Advantages & Disadvantages of the Unitary Patent

Submitted by editor on Wed, 31/05/2017 - 10:54

unitary patent (UP) will be a single patent right, having unitary effect in the participating member states. It will take effect in all the states that are participating member states of the European Union (EU).

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Remix Culture and Amateur Creativity: A Copyright Dilemma

Submitted by editor on Wed, 31/05/2017 - 10:48

Many commentators today are talking about the “age of the remix”, a practice enabled by widespread access to sophisticated computer technology whereby existing works are rearranged, combined or remixed to create a new work. They make it sound as if remixing were a novel phenomenon, but a brief glance at human history reveals that it is in fact nothing new.

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Patents for Humanity: Improving Lives Across the Globe April 2017

Submitted by editor on Wed, 31/05/2017 - 10:30

As this year’s World Intellectual Property Day theme recognizes, innovation has the power to improve lives. People in industrialized countries benefit from innovation every day – from faster computers, more powerful mobile phones, safer transportation, cleaner energy, improved medical treatments and countless other products and services. Commercial markets and incentive structures have proven very effective at deploying innovation to improve lives.

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Building IP Awareness in Jordan – Challenges and Opportunities

Submitted by editor on Wed, 31/05/2017 - 10:00

Over the past decade, Jordan has undergone major reforms in support of a more open and market-oriented economy. In the process it has overhauled its intellectual property (IP) laws and has made IP awareness a priority. Zain Al Awamleh, Director of the Industrial Property Protection Directorate of the Ministry of Trade and Supply of Jordan, shares her views on the challenges and opportunities associated with raising IP awareness in Jordan and the Arab region.

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China – On Course to Become an IP Powerhouse

Submitted by editor on Wed, 31/05/2017 - 09:57

o protect intellectual property (IP) is to protect innovation, and the effective use of IP will stimulate innovation. Since the Reform and Opening-up, the Chinese Government has attached great importance to IP. Through concerted effort by many parties, work on IP in China has developed steadily and rapidly, not only making China an IP powerhouse, but also greatly supporting the country’s economic and social development and the progress of the global IP system.

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A Closer Look at Specialized Intellectual Property Courts

Submitted by editor on Wed, 31/05/2017 - 09:51

While there is no international obligation to do so, there is a global trend to specialize or centralize the handling of certain types of intellectual property (IP) disputes. The question whether it is advantageous or necessary to establish specialized IP courts, however, is a difficult one to answer as there are both advantages and disadvantages associated with them and they are certainly not recommended in all circumstances. Any plan to create specialized IP courts requires careful analysis of the prevailing situation in the country concerned.

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Intellectual Property Rights in Software – What They Are and How to Protect Them?

Submitted by editor on Wed, 31/05/2017 - 09:29

Intellectual property rights are at the foundation of the software industry. The term refers to a range of intangible rights of ownership in an asset such as a software program. Each intellectual property “right” is itself an asset, a slice of the overall ownership pie. The law provides different methods for protecting these rights of ownership based on their type.

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5 Situations That Require a Non-Disclosure Agreement

Submitted by editor on Wed, 31/05/2017 - 09:15

There are several situations in business that will require you to share private and confidential information with another individual or company. In order to ensure that the other party respects the confidentiality, a non-disclosure agreement, or NDA, is often used.

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Securing Your IP: The Two Key Legal Documents Every UAE Startup Needs

Submitted by editor on Wed, 31/05/2017 - 09:12

When starting a new business, founders are usually busy working on a million things at once, and dealing with legal documents is not the most exciting item on the to-do list. However, a startup’s intellectual property is typically its most important and valuable asset, and founders should take steps early on to protect it. A quick way to organize the strategy around your startup’s intellectual property is to make a checklist of all of your initial intellectual property considerations. This will help you keep track of each item as you deal with them. Examples of concerns that can go on this checklist include branding, trade marks, patents, trade secrets, copyrights, confidentiality, invention assignments, user-generated content, data privacy, consumer protections, etc.

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The Truth About IP Conferences

Submitted by editor on Sun, 28/05/2017 - 10:58

INTA annual meeting in Barcelona IP stars conducted an online survey on conference attending habits.

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