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Some Human Embryonic Stem Cells Are Once Again Patent-eligible in Europe

Last Thursday, the European Court of Justice rendered a decision in International Stem Cell (ISCO) Corporation v. Comptroller General of Patents, Designs and Trademarks (UK) that significantly modified the landscape for human...more

Legal Alert: Change in U.S. Policy Towards Cuba

President Obama recently announced that the United States and Cuba would begin talks to reestablish diplomatic relations and partially lift the economic and travel sanctions that have existed between the two nations for over...more

Secrets in the Spotlight

Companies May Get a New Weapon in the Fight Against Economic Espionage - Efforts to protect property from global threats gained momentum in Washington this summer with the introduction of a pair of bills that would...more

Trademarks and Unfair Competition Bulletin

In This Issue: - Legislation - Poland – A trademark as a source of information for consumers: the Consumer Rights Act of 30 May 2014 - Poland – Draft amendment to the Industrial Property Law -...more

ITC Section 337 Update – December 2014

GAO Issues Report Evaluating Customs’ Exclusion Order Enforcement Processes – On November, 2014, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) issued a Report entitled Intellectual Property: U.S. Customs And Border...more

Patentability of isolated nucleic acid: US vs. Australia

Patents directed to genetic material have been t­­­­he subject of significant public discourse and legal challenge worldwide, leading to a divergence of governing law between jurisdictions and heightened industry uncertainty...more

Intellectual Property and Technology News - December 2014 (Global)

In This Issue: - Fundamental Reform Ahead For European Patent Law - Patentability of Isolated Nucleic Acid - Patent Reform – Is It Working? - Right To Privacy In Japan - Supreme Court Corner - The FTC...more

The view from the UK and France of the fundamental reform in European patent law

The introduction of a unitary patent and a unified patent court system is viewed as a very exciting prospect. Somewhat paradoxically, however, the introduction of the UP will mean that three types of patents will become...more

European patent law: fundamental reform ahead

The European Union member states are preparing to introduce a new European Patent with Unitary Effect and a single Unified Patent Court with divisions located throughout Europe. With this package of broad patent reforms, the...more

The German perspective on the fundamental reforms in European patent law

Arguably, Germany is the jurisdiction which has the most to lose with the introduction of the UPC. The German patent infringement courts have built a reputation of offering an attractive combination of quality, speed and a...more

The view from the US of the fundamental reform in European patent law

While a radical departure from prior practice in the EU, the concept of a European Patent with Unitary Effect will be familiar to US practitioners. That is because the Unitary Patent (UP) System is an “all eggs in one basket”...more

The Italian position on the fundamental reform in European patent law

From a foreign perspective, it is not easy to understand the difference between UP and UPC. If you are Italian, the distinction is extremely clear, as Italy joined the newly established unified patent court system (the UPC)...more

GLOBAL: The rise of drones as an issue in sport

The remote controlled aircraft which flew a flag emblazoned with an Albanian symbol over the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifier between Serbia and Albania in October 2014 brought a premature end to the match amid violent scenes, with...more

A New Domain Name Dispute Alternative: The Uniform Rapid Suspension System (URS)

The Uniform Rapid Suspension System (URS) was created as part of ICANN’s new gTLD program. A gTLD (generic top-level domain) is the “suffix” at the end of a domain name, most commonly .com, .org, .info, .biz and .us. Prior to...more

The New Private Copying Exception: The UK Music Industry Wants to be Paid for It

Three UK music industry organisations, the Musician’s Union, the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors, and UK Music, have recently launched a legal action seeking leave to apply for judicial review of the...more

Japanese Foundation for Cancer Research v. Lee (Fed. Cir. 2014) - When you file a disclaimer, you'd better mean it

The Federal Circuit reversed a District Court decision this week in a case involving an improperly filed statutory (terminal) disclaimer, in Japanese Foundation for Cancer Research v. Lee. Caught between miscommunication...more

DG COMP’s 5th monitoring report: time for guidance please!

DG Competition of the European Commission just published its 5th patent monitoring report. It covers patent settlements entered into in 2013. Each year, the Commission claims that the report shows a “steady increase” of...more

CAFC Finds Patent Claiming Software-Related Invention is Patentable

For the first time since the Supreme Court’s Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int’l decision this past summer, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has found that a patent claiming a software-related invention...more

New Canadian Trademark Requirements Will Create Challenges, Opportunities For Brand Owners

Beginning in 2015, significant changes to Canadian trademark law likely will go into effect. Because the United States is by far Canada’s most important trading partner, and Canada is the leading destination for U.S. exports,...more

Gamasonic Seeks Lights Out For Solar Goes Green “Copycat” Solar Powered Light

Gamasonic Ltd. (“Gamasonic”), an Israeli corporation with a place of business in Tel Aviv, filed a patent infringement action on September 30, 2014 against Solar Goes Green, LLC (“Solar”), an Indiana corporation, with a...more

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

BRAND REPUTATION - Global: How to protect brand reputation and sales from the risks associated with a product recall - The power of regulatory authorities to order product recalls is growing, meaning that it is more...more

Another Reason to Review Government Vendor Agreements: Government Agencies Can Be Held Liable for Patent Infringement Claims

Two recent court decisions serve as reminders of government liability for patent infringement claims: IRIS Corp. v. Japan Airlines Corp., Case No. 10-1051 (Fed. Cir., Oct. 21, 2014) (Prost, J.) and SecurityPoint Holdings,...more

Defense to Patent Infringement if Acts Were Performed in a “Quasigovernmental” Capacity Pursuant to a Legal Obligation

A recent Federal Circuit opinion highlights a defense that is available to defendants whose alleged infringement occurred through activities that were undertaken for the United States. In particular, where the United States...more

United States Property Investments under Section 956 of the Code

I. Background and Overall Scope of Section 956 - The overall purpose of section 956 is to tax investments made by CFCs in specified categories of “United States property” on a constructive dividend basis. The...more

Australia: High Court Decision - Registrability of foreign language trade marks

Today [3 December 2014] the High Court handed down a decision in Cantarella Bros Pty Limited v Modena Trading Pty Limited, clarifying the test for inherent distinctiveness of trade marks, and giving clarity to the treatment...more

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