Posts in Europe


England and Wales Court of Appeal Rules in SkyKick Trademark Case

Followers of European trademark developments will be familiar with the Sky v SkyKick litigation, in which the UK courts and the Court of Justice of the EU …
By James Nurton
2 months ago 0

Billionaire Space Race Between Bezos and Branson (and Musk) Pushes Forward Next Generation of Spaceflight Innovation

This July has been a landmark month for the commercial space sector thanks in large part to the determination of two tech billionaires: Richard Branson, business magnate …
By Steve Brachmann
2 months ago 0

EPO’s Enlarged Board of Appeal Backs Videoconference Hearings

Oral proceedings before the EPO Boards of Appeal can be held by videoconference, even without the consent of the parties, during a general emergency, according to a …
By IPWatchdog
2 months ago 0

International Academics Push for TRIPS COVID IP Waiver Hold-Outs to Drop Opposition

One-hundred-twenty-four professors and academics from around the world have penned an open letter supporting India and South Africa’s proposed waiver of certain provisions of the Agreement …
By Eileen McDermott
2 months ago 11

Green Light for Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court

The long-awaited EU Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court (UPC) looks likely to be launched in 2022, after Germany’s top court rejected two challenges to ratification on …
By James Nurton
2 months ago 3

How Organizations Must Protect Themselves from Ransomware Attacks

When one thinks of cybercrime, it can be easy to imagine a mysterious figure in a dimly lit room sending out various phishing emails to unsuspecting victims. …
By Aman Johal
2 months ago 1

INTA Submits Comments to CJEU on Non-Challenge Clauses

Filing a request for revocation of a trademark, despite a non-challenge clause in a trademark agreement, constitutes an act of bad faith—according to an amicus submission …
By James Nurton
2 months ago 0

Who Owns Basmati Rice? India and Pakistan Battle for GI Rights

A decade-long legal battle over the fragrant, long-grain Basmati rice is heating up between neighboring countries, India and Pakistan. Both countries are attempting to claim exclusive ownership …
By Siddhant Biswakarma
3 months ago 0

Waiving IP Rights: The Wrong Path to the Right Goals

Waiving intellectual property (IP) protections for COVID-19 vaccines will hinder rather than further three meritorious objectives of the current U.S. Presidential Administration: ending the pandemic as …
By Daniel J. Staudt
3 months ago 5

EU Offers Alternative to COVID-19 IP Waiver That Supports Innovation and Addresses Supply Chain Problems

On June 4, the European Commission submitted to the World Trade Organization (WTO) its proposal for improving access to COVID-19 vaccines and treatments in countries suffering from vaccine …
By Steve Brachmann
3 months ago 5

How Individuals Can Protect Themselves from Scams Related to COVID-19

Cybercriminals have exploited the COVID-19 pandemic and the disruption of the past 14 months to scam a record number of people. The UK’s cybersecurity agency, the National …
By Aman Johal
4 months ago 0

Nokia and Harting at the CJEU: The Issues Explained

Two cases pending at the EU Court of Justice (CJEU) address, respectively, questions on the licensing of standard essential patents (SEPs), and the availability of interim measures …
By James Nurton
4 months ago 0

Transparency in 3G/4G/5G FRAND Licensing and ETSI’s IPR Database

A disturbing trend has recently emerged whereby an alleged lack of transparency associated with the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) intellectual property rights database (IPR Database) is …
By Curtis Dodd & Chris Dubuc
4 months ago 0

No Unfair Advantage or Detriment in EUTM Case Involving PUMA Logo

Sports and fashion company Puma has lost an appeal before the EU General Court, following an eight-year dispute. The trademark case concerned figurative signs depicting leaping cats, …
By James Nurton
4 months ago 0

Putting COVID IP Waiver and IP Piracy in Context: Consumers and Producers, Pirates and Police Officers

The Office of the United States Trade Representative’s (USTR’s) 2021 Special 301 Report, published late last month, brought into sharp relief one of the ongoing issues the …
By Alex Montagu
4 months ago 5