Latest news about Intellectual Property

18. July 2017
Patent Law

Worst Case scenario: The Unified Patent Court (UPC) should actually come before the Brexit, according to the will of the involved stakeholders. But the ratification from Great Britain and Germany by the enactment of the corresponding laws was lacking. After the UK has agreed and the German Parliament (Bundestag) has given their okay (and practically cleared the way for the UPC), an unknown plaintiff has now submitted a complaint to the German Constitutional Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht) - and put the ratification process on hold for now!

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14. July 2017
International Intellectual Property

The Global Innovation Index ("GII") 2017 has been published! The GII provides detailed metrics about the innovation performance of 127 countries and economies around the world, creating a Ranking that is based on 81 indicators, capturing criteria such as institutions, human capital and research, infrastructure, linkages, the creation of knowledge, and creative outputs. When looking at the Rankings Switzerland stays strong, placing 1st again. Netherlands makes a huge comeback to place in the Top 3! All information in our article:

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10. July 2017
International Intellectual Property

The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) has released its 6th Issue of the Alicante News in 2017. This time’s focus: The Countdown for the Second phase Legislative Reform enters into force on 1 October 2017. Read more about this topic and get the latest statistic-information in our article.

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6. July 2017
Trademark Law

High-priced high-heeled shoes with a red sole are the hallmark of Christian Louboutin's women's shoes, simply called "Louboutins". The shoes are known all over the world, letting women's hearts beat faster. For this reason the high-heeled shoes find many imitators. The fact that the designer was able to protect his red soles in many countries as a trademark, he aggressively protects them against third parties. An assessment of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) Advocate General, published at the end of June 2017, could be a bitter defeat for the Frenchman.

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4. July 2017
International Intellectual Property

Want to register a trademark but are baffled by the myriad of different systems in each country/region? Fear not because the smart people of WIPO come to the rescue. Seriously though, on WIPO’s webpages they provide you with all the information you need depending on the member state you plan to register your mark in. We show the newest developments: 

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