Posts Tagged: International


Brexit from an IP Law point of view

The UK is the fifth largest economy in the world, so I have little doubt that companies would pay solid money to protect their interest in that …
By Cal Evans
11 days ago 14

The To DO List for the Unitary Patent Package

The sunrise period for opting out traditional European patents is planned to start on 1 September 2017. Since such opt-outs will now be done electronically through the UPC case …
By Wouter Pors
13 days ago 1

Intellectual Property Rights in UK Law

There are several different forms of intellectual property rights available in the United Kingdom, each with its own formality, level of protection, and duration period. It is …
By Gemma Trencher
19 days ago 2

China relaxing barriers to software, business method patents with revised patent guidelines

Guidelines, set to go into effect on April 1st in China, continue to leave the window open for software and business method patents. For software patents, patent …
By Steve Brachmann
22 days ago 5

Supreme Court Reverses Federal Circuit, Confirms that One is Still the Loneliest Number

In yet another reversal of the Federal Circuit, the Supreme Court yesterday held that liability under § 271(f)(1) of the Patent Act requires more than one component part …
By Clifford R. Lamar, II
25 days ago 7

Flexible problem-solution analysis for drafters with Europe in mind

The problem-solution paradigm has become a cornerstone of patentability in Europe. If the invention cannot be reduced to the format of a technical solution to a technical …
By Brian Cronin
26 days ago 2

European Commission publishes proposed text for new e-Privacy regulation

This new e-Privacy Regulation, if adopted, will replace the current e-Privacy Directive and will establish, together with the General Data Protection Regulation, GDPR, a new privacy legal …

Why NPEs are necessary for China to dominate its domestic chip industry

NPEs are uniquely positioned to help China by attacking foreign entities to clear the way for Chinese companies by exerting pressure in ways that only NPEs can. …
By Erick Robinson
2 months ago 3

Could or should the USPTO adopt the EPO problem-and-solution approach for assessing obviousness?

There is a plausible case that the US law on obviousness is indeed compatible with the EPO problem-and-solution approach. It could even be said that the steps …
By Brian Cronin
2 months ago 13

Michael Jordan prevails in trademark case, earns right to use Chinese character mark for his name on merchandise

On December 8th, famed basketball star Michael Jordan was partially successful in a legal action filed in Chinese courts over the use of his name and likeness …
By Steve Brachmann
3 months ago 0

The quest for patent quality: European inventive step and US obviousness

In Europe and the US, patentability depends on a showing of inventiveness that is based on similar legal requirements but practice differs substantially and the resulting patent …
By Brian Cronin
3 months ago 9

Revised Chinese patent guidelines mean better prospects for software, business methods than U.S.

In late October, China’s State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) released a set of guidelines for Chinese patent examiners that revises the last guidelines put in place …
By Steve Brachmann
3 months ago 23

Patent Territoriality: Is the IP World Getting Flatter?

It is a ubiquitous concept that U.S. IP rights cannot extend beyond the territorial borders of the U.S. But the IP world may be in …
By Tamany Bentz
3 months ago 4

President-Elect Trump Says the TPP is Dead, but What Now for IP?

President-Elect Donald Trump has announced that he will withdraw the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement on his first day in office. So ends more …
By Sirena Rubinoff
3 months ago 1

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
4 months ago 0