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Taiwan: Obstacles to patent invalidity decisions

Taiwan18-12-2015Crystal Chen and Jesse Peng

Patent invalidity can be raised as a defence in civil proceedings. If a civil court invalidates the patent at issue, the patentee loses the ground against the opposing party at that very civil proceeding. However, such a patent invalidation issued by the civil court applies only to each particular case.

The IP implications of the new South African cyber bill

South Africa18-12-2015Thomas Schmidt and Izaan van der Merwe

The new Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity Bill 2015 has now been published for public comment by the minister of justice and correctional services.

Russia: IP rules and regulations updated

Russia18-12-2015Valentina Orlova

At the end of 2014, part four of the Civil Code of the Russian Federation, which deals with intellectual property, was significantly updated. Since many of the amendments were conceptual in nature, there was a need for a substantial reworking of the regulations at the level of the supervisory authority, the Russian Federal Service for Intellectual Property (Rospatent).

Time up for Popcorn Time?

Netherlands18-12-2015Michiel Rijsdijk

Although the video platform Popcorn Time seems likely to fall under worldwide pressure for copyright infringement proceedings, a Dutch movie distributor, Dutch FilmWorks, is taking other measures: it has registered both the ‘Popcorn Time’ name and logo as trademarks in the Benelux region.

Mexico: The patentability of software

Mexico18-12-2015Claudia Campos

It is very common to find inventions in different technological fields that involve the use of a computer or processor, which control the operation of such inventions or process the data involved in the invention’s operation.

The Budapest Treaty: on its way to Malaysia?

Malaysia18-12-2015Oon Yen Yen

Currently 79 countries are party to the Budapest Treaty on the International Recognition of the Deposit of Microorganisms for the Purposes of Patent Procedure.

Current status of patent opposition in Japan

Japan18-12-2015Ryo Maruyama

The system of opposing the grant of a patent, which allows any person to file an opposition within six months from the date of publication in the Patent & Utility Model Gazette, has been in force since April 1, 2015. As of October 21, 2015, the number of oppositions filed has reached 119.

Music at the dentist should be free: Italian Supreme Court

Italy18-12-2015Julia Holden and Giulia Cellerini

On September 11, the Supreme Court of Cassation in Italy handed down its ruling in Società Consortile Fonografici v Marco Del Corso, a case that a few years ago resulted in an important judgment by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) on copyright law and, in particular, on the interpretation of the concept of “communication to the public” and rights of compensation.

Protection of medical devices in India

India18-12-2015Vivek Kashyap and Neha Mittal

The medical device industry in India is estimated to be worth around $3 billion and is expected to grow substantially, with a wide variety of life-saving and non-life saving medical devices including domestic as well as imported products. Imported products account for about 75% of total sales.

Eccentric teeth: sharpening up the passing off rules in Germany

Germany18-12-2015Jens Künzel

German unfair competition rules on passing off continue to be relevant in practice. It is not uncommon for a company to miss filing a design or patent covering a product, but it may be able to later file an unfair competition claim against a competitor if it believes its product has been copied.

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