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COVID-19: Global crackdown sees rise in counterfeit and unlicenced medical products

90 countries were involved in Operation Pangea XIII, the annual global coordinated operation to tackle the illegal online sale of medicines and medical devices. Health regulatory authorities, customs and police officers from 90 countries took part in collective action aiming to prevent the illegal online sale of medicines and medical devices, including counterfeit face masks …

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Better industrial designs protection for designers as Singapore joins Locarno Agreement

The Locarno Agreement will enter into force, with respect to the Republic of Singapore, on March 19, 2020. Industrial designers are set to obtain greater assurance in protecting their designs in Singapore when the Locarno Agreement enters into force on 19 March 2020. With this, Singapore becomes the first in the ASEAN bloc to join the Locarno Agreement, …

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Major kiwifruit producer Zespri successfully defends IP rights

Zespri has emerged victorious in a 2018 civil action brought in New Zealand against a kiwifruit grower and their Whakatane-based company. On 14 February 2020, kiwifruit producer Zespri announced the successful result of legal action taken against a kiwifruit grower who brought the global brand’s protected plant material from New Zealand to China where it …

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Indonesia: New regulation on electronic systems and transactions

Government Regulation No. 71 of 2019 on the Implementation of Electronic Systems and Transactions revokes and replaces Government Regulation No. 82 of 2012 on the same subject. Recent Development After long discussion and the preparation of several drafts, the government has finally issued Government Regulation No. 71 of 2019 on the Implementation of Electronic Systems …

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EPO explains decision to refuse patent applications naming a machine as inventor

A machine called “DABUS”, described as “a type of connectionist artificial intelligence”, was named as the inventor in two applications filed in autumn 2018.  The EPO has published its decision setting out the reasons for its recent refusal of two European patent applications in which an AI system was designated as the inventor. Filed by …

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Drafting and enforcing semiconductor patents

Semiconductor patents, those that protect the invention of new computer memory chips, are among the most commonly granted modern patents. Protecting semiconductor device and fabrication process inventions can be challenging. This is because showing that these types of inventions are being used by others often requires reverse engineering, a process that is costly and time …

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Voice your opinion – Public consultation on AI and IP

Comments on a draft issues paper on AI and IP by WIPO may be submitted by February 14, 2020. Public consultation is currently open for the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)’s draft issues paper concerning the impact of artificial intelligence (Al) on intellectual property (IP) policy that might form the basis of future structured discussions. The public consultation process …

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Supreme Court of Canada’s “expectation of privacy” analysis in R. v. Jarvis

 Canada’s Supreme Court laid out a highly nuanced, heavily contextualized framework for determining when and where a reasonable expectation of privacy exists. On February 14, 2019, the Supreme Court of Canada decided yet another criminal law decision that will likely have broader ramifications for privacy law. In R. v. Jarvis, the Supreme Court of Canada builds …

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The significance of IP protection in the wake of the FCCPA 2019

Nigeria’s new Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Act puts in place specific checks on false advertisements, deceptive packaging and enhanced accountability on the part of vendors and service providers. In February 2019, further to the outcry by consumers and business owners to have a body of laws that protect their interests, grow the economy and …

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Shanghai court finds infringement against ‘Overwatch’ game

Overwatch maker Blizzard Entertainment has been awarded 4 million yuan ($569,000) after a court found Chinese publisher 4399 Network guilty of copyright infringement.  Blizzard Entertainment, the US video game giant and NetEase, its local agent in China, has won nearly 4 million yuan (US$569,000) from a Xiamen-based game publisher and its Guangzhou branch. The Pudong …

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