Week’s news headlines – jul. 31st 2015

Egypt: Intellectual Property In Egypt: A Brief Overview

Egypt is considered one of the top countries in copyrights infringement. Prior to Revolution of 2011, Egyptian government was focusing on copyrights protection; however, after the Revolution due to the political instability this focus has significantly been reduced. Today, in 2015, Egypt has started to regain its stability back both politically and economically, so it’s time for the government to re-focus on its efforts to reduce piracy in Egypt as well as other intellectual property rights violation , as these are at times the main concern of many foreign corporations and business owners investing in Egypt.

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Michael Jordan Loses China Trademark Lawsuit To Chinese Knockoff Brand Qiaodan Sports

After years of lawsuits against a Chinese imitator appropriating his name and brand, Michael Jordan, the former Chicago Bulls player widely hailed as one of the best basketball players of all time, lost a trademark suit to Qiaodan Sports in China’s highest court on Thursday after numerous appeals.

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Lawmakers Unveil Tax Plan on Intellectual Property

Plan aims to stop migration of U.S. intellectual property to other countries

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Medtronic asks US Supreme Court to vacate infringement ruling

Medical device manufacturer Medtronic has asked the US Supreme Court to vacate a lower court ruling that it indirectly infringed a patent covering a heart monitoring machine, citing the latest ruling in Commil USA v Cisco Systems.

In March 2015, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit held that Medtronic was liable for indirectly infringing US patent number 7,470,236—which is owned by NuVasive and covers a method for monitoring a patient’s nerves during spinal surgery.

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TWi launches AIDS drug generic following US court ruling

TWi Pharmaceuticals has released a generic version of the Megace ES (megestrol acetate) drug, which is used to treat certain symptoms experienced by AIDS patients, just one day after a court ruled that it did not infringe a patent owned by Par Pharmaceutical.

The release, yesterday, July 29, follows a lengthy dispute between the two companies, which started in 2011 when Par claimed that TWi’s Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) to market a generic version of Megace ES infringed its patent.

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Are Your Tweets Protected Intellectual Property?

Copyright and more general intellectual property rights are poorly understood concepts on social media. It seems that every year a bogus copyright statement makes the rounds on Facebook, and users frequently give away the rights to their content unknowingly. However, with the backing of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), @runolgarun is striking back against those who copy her tweets without attribution.

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Trademarks in the crosshairs: non-trademark use of a descriptive term

Addressing likelihood of confusion and the fair use defense in a trademark infringement suit pertaining to corrosion inhibitors, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit affirmed a lower court’s summary judgment ruling, holding that the use of the term “inhibitor” constituted non-trademark descriptive fair use and, further, that the trademark holder failed to raise a genuine issue of material fact regarding likelihood of source confusion related to its orange crosshair mark. Sorensen v. WD-40 Co., Case No. 14-3067 (7th Cir., June 11, 2015) (Flaum, J.).

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Patents And The Internet Of Things

The combination of low cost, small size and simplicity means that many Dash Buttons can be placed strategically throughout a home, to quickly reorder common household items.

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Strong TPP intellectual property provisions benefit innovation, consumers and patients

Before the ink was dry on the historic Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation that President Obama signed into law last month, opponents were already working to quash the next item on the president’s trade agenda: the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). By leaking the text of the pact’s intellectual property (IP) chapter—which remains one of the last, yet most contentious, issues to be resolved—anti-traders hoped to revive tired, yet familiar, canards regarding the alleged nefarious consequences of the strong intellectual property (IP) provisions America’s trade negotiators have been steadfastly seeking for inclusion in the TPP.

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Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal threatened by dairy wrangle

A complex stand-off over dairy exports could be the key determinant of whether trade ministers seal an agreement on the world’s largest regional trade zone this week or it dissolves into further delays.

Canada, the US, New Zealand and Japan are all circling each other over the old-style trade issue of dairy export access, despite the fact the Trans-Pacific Partnership is being promoted as a 21st century-style trade agreement that will set the pace for other such deals.

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The legal conundrum of company names identical to registered trademarks belonging to third parties

The Limited Liability Partnerships Regulations (“LLP Regulations”), issued by the Attorney General following Section 35 of the Limited Liability Partnerships Act 2011, were published in the Kenya Gazette Notice of 12th September 2014. The LLP Regulations offer greater certainty where a company‘s registered name is identical to a registered trademark belonging to a third party. However, the Companies Act, Cap 486 of the Laws of Kenya and the Trademarks Act, Cap 506 of the Laws of Kenya, which governs companies and trademarks respectively, are not clear on the rights under which legislation would prevail.

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TARJAY or TARGET? The registration of parody trade marks 

Many Australians colloquially refer to the department store Target as “Tar-Jay” (with a fake French accent), cheekily introducing an up-market French boutique association to Target’s affordable goods.   Such association apparently dates back at least to media references in 1983. The word “Tarjay” entered in 2008: “Target Store said with a fake french accent to make it sound more upscale than it is.”

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Duff: de lo ficticio a lo real

La cerveza que adora Homero Simpson comenzará a comercializarse en Chile para luego seguir su camino por Latinoamérica.

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We Must Not Weaken the Patent Laws that Lead to Cures

At a time when we need to be creating incentives for investment in innovative therapies, Congress is considering epilepsy research that could make future advances in treating epilepsy all too rare. Lawmakers must rework the Innovation Act to avoid weakening the patents that sustain medical research.

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