Region: Europe

Lego’s EU design registration benefits from modular system exception

The EUIPO has ruled that Lego’s brick design is solely dictated by technical function, but being part of a modular system saves it from invalidation. It remains to be seen whether other products will turn to the modular system exception.

27 July 2022

UK government blocks IP deal with Chinese company using radical new powers

Recently implemented legislation gives the British government the ability to intervene in IP transactions

22 July 2022

The US leaves it to Europe to build the global framework for SEPs

With no concrete American policy, the door is now open for the European Union to decide the future of FRAND licensing

20 July 2022

UPC’s final Rules of Procedure offer more data and trade secrets protection

The first batch of judges for the court are also set to be appointed shortly, while an early 2023 launch date is now forecast

19 July 2022

Huawei among the founding licensors in new Sisvel Wifi 6 patent pool

The Chinese company joins a group that also includes MediaTek, SK Telecom and Philips in a programme that offers an innovative royalty structure designed to encourage early participation

19 July 2022

Spain could join the UPC during EU presidency, says top Barcelona patent judge

In an exclusive IAM interview, Judge Florencio Molina López talks about his court’s approach to the Mobile World Congress as well as the country’s potential entry into the Unified Patent Court

18 July 2022

The companies with biggest trademark portfolios in Europe, China and the US

L’Oréal, Tencent, Disney and Unilever are among the entities that lead the way, according to exclusive data analysis undertaken by IAM's sister publication WTR

15 July 2022

EPO decision shows AI patent rift with other jurisdictions, says DABUS project leader

Professor Ryan Abbott argues that a recently published Board of Appeal ruling reveals a very different approach to inventorship than the one adopted by countries such as the US, UK and Australia

14 July 2022

UK government reveals plans to simplify design rights system

Plans to simplify the country’s design system published, following a recent call for views on the existing framework

13 July 2022

Why the UK Apple/Optis dispute is a must-watch for SEP strategists

The country’s third ever FRAND trial decision will build on the global licensing approach laid out in Unwired Planet

12 July 2022

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