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May 15, 2021, 8:41 pm

Singapore has become a major hub for IP-driven companies due to its suitable environment that it provides for the companies. Companies always look for a destination that has multiple benefits and has a strong business environment. Singapore always fits in this domain and major industries and business seeks to establish their foot in Singapore capturing the market in the Asia-... Read More

May 10, 2021, 10:11 pm

The Enlarged Board of Appeal in the European Patent Convention is the highest judicial authority having the main task of uniform application of EPC. In one of the recent cases concerning the computer-implemented invention, the examining division refused the application on the reason of lack of inventive steps (European patent application 03793825.5). The applicant appealed to... Read More

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May 8, 2021, 12:00 am

Recently, the US Chamber of Commerce Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC) released their Ninth Annual International IP index titled “Recovery through Ingenuity”. This index provides the global intellectual property ranking comparing the world’s developed and emerging markets. The index shows that despite the pandemic, the global performance of IP has improved with the Unite... Read More

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May 5, 2021, 9:59 pm

With the increase in patent filing around the world, the European Patent Office (EPO) comes up with the Patent Index 2020 addressing the filing activity going on at the EPO office in the last year. The year 2020 mostly went into tackling the pandemic, the effect of which has been substantially visible with the... Read More

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May 3, 2021, 11:36 pm

The structure of patent application claims in the PCT application for Europe sometimes requires strict adherence to the rules. The EPO is strict towards having the requirement of unity of inventions and also with the conciseness of independent claims. These issues are often faced... Read More

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April 29, 2021, 8:55 am

In the recent celebrated case of Google vs. Oracle, the US Supreme Court found Google’s use of Java Application programming interface (API packages) a fair use. In 2018, the Federal Circuit ruled in favor of Oracle, to which Google appealed to this decision in the Supreme Court in 2019. The Court agreed in 2019 to consider questions such as the copyright protection to the sof... Read More

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April 28, 2021, 10:38 pm

With the increase in the importance of patents across the world, design patents are the next stop destination for various multinational companies around the world. We have seen the series of engagements of Apple and Samsung in their patent war, across various courts in the world. A fact that remains on the paper is the reliance of Apple on design patent to prevail over Samsun... Read More

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April 23, 2021, 8:59 am

Intellectual property plays a significant role in increasing the stake of the company. Previously, it was assumed that only tangible assets hold the major proportion of the company’s valuation but this was changed gradually. Now the intangible assets have a major stake in the company’s valuation. These importances of the intangible assets which are intellectual property have... Read More

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April 21, 2021, 6:11 pm

For a patent governing the technological standards for which there are no such infringing alternatives, that patent comes under the ambit of Standard Essential Patents (SEP). These standards are reached through the consensus for setting up the ‘Common technology standard’ supported by the Standard Setting Organisation (SSO). The difficulty comes up with the perceived ‘standar... Read More

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April 21, 2021, 5:54 pm

The Patent Act 1977, specifies that the patent will be infringed if it is granted and in force and without consent. Section 60 states that the subject to the provisions of this section, a person infringes a patent for an invention if, but only if, while the patent is in force, he does any of the following things in the United Kingdom concerning the invention without the conse... Read More

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