Intellectual Property

The Era of Generics: Kowa Targets Single Generics Producer

Kowa vs Towa Pharmaceutical on April 4, 2018 (darts-939-003-E-ja; 平成29(ネ)10091) On April 4, 2018, the IP High Court of Japan upheld the lower-court decision (darts-543-325-E-en on September 29, 2017 at Tokyo District Court; 平成27(ワ)30872) in favor of Kowa for an injunction against Towa concerning Kowa’s blockbuster LIVALO® (pitavastatin). Kowa has a history of LIVALO patent infringement […]

Trust me, I’m unsecured – said no great website ever

The SSL saga continues. Security certificates are becoming increasingly more important for establishing trust as more users transact online. Threats of online identity theft and fraud have led consumers and business partners to demand assurance that personal, financial and business data remains safe. New changes in internet standards and web browsers are giving websites that […]

A Look at Brand Lifeguarding: Trademark watching best practices

Guest post by Tore DeBella, Trademark Associate with Drinker Biddle With trademark infringement and misappropriation on the rise worldwide, trademark professionals are facing unprecedented challenges in protecting the brands in our care. The good news is that adhering to some fundamental techniques for safeguarding those brands—including trademark watching—can help mitigate the risk. That was the […]

Linguistics Matter: How your trademark translates may define your global brand success

Unique and authentic. Relevant but differentiating. Engaging.  These are just a few attributes brand owners typically strive for when developing new product, service or company names. What can be easily forgotten, but is equally important, is that your name should also “work” across borders – in foreign languages, countries, and cultures. There are countless examples […]

Overview on the concept of CTTP

  The fragmented approach of the EU Copyright law harmonisation leaves room for interpretation by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) to guide national courts. The best example illustrating how the definition and the scope of a legal concept can evolve significantly over the years, is the concept of communication to the […]

Internet of Things: Connectivity vs. vulnerability

This article is part of an ongoing State of Innovation series exploring global inventions and innovation trends in 12 key industries.  Download the State of Innovation report on the Information Technology industry now, or download the full 2017 report here.   The race is on for innovators to develop methods to thwart the hackers.”   The term Internet […]

Intelligent domotics

This article is part of an ongoing State of Innovation series exploring global inventions and innovation trends in 12 key industries.  Download the State of Innovation report on the Home Appliances industry now, or download the full 2017 report here. With the price of electricity soaring once again, families are finding it more and more difficult to […]

The KitKat trademark battle and its wider implications

Who would have thought that a four-part chocolate bar could lead to a ten-year trademark battle? Yet somehow the KitKat trademark struggle rumbles on. In 2002 Nestlé, makers of KitKat, applied for a trademark on the brand. At the same time the company tried to trademark KitKat’s shape, describing it as a “four trapezoidal bars […]

Is Free Accessibility Online Equal to Free Use?

This week, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled that an unauthorized re-post of a copyright protected photograph should be seen as an act of communication to the public within the meaning of article 3 (1) of Directive 2001/29/EC (the InfoSoc Directive). In 2009, a student from a school in Germany took […]

Artificial intelligence: Hype vs. reality and the impact on the patent industry

Introduction The generally accepted definition of artificial intelligence (AI) is the demonstration of intelligence by machines. In computer science AI research is defined as the study of “intelligent agents”: any device that perceives its environment and takes actions that maximize its chance of successfully achieving its goals.  More commonly, it’s a term that is used […]