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IP Risk Management 101

IP Risk Management 101

Q/ What is the connection between IP and risk? Risk is the chance of something going wrong, and the danger that damage or loss will occur. By its very nature, there are both rewards and risks associated with IP. For anyone involved in IP, then IP related risks are part of working life. However many […]

PDX Program Between Taiwan and Korea Commences on January 01, 2016

PDX Program Between Taiwan and Korea Commences on January 01, 2016

Taiwan IP Office (TIPO) and Korea IP office (KIPO) make great strides towards patent examination by signing the MOU of the PDX (electronic exchange of priority documents) program. The PDX program is applied to invention and utility model patent applications first filed with TIPO and KIPO only but not applied to design or trademark applications […]

IP Risk Assessment - Top Down vs Bottom Up

IP Risk Assessment – Top Down vs Bottom Up

IP risk: By its very nature, there are both rewards and risks associated with intellectual property (IP). Given the growing importance of IP across most industry sectors, many organizations are facing a diverse range of IP related risks. Of course, not all IP risks are the same and they may be broken down into a […]

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World Intellectual Property Indicators 2015 – Highlights

WIPO Director General Francis Gurry on the highlights of the World Intellectual Property Indicators 2015 report.

Think about trade secrets when planning for 2016

Think about trade secrets when planning for 2016

Trade secrets: A trade secret is a formula, practice, process, design, instrument, pattern, commercial method, or compilation of information which is not generally known or reasonably ascertainable by others, and by which a business can obtain an economic advantage over competitors or customers. The scope of trade secrets is virtually unlimited. A trade secret is […]

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 […]

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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 […]

IP news from Nigeria, Qatar and British Virgin Islands

IP news from Nigeria, Qatar and British Virgin Islands

Nigeria – Starting to Digitize Physical Files on October 2015 ABUJA – The Registry for Trademarks, Patents & Designs, Commercial Law Department, Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade & Investment, will commence the digitization of its Trademarks data from 1 October 2015. The objectives for capturing the data and digitising are: Modernize and accelerate work process […]