Topic: Europe

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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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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INTA urges brands to warn Gen Z-ers about counterfeit products during holiday season

The International Trademark Association calls on brands to warn Generation Z consumers, who will become the largest global consumer group in 2020, about counterfeit products. This holiday shopping season, the International Trademark Association (INTA) is calling on brands to step up their communications to consumers about the danger of counterfeit products—especially among Gen Z, which …

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World’s largest free collection of patent documents upgraded

The EPO’s newly revamped Espacenet portal provides inventors and businesses with access to the world’s largest free collection of patent documents. The European Patent Office (EPO) has launched Espacenet, a brand new version of the Office’s patent information search tool. Users will now find it easier to conduct patent searches and access over 110 million patent …

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EU & China pen landmark geographical indications agreement

This future agreement is likely to be one the most significant trade agreements negotiated in recent years between the European Union and the People’s Republic of China. The European Union (EU) and China have recently concluded negotiations on a bilateral agreement set to protect 100 European Geographical Indications (GI) in China and 100 Chinese GI …

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Bulgaria inches closer to United Patent Court

Bulgaria has deposited their instruments of ratification with Brussels on Tuesday, 24 July 2018. Bulgaria’s instrument of ratification of the Unified Patent Court (UPC) Agreement’s Protocol on Provisional Application (PPA) has just been deposited with the EU Council’s General Secretariat on 24 July 2018. Bulgaria had already ratified the UPC Agreement on 3 June 2016, and consequently signed …

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LG sues TCL in Germany for patent infringement

Three LTE patents are at the centre of multiple patent infringement lawsuits filed by LG against TCL. LG Electronics (LG) has filed multiple lawsuits in the German district courts of Mannheim and Düsseldorf against TCL, a Chinese handset manufacturer, for infringing its LTE technology patents. The lawsuits allege that TCL knowingly implemented technologies in its …

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IP disputes analytics module in the works

 The analytics module is set to spearhead a data-driven focus on risks, claims and avoiding disputes. Solomonic, a London-based litigation data start-up, will work together with international law firm Pinsent Masons to develop an IP disputes analytics module that will deliver an unprecedented and unique layer of data-driven litigation and business intelligence to users. Solomonic …

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Concept for regulating the alternative finance market in Russia prepared

One of the main purposes of the Concept is so that it may be used in the future to amend sector-specific legislation. The RUSNANO Group Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs has prepared a ‘Concept for legal regulation of alternative finance methods’ in Russia. Carried out by a team from law firm Dentons’ St. Petersburg offices, …

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Join RatnerPrestia in Taipei at the World IP Forum 2019

German and European patent attorney Dr. Fritz Wetzel of global IP law firm RatnerPrestia will contribute to a panel discussion entitled “Trade Secrets & Data Protection in Global Markets at the World Intellectual Property (IP) Forum held in Taipei, Taiwan from November 6-8, 2019. The theme for the three-day conference is “IP as a Powerhouse for Innovation and Economic …

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