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Italy: Future changes to patent laws

Italy24-06-2022Simone Milli

The proposed new rules will bring the country into line with other European jurisdictions, explains Simone Milli of Bugnion.

Should you opt out or stay in?

Finland23-06-2022

A rightsholder’s size and patent footprint may help decide whether they participate in the new patent and court, explain Folke Johansson and Tomi Konkonen of Papula-Nevinpat

Australia: CAR-T cell therapy patent disputes

Australia22-06-2022

Will litigation over the groundbreaking cancer technology seen elsewhere reach the Australian market? Grant Shoebridge and Naomi Pearce of Pearce IP explore.

US: Vaccine patent activity

24-04-2022Paul J Sutton

When one thinks about vaccines, it’s not likely that the subject of patents will come to mind. And yet, patents are the most powerful force behind the research and development of vaccines. Big pharma would otherwise certainly not invest the time and what can be hundreds of millions of dollars required to try to come up with a safe and effective vaccine.

Sweden: Firmer protection needed for Cypriot cheese

Sweden24-04-2022Petter Rindforth

Do you produce a specific cheese, in a certain country/area, with specified ingredients and identified by a specific name, and want to avoid parasites?

Mexico: The declaration of famous trademarks

Mexico24-04-2022Selene Villafaña Robles

In recent years, famous and well-known trademarks have gained worldwide relevance. They don’t just prevent the registration of a third party’s identical or confusingly similar trademark, they also represent the right to stop parties registering a mark similar to a “well-known or famous” trademark without the brand owner’s authorisation.

Japan: Tighter controls on the influx of counterfeit goods

Japan24-04-2022Ryo Maruyama

Keeping in step with the recent growth of e-commerce, there has been a rapid increase in the number of cases where foreign business entities directly sell and send by mail a small amount of counterfeit goods to individuals residing in Japan.

Italy: what you need to know about the IP upgrade

Italy24-04-2022Marco Conti

The Italian Industrial Property Code was issued in 2005 and deals with all IP rights, except for copyright. Five years later, in 2010, the IPC was subject to a substantive upgrade and was provided with an Implementing Regulation.

India: The demand for patenting plants and seeds

India24-04-2022DPS Parmar

Over the years, we have seen the emergence of many controversial plant patents in India and other jurisdictions. For example, when a plant-related patent for genetically engineered cotton cell lines was granted to Agracetus in 1994, it drew a public outcry and protests from Indian cotton growers.

Finland: A guide to high-tech patenting

Finland22-04-2022Matti Brax

Patenting high-tech discoveries and inventions is where science meets business. It’s an area that can be tough to navigate, as the prior-art landscape—against which patent applications are typically drafted and evaluated—may be patchy and not well organised.

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