China and its endless debate on whether its protection afforded to IP law is sufficient or not.
Did you know that:
- despite several bespoke courts set up for such disputes, damages are often very low ($50k as an example, even when disputing with big multinationals).
- China holds several IP appeal venues, while a unified one would best suit the purpose.
- the aggressive bogus trademark requests are faced by outnumbeed and poorly equipped staff.
- one of the conditions to enter Chinese market is to have the IP managed and owned by a Chinese subsidiary
The new copyright directive will require content hosters to automatically remove IP-breaching content (N.B. youtube does it already). Despite the initial claim that this automation would be too burdensome, all the US tech-titans manged to apply this check and have it coutnerbalance by objections of the content-owner.
TheNetherlads is currently opposing such a system, since the appeal process may take a long time, therefore voiding the content of the immediate importance that it may have on a given day.
DLA Piper is among the 7 best law firms, when it comes to cybersecurity and they came out with this issue whose highlight is “7 QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF”.
Three trends stand out: companies are resorting to trade secrets more often, their breach/theft is on the rise (1-3% of US GDP each year) and legal enforcement is on the rise too, worldwide.
Commissioned to Ecorys and never issued it highlights how, save few exceptions, piracy does not affect sales of copyrighted content.
The 9th Circuit ruled no.
Brexit is threatening the IPrights of several right-holders and the EC is stepping up.
Their design cannot be protected according to the US Patent and Trade Office.
French invention to protect your IP by means of Blockchain!
Enter your work, let the software elaborate a code for it and you get a certificate of IP-ownership.
A Dutch producer is trying to copyright the taste of its cheese. Is it even allowed? Lancome managed, some years ago, to have a scent copyrighted (thanks also to a weak defense of the opposant).
The matter is now forwarded to the ECJ, in particular regarding these questiosn:
- can a taste be copyrighted?
- what are the requirements for the applicabilit of copyright protection?
- would such protection apply to taste fair-and-square or to the recipe by which these were produced?
Fintech are filing more patents, although this could be due to an increasing number of companies entering the market.
Yet, an additional resort of such entities is a Trade Secret, since the Alice v CLS Bank poses additional requirements on abstract ideas in order to be patentable inventions.