) provisions on priority rights restoration that were enacted in 2007: the “effect of restoration of right of priority by receiving office” (rule 49ter.1) and the “restoration of right of priority by designated office” (rule 49ter.2).

Germany: protecting copyright for exclusive licensees

Germany19-02-2016Jens Künzel

Famous designer furniture or lighting can seem timeless, but the underlying designs are subject to copyright in Germany for 70 years after the author or creator dies. Exclusive licensees, which can be famous manufacturers of quality furniture in their own right, have a reason to sell their goods at notably high prices—they have to pay a licence until the copyright expires.

Novartis v Sun Pharmaceutical: a battle over second medical use patents

Netherlands19-02-2016Michiel Rijsdijk

In Europe, it is well established that a second medical use patent can be obtained for any second or further therapeutic use of a known drug, providing the use is novel and inventive. However, a recent judgment in the Netherlands highlights that this is a developing area of law, and that there is uncertainty.

Case report: Toshiba loses semiconductor patent

Taiwan19-02-2016SemiconductorVictor Lee and Jesse Peng

Japanese company Toshiba owns Taiwanese patent certificate number I315588 (‘588 patent), titled “Semiconductor light emitting device, method of manufacturing the same, and semiconductor light emitting apparatus”.

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