Intellectual Property

Cutting Appeal-Board Line: New Pilot Program to Expedite PTAB Decisions

In recent years, the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has launched several fast-track initiatives — including the electronic priority document exchange (PDX) program and the Global PPH and IP5 PPH pilot programs under the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) — to minimize fees and help accelerate the patent-examination process. Effective July 2, 2020, a new

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Intellectual Property: GDPR after Brexit — What You Need to Know

The UK left the European Union on 31 January 2020 and entered a Brexit transition period, which runs until the end of December 2020. During this transition period, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will continue to apply in the UK and UK businesses should continue to follow existing guidance on it. What happens at

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India’s Patent Prosecution Highway: Fast-Track to Patent Examination

On account of the huge backlog of patent applications and the resultant delay in acquiring patents, several inventors have traditionally chosen to stay away from Indian markets. There is finally some effort to change this situation. As per Indian Patent Office (IPO) records, around 6,000 patents were granted and about 15,000 patent applications were decided

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US Supreme Court Ruling Allows Registration of Offensive Trademarks

Only two years ago, in the case of In re Tam, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the federal law (the Lanham Act) that prohibited registration of “disparaging” marks violated the First Amendment’s Free Speech Clause. At the end of June 2019, in the case of Iancu v. Brunetti, the Court ruled that the provisions of the

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“Doing Business And Investing In Australia” Guide Now Available

Russell Kennedy Lawyers, the Ally Law member firm located in Melbourne and Canberra, Australia, has published its Doing Business and Investing in Australia Guide providing a general overview of the key legal issues of which foreign organizations should be aware when seeking to do business in or invest in Australia. Topics covered include an overview on

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Key Points When Entering An IT Contract

IT contracts are complex and often contain terms and conditions you may not be familiar with in the daily conduct of your company’s business. When taking on a licence for a new piece of software, or having software or an IT system, including a website, developed for you, it is important that you first read

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Why Should Startups Care About Intellectual Property?

Often times “intellectual property” is among the last things that an early stage company thinks about, placing behind concerns about sales, marketing, revenue, growing the customer base, etc. However,intellectual property (IP) is among the most important and valuable business assets a company owns and protecting it should be one of top concerns for a young

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