EPO: Quantum Computing Technologies on the Rise

On January 25, EPO published a patent insight report on quantum computing. It is the second in a series of EPO patent insight reports related to quantum technologies.[link]

WIPO Invites Applicants for 2023 Global Awards Competition for SMEs

WIPO has opened the 2023 edition of its Global Awards program, seeking small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) candidates [link]

EUIPO: SME Fund 2023 – Call for Applications Is Open!

The call for applications to the SME Fund 2023 will be open from 23 January to 8 December 2023.[link]

EPO: Patent Grants up 10 at IP5 Offices in 2021

The world's five largest IP offices (IP5) have published the IP5 Statistics Report 2021 on the IP5 website. According to the report, in 2021, the IP5 granted 1.5 million patents, an increase of 10 on the previous year, and received 2.9 million patent applications (+3.7).[link]

50 Years of The European Patent Convention

2023 is a landmark year for the European patent system, as we celebrate the 50th?anniversary of the signing of the European Patent Convention (EPC). [link]

TikTok honors top African content creators

TikTok, a short video-sharing platform owned by the Chinese company ByteDance[link]

China’s data security sector to cross 150bn yuan by 2025

China aims to increase the market size of its data security industry to over 150 billion yuan ($22.3 billion) by 2025[link]

Smart tech shines at China’s expos in 2022

Smart, innovative technologies from Metaverse games and VR glasses to robots and chips shined at the expos held in China during the year 2022.[link]

Baidu expands its robotaxi service

Chinese tech company Baidu Inc announced on Monday that a major expansion of its commercialized fully driverless robotaxi service in Wuhan.[link]

China home to 110 cities with gigabit 5G, optical fiber coverage

The number of cities in China with the capability to offer gigabit 5G and optical fiber services reached 110 by the end of October.[link]

FDA Grants Approval to Market of PASCAL Precision Transcatheter Valve Repair System

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given the approval to market to The Edwards Lifesciences PASCAL Precision Transcatheter Valve Repair System.[link]

Added Value of China‘s patent-intensive Industries up 17.9 in 2021

The added value of China&39;s patent-intensive industries reached 14.3 trillion yuan (2.08 trillion U.S. dollars) in 2021, up 17.9 percent from the previous year (not excluding price factors).[link]

Digital Content Creation Alliance Formally Introduced

On December 21, Vietnam Digital Communication Association (VDCA) officially announced the operation of its Digital Content Creation Alliance (DCCA) and the hotline 1900.2685 to receive reports on copyright infringement.[link]

Amazon may be Liable for Trademark Infringement in Luxury Shoe Spat Inc suffered a defeat at the European Court of Justice on Thursday in a dispute with luxury shoe designer Christian Louboutin regarding intellectual property protection.[link]

Trademarks in 2022: Recounting the Most High-Profile Trademark Developments of the Year

“The year 2022 paved the way for courts to resolve what arguably is the most important unresolved issue in trademark law: the appropriate test for balancing trademark rights with First Amendment rights.”[link]

The Top U.S. FRAND / RAND Licensing Developments of 2022: Policy Statements, Patent Pools and IEEE Changes

“The IEEE announced the latest updates to its Standards-related Patent Policy on September 30 of this year, which become effective January 1, 2023. [link]

Claim Drafting Issues for Biotech, Chemical and Pharma Patent Applications, Part I: Claim Construction, Markush Groups, Dependent Claim Invalidation

The standard for claim construction during U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) examination of a patent application is the broadest reasonable interpretation (BRI) of the claim. [link]

Five Key Trademark, Design and Copyright Developments in Europe, 2022

In this annual review, IPWatchdog summarizes trademark, design and copyright highlights in the EU and UK during 2022.[link]

Iconic Toys and Games of 2022: The IP Rights Covering Virtual Environments, First-Person Shooters and the Marvel Cinematic Universe

As each year dwindles to a close, IPWatchdog puts together a list of Iconic Toys and Games that have become wild commercial successes, thanks in large part to the patents, trademarks and copyrights protecting the commercial sale of those products. [link]

What You Need to Know About Trade Secrets in 2022

Trade secret jurisprudence, originally conceived in the common law of torts as a way to enforce confidential relationships, now has a sharper focus directed at the property interest of businesses in the data that forms the major portion of their asset base. [link]