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Intellectual Property

11 January 2021
Patrick M Roszell Cloud computing: overview of IP issues

Canada - Smart & Biggar

Cloud computing has increasingly become a dominant model for computer and IT service, with the majority of businesses worldwide using computing resources and storing data in the Cloud. However, despite the ease of use and convenience of cloud computing, moving data and services into the Cloud raises several legal issues for both cloud computing providers and users. This article highlights some of the issues and questions relating to IP rights raised by cloud computing.

Authors: Patrick M Roszell, Robert Baker
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Alexander Vida Non-registrability of descriptive names

Hungary - Danubia Patent and Law Office LLC

The Hungarian Intellectual Property Office (HIPO) recently rejected the registration of the combination word mark ECUMENICAL WORLDMUSIC FESTIVAL. The HIPO referred to an earlier judgment of the European Court of Justice, which held that the combination of several elements which are not distinctive does not result in a distinctive sign. The Metropolitan Tribunal agreed, holding that the registration of non-Hungarian words must be refused if their Hungarian meaning is not distinctive.

Author: Alexander Vida
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Young-min Kim Doctrine of equivalents: recent developments

South Korea - NAM & NAM

According to the doctrine of equivalents, even when an accused invention includes a modified element in contrast with the elements in the patented claim, if they are practically equivalent, the accused invention infringes the patented invention. Despite court rulings which make it possible for patents to be protected according to the real value of the invention, there is arguably increased uncertainty about the possibility for equivalent infringement.

Author: Young-min Kim
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Recent updates

Linda J Zirkelbach Should you grant free licences to intellectual property in response to the COVID-19 emergency?

USA - Venable LLP

Author: Linda J Zirkelbach
Simon Holzer Federal Supreme Court confirms when display of information is technical feature that can provide inventive step

Switzerland - Meyerlustenberger Lachenal

Authors: Simon Holzer, Christian Fischer
Edwing Sandoval Double patenting objection is officially introduced into Mexican patent system

Mexico - Becerril Coca & Becerril SC

Author: Edwing Sandoval
Jeanine Coetzer Uber-zoom: case against trademark genericide

International - Spoor & Fisher

Author: Jeanine Coetzer
David C L Chen Patent Examination Guidelines amended – requirements for disclosure of specifications and drawings relaxed

Taiwan - Lee and Li Attorneys at Law

Authors: David C L Chen, Andy Hsieh
Ian Mirandah VNIPO introduces stricter guidelines on authorisation of representatives by IP owners and applicants

Vietnam - Mirandah Asia

Author: Ian Mirandah
Y Artemis Lai What to expect from Canada's new examination guidelines for patentable subject matter – interview

Canada - Smart & Biggar

Author: Y Artemis Lai
Bram Woltering Amsterdam Court of Appeal overturns Max Verstappen's victory

Netherlands - AKD

Author: Bram Woltering

Upcoming events

IPBC Global 2021

14-16 November 2021

IPBC Global will bring the world’s IP business leaders back together again in 2021 when it reconvenes in Seattle, the fastest growing tech hub in the United States and home to some of the most innovative businesses on the planet. From 14 to 16 November 2021, attendees at the world’s leading IP event will enjoy unsurpassed networking and deal-making opportunities, as well as the chance to join high-level discussions around the key challenges facing those responsible for developing IP business strategies now and into the future.

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WTR Connect Spring 2021

March 15-19, 2021

WTR Connect returns to Zoom for a week of purpose-built trademark and brand protection discussions with the world’s leading experts. From 15-19 March, WTR will be hosting more than 20 individual interactive digital sessions live on Zoom, each designed to facilitate discussion, benchmarking and the sharing of best practice around key topic areas and challenges facing trademark and brand leaders. Each day will start with a keynote address from a major industry figure followed by live breakout discussions lasting for a maximum of 60 minutes. These will be in a variety of different formats, including masterclasses, open discussions forums, solution rooms and closed-door, invite-only boardrooms. You can register for as many sessions as you like across the week, building your own schedule.

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IP Risk Management 2021

27-28 January 2021

Intellectual property is one of the most important assets that businesses can own and is increasingly prominent on the corporate agenda. While budgets get tighter and resources scarcer, threats continue to grow. All the while, IP leaders must ensure that they are protecting their assets and proactively mitigating the risks surrounding them. IAM’s IP Risk Management event, live on Zoom on 27 and 28 January 2021, will focus on key strategies, best practices and lessons learned for identifying, measuring and mitigating IP risk.

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