Archive: July, 2019

Requirement to be Represented by a U.S.‑Licensed Attorney

Requirement to be Represented by a U.S.‑Licensed Attorney

The USPTO has provided information concerning a new requirement to be represented by a U.S.‑licensed attorney to conduct business before the USPTO.

wireless technology

Apple is acquiring Intel’s patents for current and future wireless technology

According to a press release published on Apple’s website last week, Apple and Intel have signed an agreement for Apple to acquire the majority of Intel’s smartphone modem business. Approximately 2,200 Intel employees will join Apple, along with intellectual property, equipment and leases. The transaction, valued at $1 billion, is expected to close in the […]

Margarita Salas Falgueras

European Inventor Award 2019 – Lifetime Achievement

Margarita Salas Falgueras (ES) Invention: DNA amplification for genomics Spanish scientist Margarita Salas Falgueras invented a faster, simpler and more reliable way to replicate trace amounts of DNA into quantities large enough for full genomic testing. Her invention based on phi29 DNA polymerase is now used widely in oncology, forensics and archaeology.

most innovative country

GII 2019: Switzerland is the world’s most innovative country

Released jointly by WIPO, Cornell University, INSEAD and the 2019 GII Knowledge Partners, the Confederation of Indian Industry, Dassault Systèmes – the 3DEXPERIENCE Company – and the National Confederation of Industry (CNI) – Brazil and Brazilian Micro and Small Business Support Service (Sebrae)

Chile joined DesignView search tool

Chile joined DesignView search tool

As of 22 July 2019, the National Institute of Industrial Property Office of Chile (INAPI) has made its design data available to the DesignView search tool.

registered trademark

Registered trademark for 3D left-hand configuration

Grip Studios applied for the configuration mark described as a 3D “configuration of a hand” for “musical instrument accessories, namely stands, instrument hangers” in Class 15. Drawing and specimen, respectively, to support the application are as follows:

Rik Breur

Winners of the European Inventor Award 2019 – SMEs

Rik Breur Material Innovation Centre, the Netherlands Invention: Marine antifouling fibre wrap

Which Economies are Most Innovative?

Which Economies are Most Innovative?

The launch of the 2019 edition of the Global Innovation Index is coming July 24. Which country will top the world-renowned annual ranking of economies’ innovation capacity and production? The report will be unveiled in New Delhi, India, by H.E. Piyush Goyal, India’s Minister for Commerce and Industry and Railways and WIPO Director General Francis […]

Court of Justice

Delhi High Court directed IPAB to hear and dispose of urgent matters

The Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB) was formed in 2003 under the provisions of the Trademarks Act, 1999 to expedite the disposal of trademark appeals and rectification/cancellation cases by an expert tribunal. Subsequently, the jurisdiction of IPAB was extended to the appeals and revocation actions related to patents, copyright, geographical indications and plant variety cases.

Broadening reissue’s claims has to be limited to what the original claims were intended to cover

Broadening reissue’s claims has to be limited to what the original claims were intended to cover

Forum US, Inc. v. Flow Valve, LLC, 2018-1765 (Fed. Cir. 6/17/2019). This is a decision on an appeal from the W. D. Okla. district court 5:17-cv-00495-F.

invention competition

First international patented invention competition in Latin America

In September 2018, with the support of WIPO, PROSUR, a regional organization mandated to foster cooperation in the field of industrial property, launched its first Patented Invention Competition. The aim of the competition was to promote innovation and to encourage greater use of the IP system, in general, and the patent system in particular, across […]


WIPO is launching Madrid ‘how-to’ videos

The new initiative of WIPO are the so called Madrid ‘How-to’ videos. Their aim is to provide straightforward explanations of some of the key issues at play when users are managing their international trademark registrations.

Nobel Prize

Winner of the European Inventor Award 2019 – Non-EPO countries

Company: Asahi Kasei Kabushiki Kaisha, Japan Invention: Lithium-ion battery and its evolution Japanese scientist Akira Yoshino is the father of the lithium-ion battery. His inventions now power nearly five billion smartphones, as well as drive electric vehicles and countless other devices. For over 30 years he has been dedicated to continually improving his revolutionary technology.

New trademark rule for foreign applicants in USA

New trademark rule for foreign applicants in USA

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently announced a new rule requiring all foreign-domiciled trademark applicants, registrants, and parties to Trademark Trial and Appeal Board proceedings to be represented by an attorney who is licensed to practice law in the United States.

Federal Government agencies not entitled to file IPR petitions

Federal Government agencies not entitled to file IPR petitions

Precedential patent case law – Return Mail, Inc. v. United States Postal Service, 17–1594 (6/10/2019)