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Innovation and Patenting on the Rise in China
Date: 16/11/2017
Chinese companies are increasingly active users of the patent system to protect their inventions locally and worldwide, as domestic companies in the electronics, machinery, communications and other sectors are upping their investments in R&D and focusing on innovation.
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EU IP Office: Thousands of e-shops sell counterfeits using formerly legitimate domains
Date: 27/10/2017
Twenty-seven thousand e-shops have been found selling counterfeit products in four European countries, with the majority of such e-shops using web domains that had previously been registered to other legitimate organisations, including government, business and educational institutions.
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Pharma industry and WIPO team up to provide better patent information about medicines
Date: 23/10/2017
This month’s announcement that the UN intellectual property organisation and the international pharmaceutical industry have teamed up to develop an international database of pharma patent data represents a large step towards improving the information needed by agencies charged with making decisions about and procuring medicines in their countries.
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Wearable technology, supported by IP, benefits athletes and health professionals
Date: 17/10/2017
Wearable technology, from the simplest FitBit trackers to sophisticated wearable sensors such as those developed by dorsaVi, for physiotherapy, athletic and industry professionals, is booming. The continuing success of wearable tech is aided by intellectual property protections such as patents and trademarks that help their developers get funding and develop new markets.
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Women in Intellectual Property: “Go for It!”
Date: 26/09/2017
“Women have played an important role in IP from the dawn of this age,” says Joan Mill, Executive Vice President, EMEA Sales of CPA Global, in a new video interview with Ideas Matter. “We now have women in IP awards, we have women in IP conferences – that just gives an indication of how far we’ve come.”
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New initiative seeks joined-up approach to combat illicit trade
Date: 21/09/2017
“Illicit trade not only results in business losses in the economy, but also destabilises society by fueling corruption and criminal activity at the local level,” said Jeff Hardy, Director-General of the new Transnational Alliance to Combat Illicit Trade (TRACIT) in an interview this week with Ideas Matter. “Government agendas even in such areas as working to achieve the UN sustainable development goals are undermined by illicit trafficking of commercial goods.”
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Trademark sectors make substantial contribution to ASEAN economies
Date: 18/09/2017
Trademark-intensive sectors account for a substantial part of ASEAN countries’ GDP, exports, and jobs, according to a new Frontier Economics study of the role of these sectors in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.
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Managing the IP risks of Cloud services
Date: 24/07/2017
We are witnessing an unprecedented digital transformation as more and more aspects of our lives become interconnected, from self-driving cars and the ‘internet of things’ (IoT) to the apps that deliver our groceries and schedule our maintenance appointments. It’s an exciting time for developers, startups and tech companies, as well as established businesses across industries that might be thinking about using digital and Cloud-based services for the first time. However, with a new pace of innovation comes a complex world of new challenges and hidden landmines, not least of which are the potential lawsuits over intellectual property (IP) in such new developments and services.
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"Brands in Motion"
Date: 13/07/2017
An interesting new report and study from public relations firm WE Communications describes how the public perception and performance of trademarked brands is increasingly a dynamic rather than a static phenomenon requiring ‘brand motion’ rather than simply ‘brand positioning’.
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OECD, EUIPO and Interpol map the ‘negative IP’ routes to economic and consumer damage
Date: 04/07/2017
With intellectual property (IP) rights serving as a strong factor in promoting innovation, economic growth, and consumer and societal benefits, the by-products of ‘negative IP’—counterfeiting—are precisely the opposite. New studies from the OECD, the EU Intellectual Property Office (OECD) and Interpol map the current hotspots and trade routes for counterfeit products, and outline the damage that these pose for both the economy and consumers world-wide.
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