Intellectual property news and updates

Technology giants battle over patent license payments

Swedish telecom equipment maker, Ericsson, has been engaged in a battle over patent license payments with US technology giant, Apple, in the United States. This battle has now found its way into Europe with Ericsson claiming that, "Apple continues to profit from Ericsson's technology without having a valid license in place." Ericsson…

When is an African patent a European Patent?

European patents extended to Morocco An agreement has been reached between the European Patent Office (EPO) and the Moroccan government that European patents are able to be extended to Morocco. As of 1 March 2015, anyone filing a European patent application will be able to request a designation for Morocco against the payment of a fee (€240…

Casting a rod into the overseas market, Wilson Gunn reels in Chinese business

This month, Wilson Gunn Partner James Robey visited Wuhan, China with UK Trade & Investment, the UK Government’s body that promotes exporting. Along with a number of other Northwest businesses, James attended a range of events tied to the opening of a new British Consulate General in the city. Wuhan is the capital of the Hubei province…

New possibilities for trade mark protection in Japan

A revised trade mark law due to be implemented in Japan (probably on 1 April 2015) will expand the types of trade marks which can be registered in Japan. It will be possible to register various different types of trade marks such as "colour per se", "sound", "motion", "hologram" and "position"…

Patent developments between Europe and North Africa

A review of changes agreements between Europe and Africa in facilitating Patent law

Raising the bar – New Zealand enters the competition

from 13 September 2014 New Zealand will introduce new measures to improve the standard of its patents

Will marketers bite off more than they can chew at this year’s World Cup?

In anticipation of this year’s World Cup, Brazil enacted the “General World Cup Law” in 2012 which affected the use of its trade marks.

Is your Chinese trade mark registration still valid?

Changes to trade mark law in China may mean that if you manufacture branded goods in China only for export your Chinese trade mark registration could be vulnerable to cancellation on the grounds of non-use.

New .london domain name launches

On April 29 the new .london domain name went live represents an exciting opportunity for businesses and individuals to directly associate themselves and trade marks with London.

Changes to rule 164 EPC: unity of invention and further searches

From 1 November 2014 the European Patent Office will allow additional searches for European regional phase patent applications (Euro-PCT applications) that are found to lack unity of invention.

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