SMEs often manufacture their products abroad in countries where the workforce is cheaper. Foreign contractors offer products specially designed for SMEs or from catalogues. In most cases, entrepreneurs are assured that the foreign contractor possesses all the necessary IP rights to each product.
On 1 October 2017 the Regulation of the European Parliament and the Council on the European Union Trademark (EUTM) enters into force. The regulation amends some principles of registration of European Union trademarks in the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO). Moreover, it introduces new types and categories of signs.
The relationship between patentability and patent clearance is sometimes tricky. We think: I’m producing a product based on my own patent, so how could I possibly infringe someone else’s exclusive rights? And yet it is possible. And not as rare as you might think.
The market of computer games is one of the fastest-growing sectors of the economy in the 21st century. With hundreds of most loyal fans focused on that specific field of technology, this market concentrates devoted game creators who must constantly prove their high-level creativity and accurate outlooking for gaming trends around the world.
Nowadays, information is often identified as the most valuable commodity to be acquired or sold. Indeed, the community of entrepreneurs and scholars increasingly recognises patent information, the quintessence of scientific and technical information primarily found in the content of patents granted or descriptions of inventions for which protection is being sought, as crucial to the success of their projects or business ideas.
Nowadays, everyone wants to be modern. We create modern interiors, we dress in futuristic clothes, we enjoy using the trendiest gadgets. It’s hardly a surprise that this approach is also reflected in business. Long gone are the times when factories endlessly mass-produced identical car parts, as they were still good and usable. Today, automotive companies are expected not only to produce a car that is usable, but also good-looking and functional in order to match our lifestyle. Such expectations make it necessary to implement new solutions – innovation. Companies are innovating in order to meet the needs of their customers as well as ever changing environmental and social conditions.
Every single day new technologies emerge around the world. This trend is associated with the rapid progress that we owe to the internet, and with the natural human tendency to try to make life easier. Not all new inventions are as ground-breaking as electricity or radio, but their inventors are invariably eager to derive benefits from them, which they hope will reward months or even years of their work. Thus, the number of patent applications and granted patents that make up the collections of patent literature is on the rise. Inventions described in such documents can be searched using patent databases. One may search patent literature for a variety of purposes; this is done under patent research.
A recent decision of the TSUE concerning C-572/15 has addressed the issue of establishing the starting point from which the 15-year exclusivity period that determines SPC (Supplementary Protection Certificate) validity should be calculated in cases where a current member state, before its accession to the EU, had previously granted an SPC on the grounds of its national law.
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