Posts Tagged: International


Challenging Aspects of the Legal Protection of Non-Traditional Trademarks: “Shape Trademarks”

Classic trademarks consist of word or graphic elements, or their two-dimensional combinations. Naturally, they are targeted at one human sense only. Such trademarks can only be perceived …
By Anastasia Zaitseva
1 day ago 0

Comparing and Contrasting European 2-part claims with US Jepson claims

European practice requires a strict distribution of the features before and after "characterizing", where those prior art features that are common with the definition of the invention …
By Brian Cronin
2 days ago 1

Chinese patent office receives over one million patent applications, 96 percent are domestic office only

Of the 2.9 million patent applications which were filed in patent offices across the world in 2015, more than one million of those applications were filed with the State …
By Steve Brachmann
4 days ago 7

Don’t settle for less: Maximizing patent protection in Canada

Another unnecessary limit that US applicants almost always impose on themselves is in the number of claims. In Canada, there are no extra claim fees. As we …
By Manuel Fortin
18 days ago 0

Canada is underestimated as a patent filing country for US applicants

Even with its relatively small population, Canada is the largest export market for the US, with about 200 billion dollars worth of exports each year. Exporting to Canada …
By Manuel Fortin
23 days ago 1

China increasingly a preferred venue for patent litigation, even for US patent owners

The message is being received by patent owners around the world, including those with large U.S. patent portfolios, that China is a reasonable and fair place …

Canada’s Promise Doctrine Should Be a Warning to America

A recent Canadian survey (CRA Survey) has conclusively attributed lowered levels of R&D investment in Canada’s innovation ecosystem to the country’s unique judicial “Promise …
By Chris Gallagher
1 month ago 11

Are Australia’s listed IP firms doomed to fail?

Over the last two years, the Australian patent and trade mark attorney profession has seen a number of significant changes. The 2013 amendments to the Patents Act 1990, meant …
By Andy Mukherji
1 month ago 0

It’s Time to Fix the Global Patent System Before It Breaks Under the Weight of New Applications

Patent offices are failing to keep up with the growth of the innovation economy and the resulting increase in patent applications. Unfortunately, the problem could easily get …
By Mark Schultz & Kevin Madigan
2 months ago 6

Plain confectionery packaging a heavy-handed response to health concerns

Legislating for tobacco-style plain packages for confectionery is a disproportionate response to the obesity crisis and strips companies of valuable trademarks, writes the Institute of Economic Affairs' …
By Christopher Snowdon
2 months ago 5

Softbank Buys ARM to Focus IoT – But The Patents May Be Missing In This Deal!

Softbank’s acquisition of ARM Holdings is widely known and several blogs and articles have tried to explain the business background of the huge deal. Just following …
By Goran Grbic
2 months ago 1

Briefs supporting Life Technologies draw battle lines in battle over extraterritorial application of US patent laws

The U.S. government weighs in on Life Technologies’ side because “the application of U.S. patent law to participation by U.S. exporters in foreign markets …
By Edward Kwok
2 months ago 2

Realistic representation of a product: Grounds for refusal of trademark registration – Ukraine vs European Union

The distinctive character is one of the universally accepted criteria for registration of a sign as a trademark. This criterion is derived from the main function of …
By Yuliia Matsiuk
2 months ago 1

Estimating the Costs for Filing, Registering, and Renewing Single-class Trademarks across the Globe

Estimates for renewing the trademark for one term (including the attorney costs) in the U.S. and the other seven Convention countries vary from $320 in Thailand to $2,120 …

China is waging an Information War by investing in scientific research and stealing foreign IP

In recent years, the Chinese government has promoted a roadmap towards “indigenous innovation” which would see the country become a technological superpower by the year 2050. This would …
By Steve Brachmann
5 months ago 1