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A race to the finish

Japan24-11-2016Ryo Maruyama

On December 5, 2014, the Japan Racing Public Relations Center, which handles PR and advertising activities for the Japan Racing Association, filed an application to register ‘PRC’ (see image, below right) as a trademark in classes 25 and 28.

Italy: Tools to protect the IP of websites

Italy24-11-2016Simone Milli and Barbara Casadei

Today, with companies moving from the physical to the internet world, the need for intellectual property tools to protect websites has increased.

When to suspend patent enforcement

Germany24-11-2016Jens Künzel

In 2014, Germany’s Federal Court of Justice affirmed in the Short Messages case that in patent infringement disputes, courts should suspend the enforcement of a first instance judgment if, in light of the patent later being invalidated, an appeal against the decision to invalidate is pending. We reported on that decision in the WIPR November/December 2014 issue.

France: New rules on contracts

France24-11-2016Aurélia Marie

The ordinance of February 10, 2016 on the reform of contract law took effect on October 1 and applies to contracts concluded after September 30, 2016. Those concluded before this date will also come under the same regime if and when they are renewed. The principle of the freedom to sign a contract is re-stated in law.

Rebutting objections to inventiveness

China24-11-2016Zhong Shouqi

Since early 2015, patent examiners at the State Intellectual Property Office of China have been increasingly focusing on patentability issues, especially inventiveness.

Inappropriate outsourcing may invalidate patents

US03-10-2016Paul J Sutton

Imagine the following unfortunate scenario, which could have been avoided. A representative of a corporate technology client approaches patent counsel with a request to protect a dozen new inventive developments that will be very important to the future of the company. Fully documented invention disclosures are delivered to counsel, together with instructions to file a non-provisional patent application directed to each as soon as possible.

Turkey’s state of emergency: impact on IP

Turkey03-10-2016Işık Özdoğan and Ezgi Baklacı

After July 2016’s failed coup attempt, Turkey’s Council of Ministers introduced a nationwide state of emergency under article 120 of the Constitution of Turkey, for three months from 1am on July 21, 2016.

New rules for patent infringement assessment

Taiwan03-10-2016Crystal Chen

The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office revised the “Directions for Patent Infringement Assessment” in February with considerable modifications. The document has been renamed as the “Directions for Determining Patent Infringement”.

The Wikimedia case: copyright of public art

Sweden03-10-2016Maria Zamkova

In June 2014, Bildkonst Upphovsrätt i Sverige (BUS), a Swedish association that represents artists in copyright matters, filed a lawsuit against Wikimedia Sweden, based on offentligkonst.se, a webpage and database with pictures of works of art placed in public places. The database is available to the public free of charge and it is also the public that provides the database with the pictures by uploading photographs there.

Post-Brexit pros and cons

Romania03-10-2016Raluca Vasilescu

The purpose of this article is to see whether there are any positive consequences of Brexit for companies from Eastern European countries that are members of the EU.

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