6 June 2016

Inside IP Spring Summer 2016

Features a roundup of the latest cases and developments in IP.

Trade secrets – changes on the horizon – Trade secrets are currently high on the legislative agenda on both sides of the Atlantic and there appears to be general agreement on what types of confidential information should enjoy legal protection; Siân Gill explains.

IP advice for crowd funders – Tom Leanse discusses why businesses need to carefully consider their IP strategy if it is to work alongside a crowdfunding model.

A major development: China registers its first sound trade mark – ‘Sounds’ are now eligible to be registered as trade marks in China. Kirwin Lee discusses the changes in Chinese trade mark law.

Extension of UK IP rights to countries around the world – Registered patent, trade mark and design rights in the UK are potentially extendable to a number of other territories around the world. Yichuan XU provides a summary of the jurisdictions in which each type of UK right may be extended.

The virtual reality revolution – Rob Cork explores the history of virtual reality systems, highlighting the current technology and takes a look ahead to see where the future of innovation might take us.

Social media and brand loyalty – where the power lies – Julia McFarlane highlights how two way communication can be both beneficial and detrimental to a brand.

The Evolution of DNA Patents and what the future may hold – Siân Gill and Matthew Handley discuss issues surrounding the patent-eligibility of DNA.

SPCs – improvements on the horizon? – The European Commission has recognised that the existing SPC system is flawed. Matthew Handley discusses this development and how it is unquestionably good news for innovators in the life science industry.

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Case law update – Ben Beasley summarises recent noteworthy English court and EPO decisions.

Changes to EU Trade Mark Registration System, – The European Trade Mark regulation has been amended. David Birchall discusses the amendments as they significantly alter many aspects of the EU registration system.

PMS v Magmatic – a case in design law – Magmatic, manufacturer of the famous ‘Trunki’ ride-on children’s suitcase, has recently had its appeal to the UK Supreme Court dismissed. George Hudson discusses this decision.

The meaning of FRAND terms and their impact on competition law set to be considered in the High Court – A long running series of patent infringement and validity suits involving Unwired Planet and Huawei and Samsung has yielded another decision in the High Court of England and Wales. Nicholas Jones details several striking issues.

The Unified Patent Court (UPC) – where are we now? – James Tumbridge and Kate Woolhouse provide an update on where we are with the Unified Patent Court (UPC).