Intellectual Property Law Articles

Articles written by lawyers and expert witnesses worldwide
explaining the different aspects of Intellectual Property.

Hacking and Duping: Legal Risks in Do-It-Yourself Crafting and Alterations

  September 20, 2017     By JGPC Business & Corporate Law
Someone recently asked about the legal implications of altering something yourself, such as piece of furniture, of selling the altered furniture...
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How Can I Protect My Trademark Abroad?

  September 20, 2017     By HG.org
Protecting intellectual property rights overseas is often difficult based on country laws that could be lax or nonexistent in ensuring that a...

Defending an Intellectual Property Claim Against Obviousness

  September 20, 2017     By HG.org
When intellectual property is in danger from various claims, it is important to protect it from the numerous issues that may arise. This may...

Copyright Protection in Russia: Book Cover Designs

  September 19, 2017     By IPStyle
Books are copyrightable works protected under IP law. In addition, they may contain a number of certain copyrightable items, including...

Myanmar Presents New Trademark Bill (18/9/2017)

  September 18, 2017     By Mirandah Asia
Myanmar has yet to produce its own specific legislation on trademarks. As a member of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and...

What Entrepreneurs Must Understand about Intellectual Property

  September 14, 2017     By HG.org
Intellectual property may be the backbone and foundation of a business venture, and it is crucial that entrepreneurs understand what these items...

Trademark Law: How Heineken “Hunted” in Russia

  September 13, 2017     By IPStyle
Trademark registration enables right holders to legitimately use their marks when introducing the goods under such marks into civil circulation....

Considering Changes to Your Trade Secrets Policy

  September 12, 2017     By HG.org
The trade secrets policy within a company is set to ensure that the intellectual property that is a trade secret is protected from outside...

Guidelines for Protecting Proprietary Information

  September 8, 2017     By The Posey Law Firm, PC
Proprietary information is business information that has independent economic value from not being disclosed to competitive businesses or the...

New Litigation Options under the Defend Trade Secrets Act

  September 6, 2017     By HG.org
Changes to the Defend Trade Secrets Act occurred in 2016 that are to assist businesses through protections against trade secret theft and...

Post-Grant Amendments from Method of Treatment to Swiss-Style – The Singapore Position Clarified (6/9/2017)

  September 6, 2017     By Mirandah Asia
In the landmark case of Warner-Lambert Company LLC v Novartis (Singapore) Pte Ltd [2017] SGCA 45, the Singapore Court of Appeal explored, inter...

Breach of Trademark and/or Brand in The Netherlands: What Are the Criteria?

  September 6, 2017     By AMS Advocaten
How does the court view whether someone else's trade name or logo appears to be too similar to your trade name and/or brand? Manita Hamberg, a...

Accelerated Patent Examination in Philippines Through PPH Partnership with EPO (6/9/2017)

  September 6, 2017     By Mirandah Asia
In recent years, the European Patent Office (EPO) has partnered with several domestic patent offices in Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH)...

Your Rights Regarding Social Media and Copyright

  August 25, 2017     By HG.org
Everyone online that has access to a computer and the need to connect to social media is able to publish posts with no mind about intellectual...

China's Courts Revisit Bad Faith Trademark Applications

  August 24, 2017     By MMLC Group
Over the years, the large number of trademark squatters and counterfeiters, have led to foreign and local trademark owners complaining that...

Parallel Imports under Chinese Trademark Law - the Ballantine's Decision

  August 24, 2017     By MMLC Group
The recently issued court decision involving Ballantine's whiskey and its implications for parallel imports in China.

China's Little Yellow Bike Company Sued for Trademark Infringement

  August 23, 2017     By MMLC Group
The bicycle sharing business has boomed in China since the beginning of 2017. Beijing Bikelock Technology Co., Ltd (“OFO”), being one of the...

Common Myths Business Owners Have about Copyrighted Material

  August 23, 2017     By HG.org
Many persons that use and reproduce copyright material believe that there are several instances where it is fine to include the exact...

The Beijing IP Court Lays Out Guidance for Well-Known Trademark Enforcement

  August 23, 2017     By MMLC Group
The recent decision of the Beijing IP Court in the Tiffany/Di Fan Ni case supported the decision of the Trademark Review and Adjudication Board...

Patent Trolls in Ukraine. Right of Prior Use: Defense or Attack?

  August 23, 2017     By IPStyle
A patent, as a title of protection, constitutes a sort of a ‘shield’ guaranteeing its holder a temporary monopoly on the use of a particular...

When a Startup’s Name Leads to Litigation

  August 23, 2017     By HG.org
Many that start new businesses may not be aware that there are several steps necessary to complete before a company’s name may become public. It...

Fendi Wins Trademark Infringement Case in China

  August 21, 2017     By MMLC Group
On July 28, 2017, the Shanghai IP Court delivered its final judgment concerning a trademark infringement and unfair competition dispute...

If a Trademark is Granted Temporarily to Another, Do I Lose my Protections?

  August 17, 2017     By HG.org
Trademark protections extend to both the physical manifestation and online presence of the symbol, word or phrase. This means that no matter...

The "Detailed Description" of an Invention

  August 16, 2017     By JGPC Business & Corporate Law
As a basic requirement, the Detailed Description provides an enabling disclosure of the invention sufficiently adequate for an ordinary person...

Registering and Defending Your IP

  August 15, 2017     By HG.org
Intellectual property most often needs both the standard and extra protection from theft, reproduction or those that would build upon the...

Protecting Your Website from Liability

  By HG.org
Websites fall prey to liability just as businesses and company owners do through various acts, terms, users and injuries. There are many website...

Ins and Outs of the Defend Trade Secrets Acts

  August 9, 2017     By HG.org
The Defend Trade Secrets Act was initially implemented as law in 2016. It provides for a federal, private, civil cause of action for any...

New Fast Tracking Patent Application Program in China

  August 9, 2017     By MMLC Group
China has introduced a fast track examination program for patents and design patents relating to certain areas of technology, with the aim of...

Patent Attorneys Protect Your Company’s Investments

  August 9, 2017     By JGPC Business & Corporate Law
When you acquire a new headquarters for your business or a valuable, tangible asset to help your company grow, you naturally (and wisely) take...

Process of Acquiring an International Trademark

  August 9, 2017     By HG.org
After acquiring the United States trademark, it may be possible to obtain the same protections globally through an international trademark for...

Situations that Require a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA)

  By HG.org
Nondisclosure agreements are crucial in keeping business secrets from others, competitors and the public. When there are practices, processes,...

Developing a Trademark in the USA

  August 7, 2017     By HG.org
Developing trademarks for brands is essential for companies and businesses in the United States. It is important to apply with the knowledge...

Offensive Trademarks and the First Amendment

  August 4, 2017     By HG.org
The protections afforded trademarks have extended to potentially offensive symbols, phrases and words. Using these brands with a trademark...

What Are the Benefits of Patent Pending Status?

  August 3, 2017     By JGPC Business & Corporate Law
It is well-known that patents can provide useful protection to a California business’s ideas and inventions. Even if you or another business...

Do You Need to Register Your Business Name?

  By HG.org
When starting a business, the name is often one of the most important aspects to consider. This could become the brand of the company, and it is...

Provisional Patents

  August 2, 2017     By Staas & Halsey LLP
A provisional patent gives inventors time to prepare for their full patent application.

The Detailed Description of an Invention for a Patent Application

  August 2, 2017     By JGPC Business & Corporate Law
As a basic requirement, the Detailed Description provides an enabling disclosure of the invention sufficiently adequate for an ordinary person...

FTC’s Role in Promulgating Laws about Digital Marketing

  By HG.org
Digital marketing and an online presence are utilized by many companies to take advantage of the growing need for the internet connection to an...

Video Games and the Law

  By HG.org
Like virtually every other activity Americans engage in on a daily basis, even video games are subject to the restrictions and protections of...

Fighting Misappropriation of Name or Likeness

  By HG.org
Americans have a non-explicit right (often called a “penumbra right”) to privacy. We find its origins in things like the right against...

The Price of Using Someone Else’s Copyrighted Material

  August 2, 2017     By HG.org
The use and reproduction of another person’s copyrighted material could be severe or minor depending on various factors and how much of a...

Last Chance after Rejection by Patent Office

  August 1, 2017     By HG.org
Applications and patents granted through the Patent Office are complicated, take time and usually require a great deal of money for the patent...

Cryptocurrency Legal Considerations

  July 31, 2017     By HG.org
Cryptocurrency is another term for online currency options such as Bitcoin. This is a manner of exchange for payments and to ensure transactions...

Russia Forces Opponents to Negotiate Rather than to Litigate

  July 31, 2017     By IPStyle
12 July 2017 in Russia came into force a law amending the legislation regarding the pretrial settlement of disputes.

Legal Battles of Pharmaceutical Companies in Ukraine for Miramistin

  July 28, 2017     By IPStyle
It’s an open secret that the pharmaceutical industry has been long striving for leadership in capital investments, research, innovations and new...

Patent Evaluations Completed by Expert Witnesses

  July 24, 2017     By HG.org
Patent evaluations are important to ensure the applications is unique and not the same as previous patents that already exist. This is because a...

New Electronic Gazette of Intellectual Property in Peru

  July 24, 2017     By B&R Latin America IP LLC
The Instituto Nacional de Defensa de la Competencia y de la Protección de la Propiedad Intelectual (Indecopi) in Peru, launched the 'Electronic...

Legal Procedures for Trademark Protection and Penalties in Case of Infringement in Qatar

  July 21, 2017     By D&C Legal Services
Trademark protection is obtained by registration which grants its owner the exclusive right to use it to identify and distinguish its goods and...

The Need for Hosting Account Protections through Secure Socket Layers

  By HG.org
Hosting accounts are the housing of a website’s content. The files, photos, video and audio files are contained in these hosting accounts, and...

Blocking a Competitor from Using a Similar Name

  By HG.org
The name of a company is often one of the most important aspects of building a brand, a business and something to remember. The best...

How Trade Secrets Create Healthy Competition

  By HG.org
Trade secrets give many businesses a competitive edge. This promotes sales or services in use and customers attempting to get the most out of...

When a Trademark is Considered Offensive

  July 17, 2017     By HG.org
Before modifications were made to trademark application and acquirement for intellectual property protections, it was not possible to obtain a...

How an Expert Witness Can Help in a Data Security Breach Case

  July 12, 2017     By HG.org
Data security is crucial in both keeping information safe and running a business that relies upon online and networked transactions. As more...

Nondisclosure Agreements Needed for Editing Copyright Materials

  By HG.org
The need for nondisclosure agreements is imperative when the materials are of sensitive matters. Copyrighted works and dealing with these items...

The New Cayman Islands Trademarks Regime

  July 10, 2017     By Loeb Smith Attorneys
The new Cayman Islands Trade Marks Law [were] published on 19th December 2016, pursuant to which a stand-alone comprehensive trademark...

Procedure for Trademark Registration in Nigeria

There are many things that need to consider during Trademark Registration in Nigeria. Only an experienced solicitors make sure the approval of...

Protection of IP Rights in Software: How Microsoft Fights in Ukraine

  By IPStyle
According to the International Property Rights Index 2016 prepared by the International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA), Ukraine ranks...

Safeguards for Copyrighted Books Shared Online

  By HG.org
Since the internet became necessary for most business practices and transactions, this use and interest has spread to other aspects of company...

Data Protection; Progresses Non-Stop in Turkey

Turkey is working full speed to comply with continuous developments in technology and set the international standards and draw up the security...

The Important of Maintaining Trademarks

  By HG.org
Trademarks are important to businesses that use them for a variety of reasons. However, the trademark employed by a company often becomes the...

Current Trends in Patent Litigation and Expert Witnesses

  By HG.org
Litigation due to patent infringement is an ongoing problem, and it tends to rise during certain periods over time. Since 2012, the amount of...

Thailand Patent Registry Set to Enforce Modified Examination Regime for Greater Efficiency (12/06/2017)

Throughout 2017 so far, the government in Thailand has been signalling its intention to revamp the country’s patent system to provide a more...

Thailand Patent Registry Set to Enforce Modified Examination Regime for Greater Efficiency (11/6/2017)

Throughout 2017 so far, the government in Thailand has been signalling its intention to revamp the country’s patent system to provide a more...

New Online System for Cambodia Trademark Registration (11/06/2017)

On 25 May 2017, the Ministry of Commerce in Cambodia launched an online trademark registration system for local and international businesses and...

Online Content Protection through Trademarks

  By HG.org
Protecting content online is not always easy. There are many persons that steal, copy and borrow what has been placed on a website. Others...

How Small Businesses Can Afford Legal Counsel

With limited capital at the start of a business, hiring a lawyer can be a daunting prospect, and is commonly perceived as being too expensive,...

Design Patents: What They Can and Cannot Do

  By HG.org
Getting a patent is often useful and important for an inventor of a creation. However, what type of this intellectual property protection to...

Singapore Trademark Invalidation Action Is Big Boxing Bout (30/05/2017)

A decision on a Singapore trademark invalidation action issued in May 2017 by IPOS assessed distinctiveness, descriptiveness and whether the use...

How To Properly Describe An Invention For Your Patent Application

Patent applications require up to five well-written descriptions which not only complement each other, but do not conflict.

All About the Defend Trade Secrets Act

  By HG.org
Trade secrets are often difficult to protect with only so many safeguards in place for the owners of the secrets as recourse when the...

Singapore Parallel Imports: Court Clarifies Scope of the Parallel Importation Defense (24/05/2017)

Parallel imports are genuine goods that are put on the market by a trade mark proprietor in one country, and subsequently purchased and imported...

Multiple Individuals Fighting for the Same Patent

  By HG.org
Patents are usually applied for by either a single individual or a group of persons that have invented a unique item or process to a...

Three Dimensional Trademarks Registration and Protection in China

  By MMLC Group
Three Dimensional (3D) marks are accepted as badges of origin and registrable as trademarks, under TRIPS and other conventions. In China, 3D...

Steps to Take Immediately After Registering Your Trademark

  By HG.org
Trademarks are important to keeping the intellectual property of a phrase, words, symbol or image branded to the public and safe from possible...

Intellectual Property Disputes and an Expert Witness’ Examination

  By HG.org
Intellectual property is owned by the person that designed, created or invented the item. However, there are many cases of infringement on the...

Ten Golden Tips for Distribution Agreements in Israel

Distributors, agents, resellers and OEM partners all share the same commercial function of selling goods to end users. Thus, although there are...

Summary of the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Intellectual Property in Saudi Arabia

The Paris Convention applies to industrial property in the widest sense, including patents, trademarks, industrial designs, utility models (a...

Challenges for British Businesses When Protecting Their IP Rights Post-Brexit

In the current environment of constant development of digital technology, shaking the foundations of all sectors, intellectual property rights...

Peculiarities of Using Elements "BIO", "ECO" and "ORGANIC" While Trademark Registration in Kazakhstan

Important information for brand owners about amendments to a law-enforcement practice of the RK Law No. 423-V "On Manufacture of Organic...

Role of General Counsel in Business

General Counsel is a vital role in any type of business, even if one were to focus only on the core legal deliverables: helping to protect the...

Why Trademarks Must be Maintained

  By HG.org
Trademarks are important pieces of intellectual property. In order to keep the registration of a trademark valid, certain steps must be...

Singapore Copyright Infringement Cannot Extend to Directories (04/05/2017)

The Court of Appeal decision in Global Yellow Pages Ltd v Promedia Directories Pte Ltd [2017] SGCA 28 affirmed the decision of the High Court...

Singapore Trademark Revocation - Apple's Sherlock Killed Off! (03/05/2017)

Despite the recent popularity surge in old technological phenomena, with Nintendo’s Pokémon being ubiquitous on small hand-held screens again,...

How to Search for Existing Patents when Completing Your Patent Application

  By HG.org
The original creation of an inventor may be a remnant of an idea that was used previously by another individual. This is because numerous...

Should I Sell or License My Intellectual Property

  By HG.org
The decision to market and license the intellectual property of an individual is often at odds with selling it instead.

Legal Protections to Protect Your Ideas

  By HG.org
There are a few ways to protect original ideas persons have when creating a path to revenue or when someone wants to keep his or her work safe....

The Basics of Royalties and the Role Intellectual Property Plays

  By HG.org
One way that some businesses generate the funds that they need to launch and sustain their business is by using royalties. Investors consider...

What Is a Utility Patent and What Does it Protect?

  By HG.org
Patents are legal ways of protecting an idea that is used to create and invention. It is the produced work that is guarded through the patent...

Is My Great Idea Original? Conducting an Effective Patent Search

  By HG.org
In today’s world, everyone is always looking for the next big thing or the newest technology that will revolutionize an industry. However, with...

Protecting Your Entrepreneurial Vision: Legal Steps

  By HG.org
Protecting the idea behind a possible revenue stream is often difficult in the electronic age with so much video recording, data capturing and...

Software Patents and Alice in the Looking Glass

The public tends to believe the purpose of the Patent Office is to issue patents. The facts paint a different conclusion.

Essential Clauses in a Founder’s Agreement

  By HG.org
When a new enterprise is launched, it is critical for the future success of the business for the founders to have a clear agreement in place....

Ways to Minimize Risk When Bringing a New Product to Market

  By HG.org
It is essential when creating a concept for a new product that will be placed on the market to minimize risks that may affect acquiring a...

Difference in Domain Names, Trademarks and Business Entity Names

  By HG.org
When dealing with a company, creating a business or starting a venture that may accrue revenue, it is important to know what a domain name,...

Legal Ways to Sustain Your Brand’s Value

  By HG.org
In the business world, a brand is often one of the most important aspects a company has when being viewed and spoken about by consumers. The...

Trademark Registration and Protection in Cambodia

  By ACLF
Cambodia become a party to the Madrid Protocol in 2015, which makes it possible to protect a mark in a large number of countries by obtaining an...

How to Legally Protect Your Inventions and Ideas

An idea can be worth a million dollars – to you or to your competitor – which is why it is important to take steps to protect your inventions...

Singapore Patent Protection Examined in Car Crash Camera Case (17/04/2017)

The judgment in Lee Tat Cheng v Maka GPS Technologies Pte Ltd [2017] SGHC 48 concerned an infringement action and an application for a...

Collecting Evidence for an IP lawsuit in China

[When preparing] a litigation action in China against opponent for intellectual property disputes, the key and vital issue of the action is...

How to Protect Your Intellectual Property in China

Intellectual Property (hereafter referred to as "IP") is a generic term of legal rights enjoyed by creators of intellectual productions and...


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