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Commission official urges EU policymakers to act on copyright


If European policymakers do not act to harmonise their approach to copyright in EU member states, the Court of Justice of the European Union will lead the way instead, a European Commission official warned today, June 19.

Karen Millen celebrates design win at CJEU

EU, Ireland19-06-2014

Designers should find it easier to enforce their rights after Europe’s highest court ruled in favour of Karen Millen in a dispute over unregistered Community designs.

Alice v CLS Bank: Supreme Court says computer-implemented inventions not patentable


The US Supreme Court has settled a long-running case after ruling that computer- implemented inventions are not patentable.

EPO staff in Battistelli fight


Staff at the European Patent Office have told its supervisory body that they are struggling to work under, and have numerous concerns about, the office’s governance and president, WIPR can reveal.

Newly-elected Indian minister makes IP pledge


A minister in India’s newly-elected government has said the country will “constructively engage” with the US authorities on its IP regime, but will “stand up and speak” when necessary.

Washington Redskins’ trademarks cancelled


The US Patent and Trademark Office has revoked six controversial trademarks belonging to a professional American football team after ruling that they are disparaging and offensive.

EIP appoints three new partners

18-06-2014Movers & Shakers

UK-based law firm EIP has appointed three new partners to its offices in London, Leeds and Bath.

Circuit Judge Rader to retire


Judge Randall Rader is to retire from the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit at the end of this month, he announced on Friday, June 13.

Court confirms Sherlock Holmes is in public domain


A US appeals court has reaffirmed an earlier ruling that the popular Sherlock Holmes stories are in the public domain and his character may be used without permission from right holders.

EPO and member states discuss co-operation

El Salvador, EU17-06-2014

Representatives of the European Patent Office and national patent offices have met in an attempt to improve the quality and efficiency of the patent system in Europe.

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