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2022-06-16
May a third party be warned of a utility model patent infringement without a ...

In Taiwan, an application for a utility model patent requires only formality examination; consequently, a granted utility model patent may have an exceedingly large scope, or an application with an unpatentable subj...

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2022-06-16
“SARACARES” and “ZARA” trademarks are similar due to their similarity in the ...

Abstract of Judgment 2021 Xing-Shang-Su Zi No. 7 of the Intellectual Property and Commercial Court

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2022-01-14
Inventiveness of the Subject Matter of a Design Patent Year 109 (2020) Min-...

Case: This case relates to Year 109 (2020) Min Zhuan Su Zi No. 75 Civil Judgment of the Intellectual Property and Commercial Court. The Judgement involves disputes in connection with the Copyright Act, the Pa...

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2021-08-23
Applications for Non-traditional TM from 2020 to 2021

From January 1, 2020 to August 31, 2021, a total of 180 non-traditional trademark applications have been filed in Taiwan.  As of September 2021, a total of 21 applications have been approved, 24 applications...

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2021-02-22
The Judgment of the Supreme Administrative Court (109) Pan Tzu No. 281

When trademark owners use their registered trademarks, it is considered their trademarks are actually in use; even the used trademarks are slightly different from their registered ones.     Unde...

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2021-02-22
The draft amendment to TM Act was submitted to the Executive Yuan’s review on...

The draft amendment to Trademark Act was submitted to the Executive Yuan’s review on October 27, 2020.  Key points of the draft amendment are as follows:  1. Introducing the accelerated e...

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2021-02-22
Fast-track mechanism” for trademark examination in effect on May 1, 2020

A trademark application can be examined about 2 months earlier than other regular cases, if the following conditions are all met:   (1) Filing via the e-filing system; (2) Filing for traditional ...

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2018-06-01
The Scope of Well-Known Trademark Rights

【Case】 China's well-known trademark “大益” was registered for numerous products by its former Taiwan distributor. When it’s owner ,TAETEA Group, applied for the cancellation of th...

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2018-03-29
The Basis for Judging Whether the Distinctiveness or Reputation of a Well-Kno...

[Judgment Sharing TW04] Administrative Judgment Shin-Sarng-Su No.2 of Taiwan Intellectual Property Court (2017)   [Result of Judgment] The trademark in question is adjudicated for rejection of re...

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2017-12-26
KEY POINTS OF PRINCIPLES OF PROCEDURAL EXAMINATION OF TRADEMARK DISPUTE CASES

The Intellectual Property Office published and validated “Principles of Procedural Examination of Trademark Dispute Cases” on Oct-30, 2017. The key points thereof are stated below.   A. D...

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2017-12-13
Business of Intellectual Property Asia Forum

On December 7, Mr. Hua He, Deputy Commissioner of the State Intellectual Property Office of the P.R.C., addressed the opening ceremony of the Business of Intellectual Property Asia Forum. On the same day, the For...

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2017-10-03
SEVERE PENALTY FOR INTENTIONALLY REPEATING INFRINGEMENT

[Judgement Sharing CN01] Final Civil Judgement No.85 Hu 73 of Shanghai Intellectual Property Court (2017)     Brief Description of the Legal Case   In September 2003, a Japanese...

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2017-03-27
Success in Patent Administrative Litigation

Administrative Litigation Case No. 104-85 regarding Taiwan Utility Model Opposition Application No. 98215474N01 entitled “Improved manhole cover structure” The patentability requirements associate...

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2016-12-19
How to Calculate Compensation for Patent Infringement without Necessary Matte...

Judicial Decision analyzed by Taiwan Intellectual Property Office Summarized, arranged and translated by Medic Ma Patent Engineer How to Calculate Compensation for Patent Infringement without Necessar...

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2015-12-16
In the post-Alice Era the allowance rate for software patents has been slumpi...

The U.S. Supreme Court released the Alice decision on June 19, 2014. Since then, the standard for the USPTO to examine business method and software patents has changed from the traditional “Machine-or-Trans...

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2022-04-13
The 2022 EU-Taiwan Seminar on Design Protection a Success Thanks to Everyone’...

The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) has partnered with the European Economic Trade Office (EETO) to host the 2022 EU-Taiwan Seminar on Design Protection on March 9th, 2022 (Wed.) at the GIS MOTC Conven...

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2022-03-31
Remote Patent Application Interviews Available

An effective interview can expedite the patent examination process. However, applicants may not always be available to be interviewed at TIPO in person or join video interviews at TIPO service centers. The Minist...

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2021-09-09
TIPO to Incorporate Changes Introduced by Locarno Classification (13th Editio...

TIPO has updated its classification list of industrial designs in accordance with the 13th edition of the World Intellectual Property Organization’s Locarno Classification for Industrial Designs (effec...

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2021-04-26
Applying to Use Orphan Works Now Easier Than Ever!

On March 11, 2021, TIPO announced amendments to Article 3 of the Regulations Governing Application for Approval of License of Works of Unknown Owner of Copyrights and Royalties for Use Thereof. Key changes a...

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2021-03-25
Analysis of Trends in Trademark Applications Filed in 2020

Every year, the WIPO IP Statistics Data Center publishes its report on World Intellectual Property Indicators (WIPI). Last year, for the first time ever, TIPO used the statistical techniques employed in compiling...

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2021-03-25
TIPO Publishes Amendments to the “Program for Hearing Patent Invalidation Cases”

For the “Program for Hearing Patent Invalidation Cases” to proceed smoothly and to prevent continuous submission of litigant documents that change the reason(s) for the allegation or combination of th...

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2021-02-12
.TIPO’s Industry Patent Knowledge Base – Your Ticket to Enhanced Innovation a...

In 2017, TIPO unveiled its Patent Data Navigation Plan. By collecting and releasing patent data from all of the IP5, along with its own, TIPO has made huge amounts of information accessible, ready to be analyzed ...

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2021-02-05
Changes to Designated Names of Goods and Services for Trademark Registration

In response to the revision of the Nice Classification, TIPO has amended its own list of Designated Names of Goods and Services for Trademark Registration. Effective as of January 1, 2021, the changes include the...

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2021-02-01
TIPO Introduces Consultation Service for SMEs Applying for Overseas Patents

Sound IP strategies and a robust patent portfolio are important for successful business development. To help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) expand their repertoire of foreign patents, TIPO has introduc...

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2021-01-22
English-Chinese Comparison Table According to Revised Nice Classification (11...

WIPO has released the 11th edition (Version 2021) of the Nice Agreement Concerning the International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purposes of the Registration of Marks. The revised list is ef...

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2020-11-06
Relaxation of the design patent legislation on November 1 will greatly benefi...

To stay current with the latest technologies and to promote the development in digital innovation, TIPO reviewed design patent legal regimes and published the partial amendment to Chapter III: Substantive Examina...

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2020-09-03
Program on Mutual Cooperation in the Field of Deposit of Biological Materials...

Following the launch of the cooperative program on mutual recognition of the deposit of biological materials for the purpose of patent procedure between Taiwan and Japan in 2015 and between Taiwan and the UK in 2...

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2020-08-18
China approves patent to COVID-19 vaccine

China has granted its first COVID-19 vaccine patent to the adenovirus vector vaccine developed by Chen Wei of the Academy of Military Medical Sciences and Chinese biotech company CanSino Biologics, according ...

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2020-08-11
TIPO Releases IPR Statistics for the First Half of 2020

In the first half of 2020, TIPO received a total of 33,954 applications for invention, utility model, and design patents, marking a 4% decrease over the same period last year. On the other hand, the number of tra...

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2020-07-29
Top five IP offices agree to boost cooperation amid virus turmoil

The heads of the world's five major intellectual property offices agreed to intensify cooperation in IP and the response to COVID-19 at their 13th annual meeting held on Tuesday. Officials from the China ...

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2020-07-27
The provisions governing matters relating to patent applications are relaxed ...

On June 24, 2020, the Enforcement Rules of the Patent Act was amended to relax regulation, and broaden public participation in examinations to increase examination quality. The key revisions include an invent...

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2020-07-10
Analysis of trademark applications and the trend in business development in t...

In recent years, TIPO has been publishing patent application analysis reports of domestic and foreign businesses’ patent portfolios and the trend in their development. These reports have received great atte...

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2020-06-30
TIPO-KIPO Permanent PPH MOTTAINAI Program Comes Into Effect on July 1, 2020

The Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot program between Taiwan and Korea will expire on June 30, 2020. In view of its impressive results in acceleration of examination, both sides have agreed that a permanent ...

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2020-05-15
Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances in Effect

CNIPA > News > Official Information Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances in Effect     Source: China IP News The Beijing Treaty o...

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2020-05-08
TIPO-JPO Permanent PPH MOTTAINAI Program Comes Into Effect on May 1, 2020

The Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot program between Taiwan and Japan will come to an end on April 30, 2020. In view of its excellent performance, both sides agreed that a permanent PPH program will be in p...

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2020-04-24
New “Fast-Track” trademark examination mechanism to hit the road on May 1 for...

To encourage applicants to utilize TIPO’s e-filing application system and to speed up trademark examination, TIPO will enforce a “Fast-Track” mechanism soon. From May 1, 2020 on, the trademark a...

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2020-03-31
Version 11-2020 of the Taiwan-Japan Concordance of Similar Group Codes is rel...

In conjunction with the modification to the 11th Edition-Version 2020 of the Nice Classification made by the World Intellectual Property Organization, TIPO renewed the Taiwan-Japan Concordance List of Similar Gro...

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2020-03-25
Patent and trademark applicants may ask for reinstatement if failing to compl...

As the title of this article suggests, if the delay of a statutory time period is caused by natural calamity or other causes not attributable to the applicant, according to Article 17 of the Patent Act and Articl...

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2020-03-18
TIPO Publishes the draft amendments to the Copyright Act on January 30, 2020

To make Taiwan’s copyright laws more comprehensive, TIPO decided to propose draft amendments to the Copyright Act in terms of the major issues that can affect the public deeply. In total, 32 articles were a...

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2020-03-11
TIPO publishes the “2018 Guidelines on the Best Licensing Practices of Collec...

IPO's implementation of the APEC‘s project on the "2018 Guidelines on the Best Licensing Practices of Collective Management Organizations (CMOs) to MSMEs" was concluded successfully. This guid...

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2020-03-04
Guidebook for Trade Secret Protection 2.0

To help companies establish thorough mechanisms for protecting trade secrets, previously in 2013, TIPO already published the Guidebook for Trade Secret Protection. Six years have passed since then, and TIPO has g...

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2020-02-26
TIPO Statistics Report: Patent and Trademark Applications in 2019

In 2019, overall patent applications increased by 2% to 74,652 cases. Of these, invention patent has grown for three consecutive years (grew by 2% in 2019). Design patent rose by 9%, while the decrease in utility...

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2020-02-19
Amended chapter on medical-related inventions in the Patent Examination Guide...

Amendments to Chapter 13, Part 2, of the Patent Examination Guidelines (hereinafter referred to as “the Guideline”) on medical-related inventions were published on November 5, 2019 and they came into ...

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2020-02-05
Guidebook for Trade Secret Protection 2.0

To help companies establish thorough mechanisms for protecting trade secrets, previously in 2013, TIPO already published the Guidebook for Trade Secret Protection. Six years have passed since then, and TIPO has g...

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2020-01-15
The Legislative Yuan Passes the Trade Secrets Act that Introduces a Confident...

On December 31, 2019, Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan passed the partial amendment to the Trade Secrets Act. This amendment introduces a “confidentiality order for investigation”system to strengthen p...

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2020-01-08
A new measure debuts - feel free to fill in our feedback form for trademark e...

TIPO just released the Feedback Form for Trademark Examination Quality on November 19, 2019. The goal is to help applicants learn more about the application status and resolve questions if any, in a shorter perio...

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2019-12-31
On December 31, 2019, Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan passed the partial amendment ...

To make sure the Trademark Act fits the country’s practice needs, starting from 2018, TIPO has been drafting amendments to the Act. Two consultation meetings, one attended by invited experts and scholars an...

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2019-12-05
Amendments to Patent Act, the Enforcement Rules of the Patent Act and the Reg...

The amendments to the Patent Act released on May 1, 2019 entered into force on November 1, 2019. Consequently, amendments to the Enforcement Rules of the Patent Act and the Regulations of Patent Fees were also re...

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2019-09-19
TIPO encourages those interested to learn more about the amended Notice on th...

The types of trademark use are becoming more and more diverse due to the changes and development in the types of market transaction. To remind and instruct trademark holders to accurately and legally use their re...

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2019-03-05
Statistics section of the Taiwan Patent Search System launched in December 2018

IPO’s Taiwan Patent Search System offers full-text patent search function for the TW patents, prosecution status and legal status. To improve service quality, TIPO recently set up a statistics section to pr...

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2019-03-05
Modified classification of goods and services comes into force on January 1, ...

The Nice Classification, 11th Edition, Version 2019 as modified by the World Intellectual Property Organization recently came into force on January 1, 2019. In response, TIPO released modified classification of g...

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2018-07-27
Groupon loses $83 million patent dispute with IBM

A patent dispute between IBM and Groupon has ended badly for the local deals company. On Friday, a Delaware jury awarded IBM $83 million in damages for what it viewed as willful patent infringement on the part of...

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2018-07-25
China Debuts at Top 20 Innovative Economies, Innovation Quality Up

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2018-07-25
Gimme a break? Nestle suffers another blow in KitKat trademark case

Europe's top court has dealt Nestle a major setback in its effort to trademark the shape of the four-finger KitKat. The European Court of Justice (ECJ) dismissed an attempt by Nestle to overturn...

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2018-07-23
TIPO to hold briefings on IPR affairs for 2018, starting from July 3. Registr...

To share with the public what TIPO has been doing, and to communicate more directly with people from all circles, TIPO is to hold its 2018 briefings on IPR affairs on July 3, 6, 12, 13, and 18 in Taipei, Taichung...

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2018-07-18
Good Momentum for IP Development in First Half

SIPO held the third quarter (2018) press conference in Beijing on July 10, marking not just its third face-to-face with the press, but its first centralized release of statistics concerning patent, trademark and ...

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2018-07-18
OnePlus “WARP Charge” trademark filed to replace DASH Charge moniker

OnePlus stayed “mum” about its fast charging technology called “DASH” at the OnePlus 6 announcement. Usually, its DASH charging is one of the company’s strengths. There’s a rea...

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2018-07-17
Motorola Solutions Wins Patent Infringement Lawsuit Against Hytera Mobilfunk ...

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jul 17, 2018--Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) today announced that it has won its patent infringement lawsuit filed against Hytera Mobilfunk GmbH of Bad Münder, Germany (&ldquo...

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2018-07-16
SIPO Deputy Commissioner Liao Tao Meeting with General IP Counsel of BMW Grou...

On July 9, SIPO Deputy Commissioner Liao Tao met in Beijing with a delegation led by Josef Dirscherl, General IP Counsel of BMW Group Germany. During the meeting, Liao Tao briefly introduced the latest developmen...

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2018-07-16
Vizuri Health Sciences LLC Granted New US Patent for Novel Topical Analgesic ...

FAIRFAX, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jul 16, 2018--Vizuri Health Sciences LLC, a pharmaceutical and over-the-counter (OTC) product development company, today announced the issuance of a U.S. patent that further protect...

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2018-07-13
Patent Applications Grow in China, but Global Quality Gap Remains

A total of 751,000 applications for invention patents were handled in China in the first half of 2018 as strong growth in the area continued, according to the State Intellectual Property Office. By the end of...

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2018-07-12
Philips patent invalidated in SEP fight with HTC and AsusTek

The English High Court has held that a standard-essential patent (SEP) owned by technology company Philips is invalid, two months after it upheld the validity of another related SEP in the same dispute....

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2018-07-11
Strengthening IPR Protection on China's Own Initiative

The State Council Information Office recently published a white paper titled "China and the World Trade Organization". It is the first time for China to publish a white paper on this issue. In the first...

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2018-07-11
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., July 11, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Advanced Voice Recognition

Systems, Inc. ("AVRS") (OTC: AVOI) announced today that it has filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court-Northern District for Arizona against Apple, Inc. ("Apple"...

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2018-07-05
Facebook filed patent for ambient audio system: Rejoice they said they will n...

Now this seems curious. A company files a patent application for a system that it never intends to use. Why bother? Facebook, the company that filed, has its reasons but first let us see what the patent is all ab...

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2018-07-03
Microsoft is trying to patent anti-cheat machine learning tech

Microsoft has filed a patent that would see the tech firm using machine learning to detect cheating in video games. The patent would see the Big M able to find bad actors at a platform level, rather than...

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2018-06-29
China Sees Remarkable Achievements En Route to IP Powerhouse

As shown in the 2017 China Intellectual Property Development Evaluation Report recently released by Intellectual Property Development and Research Center under the State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO), China...

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2018-06-27
Premier Pledges Greater Efforts to Protect IPR

Premier Li Keqiang pledged greater efforts to protect intellectual property rights on Monday as he welcomed French enterprises to expand high-tech cooperation with China. Li made the pledge during a seminar w...

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2018-06-27
POCOPHONE, New Xiaomi Phone With Brand New Trademark Listed; The Next Big Thi...

We are quite familiar with the fact that Xiaomi sells its devices under the popular “Mi” and “Redmi” series. However, as per a new report, we might see Xiaomi announcing a n...

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2018-06-27
SHIPYARD BREWING LOSES TRADEMARK LAWSUIT

Portland’s Shipyard Brewing has lost a lawsuit against a Missouri-based brewer Logboat Brewing Co. over its Shiphead beer, having claimed that it had infringed upon its trademark. Shipyard Brewing Co. f...

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2018-06-27
Yolo Rum Trademark Issued After 5 1/2 Year Process

DENVER and WASHINGTON, June 27, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued the Yolo Rum trademark, 5 1/2 years after it was filed in December ...

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2018-06-26
Ford patent application lets you adjust power seats with your voice

Now that some seats offer 30-way adjustability, automakers might be forced to think beyond buttons and switches, but Ford's patent application takes it in a strange direction. Ford applied ...

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2018-06-25
Microsoft patent hints HoloLens 2 could pack double the field of view

Microsoft could be addressing one of HoloLens' pain points in a major way with the headset's next iteration. We already know quite a bit about what to expect from the next iteration of Microsoft's...

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2018-06-21
Dropbox Hits Back at Synchronoss in Cloud Storage Patent Brawl

Dropbox's three-patent offensive comes in the wake of Synchronoss' own three-year-old three-patent suit, which is pending in Oakland federal court. Dropbox Inc. has hit Synchronoss Technolog...

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2018-06-21
GE researcher narrowly misses 10 millionth U.S. patent

NIskayuna-based biologist now holds 50 patents NISKAYUNA — A molecular biologist at General Electric’s Global Research Center in Niskayuna fell short (and went long) Tuesday in his quest to be iss...

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2018-06-20
After patent approval, Motorola to make flexible and foldable smartphones

SAN FRANCISCO: Chinese smartphone maker Motorola has reportedly been granted a patent in the US to make a flexible, foldable organic light-emitting diode (OLED) smartphone that would flex, both inward and out...

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2018-06-19
As Blockchain Grows, Companies Look to Avert a Patent War

The arrival of the smartphone triggered epic intellectual property battles across the world, as companies spent billions of dollars to assert monopolies over the new technology. The most high profile of those bat...

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2018-06-14
Speech by Shen Changyu at the Symposium Commemorating the 10th Anniversary of...

Speech by Shen Changyu at the Symposium Commemorating the 10th Anniversary of the Promulgation and Implementation of the Outline of the National Intellectual Property Strategy Today we gather here to attend t...

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2018-06-14
A Symposium in Memory of the Tenth Anniversary of the Promulgation and Implem...

A Symposium in Memory of the Tenth Anniversary of the Promulgation and Implementation of the National Intellectual Property Strategy Compendium is Held in Beijing On the scene of the symposium in memory of th...

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2018-06-14
Chinese trademark filings flood foreign markets

Government subsidies for applications may encourage gaming the system TOKYO -- Chinese trademark applications in Japan, the U.S. and Europe swelled nearly sevenfold in the three years through 2017 as...

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2018-06-14
Walmart Patent Envisions Bitcoin-Powered Electrical Grid

Retail giant Walmart has won a patent for an on-demand electrical grid that would be powered by bitcoin or another cryptocurrency. The system, outlined in a patent awarded by the US Patent and Trademark Offic...

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2018-06-12
SIPO Deputy Commissioner He Hua Meets with AIPPI Delegates

On June 5, SIPO Deputy Commissioner He Hua held a meeting with a delegation led by Ma Hao and Olga Sirakova, the respective President and Secretary General of the International Association for the Protection ...

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2018-06-11
Uber applies for patent that would detect drunk passengers

While Uber has changed the way that many think about transportation, it’s also changed the way that many drunk people find their way home at night. Rather than haphazardly hailing a cab or driving home ...

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2018-06-06
Immensa Technology Labs files patent for 3D printed construction in Dubai

Immensa Technology Labs, a company dedicated to the advancement of 3D printing throughout the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has filed a patent for an additive manufacturing method that makes patterns for m...

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2018-05-31
T-shirt maker sinks rival with dubious trademark of 150-year-old nautical icon

T-shirt maker sinks rival with dubious trademark of 150-year-old nautical icon Lawyers told gCaptain to save money and "remove the items to comply with the request." Rather than defend against a...

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2018-05-26
Saving money by slashing patent attorney fees wastes every dollar

Coolpad says that Xiaomi has infringed upon UI type patents, involving interface, applications and icon configuration technologies. Shenzhen-based smartphone maker Coolpad said on Thursday that its rival Xiao...

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2018-05-25
Samsung stung by $539 million jury verdict in Apple patent defeat

The company argued it should only be on the hook for $28 million; expect another appeal. In the endless patent war between Apple and Samsung, Apple has again been awarded a massive jury verdict against the So...

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2018-05-24
Nintendo 64 Classic may be on its way, trademark reveals

Trademarks, logos and hope: is another classic Nintendo console making a comeback? When Nintendo first announced it was making miniature versions of its classic game consoles, the internet lost it. The or...

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2018-05-22
Bank of America Patents Blockchain Security Tools

Bank of America has won a patent for a way to control access to certain aspects of a permissioned blockchain network, newly published documents show.   The patent for a somewhat innocuously titled &q...

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2018-03-22
US House bill aims to improve patent protection

A new bill in the US House of Representatives aims to improve protection for patent owners, making patent injunctions easier and invalidation of patents more difficult. Introduced by Rep. Bill Foster (D-Ill.)...

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2018-03-22
China to become top patent filer within three years: UN

A record 243,500 international patent applications were filed last year, a hike of 4.5 percent from a year earlier, the World Intellectual Property Organisation said in its annual report. These patents "...

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2018-03-22
China edges Japan as No. 2 filer of int'l patents behind US

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N.'s intellectual property agency says China has eclipsed Japan in the No. 2 rank among countries filing international patent applications and is on track to surpass the United State...

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2018-03-13
iBio Patent Issues in China on Protein Glycosylation Modification

NEW YORK, March 12, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- IBIO, INC. (NYSE AMERICAN:IBIO) ("iBio") announced the expansion of its intellectual property portfolio with the issuance of a patent in China describing con...

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2018-03-13
A New Front in Trump's Trade War

President Donald Trump's approach to trade mainly offends allies for no reason, counters imaginary threats, and undermines deals that benefit the U.S. At the same time, his administra...

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2018-03-13
Innolux sues Chinese company for patent infringement

Taipei, Feb. 27 (CNA) Innolux Corp., one of the largest flat panel makers in Taiwan, has filed suit in two courts in China against a Chinese competitor for infringing on 17 of its patents and is demanding that it...

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2018-03-05
NOVARUM SECURES US PATENT FOR SMARTPHONE DIAGNOSTICS TECH

Part of BBI Solutions, Novarum has developed image capture technology which transforms a smartphone into a diagnostic reader to deliver accurate test results, of lab-quality, directly from the point of care. ...

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2018-03-05
China has shot far ahead of the US on deep-learning patents

China wants to become a country of innovation, and lead the world in artificial intelligence in 2030. By one indicator, it’s on its way. China is outdoing the US in some kinds of AI-related intelle...

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2018-03-05
Taiwan's Innolux sues Chinese company for patent infringement

Taipei, Feb. 27 (CNA) Innolux Corp., one of the largest flat panel makers in Taiwan, has filed suit in two courts in China against a Chinese competitor for infringing on 17 of its patents and is demanding th...

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2018-02-12
Mystic Mac puts the slap into make-up war as trademark title fights grow

En route to the summit of the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA), Conor McGregor has cracked quite a few skulls. What he is finding much harder to crack, however, is the world of commerce. As the litany of tradema...

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2018-02-12
NEWS Scotch whisky trademark renewed in China

Scotch whisky will continue to enjoy legal protection from locally produced copies in China after the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) renewed its collective trademark on the valuable spirit.  This was on...

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2018-02-12
I-Mei and Lohas Biotech sign agreement of cooperation on development of ‘Sham...

TAIPEI (Taiwan News)--I-Mei Foods and Lohas Biotech Wednesday jointly hosted a press conference in Taipei to sign an agreement for future cooperation on development of food products made from the "Shampignon...

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2018-02-08
Patent Protection key to US economic progress

On Monday the Senate confirmed Andre Iancu as director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, an office that most Americans barely know exists but that will deeply influence how well our country does at what it...

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2018-02-08
China’s first court decision on GUI design patent infringement narrows avenue...

Patent protection for software in China is fairly strong, and as this blog has chronicled over the last few years it has gotten stronger still. But when it comes to the design and look of software, and ...

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2018-02-08
TIPO’s Draft Amendments to the Patent Act Invites Comments from IP Community

The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (hereinafter referred to as “TIPO”) proposed a draft of Patent Act Amendment (hereinafter referred to as “Draft”) as an effort seeking to harmonize ...

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2018-01-26
US Commerce Secretary Ross says Beijing's technology strategy is a

US trade authorities are investigating whether there is a case for taking action over China's infringements of intellectual property, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said. Mr Ross called Beijing's 2025...

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2018-01-26
Top 10 differences in patent litigation in Canada and the U.S.

Patent owners are increasingly looking outside the United States in order to enforce their patent rights. Many would argue that the Inter Partes Review process and various US Supreme Court decisions have made enf...

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2018-01-26
Vegas Golden Knights Face Trademark Opposition From U.S. Army

Las Vegas’s NHL expansion team might be at the head of the conference pack, but the rights to its name are in dispute once again. The Vegas Golden Knights face opposition to their trademark application ...

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2018-01-26
US game publisher Activision wins trademark lawsuit in China

SHANGHAI, Jan. 25 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese court ruled that Activision Publishing Co. won a trademark lawsuit over a Chinese film distributor. The people's court in Pudong New Area in Shanghai ordered Huaxia...

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2018-01-26
China Update: High damage awards in patent cases not always what they seem

In December 2016 a decision of the Beijing IP Court received wide attention as it potentially signaled increased damage awards in China patent cases. The decision by the Court in Watchdata System Co. Ltd. (&...

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2018-01-26
U.S. not starting trade war, but sees China tech threat: Ross

DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) - The United States is not starting a trade war but trying to level the playing field of global commerce and fend off Chinese protectionism, including a “direct threat” in...

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2018-01-26
ITRI Named a 2017 Clarivate Analytics Top 100 Global Innovator

HSIHCHU, Taiwan – The Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) was named a 2017 Clarivate Analytics Top 100 Global Innovator today (Jan. 25, 2018). The annual report highlights the most successful or...

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2018-01-17
Brain Power Pays Off With Japan’s Intellectual Property Exports

Intellectual property is generating soaring revenue for Japan, jumping by 74 percent over the past five years to a record in 2017, according to the latest government data. Developing and protecting it is a ke...

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2018-01-17
Patent Search 101: Why US Patent Searches are Critically Important

Inventors will frequently ask why they need to spend the money on a US patent search, and all too frequently believe patent searches are unnecessary. There are various iterations of this question, starting out wi...

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2018-01-17
United States Army Files Trademark Claim Against Vegas Golden Knights

The United States Army has been threatening to file a trademark claim over the Vegas Golden Knights’ branding, and yesterday they finally did so, submitting a formal Notice of Opposition with the ...

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2018-01-17
Trademark Pollution: millions new trademarks filed in 2017 China

Yes, another issue of pollution is arising in China, the trademarks’ pollution. Unofficial but reliable data recently released testify an incredible number of trademarks filed with the Chinese Trade Mark Of...

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2018-01-17
Samsung Liable for Infringing Huawei Patents After Maliciously Delaying Negot...

On Thursday, January 11th, reports indicated that China’s Shenzhen Intermediate Court had entered a ruling in favor of Chinese smartphone maker Huawei in a patent infringement case that ...

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2018-01-17
Japan’s intellectual property generating revenue at record pace

Intellectual property is generating soaring revenue for Japan, jumping by 74 percent over the past five years to a record in 2017, according to the latest government data. Developing and protecting it is a ke...

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2018-01-17
UK/Taiwan Talks Smooth Way for Increased Trade

In recent discussions between UK and Taiwan, centred on setting up new sector dialogues on trade in agriculture and energy, Ministers also agreed terms that will make it easier for UK specialist medicines to be u...

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2018-01-17
Ring selling fake hi-end brand products busted in Taichung

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Taichung police today (Jan. 11) raided a warehouse in Beitun District and arrested three suspects in connection with the production of fake luxury goods such as bags, shoes and clothes. ...

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2018-01-17
Taiwan and China Introduce the Patent Linkage System

On December 27, 2017, Taiwan’s Congress passed an amendment to its Pharmaceutical Affairs Act to introduce the patent linkage system. Similarly, on May 12, 2017, China’s Food and Drug Administration r...

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2018-01-08
VW's Amarok pickup appears in US trademark filings Read more: http://www.lef...

The filing, dated November 22 and spotted by Motrolix, is broadly worded to cover automobiles, scale models, retail services and other business categories. Foreign automakers have been reluctant to compe...

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2018-01-08
ClearOne Awarded New Patent for Video Synchronization by the U.S. Patent and ...

ClearOne (NASDAQ: CLRO), a global provider of audio and visual communication solutions, announced today that it has been awarded a new patent relating to ClearOne's video streaming technology. The U....

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2018-01-08
China sees double-digit increase in invention patent applications

 China made 1.38 million invention patent applications in 2017, a 14.2 percent increase year on year, an intellectual property official said here Thursday. Of the total applications, 744,000 patents have...

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2018-01-08
Trump reportedly targeting China in aggressive trade crackdown

President Donald Trump will unveil plans for an aggressive trade crackdown over the coming weeks, according to a report by Politico. The White House is likely to introduce new ta...

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2018-01-08
Following Trump's report, China urges US to accept its rise

BEIJING (AP) — The Chinese government on Tuesday criticized U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to label Beijing a strategic rival and called on Washington to "abandon a Cold War mentality"...

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2018-01-08
As men go quad crazy, women's figure skating bumps ceiling

When the sprightly youngster with the blonde hair and brilliant smile stepped onto the ice at the White Ring in Nagano, she knew it would take a flawless program to win Olympic gold. Tara Lipinski delivered. ...

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2018-01-08
Allergan cutting 1,000 jobs in cost-cutting move

NEW YORK (AP) — Allergan will eliminate about 6 percent of its workforce as part of a cost-cutting move while it prepares for generic competition on several lucrative drugs. The company will cut 1,000 j...

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2017-12-18
U.S. welcomes steps by Thailand to improve intellectual property protection

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on Thursday welcomed “corrective actions” by Thailand to improve intellectual property protection in the Southeast Asian nation. ...

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2017-12-18
Vulgar Clothing Trademark Deserves Legal Protection, Court Rules

A U.S. appeals court ruled that “FUCT” can be trademarked, saying federal reviewers were wrong to deny that protection over the term’s vulgarity. Following a recent Supreme Court ruling that...

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2017-12-18
A Modest Patent Proposal

With homage to Jonathan Swift (born 350 years ago this month) and his eloquent satires, it is a melancholy object to many companies merely wanting to do business and individuals merely wanting to copy that they e...

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2017-12-18
Trade tussle with China tests the global system

The yawning divergence between the political economies of China and the west has once more become the sub-text of crucial efforts to avert a surge in trade protectionism. The US, EU and Japan last week ramped ...

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2017-12-18
French candymakers win Chinese trademark war

Revenge is sweet for the makers of France’s traditional calisson candies, who have won a months-long legal battle with a businessman who trademarked the product’s name in China. The lozenge-shaped...

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2017-12-18
WIPO Stats on Patent Application Filings Shows China Continuing to Lead the W...

On Wednesday, December 6th, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) released statistics on worldwide filing activities for patent, trademark and industrial design applications for 2016....

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2017-12-18
Taiwan's 'New Southbound Policy' Scores Win in the Philippines

Taiwan’s Tsai administration scored a victory for the “New Southbound Policy” this week, as Taiwan and the Philippines inked an updated investment deal in Makati, the Philippines’ financia...

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2017-12-18
Taiwan, UK sign MOU on biological material patent applications

Taipei, Dec. 2 (CNA) Taiwan and the United Kingdom signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) during their 20th round of trade talks in London Dec. 1 to facilitate the process of filing patent applications involv...

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2017-11-27
US puts pressure on SA to abandon pro-generic IP policy

American economist Joseph Stiglitz has pleaded with the South African government to resist US pressure to squash the plans for far-reaching intellectual property (IP) policy reforms set out earlier this year. ...

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2017-11-27
Apple Files for the Figurative Trademark for Machine Learning in in the U.S.,...

Apple unveiled Core ML at their WWDC in June, a software framework for letting developers deploy and work with trained machine learning models in apps on all of Apple's platforms—iOS, macOS, t...

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2017-11-27
Solicitor General Tells SCOTUS that Patents are Public Rights in Oil States B...

On November 27th, the U.S. Supreme Courtwill hear oral arguments in Oil States Energy Services, LLC v. Greene’s Energy Group, LLC. The case, which stems from an appeal of an inter partes ...

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2017-11-27
China must enhance protection of intellectual property rights: Premier Li

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - It is strategically important for China’s economy that the country enhances protection of intellectual property rights, the state news agency Xinhua quoted Premier Li Keqiang as saying,...

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2017-11-27
The ABCs of China Design Patents

Design patents are increasingly becoming an essential component of our clients’ China IP portfolios. They’re reasonably priced, don’t take that long to acquire, and provide pretty good prot...

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2017-11-20
A simple way to make America even greater is fixing our patent system

A relatively simple way to boost the economy and make America even greater is to fix a patent system gone awry. In recent years, major changes to intellectual property policy by Congress, the courts and the execu...

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2017-11-20
Patent professionals reassure Chinese over Brexit

A delegation of intellectual property officials is seeking to tempt Chinese businesses to hire UK attorneys by reassuring them that Brexit will have no impact on the European patent system. Members of the Cha...

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2017-11-20
From Internet Novel to Screen: Are Adaptations Becoming Hot in China?

Romance, mystery, and martial arts — these are some of the most important ingredients that went into one of the year’s biggest initial public offerings (IPOs) of a Chinese technology company. Chin...

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2017-11-20
Garmin® fleet 700 series expands fleet management capabilities with new open ...

Garmin International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today announced the Garmin fleet™ 700 tablet series for fleet management solutions and telematics. The new series combines the power of Garm...

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2017-11-20
Taiwan’s Giga Solar paste producer pays DuPont for patents use

Taiwan’s leading conductive paste manufacturer Giga Solar Materials Corporation has agreed to pay patent licensing fees to rival, DuPont Photovoltaic’s. DuPont said that the agreement was effectiv...

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2017-11-13
US Senate tax plan puts multinationals in crosshairs

Multinational companies that generate significant non-US profits from intellectual property would be hit by a new US tax regime under a plan from Senate Republicans that has created fresh uncertainty over in...

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2017-11-13
Moosehead locks antlers with Vermont pub in trademark battle

Canada's largest independent brewery is once again charging at a smaller competitor in a trademark dispute over its moose-themed names and logos. Moosehead Breweries has filed a trademark infringement law...

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2017-11-13
Smart Systems decision a sad reminder of deleterious state of U.S. patent eli...

On Wednesday, October 18th, a judicial panel in the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuitdecided a case which affirmed a lower court’s holding that a series of four patents covering mass transit tec...

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2017-11-13
Toray files patent infringement lawsuits against Chinese company

Intellectual property and patent protection has become increasingly critical to companies doing business in China, where IP theft is a big problem. On May 25 of this year, Toray Industries Inc. (Tokyo) filed ...

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2017-11-13
China Trademarks: Anatomy of a Chinese Name

Labbrand, a leading Chinese brand consultancy, recently published an article discussing the naming work they’d done on behalf of Haribo, the German confectionery. (For those who don’t know, Harib...

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2017-11-13
UPDATE 1-China uncovers almost 1,600 U.S.-related intellectual property infri...

BEIJING, Nov 9 (Reuters) - China has detected more than 1,560 cases of intellectual property infringement involving goods exported to the United States during two joint China-U.S. crackdowns this year, the Asian ...

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2017-11-13
Abroad, intellectual property rights are under assault

In 2017, the World Economic Forum’s assessed the competitive landscapes of 137 economies across the globe. The U.S. ranked second out of 137 in overall competitiveness and innovation. Part of ...

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2017-11-13
Special Edition Red Bull Cans Immortalize Capcom’s Street Fighters

Today, Red Bull Energy Drink unveils limited edition Street Fighter cans featuring five characters in honor of Street Fighter’s 30th Anniversary, exciting generations of video gamers. The special Red Bull S...

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2017-11-13
Apple filed for a Patent in Taiwan that Reveals work on an Extra Wide-Angle C...

Last month Patently Apple posted a patent report titled "Apple invents a new Six Lens Imaging Camera System Designed to Eliminate the Flare Phenomenon." On Thursday we reported on the blockbuster news t...

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2017-11-06
Adidas opposes another US trademark

German sportswear company Adidas has opposed another trademark at the US Patent and Trademark Office, claiming that the mark infringes Adidas’s ‘three-stripe’ mark. The allegedly i...

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2017-11-06
Infringers handed new tools to attack patents

Sir, In his response (Letters, November 1) to Rana Foroohar’s welcomed Big Read article (October 17) on how changes to the patent system in the US are stifling innovation, Gary Shapiro argues that further l...

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2017-11-06
How to Protect Your Business from Trademark Squatters in China

Last year, Michael Jordan finally received a favorable verdict from the Supreme People’s Court in China. The verdict came after a long drawn out legal battle against Qiaodan Sports, a multi- million dollar ...

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2017-11-06
NetScientific’s Glycotest subsidiary allowed Chinese patent for liver cancer ...

Having IP protection for HCC Panel in China is an important milestone for Glycotest, with the country having a notoriously high liver cancer death rate Glycotest, a portfolio company of Netscientific PLC...

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2017-11-06
Weakened Trump Looks to the ‘King of China’ to Give Him a Boost

Shortly after Donald Trump’s surprise election win, Barack Obama gave some advice to President Xi Jinping in the final minutes of their last meeting as leaders of the world’s biggest economies. Ob...

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2017-11-06
Chinese mainland allows Taiwan lawyers to handle more cases

BEIJING, Oct. 30 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese mainland will offer more professional opportunities for Taiwan lawyers by allowing them to handle a wider range of civil cases starting Nov. 1. Taiwan residents who ha...

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2017-11-06
Alibaba tops Taiwan patent filings

Second was Qualcomm with 135 applications and third was Intel with 110. Applied Materials Inc was fourth with 108 applications, Tokyo Electron was fifth with 87 filings and Toshiba Memory Corp was sixth with ...

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2017-10-20
In US, New Legal Ploy May Protect Bad Patents

It had been a bad three months for Allergan, Inc. The drug maker’s stock price had fallen over 20 percent, as the company faced two legal challenges to the patents on its blockbuster drug, Restasis. Then, o...

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2017-10-20
Apple sued over 'Animoji' trademark, allegedly tried to buy IP rights prior t...

In a complaint lodged with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, plaintiffs emonster k.k. and Enrique Bonansea, a U.S. citizen living in Japan, registered for the &q...

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2017-10-20
Intellectual Discovery disposes of portfolio to US NPE as patent sell off con...

Korean sovereign patent fund Intellectual Discovery (ID) has continued its recent trend of selling assets to US licensing entities, with the disposal of a package of 15 US patents to a company called Compact Lens...

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2017-10-20
Slow and Steady: US Intellectual Property and the China Challenge

Over the past weeks the nature of U.S. complaints over Chinese violations of intellectual property have become clearer. In particular, one of the violations the Section 301 filing alleges involves the f...

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2017-10-20
Make China Trademarks a Priority

I am not a big fan of filing Madrid Protocol applications for China. In certain situations, they can work well, but when they don’t work (which is fairly often, especially when applications are filed withou...

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2017-10-20
As many in U.S. remain skeptical of patents, China picks up the slack

Recently, the Hoover Institution Working Group on Intellectual Property, Innovation, and Productivity(Hoover IP2) issued a revised working paper providing an updated data set on mobile phone patent lice...

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2017-10-20
Qualcomm fine leads to Taiwan debate

Taiwan’s economic ministry appears to be of a different opinion to the country’s competition watchdog regarding a recent fine levied on Qualcomm, Reuters reported. The Ministry of Econom...

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2017-10-20
ast week’s $773 million fine against Qualcomm from the Taiwan Fair Trade Comm...

Last week’s $773 million fine against Qualcomm from the Taiwan Fair Trade Commission is being questioned by a separate executive government agency in that country. The Ministry for Economic Af...

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2017-09-29
U.S. trade body will probe Sharp-Hisense patent dispute

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. International Trade Commission has agreed to probe certain Wi-Fi enabled devices and their parts after Japan’s Sharp Corp accused China’s Hisense Group Co Ltd of infrin...

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2017-09-29
China's crackdown on intellectual property theft wasn't driven by outside pre...

China’s  commerce ministry said on Thursday that its months-long crackdown on intellectual property rights violations was not a response to probes by other countries as it also vowed boost im...

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2017-09-29
Microsoft extends its patent protection program for cloud customers in China

Early this year, Microsoft announced the Azure IP Advantage program, a program through which Microsoft will use its patent portfolio to help protect their cloud customers from patent suits. If sued, eligible...

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2017-09-29
Trump Calls for an Investigation into China’s IP Theft

President Trump recently signed an executive memorandum intended to catalyze an investigation into China’s alleged theft of U.S. intellectual property (IP). The order is a first step in the attempt to solve...

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2017-09-21
Huawei Pay To Launch On Android In The US, Trademark Suggests

The Huawei Pay Android service may be coming to the United States, as suggested by a new trademark application which the Chinese original equipment manufacturer submitted to the U.S. Patent and Trademark office o...

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2017-09-21
Allergan pays Native American tribe to avoid US patent ‘Death Squad’

Washington — Allergan’s decision to pay a Native American tribe $15m a year rather than let one of its blockbuster drugs be scrutinised by the US Patent and Trademark Office is part of a backlash agai...

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2017-09-21
The Trump Administration is Investigating the “Theft of IP” by China: What Yo...

Several weeks ago, the Trump administration formally launched a “Section 301” investigation into the “theft of intellectual property” by China.  According to US Trade Representative R...

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2017-09-21
China launches campaign to protect foreign intellectual property rights as US...

China has launched a four-month campaign to protect the intellectual property rights of foreign businesses, a move that may alleviate a major concern among foreign investors on the mainland and appease Washington...

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2017-09-21
Does China Have Too Many Trademarks?

The United States and China are the two busiest jurisdictions in the world for trademarks, with radically different approaches. The USPTO requires applications to be narrow in scope: the identification of goods/s...

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2017-09-21
Google deepens smartphone operations with HTC asset purchase

Google is set to deepen its smartphone manufacturing operations with an agreement to buy assets from the struggling Taiwanese hardware maker HTC. The purchase highlights the growing importance of hardware to ...

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2017-09-08
United States: Stone-Cold Circuit Split On Award Of Trademark Profits

Addressing the issue of whether willfulness is required to award profits in trademark cases, and continuing a circuit split on the issue, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed the district court&...

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2017-09-08
In-N-Out files trademark suit against Smashburger over cheeseburger ad campaign

On Monday, August 30th, national fast food chain In-N-Out Burger filed a lawsuit alleging federal trademark infringement and other claimsagainst fellow fast food chain Smashburger. The suit, f...

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2017-09-08
A better US patent system will spur innovation

Imagine that you are the founder of a small biotech company. You have spent millions of dollars and years of time developing a new diagnostic test for a blood disease. You are about to revolutionise your field. ...

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2017-09-08
Specialized Intellectual Property Enforcement in China: Implications for Indi...

China’s attempt to emerge as a key Intellectual Property (IP) hub began in 2008 with its formulation of the Outline of National IP Strategy (“IP Strategy”). This provided for a roadmap...

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2017-09-08
Practical Tips on Trademark Matters in China

China has its own laws and rules relating to trademarks, different from those of the United States. Fail- ure to note the discrepancies might result in trouble or losses. We have been working for domestic and int...

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2017-09-08
China's patent operations more than 170,000 in 2016

BEIJING - The number of China's patent operations stood at more than 170,000 in 2016, a year-on-year increase of nearly 20 percent, according to the latest data from the Patent Information Annual Conference o...

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2017-09-08
Taiwan moving to deepen high-tech cooperation with US

As part of its efforts to enforce the "Reconnect USA" policy, a delegation organized by Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) had signed six memoranda of understanding on cooperation in many ...

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2017-08-31
Opthea secures U.S. patent for its molecule to treat eye diseases

The patent covers OPT-302 and its use to treat disorders involving neovascularisation, including eye diseases such as wet age-related macular degeneration (wet AMD) and diabetic macular edema (DME). The grant...

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2017-08-31
China says it will tighten controls over intellectual property theft

China will tighten controls over intellectual property to provide better opportunities for foreign firms, the commerce ministry said on Friday. The government’s crackdown on intellectual property violat...

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2017-08-31
China Trademarks, after New Balance

What should we make of the most recent New Balance decision? As widely covered in the press, a Suzhou court last week awarded the Boston-based athletic equipment company New Balance $1.5 million in damag...

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2017-08-31
ATMchain? Card Giant China UnionPay Files New Blockchain Patent

China UnionPay, the payment card giant, hopes to patent a system for connecting a network of ATMs using blockchain technology, public records reveal. Documents released late last month&nbs...

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2017-08-31
Heraeus appeals Taiwan regional court decision

Heraeus Photovoltaics has appealed against the Taiwanese Regional Intellectual Property Court decision released July 7th 2017. The decision stated that Giga Solar does not infringe Heraeus’ Taiwan Regio...

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2017-08-31
Sharp asks US trade body to probe Hisense in patent dispute

Japan's Sharp Corp on Wednesday said it has requested the U.S. International Trade Commision to investigate China's Hisense Group Co Ltd over possible patent infringement of communications equipment. &n...

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2017-08-25
China expresses 'strong dissatisfaction' with US intellectual property probe

China on Monday expressed "strong dissatisfaction" with the U.S. launch of an investigation into China's alleged theft of U.S. intellectual property. China's Commerce Ministry said in a stat...

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2017-08-25
New Balance awarded US$1.5 million in China trademark case

Following a promise from President Xi Jinping last month to punish intellectual property infringement, and the launch of a US investigation into Chinese IP theft, a Chinese court has found in favor of US shoemake...

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2017-08-25
Ambient Authentication Specialist Zighra Announces First US Patent

Ottawa-based authentication solutions developer Zighra has attained its first US patent, the company has announced. Zighra’s aim is to use a wide range of metrics for continuous, passive user authentica...

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2017-08-25
New Balance wins record China trademark award

New Balance has won a record payout in a Chinese trademark case after three local shoemakers were found to have infringed the brand's "N" logo. A Chinese court awarded the US sportswear firm mor...

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2017-08-25
China seeks to streamline patent filings

The State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) of the People’s Republic of China has introduced new rules to streamline patent applications and to reduce the backlog of patent filings currently sitting with ...

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2017-08-18
SIA Statement Regarding Trump Administration Action to Protect U.S. Intellect...

The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), representing U.S. leadership in semiconductor manufacturing, design, and research, today released the following statement from President & CEO John Neuffer in res...

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2017-08-18
App iTrump wins trademark fight against Trump Organization

An app developer appears to have prevailed in a long-running trademark war against the US president's business operation. The creator of iTrump first clashed with the Trump Organization in January 20...

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2017-08-18
Coinbase Awarded Patent for Bitcoin Security Concept

Cryptocurrency exchange startup Coinbase has been awarded a new patent related to private key security, public records show. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) published the patent yesterday, entitl...

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2017-08-18
Can Trump succeed in curbing China's intellectual property 'theft'?

Intellectual property (IP) is back in focus after US President Trump asked his trade office to look into the issue of China allegedly stealing American technology and IP, and eroding US firms' competitive edg...

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2017-08-18
China Trademarks: Under Armour vs. Uncle Martian, Part Two

We first wrote about the Under Armour vs. Uncle Martian dispute last May. At the time it seemed like just another story about a blatant Chinese ripoff, destined to be forgotten with the next month&rsquo...

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2017-08-18
American genius is under attack from China

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2017-08-11
Trump to Wait on China Intellectual Property Probe

President Donald Trump plans to wait at least a week and possibly longer on moving forward with a trade investigation of China on intellectual property violations after the country backed UN Security Co...

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2017-08-11
China Trademarks: Be Like Trump (aka Chun Pou)

he New York Times has a story today on Donald Trump’s trademark filings in Greater China, entitled, Trump Company Moves to Protect Brand in Chinese Gambling Hub. And here is something I never thought I...

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2017-08-11
Major VMI patents upheld in China

China’s Patent Re-examination Board has upheld important patents relating to tyre building technology developed by VMI. Commenting on the board’s decision, VMI Group chief executive officer Harm Voort...

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2017-08-11
Decision Time on Drug Pricing

Should the current target-expenditure system be extended? When the Taiwan government five years ago was working on how to revamp the National Health Insurance (NHI) program to help ensure its long-term sustai...

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2017-08-03
U.S. Plans Probe of China Over Intellectual Property

The Trump administration is gearing up to investigate China over what the U.S. perceives to be violations of intellectual property, according to a person familiar with the matter. U.S. officials are discussin...

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2017-08-03
People are filing trademark applications to “own” the swastika and the n-word

Nine applications to register derogatory words and symbols have been filed with the US Patent and Trademark Office following a US Supreme Court ruling in June that barring such trademarks was unconstitutional. ...

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2017-08-03
Apple TV Remote app target of latest Uniloc patent lawsuit

Lodged with the patent holder friendly U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Uniloc's favorite venue for attacks against Apple, the suit alleges Apple's software is in infringem...

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2017-08-03
China And Intellectual Property Rights: The Dragon Roars

In the IP world equivalent of Daenerys Targaryen launching her long-awaited assault on King’s Landing on the backs of her dragons, the leader of the world’s economic dragon, China, recently gave a maj...

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2017-08-03
China Trademarks and The Real Life Meaning of First to File

When talking about the China market one of the first things China experts often mention is that China is a first-to-file country. In short, this means (with very few exceptions) whoever files first for a tra...

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2017-08-03
China streamlines patent examination for Internet, big data patent applications

China’s State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) announced a new set of regulations which are intended to streamline the examination of patent applications in certain burgeoning fields ...

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2017-08-03
Gigastorage to appeal to Taiwan Supreme Court against IPC ruling in favor of ...

Taiwan-based PV wafer maker Gigastorage has decided to appeal to Taiwan's Supreme Court against a recent ruling issued by Taiwan's Intellectual Property Court (IPC) to have the company pay electronics gia...

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2017-07-19
U.S More Business as Usual Expected at NAFTA Talks

Despite U.S. criticism of the North American Free Trade Agreement, upcoming talks aren't expected bring about a sea change. But there will be significant changes discussed. Persuading Mexico to improve its la...

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2017-07-19
China's Mostly Closed, Communist Party-Run Economy Touts Free Markets

And once again, China's president Xi Jinping is the spokesman for globalization and open markets. In the Bizarro World that we live in, a nation governed by the traditionally anti-Western capitalist Commu...

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2017-07-19
China Patents, Copyrights, and Works Made for Hire

Conceptually, the basis of the “work made for hire” (often shortened to “work for hire”) doctrine is clear: employers should own (some) rights to work created by their employees, whether s...

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2017-07-19
China committed to further improving environment for foreign investors: Chine...

WASHINGTON, July 18 (Xinhua) -- China has taken a variety of effective measures to provide a favorable environment for foreign investors, Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang said here Tuesday. In a speech to U.S. ...

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2017-07-19
Washington Companies has deal to buy Canadian diamond mine

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana-based Washington Companies has an agreement to buy a Canadian diamond mining company for $1.2 billion. Shareholders of Dominion Diamond Corp. and Canadian investment r...

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2017-07-19
Apple contractors join legal battle vs. Qualcomm

A group of leading smartphone manufacturers are joining Apple Inc. in a legal battle against Qualcomm Inc., claiming that the chip maker charges excessive patent licenses and violates antitrust laws. Taiwan-b...

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2017-07-14
Kid Rock trademark points to new restaurant

Macomb County-born rock star Kid Rock has filed for a trademark for what appears to be a new restaurant. The 46-year-old musician, whose name is Robert Ritchie, is opening the nearly-complete Little Caesars A...

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2017-07-14
Stryker awarded $248.7 million in patent case against Zimmer

(Reuters) - A U.S. judge has increased the amount medical device maker Zimmer Biomet Holdings Inc must pay Stryker Corp for infringing patents on a surgical cleaning wand to $248.7 million following a ruling by t...

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2017-07-14
Pakistan, China, India on US intellectual property priority watch list

WASHINGTON: The US on Thursday issued its annual report on the status of intellectual property in report maintaining Pakistan presence on the Priority Watch List in its annual report along with Ind...

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2017-07-14
How China Is Emerging as a Leader in Global Innovation and IP Rights

Last week, China hosted the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting of the New Champions, often referred to as “Summer Davos,” in the port city of Dalian. At this prominent global gathering on...

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2017-07-14
Nokia, China's Xiaomi sign patent deal

HELSINKI (Reuters) - Telecoms network equipment maker Nokia and Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Technology have signed a patent licensing agreement, the companies said on Wednesday. The companies did not prov...

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2017-07-14
International report - Supreme Administrative Court adopts strict standard in...

The value of a trademark depends on how the trademark owner uses it in relation to the identified goods or services, as the trademark owner has the exclusive right to such use. Further, the trademark owner is ent...

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2017-07-14
HTC accused of patent infringement by Nichia

Taipei, July 12 (CNA) Nichia Corp., a Japan-based light-emitting diode (LED) firm, has filed a lawsuit with a court in Germany, accusing Taiwanese smartphone brand HTC Corp. (宏達電) of infringing on its LED pate...

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2017-07-10
Heraeus’ IP patent case struck down in Taiwan

The German-headquartered silver paste specialist laments the Taiwanese Intellectual Property Court’s decision, stressing that the ruling could set a dangerous precedent for the PV industry. A long-runni...

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2017-07-05
Beyoncé and Jay-Z file trademark on twin names Rumi and Sir

Beyoncé and Jay-Z appear to have named their new twins. The couple have reportedly registered in the US to trademark “Rumi Carter” and “Sir Carter” – as they did reg...

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2017-07-05
US patent litigation slump continues; post-TC Heartland Delaware overtakes ED...

A slump in US patent litigation, which last year saw the number of new lawsuits fall to their lowest level since 2011, continued through the first half of this year as filed cases dropped below 2,000 to levels no...

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2017-07-05
Making American intellectual property great again

A deteriorating intellectual property regime in the U.S. has been quietly unfolding over the last decade and has contributed to the declining standard of living for middle class Americans, the stagnant economy, a...

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2017-07-05
Some Basics on Getting a China Trademark

I was copied the other day on an email from our lead China IP attorney to a potential client. The email was in the form of questions from the client’s attorney to our China attorney and because the question...

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2017-06-30
U.S. seeks end of “Redskins” trademark fight

onceding what had seemed to have become inevitable, the Justice Department asked a federal appeals court on Wednesday to put an end to the long-running legal fight against the Washington, D.C., pro football team ...

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2017-06-30
What Direction Will the Incoming Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Of...

In IP Watchdog’s “Patent and IP Wishes for 2017” column[1] I expressed hope that new patent-policy relevant federal appointees understand the U.S. patent system has been weakened too much in rec...

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2017-06-30
'Intellectual Property protection a key issue for India-US relationship'

Intellectual Property protection is a key issue for India-US relationship and the next week's meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump is expected to benefit the innovators o...

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2017-06-30
China Slams Europol Report Highlighting its Position as Top Source of Fake Goods

China has condemned a recent report from the European Union’s law enforcement agency that accused the nation of being the main source of counterfeit goods in the European Union ("EU"), calling the...

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2017-06-30
China will grant CRISPR patent to UC

China’s State Intellectual Property Office, or SIPO, announced Monday that it will grant the University of California, in conjunction with the University of Vienna and Emmanuelle Charpentier, a patent for i...

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2017-06-30
In a tough patent market, another Taiwanese OEM goes to Texas to extract valu...

Qisda is a major publicly-listed contract manufacturer in Taiwan, appearing among the top 10 global original design manufacturers (ODMs). It has been relatively quiet on the patent front compared t...

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2017-06-16
New Book Finds US Companies Unprepared for International Intellectual Propert...

The new book "Inventioneering," released this week, argues that the "digitization of everything" has brought about a global intellectual property war, one which U.S. companies are ill-equipped...

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2017-06-16
Patents are exhausted by the U.S. Supreme Court

“It is so ordered.” With these simple four words, the United States Supreme Court significantly changed the way the U.S. Patent Laws affect American businesses, regardless of the size of the business ...

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2017-06-16
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office director Michelle Lee resigns

Michelle Lee, director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, resigned on Tuesday, a move that could be a potential blow to the tech industry. Lee, who used to work at Google before joining the agency in 20...

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2017-06-16
China approves 9 Trump trademarks previously rejected

The Chinese government has granted preliminary approval for nine Donald Trump trademarks it had previously rejected, in whole or in part, The Associated Press found, a turn that is likely to fuel further allegati...

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2017-06-16
Seminar to focus on China patent, trademark issues

The Ventura County Bar Association and Koppel IP Law of Westlake Village will present a seminar, “Intellectual Property Enforcement in China and How Best to Do Business.” The presentation will exp...

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2017-06-16
Made In China: The Past, Present And Future Of Chinese IPR

Conservative projections say that China will surpass the United States as the number one economy in the world by 2030, but the shift could happen as soon as next year. Either way, there’s no doubt that Chin...

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2017-06-16
Taiwan’s Current Intellectual Property Rights Challenges

Through improved legislation, stricter enforcement, and the fast-tracking of intellectual property rights (IPR) cases through the court system, Taiwan has developed one of the strongest IPR protection regimes in ...

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2017-06-16
Grace period for invention patents and utility models extended

The amendment of the Patent Act regarding the grace period for invention patents and the utility models, which was promulgated on January 18 2017, became effective on May 1 2017. The purpose of the amen...

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2017-06-14
Off-White Takes Trademark Battle with Paige in Front of Taiwan IP Office

THE FASHION LAW EXCLUSIVE - Off-White is not keeping its battle against Paige stateside. After filing a trademark suit against the denim brand in April, asking a New York federal court to hold that its diago...

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2017-06-07
Massachusetts bill would ban Native American school mascots

BOSTON (AP) - Massachusetts lawmakers are weighing whether to ban the use of Native American mascots in public schools - a proposal that drew strong opinions at a public hearing Tuesday. The push comes after ...

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2017-06-07
US patent office chief Michelle Lee steps down

Michelle Lee, the head of the US government's patent office, resigned her position Tuesday, according to multiple media reports. Lee was appointed to lead the Patent and Trademark Office in 2014...

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2017-06-07
Intellectual Property Issues for the Produce Industry in China

At the recent 2nd Fresh Produce Forum China, held in Hangzhou on May 23–25, a panel discussion was held where one of the topics was intellectual property (IP) issues in China and their relevance to the...

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2017-06-05
Ivanka Trump's new Chinese trademark applications raise fresh concerns over f...

A wave of Chinese trademark applications filed by Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka has raised fresh concerns over whether the Trump family’s business interests may unduly influence f...

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2017-06-03
Amendments to the Grace Period in Taiwan for Novelty and Inventive Step

On May 1, 2017, an amendment to the Taiwanese Patent Act became effective for all new patent applications filed on this date.  In addition, in conjunction with the amendments to the Patent Act, the Enfo...

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2017-06-02
Intellectual property protections: Backing Idaho ingenuity

U.S. Forest Ranger Edward Pulaski helped save the lives of fellow wildland firefighters in Idaho’s 1910 Big Burn. He is credited with using his experience to refine what is known as the Pulaski tool that is...

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2017-06-02
Bridgestone wins another patent battle with Chinese makers

TOKYO -- Japanese tire maker Bridgestone won a patent lawsuit against Guangzhou-based Wanli Tire. This marks the second time in less than a year that the company has prevailed against Chinese manufacturers in its...

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2017-06-02
Big Law Falls Victim to China's Trademark Squatters

Squire Patton Boggs, Norton Rose Fulbright and Osborne Clark have all been targets of China’s trademark squatters—entities that register the marks of known brands in the hopes of profiting off the nam...

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2017-06-02
Taiwan-Japan Electronic Priority Documents Exchange is Subject to the Term Li...

If a patent applicant has first applied for a patent with a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO) or in a foreign country, which reciprocally allows ROC nationals to claim patent priority, and if an ROC pa...

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2017-05-31
CHINA’S NEW CYBERSECURITY LAW COULD COST FOREIGN COMPANIES THEIR IDEAS

For years China has known that it has a cyber-security problem. On June 13, 2013, the U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden gave an explosive interview to the South China Morning Post while he was in hiding in Hong K...

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2017-05-25
Is there a Squatter on my China Trademark and if there is What Should I do?

A number of Chinese trademark law firms have of late been trying to drum up American clients on China trademark matters. I say this because our own China trademark lawyers have been getting a steady stream of ema...

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2017-05-24
Nautilus Hyosung America Defeats Diebold Nixdorf in Patent Lawsuit

IRVING, Texas, May 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Nautilus Hyosung America (Hyosung), the largest and fastest growing ATM provider in the United States, is pleased to announce the final determi...

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2017-05-19
US Renegotiation Of NAFTA To Include IP Rights, Digital Trade

Newly confirmed United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer issued a letter to Congress today stating that he will lead a renegotiation of the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Canada...

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2017-05-19
China's FDA Proposes Patent Linkage Mechanism and Terms for Data Exclusivity ...

The China Food and Drug Administration on May 12 proposed for the public's comments a draft regulation entitled Relevant Policies for Encouraging Innovations on Drugs and Medical Devices and Protecting Innova...

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2017-05-19
Qualcomm ups ante in fight with Apple, sues four Taiwanese suppliers

Chipmaker Qualcomm Inc (QCOM.O) has escalated its patent battle with Apple Inc (AAPL.O), suing Foxconn and three other Taiwanese manufacturers that supply iPhone and iPad components for not paying royalties. ...

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2017-05-19
Like it or not, Taiwan companies are caught in the middle of a billion dollar...

Qualcomm sued four Taiwan-based Apple suppliers in a US federal court yesterday, escalating its row with Apple over patent licensing terms. The chipmaker says that Foxconn, Wistron, Compal and Pegatron ...

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2017-05-18
Joseph Ferretti (INTA):

Newly elected president of the International Trademark Association (INTA), Joseph Ferretti, leads the global organization in its adventures in 2017, as it transits to a new strategic plan and opens a new office i...

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2017-05-18
UK court rejects Nestle's bid to trademark KitKat shape

LONDON (AP) — A court has rejected an attempt by Nestle to trademark the distinctive four-fingered shape of the KitKat chocolate bar in Britain. The Court of Appeal says there is insufficient evidence t...

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2017-05-17
Declines in U.S. innovation, entrepreneurship the focus at Capitol Hill paten...

“Innovation and creative endeavors are indispensable elements that drive economic growth and sustain the competitive edge of the U.S. economy.” Thus reads the start of the executive summary for t...

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2017-05-17
Past as Prologue: Is there Hope for America’s Patent System?

Several weeks ago I published The Top 3 Reasons America’s Patent System is in Decline. While those familiar with America’s patent system could likely rattle off more than three reasons, I chose o...

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2017-05-11
CHINA: Effect of Trademark Co-existence Agreement

CHINA’S SUPREME PEOPLE’S COURT SWITCHES APPROACH ON TRADEMARK CO-EXISTENCE AGREEMENTS FOR GOOGLE’S “NEXUS” MARKS Two recent decisions of the Supreme People’s Court in China...

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2017-05-10
China concerned by inclusion on U.S. intellectual property watch list

China is seriously concerned by the United States keeping it on an intellectual property watch list, the commerce ministry said on Thursday. The issue of protecting intellectual property (IP) has been a consi...

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2017-05-08
Tech Firms Warn of Weak Intellectual Property Protections

Outdated legal protections for intellectual property in Cambodia are likely to put off potential innovators, according to some in the tech industry who say research and development here is exposed to the risk of ...

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2017-05-07
Ford supplier's boardroom drama zeros in on aluminum patent

Did aluminum supplier give up its edge? When Ford Motor Co. chose Alcoa's aluminum for the F-150 pickup, that contract came at a big price for the supplier, says one of its owners, who is now battling for...

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2017-05-06
Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino sued by NYC cafe in trademark case

(USA TODAY) -- A small New York City cafe is taking on coffee giant Starbucks in a legal war of the unicorns. The End Brooklyn in a new lawsuit accuses Starbucks of trademark infringement, arguing that the co...

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2017-05-05
THE MENACE OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY THEFT IN NIGERIA

Against the run of play: How an incumbent President was defeated in Nigeria, a book about the presidency of Nigeria’s former president, Goodluck Jonathan, has been making waves since its release last week. ...

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2017-05-05
DC Files Trademark For A Joker-Themed Slot Machine

You know what they say about gambling with the devil: Never bet the house. Same could be said for the Joker, as you’ll most likely watch it burn to the ground. But it looks like soon you’ll ...

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2017-05-05
PATENT FOR MANIPAL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY ENGINEER’S ‘JUGAAD’ SCOPE

The Indian patent office has granted patent to the invention of Raghunath Manohar of Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal University. His invention, “A multi lens system which is a microscope and a comp...

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2017-05-05
Fidget Spinner Inventor Misses Major Payday After Patent on Toy Expires

As the fidget spinner craze spreads through schools and toy stores, its Florida-based creator hasn't seen a penny of profit decades after inventing the gadget. Catherine Hettinger couldn't a...

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2017-05-05
Ivanka Trump’s brand ramped up China trademark work in 2016

Shanghai • Ivanka Trump's brand intensified its work in China as her father closed in on the Republican nomination for U.S. president, with her company applying for nearly twice as many trademarks in a f...

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2017-05-04
Does Intellectual Property Rights system work in Ghana?

“Does that “thing” work in Ghana? I mean that Intellectual Property thing”, my friend Dzifa asked me innocently. I smiled. It was not an unusual question. Intellectual property general...

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2017-05-04
The Eagles Sue Baja's 'Hotel California' for Trademark Infringement

The Eagles are suing a hotel in Todos Santos, Mexico, that bills itself as the Hotel California for trademark infringement and trying to capitalize off of the band’s famous 1976album and song...

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2017-05-04
New England Patriots trademark 'unequivocally the sweetest'

Robert Kraft's words following his New England Patriots' epic  Super Bowl LI victory are now in the process of being trademarked.  According to ESPN's Darren Rovell, the Patrio...

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2017-05-04
Will Qualcomm seek an iPhone ban in escalating patent dispute with Apple?

Now that Apple has blocked royalty payments to Qualcomm in an increasing fierce legal battle over patents, what is the San Diego chipmaker going to do to hit back? The company hasn’t...

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2017-05-04
Why we stepped up to the patent troll problem

Entrepreneurs don’t pour all their energy into building startups just to have a patent assertion entity (PAE, or “patent troll”) attack them with patents of questionable quality. That is, unfort...

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2017-05-04
An Update on Patent Enforcement in China

As patent filing and grant numbers have skyrocketed in China, so has the attractiveness to settle patent infringement suits there. The opening of a series of specialized intellectual property courts, especially t...

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2017-05-03
Taiwan to Revise the Patent Act and Examination Guidelines

Since the beginning of 2017, TIPO had been releasing several drafted as well as finalized Amendments to specific chapters in the Guidelines for Patent Examination (GPE). At the end of last year, Taiwan's Legi...

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2017-05-03
Trump should seek rules to protect intellectual property in the modern era

The Trump administration’s trade policy strategy, aiming for “free and fair” trade, has largely taken aim at unfair trade practices in traditional industries such as dairy, lumber, and steel. ...

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2017-05-03
Microsoft, Oracle sued: Tech duo accused of trampling DB patents

The University of Tennessee Research Foundation (UTRF) and Saint Matthew Research (SMR) on Tuesday filed lawsuits against Microsoft and Oracle alleging the infringement of database patents. ...

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2017-05-02
Google accused in High Court of trademark infringement

A German software company has asked the High Court for Europe-wide injunctions preventing alleged trademark infringement by internet giantGoogle. TeamDrive Systems GMBH, which makes secure cloud-bas...

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2017-05-02
Novartis licenses CAR-T patents from bluebird, Celyad

Novartis has licensed CAR-T patents from bluebird bio and Celyad. The agreements give Novartis the nonexclusive right to use intellectual property related to bluebird’s lentiviral vector plat...

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2017-04-29
Taiwan stays off U.S intellectual property watch list for 9th year

Taipei, April 29 (CNA) The United States has decided not to put Taiwan on a special watch list for the ninth year, in recognition of Taiwan's efforts to protect intellectual property rights (IPRs), the Bureau...

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2017-04-27
New Balance Court Ruling in China Is Rare Win Against Piracy

BEIJING — New Balance has won a rare legal victory in China in an intellectual property dispute: A court has ordered five shoe manufacturers and sellers to pay the state $250,000 for using the American shoe...

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2017-04-26
Michigan Company's Highway Sign Trademark Ruled Not Harmful

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A federal judge has rejected the state's argument that a northern Michigan company's trademark of the highway sign M-22 violates federal law. The company M22 LLC trad...

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2017-04-26
April 26th - World Intellectual Property Day

TIPO is celebrating World IP Day together with international IP community to increase IP awareness and encourage innovation and R&D. A series of activities to be organized during this celebration will include...

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2017-04-24
Why is Intellectual Property important to business?

Simon Webster is CEO of CPA Global, a technology company that helps organisations manage intellectual property including patents and trademarks. CPA Global’s clients include Canon, Microsoft and many of the...

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2017-04-24
Raiders must fend off applicants filing for Las Vegas trademark

The Oakland Raiders are behind the curve when it comes to the "Las Vegas Raiders" trademark. According to KCBS in the Bay Area, a "handful" of people have already applied for the trad...

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2017-04-13
TIPO representatives attended the 44th meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic C...

On February 18-19, 2017, TIPO officials attended the 44th meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Intellectual Property Rights Experts Group (IPEG 44) in Nha Trang City, Vietnam. During the meetin...

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2017-04-13
TIPO hosts a Taiwan-Japan examiner exchange program

On February 13, 2017, TIPO received four examiners from the Japan Patent Office (JPO) for a one-week exchange program. In the program, the Japanese examiners gave an introduction of the JPO, and briefed on to...

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2017-04-13
Average first-OA pendency for invention patent applications in Taiwan has dro...

TIPO has carried out a backlog reduction project since 2010. By the end of 2016, the number of disposals has reached 384,789, exceeding the original target (365,740) by about 19,000, a considerable success in ter...

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2017-04-13
Starting from March 1, 2017, people no longer need to apply for a copyright i...

Over the past twenty years, people had to apply to TIPO for a copyright inspection certificate for the surveillance of the customs authority, before they could export audiovisual works, such as LDs, VCDs, DVDs, o...

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2017-03-22
China Saw Extraordinary Growth in PCT Filing in 2016

Source: China IP News   In 2016, China saw an extraordinary growth in PCT filing (44.7%), and ZTE Corporation (4,123) overtook Huawei Technologies (3,692) as the biggest filer of international patent...

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2017-03-17
Beijing: Supreme Court Rolls out Guiding Cases

Source: China Daily To make clear judicial rules and unify standards, the Supreme People's Court has released a new batch of guiding cases, all involving intellectual property disputes. It is the first ti...

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2017-03-17
Beijing: Alliance Founded to Spur Innovation

Source: China Daily A national intellectual property industrial technology innovation alliance, which was founded by 129 companies, universities, colleges and research institutes in late February, is working ...

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2017-03-17
An amendment concerning the grace period under the Patent Act is promulgated ...

An amendment to the Patent Act had passed three readings in the Legislative Yuan on December 30, 2016. This amendment will introduce a more lenient requirement regarding the grace period, which would be conducive...

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2017-03-16
WIPO Chief Calls China's Patent Application Growth

Source: Xinhua The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Director General Francis Gurry on Wednesday lauded China's strong performance in international patent and trademark filing. "...

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2017-03-15
TIPO receives European Chamber of Commerce and AmCham delegations in January,...

On January 5, 2017, TIPO Director-General Hong Shu-min met with a three-people delegation led by Freddie Höglund, CEO of the European Chamber of Commerce Taiwan (ECCT), and John Eastwood, co-chair of the ECC...

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2017-03-15
Intellectual Property Protection Highlighted on the Two Sessions

Source: China IP News Intellectual property protection played an important role on the Two Sessions. On March 12th, Shen Changyu, Commissioner of the State Intellectual Property Office of China (SIPO), re...

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2017-03-14
Intellectual Property Must be Better Protected

Source: China Daily During the Fifth Plenary Session of the 12th National People's Congress, China's top legislature, Huang Jianping, a deputy from South China's Guangdong province, said the robus...

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2017-03-13
China to Step up IPR Trials to Stimulate Innovation

Source: Xinhua   China will step up the trials of intellectual property rights (IPR) cases this year to stimulate innovation and entrepreneurship, a work report of the Supreme People's Court (SPC...

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2017-03-09
Administrative, Judicial Reforms for IP System

Source: China Daily Deputies of China's top legislature, the National People's Congress, and members of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, the cou...

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2017-03-09
European Patent Office Notes Highest Increase in Patent Applications from China

Source: Xinhua The European Patent Office (EPO) on Tuesday published its 2016 Annual Report revealing China showed the highest growth in patent applications. According to the report, the number of patent ...

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2017-03-09
Chongqing: Estimated 20% rise in PCT Applications

Source: China Daily International patent applications filed via the Patent Cooperation Treaty from Chongqing is forecast to increase by about 20 percent in 2017 from the previous year, local officials said at...

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2017-03-08
Premier Li Keqiang Vows to Conduct Pilot Integrated Management of IP

Source: China IP News   On March 5th, the 5th Session of the 12th National People's Congress opened at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. On behalf of the State Council, Premier Li Keqiang ...

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2017-03-07
District to Build on Reputation for Housing Innovative Business

Source: China Daily Laoshan district, one of the most dynamic areas for innovation and entrepreneurship in Shandong province, is building a central innovation area to maximize its potential. There are nea...

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2017-03-02
Information Session on Japan’s Regional Collective Trademark System

Aiming to encourage Taiwan’s agricultural and fishery export products originating from well-known areas to be registered as Japan’s Regional Collective Trademarks under Japanese Trademark Act, avoidin...

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2017-03-02
New features in electronic service for patent and trademark application imple...

After constant promotion and improvements in the past years, TIPO’s e-filing service for patent and trademark application has become rewarding by the public. In December 2016, there are 49.99 and 66.36 perc...

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2017-03-02
Cutting-edge Technology, Higher Quality Transforming Image of

Source: Xinhua With unremitting efforts of Chinese industries to move up the global value chain, more consumers around the world are recognizing the higher quality and cutting-edge technology of "Made-in...

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2017-03-02
Hubei: IP Tribunal Set to Handle Cross-regional Cases

Source: China Daily The Wuhan Intellectual Property Tribunal, the first cross-regional IP case-handling institution in the province, was established last week. Wuhan is one of China's first four cities to...

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2017-03-02
Jiangsu: Nanjing Launches Targeted Enforcement Campaigns

Source: China Daily The IP authority of Nanjing recently launched two joint law enforcement campaigns, one of which targets major business areas, shopping streets, professional markets and exhibition venues, ...

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2017-03-02
Shaanxi: Pilot Portal Goes Online in Provincial Capital

Source: China Daily A national pilot portal of public intellectual property services, which went online in the provincial capital Xi'an on Feb 24, features shared research resources for both civil and nat...

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2017-03-02
Beijing: New State-level Evaluation, Certification Center Opens

Source: China Daily China's first national intellectual property evaluation and certification center opened on Feb 28, with its online assessment system going online on the same day. Along with the State ...

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2017-03-02
Beijing: National Drug Project Helps to Break Foreign Monopoly

Source: China Daily The Ministry of Science and Technology announced at a news conference in late February that a national major science and technology project for drug innovation has helped China to break fo...

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2017-03-02
Shen Changyu Meets with Chief Executive of IPOS Daren Tang in Beijing

On February 21, Commissioner of State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) Shen Changyu met with Mr. Daren Tang, Chief Executive of the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) in Beijing. Among other topi...

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2017-03-01
China's Copyright Registrations Break 2 Million

Source: China IP News   A total of 2.0077 million copyrights were registered in 2016, an increase of 22.33%, hitting a record new high, sources from the National Copyright Administration of China ...

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2017-03-01
China's IPR bullet train runs between Beijing, Guangzhou

Source: Xinhua   Bullet trains with Chinese intellectual property rights on every component started running between Beijing and Guangzhou on Saturday. Run by the Beijing Railway Bureau, the 2,...

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2017-02-23
TIPO Statistics Report: Patent and Trademark Applications in 2016

In 2016, overall applications dropped slightly by 2% from the previous year to 72,442 cases. Decrease in invention patent applications (43,836 cases) slowed down and fell slightly by 1%. Thanks to TIPO’s ac...

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2017-02-23
Hunan: Changsha procuratorate to specialize in IP crimes

Source: China Daily A dedicated IP procuratorial bureau has been approved in Changsha, the first of its kind set up by a city-level procuratorate. The new office's responsibilities include investigation o...

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2017-02-23
Inner Mongolia: Autonomous region surpasses 10,000-filings benchmark

Source: China Daily Organizations and individuals in the autonomous region filed 10,672 patent applications in 2016, increasing 20.2 percent year-on-year and surpassing the 10,000 benchmark for the first time...

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2017-02-22
China's trademark application amounts to 3.691 million in 2016

Source: China IP News   Latest statistics from the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) show that China handled 3.691 million trademark applications in 2016, remaining world'...

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2017-02-10
Shanghai: Pudong Keen on Boosting High-end Service Industry

Source: China Daily Shanghai's Pudong New Area plans to promote its high-end service industry during the 13th Five-Year Plan period, according to the Pudong commerce commission. The area's high-en...

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2017-02-09
SIPO Targets Relief of Overburdened Patent Processing System

Source: China Daily The State Intellectual Property Office has taken steps to relieve the pressure on China's patent examinations system in the wake of the rapidly increasing number of applications in rec...

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2017-02-09
Hunan: Province Aims for Top 10 Ranking by 2020

Source: China Daily The province in Central China aims to rank among the country's top 10 patent economies by 2020, with annual invention patent filings projected to rise to 30,000 by then, according to a...

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2017-02-09
Beijing: 1M Professionals to be Trained for SMEs

Source: China Daily China plans to offer training to 1 million management and intellectual property professionals in small and medium-sized businesses within the next five years, according to a new policy rec...

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2017-02-09
Guangdong: Guangdong Sees Robust Growth of High-tech Firms

Source: Xinhua South China's Guangdong province saw robust growth of high-tech firms last year with heavy investment during a national innovation drive. The number of high-tech companies in Guangdong&...

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2017-02-08
Singapore Cuts Filing Fees for Intellectual Property Protection

Source: Xinhua    Singapore lowers filing fees for intellectual property protection, said the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) in a statement on Wednesday. The promulgation,...

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2017-02-08
World Intellectual Property Day 2017: Innovation-Improving Lives

Source: WIPO In 2017 we celebrate Innovation-Improving Lives Every day, ordinary people are producing extraordinary new things to change the world for the better. Their innovations take myriad forms, ...

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2017-02-06
Year in a Million for Patents

China Daily -- Last year, China saw an increase in both the quantity and quality of patents, according to a recent news conference given by the State Intellectual Property Office. The country has ranked first in ...

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2017-01-24
Both IP Development Quantity and Quality Indexes in China Rose in 2016

On January 19, the State Intellectual Property Office of the P.R.C (SIPO) held a news conference in Beijing releasing the statistics and related situation of the major works in 2016. In 2016, all indexes - both q...

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2017-01-22
Heads of China and Switzerland Witness the Signing of IP MoUs

On January 16, President of the People's Republic of China Xi Jinping and President of the Swiss Confederation Doris Leuthard witnessed the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding Between the State Intelle...

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2017-01-20
China Makes Plans for Stronger IPR Protection

Xinhua -- China will encourage innovation through better protection of intellectual property rights (IPR) during the 13th Five-Year Plan period (2016-2020). A guideline has set targets to improve IPR rul...

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2017-01-19
Chinese Vice Premier Underlines Crackdown on Counterfeits

Xinhua -- Vice Premier Wang Yang said Monday that the country should make new headway in the campaign against intellectual property right (IPR) infringement and counterfeit products. IPR protection can suppor...

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2017-01-19
Sichuan: China Chengdu (Home Furnishing and Shoes) IPR Rapid Aid Center Estab...

Recently, the State Intellectual Property Office of the P.R.C (SIPO) officially proved to establish the China Chengdu (Home Furnishing and Shoes) IPR Rapid Aid Center. China Chengdu (Home Furnishing and Shoes...

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2017-01-18
China Opposes Abuse of IPR to Promote Trade Protectionism

Xinhua -- China is willing to enhance intellectual property right (IPR) cooperation with other countries, but opposes accusations and abuse of IPR to exercise trade protectionism, according to a senior official T...

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2017-01-17
Shanghai: Shanghai Opens IP Rights Transaction Center

Xinhua -- An intellectual property rights (IPR) transaction center was established on Friday in Shanghai. The center will support IPR evaluation, transfer quotation, transaction authentication, settlement, tr...

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2017-01-16
China Issues Plan to Develop Intellectual Property

Xinhua -- China has issued a plan to strengthen the protection and utilization of intellectual property rights. Issued by the State Council, the plan specifies the goals and major tasks for the development of...

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2017-01-13
China to Start Intellectual Property Rights Pilot Reform

China Daily -- The central government has decided to implement measures to improve intellectual property rights management and promote the nation's capacity for innovation, according to a guideline on a on...

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2017-01-13
Beijing: Intellectual Property Mediation Center Opens

China Daily -- A center to mediate intellectual property disputes opened in Beijing on Thursday, in an effort to provide effective solutions and greater IP protection. The center, jointly operated by the Chin...

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2017-01-13
A New Batch of National IP Pilot Zones and National IP Model Zones Released

Recently, the list of a new batch of National Intellectual Property Pilot Zones and National Intellectual Property Model Zones were released. 16 zones, including the Shenyang High-Tech Industrial Development Zone...

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2017-01-12
Patents Evidence of China's Past, Future Growth

China Daily -- China has reached new heights in patent filings, with more than 3.46 million applications filed in 2016, according to the State Intellectual Property Office. Of these, more than 1.33 million fi...

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2017-01-12
Guangzhou: Guangzhou Focuses on Innovation

China Daily -- Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong province, will push forward development of a national innovation center within the next five years by introducing more high-tech and innovative businesses, according...

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2017-01-12
Beijing: Court Heard More Than 10k Cases in 2016

China Daily -- The Beijing Intellectual Property Court has heard more than 20,000 IP cases and concluded more than 13,000 since its establishment in November 2014, according to a news conference held by the court...

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2017-01-12
Beijing: Free Trade Zones to Boost Judicial Oversight

China Daily -- The Supreme People's Court called for increased intellectual property judicial protection in China's pilot free trade zones by encouraging IP-collateralized loans and further investment, im...

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2017-01-12
Guangdong: Service Center to Bolster Protection

China Daily -- The Shenzhen Notary Public Office set up an intellectual property service center on Jan 6 to specially handle IP notarization for companies and individuals in Shenzhen, the first of its kind in the...

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2017-01-11
Over 13,400 People Arrested for IPR Crimes Since 2014

Xinhua -- More than 13,400 people in China were arrested for crimes related to intellectual property rights' (IPR) violations from January 2014 to November 2016, the Supreme People's Procuratorate (SPP) a...

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2017-01-11
China's R&D Spending Estimated to Reach 2.1 Pct of GDP in 2016

Xinhua -- China's investment in research and development (R&D) is expected to reach 1.54 trillion yuan (around 223 billion U.S. dollars) in 2016, accounting for 2.1 percent of GDP, according to Science...

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2017-01-09
Jiangsu: Wuxi Sees $1 Trillion from Creative Projects

China Daily -- As corporate creativity plays an increasingly predominant role in economic development, the city of Wuxi is determined to drive its economy to a new high through encouraging local companies to c...

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2017-01-09
Shandong: Qingdao to Found Two Innovation Centers

China Daily -- Qingdao, the largest city in Shandong province, has received the green light to proceed with the development of Qingdao Smart Home Innovation Center and Qingdao Graphene Innovation Center, two inno...

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2017-01-09
Shanghai: Smart Science Research Institute Opens in Jiading

China Daily -- The Smart Science and Generic Technology Research Institute, co-founded by Nanxiang Shineland Industrial Park and the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology, is inaugurated in Nanxiang t...

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2017-01-06
Senior Official Calls for Reforms in Intellectual Property Rights

Xinhua -- State Councilor Wang Yong said Thursday China should still deepen reforms in intellectual property rights, despite the fact it has shown great improvement in the area in recent years. China should p...

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2016-11-25
China breaks patent application record

China-based innovators applied for a record-setting number of invention patents last year. The country accounted for more than a million submissions, according to an annual report by the World Intel...

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2016-11-25
World Patent Marketing Success Team Introduces Bottle Brush, A Baby Care Inve...

World Patent Marketing, a vertically integrated manufacturer and engineer of patented products, introduces Bottle Brush, a baby care invention that makes it easier to clean baby bottles. “The baby care ...

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2016-10-05
PROCTORANDGAMBLE FILES #PATENT INFRINGEMENT LAWSUIT VERSUS #SHAVING RIVAL

Orange County – Proctor and Gamble (P&G) filed a lawsuit through its subsidiary The Gillette Company against Edgewell Personal Care Co., which produces Schick brand razors and Edge shave gels. The lawsu...

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2016-10-05
APPLE #PATENT WILL DETER THEFT OF DEVICES BY TAKING PHOTOS, VIDEOS AND FINGER...

Los Angeles – Stolen Apple devices, such as iPhones or tables, may soon record and send identifying information about the thief to the device’s owner, aiding law enforcement in the identification and ...

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2016-09-29
Via Announces Patent Pool License for MPEG xHE-AAC to Support Digital Radio a...

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Via Licensing Corporation today announced the availability of a patent pool license for MPEG Extended High-Efficiency Advanced Audio Coding (xHE-AAC), the latest upgrade to th...

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2016-09-29
ChroMedX Receives US Patent on Flagship HemoPalm Analyzer Technology

TORONTO, ON / ACCESSWIRE / September 26, 2016 / ChroMedX Corp. (CSE:CHX) (MNLIF) (EIY2.F) (the "Company"), a developer of in vitro diagnostics and point-of-care testing (POCT) technologies is pleas...

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2016-09-29
Glytec Receives Three Additional Patent Notices of Allowance from USPTO for i...

WALTHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Glytec today announces notices of allowance received from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for three patent applicatio...

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2016-09-29
ClearOne Awarded New Patent for Spatial Audio Technology by the U.S. Patent a...

SALT LAKE CITY, Sept. 27, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- ClearOne (CLRO), a global provider of audio and visual communication solutions, announced today that it has been awarded a new patent relating to ClearOne's...

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2016-09-29
Microsoft's new collapsible keyboard design unveiled by U.S. patent office

A patent published yesterday appears to shed some light on a new tablet keyboard solution being developed by Microsoft. The design offers a method of combining a protective case, keyboard peripheral, and kickstan...

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2016-09-29
Via Expands LTE Patent Pool License Coverage to Include LTE-Advanced

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Via Licensing Corporation today announced the expansion of its groundbreaking LTE (Long-Term Evolution) patent pool to include the LTE-Advanced standard technologies with no c...

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2016-07-19
Amendments to IP Laws for TPP Accession

Following the Executive Yuan’s policy to dash for Taiwan's inclusion in the TPP, TIPO has started drafting amendments to Patent Act, Trademark Act and Copyright Act to fill the gap with TPP regulations....

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2016-06-14
Schedule of Article 19 of the Enforcement Rules of the Trademark Act

Schedule of Article 19 of the Enforcement Rules of the Trademark Act Amended and Promulgated on April 18, 2016 by the Ministry of Economic Affairs。       Download: Schedule of...

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2016-03-15
IPR Trends Q4 2015: Patent and Trademark Statistics

A.Patent Applications  1.The number of new applications for all three types of patents came down by 2.25% to 20,171 cases. 2.Applications for invention (12,390) and utility model (5,682) patents decrease...

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2016-01-29
Encourage Universities to Apply for Patents to Protect their R&D Results and ...

The number of patent applications filed by local colleges and universities dropped 11.3% to 4,275 in 2014 from the peak of 4,817 in 2013. In addition, their applications filed in the three quarters of 2015 also d...

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2016-01-04
Taiwan and Korea Making Great Strides in Patent Examination Cooperation: PDX ...

Priority documents are important when filing patent applications across countries. Following the cooperation with Japan on electronic exchange of priority documents (PDX), Taiwan signed an MOU on PDX with Korea o...

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2016-01-04
Must-know facts about the TPP—firsthand access to the IP Chapter

TIPO hosted an information session on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) at NTU’s Tsai Lecture Hall, December 29, 2015. Director General Wang, Mei-hua introduced key points of the TPP’s Intellectual ...

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2015-12-16
2015 TIPO-JPO Trademark Examiner Exchange

The 4th TIPO-JPO trademark examiner exchange was held in October. Two JPO trademark examiners came for this exchange. For the exchange topics, TIPO answered JPO’s questions on the registration of geographic...

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2015-11-20
MICHAEL JACKSON Triggers Disputes

After the name of the late famous rock star Michale Jackson was registered as trademark MICHAEL JACKSON by Fujian Fengshang Fashion Company, and was approved by the Trademark Review and Adjudication Board (TRAB) ...

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2015-11-20
The 118th Session of Canton Fair Receives Growing IPR Complaints

According to the closing news conference at 118th Canton fair, this session saw growing number of IPR cases, alleged infringement and enterprises determined as constituting alleged infringement than the previous ...

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2015-11-20
China Launches Its First Government Capital Led IP Fund

The Guozhi Intelligence Intellectual Property Fund, co-founded by the Guozhi Patent Warning Consulting Center and Qinglin Huacheng Investment Company, was launched on November 9. With initial capital of 100 milli...

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2015-11-18
IPR Trends Q3 2015: Patent and Trademark Statistics

A. Patent Applications  1. The number of new applications for all three types of patents in Q3 2015 came down by 6.0% to 18,059 cases. 2. Applications for invention (10,946), utility model (5,135) and de...

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2015-10-05
2015 EU-Taiwan Seminar on Internet Copyright Protection

TIPO joined with the EETO and EBRC to hold the “2015 EU-Taiwan Internet Copyright Protection” at the International Conference Hall, College of Law, National Taiwan University on September 18, 2015. Ta...

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2015-09-24
Boston Telehealth Company And Rival In Tense Patent Fight

Two competitors in the fast-growing field of telehealth are engaged in a legal dispute about intellectual property, as each aims to become the country’s leading provider of remote patient-doctor encounters....

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2015-08-26
Facebook patent: Your friends could help you get a loan - or not

Facebook patented technology on Tuesday that could be used for a number of things. It could help filter out spam email and offensive content. Or it could improve searches. It could also allow lenders to use a bor...

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2015-06-30
Prenatal DNA test patent invalid, U.S. appeals court says

By Andrew Chung (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court said on Friday that the discovery of a new form of prenatal testing that avoids the risks of invasive medical techniques was good for science but did not deserve a...

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2015-06-30
China rejects patent linked to Gilead hepatitis C drug

By Brendan Pierson and Adam Jourdan NEW YORK/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China has rejected a Gilead Sciences Inc patent application related to its costly hepatitis C drug, a U.S. advocacy group said, adding the move ma...

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2015-06-30
Eli Lilly wins UK Alimta drug patent case on appeal

LONDON (Reuters) - Eli Lilly has won a patent case in the Court of Appeal in London over its blockbuster Alimta lung cancer drug, boosting prospects for future sales and dealing a blow to generic challenger Actav...

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2015-06-30
Kickstarter Wins Legal Battle to Protect Crowdfunding From Patent Threats

Kickstarter has successfully defended the technological process by which it has built a popular crowdfunding platform. On Monday, a New York judge ruled in its favor in a four-year-long patent fight. In 2011, upo...

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2015-06-30
Sprint loses $30m patent battle with Prism Technologies

US mobile operator Sprint has been told to pay $30m (£19m) to a company that claimed it used patents it did not own. Prism Technologies makes money licensing its patents, and has taken many companies that u...

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2015-06-30
Google Receives Patent for Creepy Toy

San Diego – Recently there has been a proliferation of devices that are connected to the Internet and of apps that remotely control those devices. For example, your thermostat can be controlled via a smart phone fro...

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2015-06-30
Ford Allows Competitors Access to Patents

Los Angeles – In the interest towards development, Ford Motors is allowing competitors to access its patents regarding electric and hybrid vehicles technology. In 2014 alone, Ford submitted over 400 patents...

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2015-06-30
Sequenom Prenatal Test Patent Ruled Invalid

San Diego – Sequenom is a bio-tech company based in San Diego. Recently, its patent for pre-natal testing was held invalid by a Federal Circuit Judge on the grounds that it is not patent eligible because it...

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