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Innovators Rush to Solve Coronavirus Pandemic While Countries Contemplate Compulsory Licensing

Since China announced the first fatality caused by a virus about which little was known at the time, coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19, has grown …
By Steve Brachmann
2 days ago 2

Death at a Funeral – or Birth? Why the German Court’s Decision on the UPC May Not be the End

n Friday, March 20, the German Constitutional Court (“Bundesverfassungsgericht”, “BverfG”) declared Germany’s approval legislation of the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court (UPC) unconstitutional. Those who have …
By Christian Liedtke
7 days ago 1

German Decision Puts Unified Patent Court Agreement in Jeopardy

Judges in Germany have dealt what may be a fatal blow to the project to create a Unified Patent Court (UPC) in Europe. In a decision published …
By James Nurton
11 days ago 15

UPDATED: Global IP Offices Respond to COVID-19

We live in interesting times. No corner of professional or personal life seems untouched in at least some way by the latest coronavirus (named SARS-CoV-2) and the …
By Gene Quinn
12 days ago 1

How TikTok Used Blockchain to Defeat Copyright Infringement

Having attained the title of the world’s second-largest economy, along with a constant influx of innovative companies and massive breakthroughs in digital development, China - often …
By Matej Michalko
14 days ago 6

Judge Paul Michel to Patent Masters Attendees: It’s Time to Wake Up to Preserve Our Patent System

Retired Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Paul Michel told registrants of IPWatchdog’s Virtual Patent Masters program taking place …
By Eileen McDermott
15 days ago 14

EPO Applications Up 4%, Led by Digital Communication and Computer Technology, 5.5% Rise in U.S. Applicants

Patent applications filed at the European Patent Office (EPO) rose 4% to 181,406 in 2019, driven by substantial increases from Chinese, Korean and U.S. applicants, according to a report …
By James Nurton
18 days ago 9

European Union and Russian Approaches to Registering Cannabis Trademarks

Recent case law demonstrates that judicial bodies in the European Union and Russia have taken the stance that cannabis signs and slogans are not acceptable as trademarks …
By Konstantin Voropaev
24 days ago 0

United States Welcomes Tang’s Nomination as WIPO Director General

U.S. Government officials have congratulated Daren Tang on his nomination as WIPO Director General. As reported by IPWatchdog yesterday, Tang was nominated to the post by …
By IPWatchdog
26 days ago 0

UK Rules Out Participation in Unified Patent Court, Defines Priorities for FTAs

The UK Government has confirmed that the country will not be part of the planned Unified Patent Court (UPC). The decision was revealed in a statement sent …
By James Nurton
27 days ago 4

Singapore’s Daren Tang to Succeed Gurry as Next WIPO Director General

Daren Tang has been elected to be the next WIPO Director General, succeeding Francis Gurry. Tang is currently the Chief Executive of the Intellectual Property Office of …
By IPWatchdog
27 days ago 1

Cybersecurity: What You Need to Know and Do to Avoid a Breach

We are fast approaching the second anniversary of the enactment of the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), yet businesses are still dragging their heels when …
By Aman Johal
1 month ago 1

WIPO Publishes Submissions on AI and IP Policy

Twenty-two member states of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), more than 100 organizations, and over 100 individuals have submitted comments and suggestions in response to WIPO’s Draft …
By James Nurton
1 month ago 1

Don’t Get Caught In the Conflict: U.S. Versus Brazilian IP Transfer Pricing Rules

During a 2019 Tax Executives Institute conference in Washington, D.C., the Commissioner of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Charles Rettig, proclaimed, “[I am] not a …

European Commission Proposes Strategies for Data and AI

The European Commission is seeking feedback on its new strategy for data and has also launched a public consultation on a White Paper on Artificial Intelligence. Both …
By James Nurton
1 month ago 0