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Intellectual Property

10 February 2020
Philip Lapin Trademarks Office issues new limits on time extensions to respond to office actions

Canada - Smart & Biggar

Following a recent practice notice, the Trademarks Office will not grant time extensions for office actions issued on or after 17 January 2020 unless exceptional circumstances are demonstrated. The Trademarks Office has also expanded the list of potential exceptional circumstances.

Authors: Philip Lapin, Mark Evans
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Wang Yan Disputes over geographical indications

China - Wanhuida Intellectual Property

Geographical indications identify goods as originating from a certain region or locality, where a given quality, the reputation or another characteristic of the good is essentially attributable to the natural or humanistic features of the indicated place. However, if an indication is accredited as a geographical indication in its country of origin, is this sufficient for it to be granted protection in China without being registered as a trademark?

Authors: Wang Yan, Nan Jiang
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Barbara Krystkowiak Appeal court upholds criminal sentence for possession of infringing handbags

Spain - Grau & Angulo

The Barcelona Court of Appeal has confirmed a criminal sentence of six months' imprisonment, a fine and compensation of legal costs for the possession of 240 round bags which infringed the famous Robin Ruth Group design. The judgment follows from a trial court's decision to issue a condemnatory sentence based on Article 273.3 of the Criminal Code.

Author: Barbara Krystkowiak
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Jason Chuang Broadest reasonable interpretation, presumption of validity and doctrine of claim differentiation

Taiwan - Lee and Li Attorneys at Law

A patent's scope is defined by the language of the claim. Due to the polysemy of language, a term may have different meanings to different people. Divergent interpretations of a term can influence a claim's scope and affect the determination of infringement or patent validity. Therefore, disagreements and debates regarding claim constructions always exist in patent litigation. The Supreme Administrative Court ruled on this issue in a recent case involving the patent for an electronic payment system.

Author: Jason Chuang
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Recent updates

Nancy Pei Life sciences intellectual property: 2019 highlights

Canada - Smart & Biggar

Author: Nancy Pei
Beatriz Bejarano Barcelona court confirms legitimacy of Tommy Hilfiger's use of TH sign

Spain - Grau & Angulo

Author: Beatriz Bejarano
Wu Xiaohui Scope of reasonable protection in medical use claims

China - Wanhuida Intellectual Property

Author: Wu Xiaohui
Asli Tireli Liability of online marketing platforms for counterfeiting activities

Turkey - Deriş Patents and Trademarks Agency

Authors: Asli Tireli, Serra Coral
David C L Chen Post-allowance division requirements under amended Patent Act

Taiwan - Lee and Li Attorneys at Law

Author: David C L Chen
Noboru Taniguchi Expanded protection for building and interior designs under revised Design Act

Japan - Nishimura & Asahi

Author: Noboru Taniguchi
Christopher Loh Supreme Court prohibits USPTO from shifting attorneys' fees in certain district court proceedings

USA - Venable LLP

Author: Christopher Loh
Alexander Vida All that jazz: bad-faith trademark applications

Hungary - Danubia Patent and Law Office LLC

Author: Alexander Vida

Upcoming events

IP Risk Management Europe 2020

20 March 2020 – London, UK

IP may be the single most important asset a company possesses. Whether it is physical or digital, customer data or operational information, trade secrets or business strategies, IP is often the main driver of revenue for any organisation. As IP becomes a more valuable corporate asset, managing the risks around it become a major business priority. IAM’s inaugural IP Risk Management series will provide organisations with best practices for identifying, evaluating, managing and mitigating IP risks within the business.


For more details go to:
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IPBC Europe 2020

24-25 March 2020 – Dublin, Ireland

After 2019’s sell-out event in Paris, next year’s IPBC Europe – Europe’s foremost conference about IP value creation – will take place in Dublin from 24 to 25 March, 2020. Being held at the prestigious Shelbourne Hotel, the event will once again be Europe’s leading gathering of senior IP professionals from European companies of all sizes.


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Managing and Mitigating Risk in Intellectual Assets

26 March, 2020 – London, UK

IP may be the single most important asset a company possesses. Whether it is physical or digital, customer data or operational information, trade secrets or business strategies, IP is often the main driver of revenue for any organisation. As IP becomes a more valuable corporate asset, managing the risks around it become a major business priority. IAM’s inaugural IP Risk Management series will provide organisations with best practices for identifying, evaluating, managing and mitigating IP risks within the business.


For more details go to:
https://web.cvent.com/event/10e6682d-060a-41b0-a354-c39c4b7d8d8b/regProcessStep1?rp=00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000

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