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Tread cautiously: petitions for review

EPO01-02-2011Marianne Holme

Since EPC 2000 entered into force, any party to an appeal proceeding that has been adversely affected by a decision of the European Board of Appeal can, pursuant to new Article 112a EPC, file a petition for review of the decision by the EBOA.

Abstracts and the Internet

Germany01-02-2011Jens Künzel

It is a fact of life that sometimes one does not have as much time as one would like to do all kinds of things.

Making sure infringers can pay damages

Hungary01-02-2011Imre Molnár

The Metropolitan Court in Budapest has ordered a security measure for the first time in a patent infringement proceeding, in order to secure the plaintiff’s pecuniary interests for the duration of the lawsuit.

Descriptive trademarks: easy to market, tough to protect

Israel01-02-2011Samta Mehra and Anika Narula

A ‘descriptive trademark’ is one that identifies a characteristic, quality, purpose or some other aspect of a product or service.

Developments at the patent office

Israel01-02-2011Michael Factor

After initial classification of an application, the Israel Patent Office examines applications in each category in turn to assign them to a particular technology group.

Employee inventions and 'reasonable value'

Japan01-02-2011Ryo Maruyama

A court decision concerning the “reasonable value” received by an employee as compensation for employee inventions is again in the spotlight in Japan.

No registration for rice variant geographical indication

India, Malaysia01-02-2011Lim Eng Leong

The landmark class action taken by APEDA and others against Malaysian company/rice giant Syarikat Faiza Sdn Bhd, in relation to the rice variant ‘Ponni’, received a lot of attention.

Inventive step and computer implemented inventions

Mexico01-02-2011Claudia Gabriela Campos Chavelas

Recently, Mexican examiners have faced controversy over how to determine the patentability of ‘new’ technologies; in particular, the best strategies for evaluating the patentability criteria of computer-implemented inventions that, in most cases, are automations of well-known methods.

Cross-border injunctions

Netherlands01-02-2011Michiel Rijsdijk

The European Court of Justice terminated Dutch cross-border decisions with two judgments of July 13, 2006: Roche v Primus and GAT v LuK.

Dinner for two?

Norway01-02-2011Kristine S. Snyder

The popularity and globalisation of reality television programmes has increased the value of television formats. However, such formats or concepts regularly are not protected by copyright law.

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