Week´s news headlines – Dec. 11th 2015

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Teva Pharmaceuticals and Boehringer Ingelheim in patent dispute

Two drug companies are in dispute over the patent for an alleged invention related to an inhalation capsule used in the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, a court has heard.




Intellectual Property: The Secret Sauce Of Great Products

Intellectual property (IP) is much in the news of late. But unfortunately, the coverage is mostly about patent litigation and patent reform.

Lost in all this reportage is the positive and powerful role IP plays outside of the courtroom — in the daily operations of the enterprise. Here, largely unnoticed, IP serves as one of the key drivers of business success in today’s Knowledge Economy.

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For Make in India, we must create intellectual property and its jurisprudence

Rising up the rungs of the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Index is not the be-all and end-all of making India a manufacturing powerhouse, never mind the government’s fixation on this ranking. Nor are the additional requirements limited finance, power, roads, labour laws and logistics.

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Battistelli: Many Apple patents would not have been granted in Europe

Europe is well on track to having the highly-anticipated EU unitary patent in place, by late 2016. The aim will be to deliver “rigorous” licences to avoid any ‘patent war’ as it is the case in the US, the President of the European Patent Office (EPO), Benoît Battistelli, says.

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US-China Talk Intellectual Property, Market Access at Trade Dialogue

The latest iteration of the Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade saw baby steps on entrenched issues.

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S. Korea’s intellectual property trade deficit narrows in Q2

SEOUL, Nov. 26 (Yonhap) — South Korea’s trade balance from intellectual property rights stayed in the red in the second quarter, but the deficit shrank significantly from a year earlier on a large cut in deficits from industrial property rights, central bank data showed Thursday.

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No one can claim trademark right on holy books: Supreme Court
No one can claim the names of holy books and scriptures like Ramayana or Quran and use them as trademarks for selling goods and services, the Supreme Court has ruled.
“There are many holy and religious books like Quran, Bible, Guru Granth Sahib, Ramayan, etc. The answer to the question as to whether any person can claim the name of a holy or religious book as a trademark for goods or services marketed by him is clearly ‘No’,” a bench of justices Ranjan Gogoi and R K Agrawal said.
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With U.S.-Cuba detente, a battle over trademarks looms
When Julio Manzini decided two years ago to name his small restaurant McDonald’s after the famous fast-food chain (MCD.N), he had no idea it could cause any trouble. He has since been frightened into removing the name.
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