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Ocado patent fight puts delivery and warehouse systems IP under the spotlight

UK company accused of infringement by Norwegian rival in a field that is likely to become more important to e-commerce heavyweights such as Amazon

Ocado patent fight puts delivery and warehouse systems IP under the spotlight
Chinese firms turn tables in solar patent battle
28 May 2020

Chinese firms turn tables in solar patent battle

South Korea’s Hanwha Q-Cells looks to be coming up short in a big ITC case, and now a state-owned Chinese rival is going on the offensive

Korean solar firm leverages patent deals to go after Chinese rivals
12 Mar 2019

Korean solar firm leverages patent deals to go after Chinese rivals

A pair of acquisitions and the bankruptcy of a competitor opened the door for Hanwha Q CELLS to move from licensee to plaintiff in the latest indication that disputes in the clean energy sector are heating up

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30 Mar 2020

Norway Trademark Prosecution Firm of the Year: Kvale Advokatfirma

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14 Dec 2011

NIPO joins the Patent Prosecution Highway

The Patent Prosecution Highway pilot programme between the Norwegian Industrial Property Office (NIPO) and the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has commenced. The pilot programme is designed to provide for accelerated examination procedures allowing applicants to obtain corresponding patents faster and more efficiently in both the NIPO and the USPTO.

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12 Jan 2011

No copyright protection for Come Dine With Me television format

Until recently, no Norwegian case law existed on the issue of copyright protection for television formats. However, the Oslo District Court recently ruled on a dispute involving the well-known <i>Come Dine With Me</i> television format. The court held that as the elements of the format still left considerable room for variations, it did not qualify as a work protected by copyright.

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1 Dec 2010

Check the court’s jurisdiction before bringing an action

Picking the correct court to handle a case first time can save time and money. The Agder Court of Appeal recently held that the Norwegian courts had no jurisdiction in a case involving the copying of a sports jacket. Although the company which made the original jackets was Norwegian, the copies had not been distributed in Norway.

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17 Nov 2010

Court pours cold water on bottle infringement claims

In a dispute involving two brands of bottled water, the Gjovik District Court has found that the bottles produced and sold by Water of Norway AS did not infringe those produced and sold by Ringnes AS. The case confirms that businesses that invest in the development of trade dress for their products should register the trademark or design, rather than simply relying on unfair competition laws.

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12 May 2010

Supreme Court finds something fishy in nudity scene broadcast

The Supreme Court has upheld an actress's right to control the broadcasting of her frontal nudity scene from the film <i>Burnt by Frost</i>. The court found that state broadcaster NRK had taken an excerpt from the original film beyond what was required for the purpose, and that the broadcasting of the nude scene was therefore illegal.

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14 Apr 2010

Research foundation may be liable for patent infringement

The Supreme Court has held that a research foundation delivering means for the exploitation of a patented invention may be liable for patent infringement, even where such means are developed during commissioned research work.

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31 Mar 2010

Electronic ID service provider off the hook in patent infringement case

The Oslo District Court returned its judgment in a high-profile patent infringement and nullity case brought by Cryptomathic against Bankenes Betalingssentral (BBS) on the basis of BBS's BankID system. The majority held that BankID was not equivalent to the patent’s solution, but dismissed BBS's claim of nullity against the patent.

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14 Apr 2010

Research foundation may be liable for patent infringement

The Supreme Court has held that a research foundation delivering means for the exploitation of a patented invention may be liable for patent infringement, even where such means are developed during commissioned research work.

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7 Apr 2010

Patent law harmonisation continues

The Patents Act has been amended to introduce a Bolar-type exemption from the exclusive right of the patent owner. In addition, the Norwegian Patent Office has issued a decision removing the "reasonable technical difference" requirement from the novelty test.

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31 Mar 2010

Electronic ID service provider off the hook in patent infringement case

The Oslo District Court returned its judgment in a high-profile patent infringement and nullity case brought by Cryptomathic against Bankenes Betalingssentral (BBS) on the basis of BBS's BankID system. The majority held that BankID was not equivalent to the patent’s solution, but dismissed BBS's claim of nullity against the patent.

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