Category Archives: IPR

LIONEL MESSI WINS ECJ RULING ON TRADEMARK

Football superstar Lionel Messi won the backing of European Court of Justice judges on 26 April, when they ruled that the Barcelona player’s request for a trademark is legitimate, citing his fame outside the world of football as a crucial … Continue reading

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CHINESE FIRM LEADS EUROPEAN PATENT APPLICATIONS LEAGUE

During the presentation of the EPO’s results for 2017 on 7 March, EPO President Benoit Battistelli revealed tha,t for the first time in the history of the European Patent Office, a Chinese company came top in terms of patent applications. … Continue reading

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EPO CASE STUDIES: HOW SMEs USE IP TO THEIR ADVANTAGE

The EPO, in close collaboration with renowned IP experts, has produced a series of case studies on European small and medium-sized enterprise (SMEs) which are benefiting from using patents and other IP rights. SMEs from different countries, operating in different … Continue reading

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UNITARY PATENT ON TARGET FOR THIS YEAR, DESPITE BREXIT

The European Patent Office announced this month that the long-awaited EU patent will be launched this year and that the court responsible for enforcing the Unitary Patent would be ready to operate by 1 December. The Unified Patent court is … Continue reading

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INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY SME SCOREBOARD 2016

The Intellectual Property SME Scoreboard 2016, commissioned by EUIPO (European Union Intellectual Property Office) through the European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights and carried out by GFK, a market research firm specialised in evaluating public opinion. examines the use … Continue reading

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EUROPEAN TRADE MARK COMES INTO EFFECT

From 23 March, the European Union trade mark enters into force as part of reforms designed to make EU trade mark law fit for the challenges of doing business in the 21st century. The reforms will improve conditions for businesses … Continue reading

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DEMAND FOR EUROPEAN PATENTS CONTINUES TO GROW IN 2015

The 2015 EPO Annual report says that the number of European patent filings grew again in 2015 reaching a new high of nearly 279 000 (in 2014: 274 000, +1.6%). The EPO’s 2015 annual report also shows that the number … Continue reading

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