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Masimo and Apple patent duel heats up in California courtroom

The medical device company is seeking $3 billion and has won ITC orders that might stop Apple Watch imports this summer, but Apple has won PTAB cases and launched its own infringement suit

10 April 2023

Design filings soar in India as government seeks to bolster global position

Efforts to promote IP also see patent applications jump by around 40% and trademarks surge 64%

04 April 2023

Design patent enforcers must mind procedural requirements for injunctive relief

Enforcing IP rights against China-based online counterfeiters has always been like ‘whack-a-mole’ and now the Federal Circuit has introduced a new hole into the game

24 November 2022

A ‘brand’ new approach to intellectual asset mapping at Spotify

An updated framework allows for renewed understanding of the way that a broad array of potential brand assets can drive value for knowledge companies

23 November 2022

Strategies to leverage design patents as key assets for companies

Lower cost enables IP holders to file quickly and often, gaining early exclusionary rights to block competitors and protect market share

08 November 2022

The trademark used as evidence to challenge a design patent in China

Featured in IAM Innovation & Invention Yearbook 2023

On 2 June 2022, data from the Chinese Patent Office showed that a Renault SAS design patent (ZL202130363449.5) with the name “Automobile” was declared as invalid in its entirety for conflict with a registered trademark owned by Human Horizon, who filed the invalidation action.

29 September 2022

IP and innovation inclusion takes a village: a Meta perspective

As the Advancing Diversity Across Patent Teams programme launches, Micheal L Binns expands on the company’s DEI efforts

29 July 2022

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 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

The top design and trademark filers at the EUIPO revealed

L'Oréal was the leading corporate applicant for EU trademarks across 12 months, according to office data

07 July 2022

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