EU stem cell ruling offers major boost to life sciences industry

An organism incapable of developing into a human being is not a human embryo and may be patented, court rules

Patent, Licensing, Europe

New ‘straightforward’ USPTO section 101 seeks public guidance

Commissioner for patents says new interim guidelines for patent eligibility reflects significant change

Patent, US & Canada

Garcia v Google: plaintiff win will ‘wreak havoc’ on copyright law, says Netflix

Numerous amicus briefs filed before re-hearing of ‘Innocence of Muslims’ film infringement suit

Copyright, Licensing, US & Canada

Malta becomes sixth country to ratify UPC

The ‘Malta problem’ of older European patents edges closer with latest member signing

Patent, Licensing, Europe

Oracle loses EU trademark battle against Finnish rival

Court rules ‘JAVA’ trademark and ‘AAVA CORE’ sign are not ‘visually, phonetically or conceptually similar’

Trademark, Europe

Converse kicks off war with ‘toe cap’ competitors

Iconic US basketball shoe manufacturer seeks to prevent copycat designs in a high risk claim of trademark infringement

Trademark, US & Canada

UK and Germany reach Patent Box agreement

After mounting criticism, the UK has agreed a Patent Box system in tandem with Germany. David Cran explains what the changes mean in practice

Patent, Licensing, UK, Europe

Forging ahead

Lavoix’s Béatrice Daubin examines the important relationship between Community trademarks and other distinctive signs

Trademark, Europe

The new technology transfer block exemption: evolution, not revolution

Enforced 1 May 2014, the EU technology transfer block exemption's impact on parties negotiating licensing arrangements should not be under-estimated, says Norton Rose Fulbright's Caroline Thomas

Patent, Licensing, Europe

Common knowledge in the age of the internet

A case involving two pharma companies highlights the challenge of defining ‘common general knowledge’ in the information age, argue Scott Parker and Benjamin Thomas

Patent, UK

The Hub club

The vision for the Copyright Hub has moved on considerably since it was first mooted by Professor Ian Hargreaves. CEO of the hub Dominic Young gives Maura O’Malley an update on its new tech focus and how it hopes to give more control to online rights owners

Copyright, Licensing, UK

Winning over the crowd

The Fédération Internationale de Football Association’s Daniel Zohny explains to Catherine White how the organisation is helping to strengthen IP education, so fans not only love the World Cup but want to protect it too

Trademark

Social media trademarks

As more companies look to protect their social media campaigns, Wynne-Jones IP’s Michelle Ward questions if it’s time for a new brand protection strategy

Trademark, UK

Protection of digital assets – the naked truth about cloud security

Time is of the essence when seeking English court injunctions against leaked photographs on the grounds of a privacy breach

Copyright, UK

Internet registrars on the radar

With a German internet registrar being found liable for copyright infringement, Nathalie Dreyfus assesses the risk to registrars elsewhere in Europe

Copyright, Europe

France to amend its IP and heritage codes

Bird & Bird’s Nathalie Ruffin and Vincent Robert review three new directives introduced under the country’s IP regime

Copyright, Europe

Smartphone generation

Brand owners have an obligation to understand the nature of risks on social media, the remedial actions available to protect consumers, and the online value of their brand, says Haydn Simpson

Trademark