February 2021 | International Law Alerts | Intellectual Property


A Chinese copyright association has asked Kuaishou Technology to delete 10,000 videos it said infringes intellectual property rules, days before the online short-video firm is set to list its shares in Hong Kong this week.

Volkswagen plans to develop most of the software needed for autonomous cars in-house, the head of the German carmaker’s luxury unit Audi said on Tuesday.

Anyone who wants to assert his or her rights for infringement of a trade secret must prove that the inventions or processes were protected in the best possible way – by ‘appropriate’ secrecy measures. But what is ‘appropriate’ ? There is initial German case law from the OLH Hamm on this.

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) on Wednesday sided with South Korea’s chemicals and electric vehicle (EV) battery maker LG Chem Ltd, which accused its cross-town rival SK Innovation Co Ltd of misappropriating trade secrets related to EV battery technology.

Reports and complaints on suspected counterfeiting and piracy filed at the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) surged to 121 in 2020 as the pandemic presented lucrative opportunities for illicit traders.

Minimum grounds for oppositions against patents and formalities for designating the inventor: these two areas in the EPO practice of national patent offices are now uniform for EPO member states, the EPO reports.

Projects to generate and commercialize patented technologies will now enjoy incentives from government as said activities have been added into the Board of Investments’ (BOI) 2020 Investment Priorities Plan (IPP).

The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) lauded efforts at the House of Representatives to consolidate the bills that will amend the Intellectual Property (IP) Code of 1998, taking the much-needed modernization of the IP law closer to fruition.

The COVID-19 pandemic, and the race to make vaccines and other useful technologies more accessible to people around the world, has once again highlighted the tension between intellectual property rights and the promotion of public health.

China not only adopted a renewal of patent law in China, but also important changes for design protection in China, both coming into force on 1 June 2021. Joining the WIPO Hague System has become probable.

Particularly in the case of patents in mobile communications, nullity actions against a patent already expired occur time and again. In its leading decision ‘ signal transmission ‘, the German Federal Supreme Court (BGH) specified when there is a legitimate interest in legal protection.