Archive: November, 2015

IP Risk Management - Case III, Law Firm specializing in M&A

IP Risk Management – Case III, Law Firm specializing in M&A

The Law Firm in this particular case study is a reputable boutique Law Firm specializing in the area of small and mid-market M&A deals as well as PE deals. It is headquartered in London but has offices in a number of other key jurisdictions. It has clients across a diverse range of industry sectors including […]

TRADEMARKS AND 3D PRINTING

TRADEMARKS AND 3D PRINTING

The first impression of 3D printing is the amazing technology and fantastical applications (from printing body parts using a patient’s own cells to printing toys). From an intellectual property perspective, the first thought might be to protect the technology by patent. But what about protection through trademarks? Background “Imagine a future in which a device […]

IP Risk Management - Case II, IP Firm

IP Risk Management – Case II, IP Firm

The IP Firm in this particular case study is an established and reputable IP Firm with offices in a large number of key jurisdictions, employing a few thousand attorneys and with clients across a diverse range of industry sectors. This IP Firm has received a number of awards and accolades over the years. The IP […]

IP Risk Management - Case I, Corporate

IP Risk Management – Case I, Corporate

The first case study looks at a hi tech enterprise taking the Alder IP Risk Management tool into use, the rationale for this company taking the tool into use, how they went about taking the tool into use, and the benefits it brought. The company in this particular case study is a medium sized enterprise […]

“Baby Boss & device” V.S. ”Boss”, “Hugo Boss” and “Boss Hugo Boss”

“Baby Boss & device” V.S. ”Boss”, “Hugo Boss” and “Boss Hugo Boss”

Fact Based on the Article 23 I (12) and 23 I (14) of the former Trademark Act in effect at the time of the trademark at issue being approved to registration, the HUGO BOSS Trade Mark Management GmbH & Co. KG (hereinafter “the Appellant”) filed an invalidation application against Babyboss City Limited’s (hereinafter “the Appellee”) […]

The Court Can Investigate Evidences to Ferret Out the Truth Ex Officio within the Range of the Same Invalidation Evidence

The Court Can Investigate Evidences to Ferret Out the Truth Ex Officio within the Range of the Same Invalidation Evidence

Fact An invalidation action against the patent at issue was filed for the violation of Patent Act Articles 23, 31.I and 22.IV in effect at the time of the said patent being approved. After examination, TIPO deemed the patent at issue violates Patent Act Article 22.IV (lack of inventive step) and that Claims 1~6 of […]

Libya - Issuance of Registration Certificates

Libya – Issuance of Registration Certificates

TRIPOLI – This is to confirm that the Libyan Trademark Office (LTMO) has started issuing registration certificates as well as accepting renewal applications since 1 October 2015. Accordingly, any applications that have matured to registration (published and no oppositions raised) and that are still valid, a registration certificate will issue once payment of the official […]

derivative design patent

Lack of Novelty and Lack of an Inventive Step are Different Reasons for Patent Invalidation

Lack of novelty and lack of an inventive step are different reasons for patent invalidation. So, new evidence does not need to be considered and examined. Fact The Intervening party (patentee of the Utility Model patent) filed a utility model patent application up to the Defendant (TIPO), and was granted through formality examination. The Plaintiff […]

China - Reduction of Official Fees for Trademark Registrations

China – Reduction of Official Fees for Trademark Registrations

This is to advise that the Chinese Trademark Office announced in early October 2015 that the official fees for filing a trademark application will be reduced effective 15 October 2015. The official fees for filing one trademark application in one class would have been CNY800 (USD126) before the effective date and will now be CNY600 […]

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    The new EU trade mark Regulation enters into force on March 23rd. As a result, the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) will change its name to the European Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO).

    The amending Regulation also revises the fees payable to the Office, including an overall reduction in their amounts, particularly in the case of trade mark renewal fees. On 23.3. 2016, the Office’s online application forms and fee calculator will be automatically updated to reflect the new system.
    From its base in Alicante, Spain, OHIM has processed more than 1.3 million Community trade mark applications in 23 EU languages, from nearly every country and region in the world, since 1996.

    The Amending Regulation was published on 24 December 2015 and is part of the EU trade mark reform legislative package that also includes the replacement of the existing EU Trade Mark Directive (Directive 2008/95/EC of the European Parliament and the Council).

    OHIM is the EU’s largest decentralised agency. It is entirely self-financed, receiving no funding from the EU Budget. As well as managing the Community trade mark and the registered Community design (RCD), it works in collaboration with the EU national and regional IP offices to build a stronger IP system across the EU for the benefit of users.

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