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Indian Intellectual Property Appellate Board

15th July, 2019

The Delhi High Court taking cognizance of the colossal pendency of cases before the IPAB and its perennial non-functioning hold the view that the doctrine of necessity has to be invoked in this case. The Court observed that legislative intent is of the continuity of IPAB and not its cessation…

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Indian Patent Office Publishes Draft Patent (Amendment) Rules

15th July, 2019

The Indian Patent Office (IPO) published Draft Patent (Amendment) Rules, 2019 on 1 June 2019 and asked for submission of comments and/or suggestions by stakeholders within one month of publication of such draft Rules. FICPI-India, keeping its tradition of engagement with the IPO, studied the amended draft Rules and in…

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Changes in Trade Mark opposition proceedings in Spain

03rd June, 2019

As a result of the transposition of the EU Directive, there is a new procedure for trade mark opposition proceedings in Spain. This will apply to any Spanish application or International application designating Spain as from 1 May 2019. The new procedure implements the possibility of requesting proof of use…

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Can US Congress Create Order From 101 Chaos?

30th April, 2019

The USPTO and Federal Circuit have struggled with defining patent subject matter eligibility after the Mayo, Myriad and Alice Supreme Court cases.  Holdings in some recent Federal Circuit cases are inconsistent with guidelines and examples issued by the USPTO to assist practitioners and applicants in drafting eligible claims, thus creating…

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Monsanto V. Nuziveedu Seeds Limited: Bio-Tech Future Unhinged

Monsanto V. Nuziveedu Seeds Limited: Bio-Tech Future Unhinged

01st April, 2019

Biotechnology is a flourishing industry and has immense potential for innovation in several paramount human activities, such as health, agricultural and foods. Intellectual Property protection and, in particular, Patents are a great incentive for the biotech companies to invest heavily in their R & D.  Patentable biotechnology inventions all over…

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Amendments to the Estonian Trademark Act

01st April, 2019

This year will bring significant changes in the field of Estonian trademark protection. The Estonian Parliament (Riigikogu) passed The Act on Amendments to the Trademark Act, which will make registration of trademarks in Estonia faster. Upon adoption of the new trademark law, the Estonian trademark procedure will be harmonised with…

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Current Developments in Venezuela

27th February, 2019

On Friday 1 February 2019, a year after announcing fee changes, the Venezuelan PTO (SAPI) finally published their new schedule of charges. Payment of official fees had been suspended since February 2018.   This new resolution creates serious issues, at least for US IP holders, since it states that foreign…

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CNIPA - Bad Faith Trademark Filings in China

26th February, 2019

On 12 February 2019, CNIPA (previously SIPO, China) published a draft regulation, Some Provisions on Regulating the Application for Registration of Trademarks, inviting public comments. Anyone who has comments or suggestions may send them to CNIPA via email to tiaofasi@sipo.gov.cn, fax to +86 10 62083681 or mail to CNIPA before…

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