Why is it worthwhile researching a trade mark before filing an application and monitoring it after its registration? 3 years ago, Polish trade mark law underwent some important changes.
From 16 March 2019, pursuant to amendments made to the Industrial Property Act (IPA), the procedure for extending protection of a trademark changed.
On 4 April 2019 the Minister of Justice submitted a draft bill to amend the Code of Civil Procedure and other acts (No. UD 497 from the list of legislative works of the Council of Ministers) for public consultation and solicitation of opinions from relevant institutions.
The pharmaceutical industry is divided into two categories of manufacturers: original drug companies and generics companies. Original drug manufacturers are usually those who first look for new molecular targets that could be the target for completely new drugs and then, over the course of laborious and expensive research and development, create new preparations and formulations in order to verify the efficacy of the product in clinical trials, and finally register the new drug.
2018 did not bring any major changes in trademark law of the type that characterised previous years. However, the Polish Supreme Administrative Court (NSA) did pass a very important judgment affecting the owners of trademark protection rights.
Can inventions based on artificial intelligence be patented? Until recently, there were no clearly defined rules for applying for protection of solutions related to artificial intelligence and machine learning based on computational models and algorithms. Indeed, the provisions of the Polish Industrial Property Law Act (as of December 2018, Article 28 (5)) still do not allow protection for such solutions; however, on 1 November 2018 the European Patent Office (EPO) took up the challenge and introduced some guidelines in this area.
This is not the start of a joke, but the beginning of a partnership between an inventor and a patent attorney, i.e. two experts from closely related fields. A lot depends on the quality of this partnership: how effective the legal protection of a invention is in domestic and foreign territories, how the risk of infringing others’ rights can be minimised when placing a product on the market, and many other issues… Indeed, such factors have a significant bearing on whether a company’s activities truly translate into commercial and financial success.
It’s impossible to imagine social media and websites without numerous photos, images and graphics plastered all over them. Indeed, using and sharing photos today is easier than ever. However, as the European Court of Justice (ECJ) recently confirmed in the Renckhoff case, this activity must respect the copyright of creators.
Professor Alfreda Graczyk’s discovery of the efficacy of using photosensitizers to diagnose and treat cancer has brought the medical world closer to inventing a successful cancer treatment that will save the lives of millions of people.