International reports

Sent to over 28,000 subscribers, the IAM Weekly email features reports from an international team of correspondents who report on recent developments in IP law and practice in their home jurisdictions, as well as strategic issues and those relating to finance, deal making and valuation.

IPlytics GmbH

IP analytics

  • 20 Nov
    2019

    Who is leading the 5G patent race?

    Here is the IPlytics Platform's November update for leaders in the 5G patent race – some firms move up, while others drop off the list of the most influential innovators in this sphere. Full text

  • 16 Oct
    2019

    Patent and SEP trends in autonomous driving technologies

    Autonomous driving technology promises to disrupt and transform the automotive space as we know it, spurring a race between giants for the biggest breakthrough in human transportation since the airplane. This technology landscape is now two-pronged, with software and communications companies working on vehicles and automobile companies working on complex software concepts and sensors. This article analyses patent documents as well as standards contributions and SEPs declared to 5G, V2X and 802.11. Full text

  • 25 Sep
    2019

    Patent trends in truck platooning

    The Internet of Things (IoT) has taken the world by storm over the last decade. One interesting development in the logistics sector has been the increased use of IoT in connected vehicles to enable cruise control, also known as platooning or road-trains. This article focuses on the growth of patent filings in the global truck-platooning market. Full text

Global Prior Art Inc

IP management

Competition Dynamics, Inc

IP valuations

Murta Goyanes

Brazil

  • 11 Dec
    2019

    Intervention of third parties in patent nullity actions

    Lawsuit judgments tend to affect the parties of the legal proceeding only, as they have participated in the constitution of a specific res judicata. However, in some cases, a decision has an impact on legal positions beyond those originally part of the proceeding – namely, on third parties’ legal interests. This is often the case in patent nullity actions. Full text

  • 4 Dec
    2019

    Protecting Brazilian biodiversity and its relationship with the patent system

    Biodiversity in Brazil has significant potential to treat many diseases and health problems. As such, it is of great importance in the R&D of drugs and compounds, which are protectable by patents. However, legislation on national genetic heritage must be accurately observed when filing for a patent. Full text

  • 27 Nov
    2019

    Technology patents present a new challenge for INPI

    Brazil has dropped significantly in international innovation rankings, now occupying the lowest positions in these boards. There is debate over the reason for the lack of development in the tech sector, especially with regard to patents based on AI and machine-learning technologies. However, the political situation and the National Institute of Industrial Property’s huge patent backlog are widely believed to be behind the fall. Full text

Bereskin & Parr LLP

Canada

Vivien Chan & Co

China

Ehrlich & Fenster of the Ehrlich Group

Israel

Shobayashi International Patent & Trademark Office

Japan

Allen & Overy, A Pędzich Spk

Poland

  • 11 Dec
    2019

    Amount paid for unlawful use of a Community design can be subject to withholding tax

    The Polish Supreme Administrative Court has ruled that the payer must collect withholding tax on the amount paid for the unlawful use of an unregistered Community design. This constitutes a licence fee, because – as the court pointed out – under the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Model Tax Convention on Income and Capital – it is assumed that licence fees also come from a tort. Full text

  • 4 Dec
    2019

    Year of change for Polish Industrial Property Law

    With amendments to the trademark regulations in March, further updates and refinements in October and an ongoing discussion on the concept of IP courts, 2019 has been a year of change for the Polish Industrial Property Law. This article addresses the October update, which was adopted on 16 October 2019 and will take effect on 27 February 2020. Full text

  • 6 Nov
    2019

    Poland goes the extra mile with new guarantee marks

    On 16 March 2019 the Polish Industrial Property Law underwent significant changes with regard to trademarks, in an effort to align it with the EU Trademarks Directive (2015/2436). One of the most significant alterations is the introduction of so-called ‘guarantee marks’, which replace the previous, scarcely regulated ‘collective guarantee marks’. Full text

Gowling WLG (International) Inc

Russia

  • 11 Dec
    2019

    Russia’s Sovereign Internet Law comes into force

    Russia's Law on Sovereign Internet came into force in November. This law is designed to help create a national network, which can operate independently in the event of disconnection from the global network. Full text

  • 4 Dec
    2019

    Scant possibilities for joint trademark ownership in Russia

    Joint ownership of exclusive rights to a trademark is increasingly important for co-owners of businesses, yet it is still unobtainable under the Russian system. Recent Russian court rulings – including those of the Supreme Court – as well as positions taken by the Russia Patent and Trademark Office, have brought into focus many of the ambiguities and difficulties in the country’s legislation that hamper the possibility for joint ownership. Full text

  • 27 Nov
    2019

    Customs recordal landscape set to change for brand owners in Russia

    Russia is continuing to structure its customs legislation in accordance with Eurasian Economic Union regulations and ongoing advances in technology. While most of the new rules are in line with the previous regime, there are two important changes that will significantly affect brand-protection strategies, reshaping the Russian customs recordal landscape for the better and helping brand owners to avoid potential pitfalls. Full text

Formosa Transnational

Taiwan

Gün + Partners

Turkey

Carpmaels & Ransford LLP

UK

Baker Donelson

USA

GreyB

IP managing innovation

  • 30 Oct
    2019

    How to thrive in a crowded market

    A saturated market means eager buyers – it also means strong demand. That is why so many competitors have been able to coexist for so many years. However, when a business is trying to emerge and thrive in an already crowded market, the seemingly excessive number of players can be misleading. This article focuses on some ways to spot and exploit the opportunities to succeed in such areas. Full text

  • 16 Oct
    2019

    Innovation ecosystem: enabling environments that foster dramatic transformation

    Companies that are consistently innovative over a period of time do not tend to rely on one or two brilliant individuals – they consciously foster a culture of transformation that allows employees to harness their creativity and contribute to cutting-edge products. True innovation – whether it is in a start-up or a large corporation – can only happen when there is an enabling ecosystem around it. This article focuses on what this system would look like, why it is so important for companies to invest in creating one and how they can go about doing so. Full text

  • 2 Oct
    2019

    Tail-end countries are ripe for untapped market opportunities – is your company protecting inventions there?

    Recent analysis has revealed a trend: certain apparently lesser-known countries are appearing in studies of patent filing in fintech and packaging. Not considering these jurisdictions means risking the loss of a potential market share and growth opportunities that are waiting to be tapped. Full text