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What is all the Frap About?

Even in a small town in Germany or Mumbai, India, you will find a Starbucks Coffee Company (“Starbucks”) on the corner. Starbucks sells a billion dollars of my favorite Frappuccino drink a year throughout the world. To...more

Breaking ground for FRAND-licences

The long-awaited Opinion delivered by Advocate General Wathelet on 20 November 2014 in the dispute opposing Huawei and ZTE (Case C-170/13) sheds a new and bright light on the legal landscape for injunctions in SEP-FRAND...more

The ECJ Advocate General hits Spain’s linguistic aspirations regarding the patent protection unitary scheme

The EU Court of Justice published yesterday the Advocate General’s opinion (still unavailable in English) in Case C-146/13 Spain v. Parliament and Council, and C-147/13 Spain v. Council, on the validity of linguistic...more

Canada’s New Trademark Law and What it Means for Business

Through sweeping legislation smuggled in by means of an omnibus budget bill, Canada’s trademark registration regime will be changed more dramatically than at any time in the last 50 years. The changes are giving trademark...more

Legal Challenges to Europe’s Unitary Patent System Nearing an End

The European Patent System is in the final stages of a significant change. On November 18, 2014, European Union Advocate General Yves Bot issued a press release affirming his opinion that the European Court of Justice should...more

The USPTO Is Off-Key With International Patent Law Harmonization

As a leader in science, technology and innovation, the United States long has played a central role in global intellectual property matters. As the world’s largest economy, the United States has played a central role in trade...more

Action 5 - Countering Harmful Tax Practices

Action Item 5 of the BEPS Action Plan commits the Forum on Harmful Tax Practices (“FHTP”) to: “revamp the work on harmful tax practices with a priority on improving transparency, including compulsory spontaneous...more

Can broadcast organisations forbid newspapers to publish full data on a weekly basis?

The decision in Football Dataco by the European Court of Justice ended the possibility by broadcasters of appealing to the so called Dutch Geschriftenbescherming (kleine Munze). In the commented case, the Amsterdam Court...more

The new Italian Patent Box is also a “Copyright Box”!

DLA Piper welcomes the adoption of a patent box in our country, a measure which has been publicly hoped for by the most relevant stakeholders. The final approval of the Patent Box, expected by the end of the year, will...more

Legal Alert: European Union Trademark Office Announces New “Fast Track” Procedure

Since 1994, the European Union’s trademark office – the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) – has provided trademark owners a centralized and cost-effective registration system for securing trademark...more

BIO IPCC Panel Discusses Impact of Myriad-Mayo Guidance

Yesterday, we reported on a session of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) Intellectual Property Counsel's Committee fall conference, which took place earlier this week in Nashville, TN, in which the U.S. Patent and...more

Unregistered Design Rights: The Karen Millen Case

The recent decision of the CJEU in the Karen Millen case provides important guidance to fashion designers and retailers who rely on unregistered design rights in their designs according to the Council Regulation (EC) No....more

Israel, Finland and the US top the Global Cleantech Innovation Index 2014

The Global Cleantech Innovation Index 2014 reports that Israel, Finland and the US provide the best political, social and financial conditions to cultivate cleantech innovation and commercialisation over the next 10 years....more

3D trademark and design: the Tripp Trapp case

When looking for a registered protection for 3D shapes of goods or their packaging, companies may consider both trademark and design registration. Industrial design protection is usually time-limited, whilst trademark...more

CONTINENTAL SHIFT: EU Advances Legal Regime Protecting Trade Secrets

The European Union appears poised to enact a sweeping new legal regime that would harmonize trade secrets law across all member states. It’s been a year since we wrote about a new EU proposal to regulate trade secret...more

Sports, Media and Entertainment Intelligence - November 2014 (Global)

China: Guidelines for developing sports into a RMB 5 trillion-per-annum sector released - China's Cabinet, the State Council, has issued new guidelines which, amongst other things, aims to grow output of China’s...more

Markit to Market - October 2014

The October issue of Sterne Kessler's MarkIt to MarketTM newsletter reviews some highlights from the new USPTO Service Mark Specimens Examination Guide, considers the colorful history of the Störtebeker beer brand name, and...more

Federal Circuit Upholds ITC’s Authority to Enforce Consent Order Covering Third-Party Products

uPI Semiconductor Corp. v. U.S. International Trade Commission and Richtek Technology Corp. v. U.S. International Trade Commission - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed in part and reversed in...more

Justice Hammers International Trade Secrets Hackers

A recent Justice Department reorganization of its National Security Division concentrates resources on fighting state-sponsored economic espionage and corporate theft of trade secrets. These strategic changes focus on...more

Business Litigation Report -- October 2014

In This Issue: - Main Article: ..Multi-Jurisdictional Enforcement of Judgments - Noted With Interest: ..New York Federal Court Holds That Arbitrator’s Undisclosed Serious Health Condition Is Not Ground for...more

The Orphan and the Unknown Soldier

As noted in various outlets in the past few days, museums in the UK are drawing the public’s attention to the problem of orphan works and the need for copyright reform to address the problem. Orphan works are...more

Banking On Your Executive’s Compliance With the Trade Secrets Law

On behalf of the Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property, the National Bureau of Asian Research published its findings in 2013. Members of the Commission included Craig R. Barrett, former Chairman and CEO of...more

USPTO News Briefs - November 2014

ILPO to Act as ISR and IPEA for PCT Applications Received by USPTO - Last month, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced that as of October 1, 2014, the Israel Patent Office (ILPO) can act as an International...more

Beyond Borders: The Power to Block the International Flow of Digital Files

With the advance of digital technology, courts are being forced to deal with the legal ramifications beyond the borders of the United States. In a previous post, we discussed the potential impact of the decision in Motorola...more

Rights of Co-Owners to License Patent Rights

It is sometimes tempting when entering into a joint research agreement to agree that both parties will jointly own any patent rights arising from the collaboration. However, unless the rights of each party are clearly set out...more

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