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Review of the revised design patent system

Russia24-11-2016Irmeli Nokkanen

The design patent system in Russia changed radically two years ago. Since October 1, 2014, a list of claimed essential features has no longer been requested. The protection is based only on pictures.

Romania: Keep the marriage between trademarks and brands

Romania24-11-2016Raluca Vasilescu

It makes sense that a property rights owner has the duty and responsibility to protect and preserve its right and, if applicable, enforce it, no matter the nature of the property (eg, a house, car, patent, trademark, etc). In the course of protection and enforcement, the owner relies on legal provisions, whereas in the course of promotion it relies on commercial actions, including advertising.

The long route to trademark exhaustion

Netherlands24-11-2016Michiel Rijsdijk

A case at the Court of The Hague from September 14, 2016 provides a good overview of the circumstances that cause or prevent trademark exhaustion.

The concept of trademark 'use'

Mexico24-11-2016Becerril, Coca & Becerril

In Mexico, the use of a trademark registration is an obligation for its owner or licensee.

Changes needed for TPP compliance

Malaysia24-11-2016Oon Yen Yen

In 2015, the Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia (MyIPO) maintained a fast pace of substantive examination, which had begun in 2014, in expectation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement.

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.

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