There is now a pan-European coverage option for inventors’ intellectual property.
The new Unified Patent Court currently accepts applications from inventors for a single unitary patent that would be enforceable throughout the EU.
The EU regulations (No. 1257/2012 and No. 1260/2012) establishing the unitary patent system came into effect on January 20, 2013, but they will only be effective as of the date the UPC Agreement enters into force, which is the first day of the fourth month after the deposit [...]
The third edition of the Intellectual Property SME Scoreboard shows outstanding statistics on how SMEs protect their inventiveness and innovation in 2022.
Only 10% of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the EU have registered intellectual property (IP) rights, such as national and European trademarks, designs, and patents, according to the 2022 edition of the Intellectual Property SME Scoreboard, one of the EUIPO’s flagship studies, which was published by the Observatory.
Almost all (93%) SMEs with registered IP rights had a beneficial impact [...]
At the beginning of May 2022, the International Trademark Association (INTA) has just released a Report on the Taxation of Trademarks and Complementary Rights in Europe. The Report aims to give out clear guidance on the tax implications with regards to trademark lifecycle in the European Union, the United Kingdom, and Switzerland.
The report was announced during INTA’s 2022 Annual Meeting Live+, taking place virtually and in-person in Washington, DC, April 30-May 4.
With this report, the brand owners, and trademark practitioners [...]
The Russian-Ukraine conflict has created many heavy consequences worldwide. In the IP world, the damage might not be so clear as in other sectors of society like oil, gas, food, etc. However, there is actually one trademark infringement case deriving from the conflict, the McDonald’s Peppa Pig case.
Peppa Pig is a British cartoon launched in 2004. The show is incredibly successful to the point that its parent company was acquired by Hasbro for $4 billion in 2019.
Peppa Pig [...]
Champagne has always been one of the most favored drinks in the history of mankind. However, not all things that are too famous and good are ‘good’. As the decisions relating to the IP conflicts of champagne have come to a close, we now take a closer look at the keynotes learned from the “Champagne” trademark battle.
In the IP field, when something is too famous, there will be many parties that like to use that famous in order to [...]
Copyright, database rights, confidentiality, and trade secrets are the most important IP rights in connection to technology (mostly software and data). Software and business processes that modify and process data are likewise covered by patents and rights to inventions, though not in the same way as data itself. Software, data, and other technological products are all eligible for trademark protection.
Copyright does exactly what it says on the tin: it prevents the copying of information’s form or expression but not [...]
On September 14, 2021, INTA’s Unfair Competition Committee (UCC), Policy Subcommittee voted to approve a Board Resolution, prohibit various forms of unfair competition even though the national statutes or governing laws are diverse in nature.
Specifically, the data in the Unfair Competition Quick Guide covers 24 countries, including those in the Americas, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.
Sponsored by INTA’s Unfair Competition Committee (UCC) —Policy Subcommittee, the resolution focuses largely on obligations contained in the TRIPS Agreement and is a [...]
The 8th Best Practices Intellectual Property (BPIP) Annual Conference is about to be commenced on October 25th, 2021 in Sheraton Hotel, Tel Aviv. This conference will bring global decision-makers and international IP experts to Tel Aviv both physically and spiritually through the internet to discuss global issues on IP, trends, and legislation regarding IP matters.
Participating in the virtual BPIP conference, brand owners and practitioners from across the world can get the latest update on IP matters in the world, [...]
Stakeholders with an interest in the Eurasian market are looking forward to the launch of the new Eurasian Economic Union trademark registration system (‘EAEU trademark’), which will allow them to obtain a trademark registration that is valid in all Eurasian Economic Union member countries: Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Russia.
The Eurasian Economic Union’s Treaty on Trademarks, Service Marks, and Appellations of Origin of Goods was signed on February 3, 2020, and went into effect in April 2021. The adoption [...]
In February 2019, a request known as G1/19 regarding the patentability for simulation methods was sent to the Enlarged Board of Appeal. The call for a change in patentability for simulation methods is to soften the strict practice applied by EPO for computer-implemented inventions. This act was considered highly opportunistic by the patent experts in this field.
Consequently, the Enlarged Board of Appeal had receiver 23 amicus curiae briefs regarding this case. Many requests came from international organizations and corporations such as [...]
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