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Intellectual Property

16 September 2019
Abigail Smith Countdown begins: getting ready for new patented medicines pricing regime

Canada - Smart & Biggar

The long-awaited amendments to the Patented Medicines Regulations were recently published in Part II of the Canada Gazette. Major changes include the introduction of three new price regulatory factors and a revised schedule of reference countries. Although the new law will not be in force until 1 July 2020, there are immediate implications.

Authors: Abigail Smith, Daphne Lainson
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Héctor Elias Chagoya Plant inventions and patent eligibility trends

Mexico - Becerril Coca & Becerril SC

The Mexican Institute of Industrial Property's examination criteria was previously consistent enough to provide patent applicants with legal certainty about the eligibility of plant-related inventions. However, recent changes to the criteria for these kinds of invention have resulted in uncertainty which may affect even the validity of already granted patents.

Author: Héctor Elias Chagoya
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Vicky Stilwell Who takes the cake? Copyright over baked goods

South Africa - KISCH IP

Professional and amateur bakers are often inspired by the extravagant and intricately designed cakes shown on TV shows. However, this begs the question of whether bakers can reproduce these cakes (or at least try to) without getting into trouble. Perhaps surprisingly, the answer is probably no, as these creations may be subject to copyright protection. Therefore, as with all copyright infringement, it is important to be cautious when taking inspiration from other people's creations.

Author: Vicky Stilwell
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Recent updates

Christopher Loh Most important patent cases of 2019 thus far

USA - Venable LLP

Author: Christopher Loh
Abigail Smith Canada releases final amendments to patented medicines pricing regulations

Canada - Smart & Biggar

Authors: Abigail Smith, Nancy Pei, Daphne Lainson
Héctor Elias Chagoya Intellectual property and public policy

Mexico - Becerril Coca & Becerril SC

Author: Héctor Elias Chagoya
Seema S Mansoor Intellectual Property Tribunal vacates interim injunction in trademark case

Pakistan - Vellani & Vellani

Author: Seema S Mansoor
Ameet Datta District court grants significant damages in IP case, paving the way for future decisions

India - Saikrishna & Associates

Authors: Ameet Datta, Narayani Prakash
Cesare Galli Supreme Court of Cassation reverses patent limitation decision

Italy - IP Law Galli

Author: Cesare Galli
Jade Courtney Copyright conundrum: what you need to know when rebranding

South Africa - KISCH IP

Author: Jade Courtney
Benjamin Z Lerma Two tests – problems in application

Philippines - Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles

Author: Benjamin Z Lerma

Upcoming events

Software IP 2019

2 October 2019 – Silicon Valley, Hyatt Place San Jose

Software is not just a thriving industry in its own right; these days it’s also an integral part of most industries. But as quickly as innovations arise, so to do challenges for IP executives and their advisers. IAM’s third annual Software IP event heads to Silicon Valley (2 October) to provide a platform for discussion around creating value from software IP and devising new protection strategies in areas such as AI, open source and SaaS.

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Patent Licensing 2019

3 October 2019 – San Francisco, Mission Bay Conference Centre

Although the licensing landscape is turbulent, there are still major opportunities for both licensors and licensees to conclude win-win agreements. But to do this, dealmakers need strategies to overcome the many obstacles and hurdles that they face, both internally and externally. IAM’s fifth annual Patent Licensing conference (San Francisco, 3 October) will provide licensors and licensees with best practices and innovative techniques for successfully negotiating deals.

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IoT IP 2019

20 November 2019 – The Charles Hotel, Munich

IAM’s IoT IP conference will provide a platform for senior IP decision makers across multiple industries to discuss how IP strategies are fundamentally changing to meet the demands of the fourth industrial revolution.

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Brand Protection Online Europe 2019

14 October 2019 – London, etc.venues Monument

In the developing digital age, the requirements of brand protection have evolved in response to increasing threats around cybersecurity, advances in technology and the shifting roles and responsibilities within a business. Following a successful launch in Chicago earlier this year, Brand Protection Online heads to London on 14 October, gathering senior brand experts to discuss state-of-the-art online brand protection strategies.

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IPBC Latin America 2019

4 December 2019 – São Paulo, Brazil

In its second year, IPBC Latin America heads to São Paulo (4 December) to showcase and explore winning strategies for managing the IP lifecycle to maximise corporate value. Rights holders from Latin America and beyond will delve into the best practices, enforcement techniques and monetisation options that can be utilised to craft world-class IP management and value creation programmes.

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