Italian inventors can now apply to protect historically or societally relevant trademarks as marchi storici - if they meet specific strict criteria.
While court rulings may have slowed down, the first half of this calendar year has seen some big patent decisions play out in many national high courts.
As the world races to develop an effective vaccine to prevent the transmission of COVID-19, many discussions have surrounded the impact that patents will have on access to such treatment.
After 50 years, we still cannot help but ask ourselves if having an international application will be enough to lead to a patent in most jurisdictions.
The GI law is a much needed legal and commercial tool to protect the cultural heritage of goods produced and manufactured in the country.
Holistic risk management also has to include awareness of the fine line that divides entrepreneurial freedom from cultural expression.
The USPTO is trying to be especially mindful of the outsized impact of the coronavirus crisis on small businesses and independent inventors.
Delve into the foundations of conflict between antitrust protections and IP law - and how they could better support each other going forward.