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Trademark Applications Surge as Overseas Brands Enter U.S. Market

The number of trademark applications being filed by foreign companies with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has been growing steadily – and in China’s …
By Mark Peroff
13 days ago 0

Change in the Electronic Retrieval Method for Priority Documents between USPTO and KIPO

Effective December 1, 2018, electronic retrieval of priority documents between the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) will be managed via …
By U.S.P.T.O.
17 days ago 0

Europe sees sharp rise in patent applications for self-driving vehicles

From 2011 to 2017, patent applications at the EPO for automated driving increased by 330%, compared to 16% across all technologies in the same period, according to the study, titled "Patents …

China’s Actions on Copyrights Suggest Increasing Support of IP Rights

These headlines are further proof that China, long known as and still considered to be a major international contributor to IP theft and piracy issues, has taken …
By Steve Brachmann
22 days ago 3

EPO Publishes Revised Guidelines on Computer-implemented inventions

The European Patent Office Guidelines 2018 were recently published on the European Patent Office (EPO) website. All substantial changes in the new Guidelines relate mainly to sections discussing …
By Andrea Perronace
28 days ago 3

Why Non-Practicing Entities (NPEs) Are Good For China

In the U.S., the risks of frivolous patent lawsuits is greater because the merits are decided by a group of jurors who lack patent expertise and …
By Ives Duran
29 days ago 9

PCT 101: International Patent Application Filing Basics

The appeal of the PCT process is that it enables patent applicants to file a single patent application and have that single, uniform patent application be treated …
By Gene Quinn
1 month ago 0

Luxury Goods Brand Alfred Dunhill Wins Major Trademark Ruling in China

In early October, the British luxury goods brand Alfred Dunhill announced that it had secured a major victory in a long-running trademark battle in Chinese courts against …
By Steve Brachmann
1 month ago 0

Sensitive personal data in HR functions: climbing the ladder of legal bases

The GDPR's entry into force has forced HR teams across the US and EU to re-evaluate the ways in which they justify the use of personal data …
By Sam Rayner
1 month ago 0

USPTO to Propose Rule Requiring Foreign Trademark Applicants to Use U.S. Licensed Attorneys to File Documents

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is working on developing a rule that would require foreign trademark applicants and registrants to be represented by a U.…
By Steve Brachmann
1 month ago 1

Is Europe really moving away from protecting platforms and internet intermediaries?

This time last year, the combination of the Commission's September 2017 Communication and the proposed Article 13 of the draft Copyright Directive led some to conclude that Europe was …
By Nick Aries
2 months ago 0

A Journey Through the Chinese Patent System: The differences in how patent rights are treated

The trade dispute between the US and China started with a US accusation of intellectual property theft on the part of China.  Is China really “stealing” intellectual …
By Paul Morinville
2 months ago 10

Weak Chinese Patent Applications and China’s Burgeoning Patent System

Bloomberg recently published an article providing data analysis on Chinese patent applications to claim that, while China receives more patent applications than any country, “most are worthless.” …
By Gene Quinn & Steve Brachmann
2 months ago 2

Registering your website with the Chinese government?

Doing business in China is exciting and potentially lucrative; however, there are “hidden” traps. Most of these hidden traps have been extensively discussed in the Western world – …
By Amy Hsiao
3 months ago 0

World Intellectual Property Indicators 2017: Design Patent Highlights

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has published its annual World Intellectual Property Indicators. For the second consecutive year, the number of design applications filed worldwide continued …
By Tracy-Gene Durkin
3 months ago 0

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