Now that the Japanese and French patent systems are aligned, applicants from both countries might be interested in taking advantage of this new PPH agreement.
Knock-off products are always a problem for business owners holding IP rights, but supply chain disruptions allow malevolent actors to make a tidy profit.
The year 2020 commenced in much the same way as most years do, but it quickly became apparent that the world needed to brace for the unexpected.
Italian inventors can now apply to protect historically or societally relevant trademarks as marchi storici - if they meet specific strict criteria.
The purpose of the new legislation is to strengthen the regulatory framework regarding parasitic advertising, introduce sanctions for violators and protect well-known signs in the sports field.
The USPTO is trying to be especially mindful of the outsized impact of the coronavirus crisis on small businesses and independent inventors.
The German Constitutional Court delivered another blow to the hopes of those still wishing for an early start of the unitary patent system.
Germany plays a pivotal role in the future viability of the new harmonized system, with a decision of the constitutional challenge likely to be rendered before the end of Q1 this year.
A new decade is upon us, and its first two months have veered between ordinary and chaotic. What is sure is that 2020 is primed to feature a significant number of key IP law trends.