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For a long time, the storage and retrieval of documents were time-consuming affairs for lawyers and caused productivity issues for a long time. Thankfully, Legal Document Management System is there to enable a smooth legal practice by tracking, managing, and storing documents with the help of metadata and tagging.

It is not unfair to say that Document Management Software streamlines the workflow and increases...

For a business, the development of IP is an important part but more important is the efficient management of IP in the business. The business considers the IP as a strong asset for it and hence it is imperative to have a strong strategic portion for the IP to maximize the profit-making part. In the field of Healthcare and its greater reliance on the aspects of AI and innovation, it is necessary that there needs to be a strong strategy part and a wider IP consideration...

With one of the largest economies in the world and the top ten trading nations, Canada is a highly globalized country in the world. With a strong financial system and a technology developed country with an approximate GDP worth trillions of dollars, Canada is the next stop destination for business and trade. The business always seeks to have strong TM protection, since this TM represents the brand value. As specified, Canada provides an attractive incentive for research...

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-Pacific. Each business knows the importance of IP and the value that IP holds as an asset to the...

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 the Technical Board of Appeal which referred to the Enlarged Board of Appeal with three questions...

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 United States, Japan, and Europe taking the top spot. Various other emerging markets have shown...

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 decrease on the country-to-country basis. This comprehensive index compares the total filing...

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 by various applicants who enter the Europe with PCT route. Various issues arise in the claims which...

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 software interface and Google use of software interface for creating new computer programs constitute...

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 Samsung. This gives the impetus for effective usage of design patents having a unique visual presentation...

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