Week´s news headlines – fev. 19th 2016

Will the TPP transform intellectual property regulation in Asia?

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) may yet be the agreement that most transforms national regulatory systems. It could be even more transformative than the Uruguay Round (1986–1994) that delivered the WTO and the 1994 Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS). But much depends on if, and when, China joins the TPP.

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Comeback-minded Ronda Rousey wants to trademark a feisty, profane phrase

Ronda Rousey is reportedly trying to trademark another phrase, or several variants thereof. And while it shares a trait in common with the previous phrase on which she recently filed for a trademark — a distinct element of profanity — this one reflects the former UFC champion’s new mindset since suffering her first defeat.

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Patents are on the rise in the Capital Region

For seasoned technologist and serial entrepreneur Robert Guba, a patent is the foundation on which he has built successful businesses.

As CEO and co-founder of Cellcontrol, a technology firm with a mission to stop distracted driving, Guba has secured a majority of the market through strategic third party partnerships, working with Fortune 500 and 1000 companies and fostering direct relationships with consumers.

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George Washington key to intellectual property rights

George Washington – Revolutionary War hero and first President of the United States – is widely known as the Indispensable Man. Less widely known is Washington’s indispensable role regarding intellectual property rights protection. Presidents’ Day is a perfect time to recall Washington’s role in securing copyrights and patent rights under the Constitution.

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What does intellectual property have to do with TPP? Not so much, actually

There are some who worry that Canada is being left behind, that we face an intellectual-property gap – that we pay more in IP royalties to foreigners than we receive in like coin – and that this is the cause of our long-lost productivity growth, and that the Trans-Pacific Partnership is likely only to make this worse.

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Utility patents and utility patent applications 

If you’ve ever overheard water-cooler banter about patents, chances are it was about utility patents, the most common kind of patent issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

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What Could be Done about China’s Theft of Intellectual Property?

Hardly a week goes by without a report of Chinese “hacking” or intellectual property theft, so it was no surprise that a published analysis by CrowdStrike, a California-based cyber security company, revealed that China violated its cyber agreement with the United States the very next day after CNBC reported that President Obama and China’s President Xi Jinping agreed to not conduct cyber theft of intellectual property on Friday, 25 Sep 2015. President Obama said, “The United States government does not engage in cyber economic espionage for commercial gain, and today I can announce that our two countries have reached a common understanding on a way forward.”

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IKEA stays open as trademarks is secured

Worry not, shoppers. Furniture retail store IKEA Alam Sutra in Tangerang, Banten, will remain open despite court rulings that invalidate its trademark registered under the Netherlands-based company Inter IKEA Systems B.V. (IISBV).

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Federal Circuit: Disparaging Trademarks Are Free Speech

On December 22, 2015, the Federal Circuit sitting en banc held in In re Simon Shiao Tam that Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act, which bars the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) from registering “scandalous, immoral, or disparaging remarks,” is an unconstitutional restriction on free speech. It remains to be seen whether the Federal Circuit’s decision will help the Washington Redskins in the football team’s long-standing lawsuit involving six Redskins marks, which were cancelled under Section 2(a) in July 2015 by a Virginia federal court (affirming a TTAB ruling), that is now before the Fourth Circuit on appeal.

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“3M” wins a trademark infringement case against “3N” in Zhejiang

The court rejected the argument of Hua Wei based on its business success, sanctioned the refusal of Hua Wei to disclose its accounts and awarded an amount of damages far exceeding the statutory limit.

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Russia Patents Ebola Vaccines, Has Exclusive Use Rights
ussia held on Monday an official presentation of two Ebola vaccines, developed by experts from the Russian Scientific Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology, at the UN Office in Geneva.
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