In our lives we all run into situations about which we are not pleased, and at some time or other we all have felt the urge to voice our dissatisfaction to someone, either merely to vent or to demand compensation and achieve some satisfaction. Direct experience with airlines having randomly cancelled my flights and with […]
Insights: July 2014
Reddie & Grose partner Alice Findlay has been quoted in a recent edition of World IP Review, where she discusses what an independent Scotland may mean for intellectual property. Click here to read the World IP Review article.
A recent decision in relation to opposition proceedings before the UK IPO shows the importance of correct classification and of getting the specification right when you file a trade mark application. On 24 January 2013, Yasar Dondurma Ve Gida Maddeleri Anonim Sirketi (the applicant) applied to register the mark MADO Logo (shown above) in the […]
“You can’t always get what you want” sang Mick Jagger on the b-side to Honky Tonk Women. While it’s doubtful he had in mind the outrageous misfortunes we sometimes suffer in patent prosecution, the same principle applies in our line of work. No matter how dearly we want to patent something, there are times when […]
Following on from our report on patent litigation in Japan between Apple and Samsung, 2nd May 2014 saw a federal jury in San Jose, California hand down the latest decision in the US version in the now infamous ‘smartphone wars’. In this round, Samsung has been ordered to pay $119.6 million for infringing three of […]
WIPO to make written opinions on patentability available for third party inspection during the international phase
With Microsoft and a number of other technology companies in the news recently setting out their opposition to the NSA measures forcing them to release their customer’s private electronic records, it is interesting to see the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) accelerating access to what was previously (albeit only temporarily) confidential data. For the last […]
The Grand Panel of the IP High Court in Tokyo issued its decision in the Apple v Samsung Case on 16th May 2014. At the core of the dispute in Japan, was the issue of whether Samsung, the proprietor of UMTS Standard Essential Patent JP4642898 could fully enforce its patent against rival Apple, in view […]
In general, making a public disclosure of an invention before the filing or priority date of a patent application makes obtaining protection for that invention complicated. If protection is still available, you will probably need to rely on what are known as grace period provisions, which where applicable, avoid the prior public disclosure of the […]
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