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Patentability and subject matter exclusions

Malaysia26-04-2017Oon Yen Yen

Certain subject matter is excluded from patentability under Malaysian patent law and these are defined in section 13(1) of Malaysia’s Patents Act.

Effective enforcement remedies

Italy26-04-2017Davide Aldo Falzoni

In Italy, very effective precautionary procedures and remedies are at the disposal of IP owners to ensure a rapid protection of their rights. The remedies include the ability to obtain an interlocutory injunction to stop the alleged infringement and obtain the seizure of products suspected of infringing the rights.

Bayer’s woes with compulsory licences

India25-04-2017Mohan Dewan

Bayer’s woes with the Indian legal system are far from over. In 2011, the pharmaceutical company filed a suit to restrain India-based generic maker Natco from making, importing, selling or offering for sale cancer treatment drug sorafenib, sorafenib tosylate or any other generic version.

The price of being famous

Germany25-04-2017Jens Künzel

Knowledge of recent developments in press law and case law concerning personal rights infringement can sometimes be crucial for the press and individuals.

Setting the rules on ‘establishment’

France25-04-2017Aurélia Marie

Council Regulation (EC) No 207/2009 provides the rules on competence for judicial action, including on violations of rights in a European Union trademark.

New rules for patent examination

China24-04-2017Stephen Yang

The Guidelines for Patent Examination have been amended by the State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) and took effect on April 1, 2017. Major changes concern examination of business methods, computer program-related claims, supplementing experimental data and invalidation procedure, among others.

The case for IP arbitration

Chile24-04-2017Juan Pablo Silva

For many years there has been an arbitration system in Chile to regulate the granting of internet domains that are in dispute between two or more parties.

Patent eligibility after Alice

US27-02-2017Paul J Sutton

US patent and intellectual property attorneys face a significant challenge in guiding inventors active in the new digital economy who wish to protect their software and business method-related ideas.

Picking the perfect name

Sweden27-02-2017Maria Zamkova

Svensson used to be the most common Swedish surname, and that is the name still attached by SCB Statistics Sweden—an administrative agency that reports on all kinds of statistics for decision making, debate and research—to the “average Swedish family”.

New legislation brings major changes

Turkey27-02-2017Işık Özdoğan and Ezgi Baklacı

The Turkish parliament finally approved the Industrial Property Rights (IPR) Law (No. 6769) on January 10, 2017. The IPR Law reconciles provisions on trademarks, patents, industrial designs and geographical indications which were previously addressed by separate pieces of secondary legislation (decree laws).

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