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Chinese President Xi Jinping says infringers should be punished and pay a heavy price

“Wrongdoing should be punished more severely so that IP infringers will pay a heavy price,” Xi said. At a time when President Xi is actively moving China’…

JPO Decides WHITNEY HOUSTON Trademark is Descriptive When Used on Music Recordings

At an initial examination proceeding, JPO examiner refused the trademark with respect to all goods in class 9 on the grounds that consumers can easily perceive or conceive …
By Masaki Mikami
4 days ago 0

Kroger files suit against Lidl alleging trademark infringement of private grocery food label

Cincinnati, OH-based grocery retailer Kroger Company (NYSE:KR) recently filed a trademark infringement suit against German-based discount supermarket chain Lidl over a private food label. The suit, …
By Steve Brachmann
9 days ago 1

Nokia, Xiaomi ink patent cross license deal as both companies increase global smartphone sales

Finnish telecom firm Nokia (NYSE:NOK) and Chinese mobile handset developer Xiaomi recently issued a joint press release announcing a multi-year patent cross license agreement granting both …
By Steve Brachmann
10 days ago 43

How Does the UK Trade Mark Registration System operate?

The news headlines are becoming ever more populated with stories of big brands trying and failing in some instances to register a trade mark for their product. …
By Gemma Trencher
15 days ago 0

Warner Bros. settles $80M copyright suit brought by Tolkien estate over LOTR online video and casino gambling games

On July 5th a federal judge entered an order granting the dismissal of a copyright case, which had been filed by the estate of famed English fantasy …
By Steve Brachmann
16 days ago 1

Free Webinar: Counterfeiting Battles and Combating Repeat Infringers

I will host a free webinar on Monday, July 10, 2017 at 12pm ET. The title of our discussion is Combating Repeat Infringers, but we will address the issue …
By Gene Quinn
17 days ago 0

Restricting Patents on New Combinations and Uses of Medicines Makes No Sense

IP-skeptics charge that these inventions are little more than a way for pharmaceutical companies to cynically prolong patent life and maximize profits, without providing any meaningful innovation. …
By Philip Stevens & Jack Ellis
17 days ago 5

Supreme Court of Canada rules on Promise Doctrine in favor of Pharma Patent Owners

The Supreme Court of Canada issued a ruling in AstraZeneca Canada Inc. v. Apotex Inc., which gives patent owners a far greater ability to protect their intellectual …
By Steve Brachmann
18 days ago 1

Supreme Court of Canada Rules on the Enforceability of Forum Selection Clauses in Online Contracts

The Supreme Court of Canada has just released a decision (Douez v. Facebook, Inc., 2017 SCC 33) that provides a framework for assessing the enforceability of forum selection clauses. …
By Robert Tremblay
26 days ago 0

The Battle for ‘ODESSA’: The Story of Trademark Registration in Ukraine

Kyiv, Odessa, Crimea, Novy Svet, Inkerman – not only these are the names of locations, but also the signs registered as trademarks for alcoholic beverages, and some cases, …
By Elena Polosmak
27 days ago 0

Germany Suspends Requirement of Presidential Signature for Formal Ratification of UPC Agreement

Effective June 11, 2017, the Office of the President of the Federal Republic of Germany has agreed to suspend the Presidential signature required for formal ratification of the UPC …
By Matthias Weiden
1 month ago 0

IP Rights strategies for preventing and handling infringements in China

Securing IP rights in China has been a priority for companies selling or manufacturing in China due to the country’s singular attitude to intellectual property, which …
By Joan Porta
1 month ago 0

Evolution of Tech: Iver Anderson gets the lead out of electronics solder

Soldering, the process by which two items are joined together by melting a filler metal with a low melting point and pouring liquid metal onto the joint, …
By Steve Brachmann
1 month ago 1

How Artificial Intelligence is set to disrupt our legal framework for Intellectual Property rights

It's safe to say that most sectors will undergo significant disruption as a result of artificial intelligence (AI) technology. AI will not only disrupt our business models …
By Toby Bond
1 month ago 0