JANUARY 2021 | International Law Alerts | Intellectual Property

The core technologies of the so-called “4IR” (4th industrial revolution) include IT hardware and software as well as connectivity via networks and communication technologies. The EPO has published current statistics on international patent applications in this field. In short: USA top, Asia impressive – and Europe is lagging behind.

WIPO and the U.S.-based BIO Ventures for Global Health (BVGH) established WIPO Re:Search in 2011 to accelerate early-stage research and development (R&D) for NTDs, malaria and TB. This is achieved through the sharing of intellectual property (IP) among the global health research community on a royalty-free basis

The year 2020 ended with more Filipinos made better informed and educated about intellectual property (IP) as the IP Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) registered a record-high in attendees to its free learning workshops last year.

The US trademark law was modernized (TMA) at the turn of the year: the changes are essential for the strategy on opposition and lawsuits against unauthorized trademark applications in the USA. Above all, the older trademark owners are strengthened in opposition and actions against unauthorized US trademark applications.

If one applies for a patent in Europe, this must be applied for and, above all, paid for in each country; even an EU patent is a bundle of national patents. Therefore, it is worth considering in which countries a patent application would be worthwhile at all – all the more so after Brexit and with the prospect of the European unitary patent.

Cyprus loses again before the CFI in defense of its own Halloumi trademark against the Union figurative mark BBQLOUMI: consumers understand ‘Halloumi’ as a term for this type of cheese, but not as a reference to a certified Cyprus Halloumi cheese.

In a bid to spur the growth of local startups, the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) signed on Dec. 10, 2020 a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) to scale up the intellectual property (IP) management skills of local startups trained under the world-class AIM Dado Banatao Incubator (AIM-DBI) Program.

Every January, the country celebrates the National Zero Waste Month to promote environmental awareness and action. This year’s theme,”Bouncing Back from the Pandemic to a Greener and Healthier Environment”–as provided by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources–is a renewed reminder to keep in mind the welfare of the environment in the things that we do and the products we use.

In a case of an application for the protection of a design, the CFI ruled on the “restitutio in integrum” after a missed deadline for remedying deficiencies at the EUIPO. Indirect evidence is possible, but there is a mandatory duty of care.

For the first time since its establishment in 1998, filings at the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) were down across all types of intellectual property (IP) as the COVID-19 pandemic had brought about a wait-and-see situation for many innovators and creators.

In the proceedings concerning abusive competition with chipsets, the EU Commission demanded numerous disclosures from Qualcomm over a period of years. The chip manufacturer sued, mainly because the information was not necessary. Today, the ECJ ruled.