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AWA | Denmark | 28 May 2020

Danish outerwear brand Rains wins court battle against Zara

This case concerns whether three raincoats produced and marketed by Zara infringed on two raincoats from Rains, the Long Jacket and Parka Coat, under…

AWA | China, European Union, Japan, etc. | 20 May 2020

Clarifying the patentability of medical use inventions in China

At the end of 2019, the new Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) emerged and has infected millions of people worldwide and killed over a quarter of a million…

AWA | China | 20 May 2020

Punitive damages case appears in list of top 10 IP cases from China’s Supreme People’s Court

On April 21, 2020, China’s Supreme People’s Court released a list of the top 10 intellectual property law cases of 2019. The cases cover patent…

AWA | China | 20 May 2020

China becomes top international patent filer

China filed 58,990 applications through WIPO’s Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) System last year, ending the US’s stronghold on the top position since…

AWA | European Union | 18 May 2020

EPO rules plants and animals exclusively obtained by essentially biological processes not patentable

It has been clear that essentially biological processes for the production of plants or animals are explicitly excluded from patentability under…

AWA | USA | 30 Apr 2020

What patent protection does Gilead’s COVID-19 treatment Remdesivir have?

On 29 April 2020 Gilead announced that its drug Remdesivir has a positive effect in the treatment of COVID-19 from a phase three trial of the drug…

AWA | Global | 29 Apr 2020

WIPO panel finds that Danish start-up Acubit engaged in reverse domain name hijacking

Technology start-up Acubit claimed that Danish trademark rules and practice should assign domain names to the relevant trademark owner. A panel from…

AWA | China, Norway | 21 Apr 2020

China-Norway patent prosecution highway pilot launches

On April 1, the China-Norway Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot began and is in effect until March 31, 2023. A Memorandum of Understanding was…

AWA | China | 20 Apr 2020

Why China’s computer software copyright registrations are increasing

Statistics show a sharp rise in copyright registrations for computer software in China, which can provide an additional layer of protection alongside…

AWA | China | 20 Apr 2020

China further curbs bad-faith trademark applications

Provisions enacted alongside China’s recently amended Trademark Law seek to effectively regulate bad-faith trademark filings including penalties…
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