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Brexit and Supplementary Protection Certificates

SPCs are essential in the pharmaceutical and plant variety industries because they provide a means to extend patent protection for up to five years.

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Registration now open for Italian trademarks to denote historical significance

Italian inventors can now apply to protect historically or societally relevant trademarks as marchi storici - if they meet specific strict criteria.

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Customs measures in the United Arab Emirates

Currently, many trademark owners experience sales decreases, and it is getting more important than ever not to fall prey to counterfeiters.

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New Italian legislation on ambush marketing for major sporting and exhibition events

The purpose of the new legislation is to strengthen the regulatory framework regarding parasitic advertising, introduce sanctions for violators and protect well-known signs in the sports field.

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Octimine and Springer Professional kick-off PatentFit

The new joint software solution aims to bridge the gap between research & development and Intellectual Property.

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Freedom of expression counts in trademark law

How should the morality absolute grounds for refusal be interpreted, and does freedom of expression play a role in EU trademark law?

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USPTO extends patent and trademark deadlines during the COVID-19 emergency

The USPTO is trying to be especially mindful of the outsized impact of the coronavirus crisis on small businesses and independent inventors. 

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Bridging the innovation gap – IP creation

Everybody active in R&D knows that there are situations when evolution becomes stuck along the way in what we call the innovation gap.

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German Constitutional Court allows complaint against the ratification of the UPCA

The German Constitutional Court delivered another blow to the hopes of those still wishing for an early start of the unitary patent system.

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All eyes on Germany as the UK says "No" to the Unitary Patent system

Germany plays a pivotal role in the future viability of the new harmonized system, with a decision of the constitutional challenge likely to be rendered before the end of Q1 this year.

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Key IP trends to watch for in 2020

A new decade is upon us, and its first two months have veered between ordinary and chaotic. What is sure is that 2020 is primed to feature a significant number of key IP law trends.

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Four major factors at play in the Google-Oracle IP rights dispute

The dispute between Google and Oracle over the IP rights to Java code is finally nearing its end in the chambers of the U.S. Supreme Court.