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18 May 2018

Suing a Chinese entity in the United States? Expect a two year wait to serve process

There are a host of challenges when it comes to trying to assert US patents against a Chinese legal entity. A recent court filing by Dutch telecom KPN, which is suing Oppo, Vivo and OnePlus in the District of Delaware, underlines what looks to be a…

08 April 2018

Barcelona court reveals 40% rise in fast track protocol activity during this year's Mobile World Congress

If you were to name Europe’s patent litigation hotspots, places like Dusseldorf, Munich, Mannheim, London and The Hague would spring quickly to mind; perhaps followed by the likes of Paris and Milan. One thing is for sure, though: no Spanish city…

05 April 2018

For the first time this century Philips does not have a chief IP officer

Very quietly, something of a revolution has taken place at Philips. For the first time this century, the company’s IP function – Philips IP & Standards - is headed up by someone who has no long-term IP background and who is not labelled its chief IP…

30 March 2018

Expect patent-heavy pharma acquisitions following Novartis’ $13 billion consumer healthcare divestment

This week saw the headline-grabbing multi-billion dollar sell-off by Novartis of its consumer healthcare business. Reflecting the Swiss entity’s desire to focus resources on strengthening its position in higher-priority therapeutic spaces, the deal…

08 January 2018

Barcelona court issues fast-track injunction protocol for Mobile World Congress 2018

The Mobile World Congress, the world’s largest gathering of companies in the mobile communications industry, is taking place in Barcelona this year from 26th February to 1st March. Businesses from around the world will be there, exhibiting current…

12 October 2017

There'll be no easy bedding-in for António Campinos at the EPO; he'll have to hit the ground running

The news that António Campinos has been chosen to succeed Benoît Battistelli as president of the European Patent Office should not have come as a huge surprise to IAM’s readers. We predicted it might happen back in July. But the speed of the…

12 September 2017

Preparing for Brexit - analysis of the European Commission's position paper on key IP issues

Last week the European Commission published a Brexit position paper on dealing with intellectual property issues raised by the UK’s departure from the European Union – which is scheduled to happen at the end of March 2019. The paper focused on…

04 September 2017

After four years in the role, Brian Hinman set to stand down as Philips chief IP officer

Brian Hinman, chief IP officer at Philips, will be leaving the company in the middle of this month, IAM can reveal. The departure is entirely amicable and has been driven by Hinman’s desire to be closer to and spend more time with his family. Since…

24 May 2017

Day Three INTA Barcelona report - CPA planning for change, .sucks momentum, top in-house teams and more

The INTA 2017 Annual Meeting is coming to an end after five action-packed days in Barcelona. Here’s the final round-up of what has been going on from World Trademark Review reporters Trevor Little (TL) and Tim Lince (TJL), and me, Joff Wild (JW).   …

22 May 2017

Day Two at INTA Barcelona - Strikes, Brexit, fake news, more Brexit and a whole lot more

Often the busiest day for attendees, the Monday of the INTA Annual Meeting usually features a full schedule of meetings, sessions, table topics and receptions reaching a crescendo that often goes into the early hours of Tuesday. Reporters from our…

21 May 2017

Day One INTA 2017 in Barcelona: publishing war, keynote controversy, Brexit blues and much more

The beautiful city of Barcelona is currently packed to the rafters with trademark experts attending INTA’s 2017 Annual Meeting. Over 10,000 are in town for this year’s event IAM’s sister publication World Trademark Review has a crack team of…

05 April 2017

CLINIQUE: reputation alone may not cure trademark's inherent weakness

In a recently published decision the Court of Cassation held that although the trademark CLINIQUE was well known in the European Union, its reputation was insufficient to overcome the weakness of the trademark and its inherent lack of distinctiveness.

01 February 2017

Can a vegan schnitzel be called a schnitzel?

Vegetarian meat substitutes often bear the name of the meat product that they are replacing – for example, schnitzel, sausage roll or chicken kebab. In the Netherlands, politicians are debating these practices and considering how to stop this misleading use of meat names.

29 January 2017

Barcelona court issues fast-track injunction protocol for Mobile World Congress 2017

The Mobile World Congress is held each year in Barcelona, Spain; and is the world’s largest gathering of companies in the mobile communications industry. It will take place in the Catalonian capital this year from 27th February to 2nd March. As…

07 December 2016

Iceland versus ICELAND: why a country’s name can also be a trademark

British supermarket Iceland Foods is at loggerheads with Iceland the country over the European trademark registration for ICELAND. The question to be decided is whether a company can claim the name of a country.