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innovation quality

Shifting focus from innovation quantity to innovation quality remains a priority

Assessing the quality, rather than only the quantity, of innovation inputs and outputs has become an overarching concern to the innovation policy community.


McDonald’s loses exclusive use of “Mc”

American fast food giant McDonald’s has suffered a fresh blow to its “Mc” trademark, losing its exclusive claim to the use of the prefix on a number of its products and services. Irish company Supermac’s, which operates over one hundred food outlets in the Republic of Ireland, achieved partial success following its complaint to the […]

Cyprus has upgraded online services for trade marks

Cyprus has upgraded online services for trade marks

The Cypriot Department of Registrar of Companies and Official Receiver (CY DRCOR), with the support of  the EUIPO’s European Cooperation Projects, has upgraded  its existing online services for trade marks.


The power of dreams – inventor flew the English Channel with a “flyboard”

On August 4, the French inventor Franky Zapata succeeded in achieving his dream and crossed the English Channel with the help of his invention, the Flyboard Air platform.

invalidity action

EUIPO – invalidity action brought against Porsche 911

The General Court (GC) has held that the design of the model 911 of Porsche’s 991 series (2011 model year) does not have sufficient individual character compared with its predecessor, model 911 of the 997 series (2008 model year).

Some middle-income economies are on the rise in the global innovation landscape

Some middle-income economies are on the rise in the global innovation landscape

This year, again, the geography of innovation is changing.

evidence of use

Obtained Registration For 3D Fish Pitcher

GurglePot applied for a fish-shaped pitcher described as a 3D “configuration of a fish-shaped container” in Class 21 for “Carafes; Ceramic sculptures, vases, vessels, bowls, plates and pots; Decanters; Flower vases and bowls; Holloware, namely, ceramic, porcelain, or earthenware water pitchers; Jugs; Pitchers; Vases; Watering pots.” Along with the application, GurglePot submitted the following as a […]

EPO - Rules of Procedure of the Boards of Appeal

EPO – Rules of Procedure of the Boards of Appeal

The revised Rules of Procedure of the Boards of Appeal (RPBA) were adopted by the Boards of Appeal Committee of EPO on 4 April 2019 and were unanimously approved by the Administrative Council at its 160th meeting on 26 and 27 June 2019.

global innovation

GII 2019 – new obstacles pose risks to global innovation

Amid economic slowdown, innovation is blossoming around the world; but new obstacles pose risks to global innovation.

intellectual property protection

Intellectual property protection in China – AmCham trademarks

Better intellectual property protection for firms from the United States doing business in China has been a key issue in bilateral trade negotiations ever since Bill Clinton was president.

patent law treaty

Canada Joins WIPO’s Patent Law Treaty

Canada has joined the Patent Law Treaty (PLT), designed to streamline formal procedures for national and regional patent applications and patents. WIPO received Canada’s instrument of ratification of the Patent Law Treaty on July 30, 2019. The PLT will enter into force for Canada on October 30, 2019. Canada’s ratification brings the number of PLT contracting […]

case law

European case law – Team Beverage v EUIPO

THE FACTS: The applicant sought to register the figurative mark LIEBLINGSWEIN for goods and services in Classes 21, 33 and 43. The examiner refused the application pursuant to Article 7(1)(b), (c) and (g) and Article 7(2) CTMR.

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.

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