There have been many attempts to extend the conventional definition of a trademark into unexplored areas such as sounds, smells, taste, colour and 3D shapes. But how do
you graphically represent, and protect, a sign that can not be perceived visually? Thomson’s Alex Butler reports.
The CAFC’s en banc review of the In re Bilski case could mean major changes in the business method patents regime in the US. But as they wait for the court’s decision, what can practitioners do for clients seeking protection for business methods?
The High Court in London has recently clarified the criteria for patentability
of computer-implemented inventions. In doing so, it has brought the UK
closer to the standards of other European countries and of the European
Ask anyone in the world of patents to name their top three issues and you can be sure that the importance of quality will be mentioned. A panel of leading IP professionals discuss the importance of first-rate patents.
As so-called green patents become the latest IP rights to attract mainstream attention, rights owners need to understand what is at stake and join those companies that are already seeking to set the agenda.