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UPC Targets December 2017 Launch

The Preparatory Committee for the European Unified Patent Court (UPC) has indicated its intention that the UPC will become operational and the UPC Agreement will come into force in December 2017....more

New ITC Investigations Surge in 2016

The ITC’s docket experienced a strong uptick in 2016, with new investigations approaching the record highs of 2010 and 2011, the years of the smartphone wars. 54 new investigations were instituted at the ITC in 2016,...more

"Agencies Release Updated Guidelines for IP Licensing and International Enforcement and Cooperation"

On January 13, 2017, the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) (collectively, the Agencies) issued revised Antitrust Guidelines for the Licensing of Intellectual Property...more

Provisional Start Date Announced for the Unified Patent Court

The Unified Patent Court (UPC) Preparatory Committee announced this week that it is now working on “the assumption that the Provisional Application Phase (PAP) will start end of spring 2017, presumably in May, and that the...more

European Unified Patent Court Roll-Out Planned For 2017

On January 16, 2017, the European Unified Patent Court (UPC) announced that a Preparatory Committee is currently working under an assumption that the Provisional Application Phase (PAP) of the UPC will presumably begin in May...more

Charles Dickens And Copyright Law: Five Things You Should Know

One hundred and seventy five years ago, on January 22, 1842, Charles Dickens first set foot in America, specifically in Boston, after a twenty day steamship voyage from Liverpool. Dickens, only a few days shy of his thirtieth...more

DSM Watch: European Commission's data package explores data ownership, localization, liability and portability, highlighting...

On January 10, 2017, the European Commission released a Communication, a fact sheet, a working document and a public consultation relating to Europe’s “data economy”. The fact sheet states that “data is a new type of...more

UK, US, HK and China – Access denied: an international perspective on ISP blocking injunctions

While the UK Court of Appeal has opened the door for broadband ISP blocking to combat trademark or copyright-infringing activities, the picture in the United States, China and Hong Kong is more complex. Please see full...more

[Event] Recent Developments in EU Antitrust Enforcement - Jan. 17th, Silicon Valley - Jan. 18th, San Francisco - Jan. 19th, Los...

This seminar will address key antitrust and competition issues affecting the European market now....more

RxIP Update - 2016 Year in Review

The following are highlights of developments in Canadian life sciences intellectual property and regulatory law in 2016, updating our 2016 mid-year highlights. 1. Substantive patent law developments - Utility and...more

It’s a Game Winning Shot but Far from a Slam Dunk: Michael Jordan Obtains Partial Victory in Chinese Courts over Use of His Name

In December 2016, China’s Supreme Court held that a Chinese manufacturer named Qiaodan Sports Company, could not continue to produce athletic shoes, clothing and gear bearing the trademark (see article), which is the Chinese...more

Introduction to Trademarks Part 1

Trademark has a major value for any business, and one of the primary concerns of any well-established or successful business man. Therefore at the beginning we must clarify what a Trademark is, its importance, and how the law...more

The Spotify Settlement With NMPA: What It Means for Music Publishers

In March 2016, the popular music streaming service, Spotify, reached a settlement with the National Music Publishers Association (“NMPA”) to cover billions of unlicensed streams from member publishers dating back to the...more

Implementation by the INPI of the Electronic Soleau Envelope - « e-Soleau »: A New Valuable Tool for Companies and Creators

The French Patent & Trademark Office (the INPI announced on 16 December 2016 the launch of the electronic version of the ‘Soleau envelope’ (the ‘e-Soleau’). This innovation makes it now possible to establish directly on the...more

Top Developments at the ITC in 2016

In the last year, this blog has covered a number of substantial developments at the International Trade Commission. Among other things, 2016 saw (1) an increased usage of the ITC’s 100-day program for early resolution of...more

How Will Criminal Trade Secret Prosecutions Fare Under President Trump?

For many companies, protecting intellectual property is a significant concern made more difficult in recent years by the persistent efforts of foreign agents to steal valuable trade secrets. Analysis of public sources...more

Biosimilars in Europe: 2016 Year in Review and What’s Ahead

Europe’s biosimilar market continues to develop, with biosimilars in new classes approved and pending in applications before the European Medicines Agency (EMA). 22 biosimilars are approved in eight different product classes...more

Boletín Mensual de Comercio Internacional: Diciembre - Información con Énfasis en la Regulación Comercial y el Arbitraje...

Durante el mes de diciembre destacan los siguientes temas: Prácticas Desleales, Competencia Económica, Acceso, Comercio, Aduanero, Propiedad Intelectual, Inversión, Solución de Diferencias, Arbitraje....more

It’s a Wrap – The Year in India That Was

Key developments in the Indian legal landscape in 2016 - From the Startup India campaign launched in January 2016 to the coming into force of substantial provisions of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code in December 2016,...more

EPO Stays Proceedings Over Patentability Of Plants And Animals

While the U.S. is still sorting out “natural products” jurisprudence under 35 USC § 101, the European Patent Office (EPO) is wrestling with the patentability of plants and animals, and has announced an immediate stay on all...more

Expediting Patent Prosecution in South America

Although South America includes many large and commercially significant markets for U.S. and European businesses, patent prosecution is notoriously slow in most South American countries. Brazil, for example, averages...more

Challenge to ITC’s Extraterritorial Authority over Trade Secret Dispute Launched by Chinese Corporation

The United States International Trade Commission (“ITC”) is an independent, quasijudicial Federal agency with broad oversight over trade matters. In addition to trade practices such as dumping and subsidies, the ITC...more

UK’s Digital Economy Bill: Effectiveness of Age Verification and Copyright Measures Questioned

After its announcement in May 2016, the multi-faceted UK Digital Economy Bill (‘Bill’) has progressed through Parliament and has recently been considered by MPs at the Public Bill Committee stage, during which various...more

Canadian Trademarks Office Begins to Issue Nice Classification Notices

As we reported previously, Canadian trademark law will be significantly changed to adhere to several international treaties. Although the timing of the changes is uncertain, it appears that the changes are likely to come...more

United States International Trade Commission Issues Final Determination After Holding First Public Hearing in Nearly a Decade

Key Points - - After the first public hearing by the United States International Trade Commission (“ITC”) in almost a decade, the ITC issued a Limited Exclusion Order (LEO) that excludes the Respondent’s accused...more

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