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UK inclusion in UPC post-Brexit ‘not possible’, researchers claim

EU, UK21-09-2018

Two researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition have argued that the UK will not be able to remain in the Unified Patent Court Agreement after leaving the EU.

PTAB procedures updated to increase transparency

US21-09-2018Patent News

The US Patent and Trademark Office announced yesterday that it is updating its Patent Trial and Appeal Board procedures in an effort to increase transparency.

French IP director confirms EPO vice president application


The director of IP at France’s National Institute of Industrial Property, Philippe Cadre, has confirmed he has applied for a vice president position at the European Patent Office.

Levi’s takes on Chinese counterfeiters in US court

US21-09-2018Trademarks News

US fashion brand Levi Strauss has taken on unknown entities for alleged trademark infringement and selling counterfeit products.

Marques 2018: The scope of GI protection

EU21-09-2018Trademarks News

To violate a geographical indication in the EU, the disputed mark must trigger the consumer’s association with the GI-protected product—it is not sufficient that the geographical area alone is brought to mind, an industry conference in Paris heard.

Marques 2018: The evolving state of EU copyright law


Although the European Parliament voted to modernise copyright law last week, the controversial amendments are unlikely to take effect under member states’ national laws until at least 2021, according to Cristina Duch, partner at Baker McKenzie.

Hogan Lovells hires IP lawyer as managing partner for Germany

Germany20-09-2018Movers & Shakers

Law firm Hogan Lovells has appointed IP lawyer Stefan Schuppert to the newly-created role of managing partner for Germany.

Virgin takes on ‘fictitious’ entity for trademark infringement

US20-09-2018Trademarks News

UK-based Virgin Enterprises Limited yesterday accused a “fictitious” entity of infringing its ‘Virgin’ trademark.

Microsoft victorious in mobile software IPR


The US Patent Trial and Appeal Board yesterday handed a win to Microsoft, finding that the technology company had shown the unpatentability of a mobile software patent.

Marques 2018: Motion marks and marching ducks

EU, US20-09-2018

Non-traditional trademarks, including those for motions and flavours, were the subject of a panel discussion today at the 2018 Marques Annual Conference in Paris.

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