AI cannot be named as inventor on patent applications
In public oral proceedings in combined cases J 8/20 and J 9/20, the Legal Board of Appeal of the EPO confirmed that under the European Patent Convention (EPC) an inventor designated in a patent application must be a human being.
The Protocol on Provisional Application of the UPC Agreement in Austria has entered into force
Austria was the first Member State to ratify the UPC (Unified Patent Court) Agreement and the loop was closed on 18. January 2022, when it deposited its instrument of ratification of the Protocol on Provisional Application of the UPC Agreement. This event marks the start of the Provisional Application Period and the birth of the Unified Patent Court as an international organization.
Financial support for small and medium-sized enterprises
The SMEs Fund is a grant scheme designed to help EU SMEs protect their intellectual property rights. As part of its projects, it has expanded the possibilities of obtaining financial support for small and medium-sized enterprises with patent applications:
1. non-patented applications (1 500 EUR) – for the costs of filing a national or European trade mark and design (75 %) or an international trade mark and design application (50 %),
2. patent applications (750 EUR) – for fees associated with filing a national patent application (e.g. filing a patent application, submitting an application for a full examination).
Increase in the number of global patent applications
5,070 global patent applications relating to Covid-19 have been published since the start of the pandemic. The Patent Lawyer Magazine blog commented on this milestone and points to an increase in innovation.
Patent Licensing is a Risky Business
The IPwatchdog blog provided an interesting insight into how risk changes over time in an economic and legal sense and what it means for the dynamics of patent licenses.
Comprehensive Analysis of the Federal Circuit
PatentlyO collected last year's data from the Federal Circuit in a comprehensive analysis with graphics comparing the types of decisions and the evolution of analysed data over the past decade.
Trade marks - spotlight on bad faith
Courts at both UK and EU level are increasingly focusing on the concept of “bad faith” in trade marks disputes. Proving of bad faith may result in the rejection or invalidity of the trade mark. In Lexology, they summarised the typical situations and important aspects that are usually associated with the applicant's conduct in bad faith.
Level of attention for advertising services
A case from the General Court involving the assessment of the level of attention of consumers in the analysis of a likelihood of confusion between two trade marks of chartered professionals was analysed in a recent post from the Legal-Patent blog.
Should commonly used phrases or descriptions be protected by trade marks?
That was the question posed by the Likelihood of Confusion blog in a comment to a lawsuit involving the registered trade mark "thick n juicy". Trade mark rights should not seem to provide a monopoly on commonly used phrases or descriptions.
Digital Services Act
The proposal for a Regulation on a Single Market for Digital Services (the Digital Services Act – DSA), adopted by the EP on January 20, prompted the European Copyright Society (ECS) to submit a commentary on the proposal from a copyright perspective. The summary was published via the Kluwer Copyright Blog.
The 5 Worst Copyright Decisions of 2021
The Copyright Lately blog published an article with an opinion on the worst copyright decisions and also provided an overview of the interesting copyright cases discussed in the United States over the past year.
National Intellectual Property Strategy
In September 2021, Industrial Property Office of the Slovak Republic announced consultations with businesses and the public in the development of the National Intellectual Property Strategy. The reason for its development is to contribute to improving the country's ability to create, use and protect intellectual property. Representatives of the law firm Bukovinský & Chlipala also actively participated in the consultations. The draft National Intellectual Property Strategy was supposed to be submitted to the Government of the Slovak Republic by the end of 2021, but this has not happened yet.
Tokenization of intellectual property for IP rights management
Interest in blockchain technology, tokens, and IP, continues apace. European Intellectual Property Office, WIPO sees potential applications of blockchain technology in IP ecosystems for "ll types of IP assets: Registered and Unregistered Rights".
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