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Korea - Amendments to the Design Protection Act 2017

24th April, 2017

The appearance of your company’s/client’s product may be a valuable asset. As such, recent amendments to design law in Korea that may be of interest to you.  Several amendments to the Design Protection Act as below were published on 21 March 2017. The amendments will go

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Changes to the Indian Trade Mark Rules 2017

24th April, 2017

On 6 March 2017, new Trade Marks Rules came into effect.  The Trade Marks Rules, 2002, have been replaced by The Trade Marks Rules, 2017.  The Trade Marks Rules, 2002 are substantially amended and can certainly have an impact on the trade mark filing and prosecution strategy, among other things.  Some

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Brazilian FDA and BPTO close to reaching an agreement on prior consent

21st March, 2017

The Brazilian FDA (ANVISA) and the Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office (BPTO) have, for many years, disagreed about the legal provision that instituted the mechanism of “prior consent”, which established that ANVISA would examine patent applications in the pharmaceutical area so as to authorize the grant of the

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SIPO’s New Revision to Guideline for Patent Examination

21st March, 2017

The Chinese Guidelines for Patent Examination were revised recently by SIPO and the new Guidelines will come into effect on April 1, 2017.  The revised contents are introduced briefly hereunder. 1. Regarding software related patent examination 1) Patentable subject matter, Section 4.2 of Chapter 1 of Part II The revised Section adds the content “

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Indian Trade Mark Rules 2017

16th March, 2017

The Trade Marks Rules, 2002, has been replaced by The Trade Marks Rules, 2017.  On 6 March 2017, new Trade Marks Rules came in effect. The Trade Marks Rules, 2002 are substantially amended and can certainly have an impact on the trade mark filing and prosecution strategy, amongst other things. Some of the salient

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In Memoriam: Paul Buckner Bell

14th March, 2017

Paul Buckner Bell (29 July 1922 - 19 January 2017) Paul Bell quietly passed away on 19 January 2017 at the wonderful age of 94. Paul was at the core of the U.S. FICPI Section for over 20 years. He and Mac Waldbaum organised the very successful EXCOs in the U.S. at Hilton Head and

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