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European Inventor Award 2019

European Inventor Award 2019 – Vote now

The European Patent Office (EPO) invites members of the public to vote for their favourite inventor to receive the European Inventor Award 2019 Popular Prize. Votes can be cast for inventors or inventor teams from among the 15 nominated finalists. The winner of the Popular Prize will be announced by the EPO at this year’s […]

Legislative Yuan passed amendments to Articles 87 and 93 of the Copyright Act

Legislative Yuan passed amendments to Articles 87 and 93 of the Copyright Act

Legislative Yuan passed amendments to Articles 87 and 93 of the Copyright Act on April 16. They have entered into force on May 03, 2019.

Estonian Patent Office

New e-learning courses on the Academy Learning Portal

The EUIPO, together with the Intellectual Property Offices in the EU Member States, has developed a new series of training material and tailor-made tutorials as part of the ‘ECP3 Academy Learning Portal’ cooperation project.

copyright infringement

Dutch company loses teff flour patents

Dutch teff flour patents were revoked as a result of The Hague panel decision in a copyright infringement case brought against a Dutch bakery, Bakels, by the patent holder Ancientgrain.


Study shows link between SME growth and use of IP

According to a new study released today by the European Patent Office (EPO) and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that apply for patents, trade marks or designs have a greater probability of experiencing high growth than SMEs that do not.

cannabis products

Trademark registration related to cannabis products is still problematic

Cannabis is big business in California and other states, but at this point trademark registration is problematic.

Huawei Device Co., Ltd. v. Optis Cellular Tech., LLC

Huawei Device Co., Ltd. v. Optis Cellular Tech., LLC

Legal issue: 35 USC 316(a)(8), Office Trial Practice Guide, standard for submission of new evidence in support of a request for rehearing. The PTAB relied upon the Trial Practice Guide (TPG), not an enumerated rule, for its precedential holding. That reliance is contrary to a prior policy of the PTAB deeming the TPG to not […]

EURid and EUIPO against domain name abuse

EURid and EUIPO against domain name abuse

A new service, launched by the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) and EURid, the registry manager of the .eu and .ею country code top-level domains, aims to help European Union trade mark (EUTM) applicants tackle cybersquatting and bad faith domain name registrations.

unity of invention

Judgment of “Unity of Invention” and the Revision of the Examination Guidelines Thereof

Based on the principle that there is only one patent right for one invention, a patent application for invention shall relate to one invention only.

web service portal

World Wide Order – centralised global web service portal

World Wide Order (WWO) is centralised global web service portal, providing registration for IP objects in more than 100 countries and territories. The service is aimed at applicants seeking direct contact with representatives in other countries, managing worldwide applications projects in different territories, seeking cost – effective and at the same time recommended and reliable […]


Apple was granted 63 patents including one for a haptic headset

Apple has been granted 63 patents from the US Patent and Trademark Office. Of the patents granted, one of them describes a device, such as a headset, that can use both audio output and haptics.   

United Kingdom

United Kingdom no longer collects and forwards to WIPO the fees due under the Madrid Protocol and the Common Regulations

Withdrawal of the notification made under Rule 34(2)(b) of the Common Regulations under the Madrid Agreement and the Madrid Protocol: United Kingdom

Cannabis-Related Goods

USPTO Issues Examination Guide 1-19 to Update Handling of Cannabis and Cannabis-Related Goods and Services

I.            Introduction As noted in the April 23, 2019 blog, US trademark applications that “identified goods or services involv[ing] the sale or transportation of a controlled substance or drug paraphernalia in violation of the Controlled Substances Act (“CSA”) … would be a basis for issuing an inquiry or refusal.” TMEP §907.  Cannabis products have been considered to […]

Trademark Renewal in Taiwan

Trademark Renewal in Taiwan

Answers to frequently asked questions regarding trademark renewal procedure in Taiwan, provided courtesy of JAW-HWA INTERNATIONAL PATENT & TRADEMARK & LAW OFFICES.

Seminar:  Online Services and International Registration Procedures and Practical Approach to the Hague System

Seminar: Online Services and International Registration Procedures and Practical Approach to the Hague System

Register online now to attend a Hague Seminar at WIPO Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, on June 6, 2019. The Seminar will focus on maximizing the benefits of recent practical developments in the Hague Registry, including the new E-Filing interface, enhanced self-service electronic tools, and the ongoing geographical expansion of the Hague System.

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