Intellectual Property Law Articles

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

Unfair Competition Cases Involving Trademark Infringement

  April 10, 2018     By HG.org
Trademark infringement is a serious offense to a company with an established brand with a long member in the public’s eye. However, when the...
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Standardised Trade Secrets Laws coming into force in June 2018 in the EU

  April 10, 2018     By Giambrone Law
The factors that define a trade secret amount to three fundamental principles. The trade secret must be secret, if the information within the...

Misappropriation of Personal Image and Possible Remedies

  April 4, 2018     By HG.org
Stealing or misappropriating the likeness of someone’s image may lead to legal action against the perpetrator when no permission is given or...

How to Register Trademarks in Cyprus and the EU?

  March 27, 2018     By A.G. Paphitis & Co LLC
A trademark is quite a valuable corporate intellectual property asset, as based on it customers are able to distinguish the goods or services of...

Does Using Bitcoins Increase Your Odds of Being Audited?

  March 21, 2018     By HG.org
With the Internal Revenue Service attempting to wage war on Bitcoin companies such as Coinbase, it is possible that these agencies of the...

TV Documentary about My Family Without My Cooperation – What Are My Rights?

  March 12, 2018     By HG.org
When a person or family story becomes interesting enough that a news, documentary team or movie writer wants to put it on screen, there are...

Copyright Infringement Liability of Those Offering Unprotected WiFi Networks in the EU

  March 1, 2018     By ASV Law
Is a person who offers unprotected wireless network access liable for copyright infringement or are they a “mere conduit” where a third party...

Are You Missing Out on Royalties Payments?

  March 1, 2018     By ASV Law
Recent class action lawsuits alleging copyright infringement have highlighted the grey area that exists in streaming platforms payment of...

What Can You Legally “Watch Free Online” and When?

  March 1, 2018     By Mamo TCV Advocates
“The internet is a jungle. Highway robbery is the order of the day out there on the infobahn which makes one wonder; where exactly does the law...

Updates to Vietnam Patent and Trademark Procedures

  February 15, 2018     By Mirandah Asia
New regulations with regard to patent and trademark procedures in Vietnam came into force on 15th January 2018. These amended regulations aim to...

Proposed Geo-Blocking Regulation by European Parliament Faces Backlash

  February 13, 2018     By GVZH Advocates
Following a proposal which was put forward by the Commission in May 2016, on the 6th February, 2018, the European Parliament voted in favour of...

Rectification of the Patents Register – A Singapore Perspective (05/02/2018)

  February 6, 2018     By Mirandah Asia
In the recent case of Novartis (Singapore) Pte Ltd v Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharma Co [2017] SGHC 322, the Singapore High Court addressed, for the...

Does the “First Sale Doctrine” Protect Me if I Create Saleable Items Using Existing Products?

  February 1, 2018     By HG.org
Selling of products that are originally one or more different items is difficult based on certain factors that could negatively affect the...

Updates to Vietnam Patent Regime (26/1/2018)

  January 26, 2018     By Mirandah Asia
New regulations with regard to patent applications in Vietnam came into force on 15th January 2018.  These amended regulations aim to bring the...

Is 'Patent Working' Information Confidential in India? (22/1/2018)

  January 23, 2018     By Mirandah Asia
The very foundation of the patent system is a quid pro quo - a set of exclusive rights granted to a patentee in exchange for inter alia the...

An Introduction to Trademarks in Ghana

  By Swiftlaw
Examines what a trademark is , the validity , classifications, requirements & timelines involved in registering a trademark in Ghana

Thailand Joins the Madrid System on Trademark Registration and Protection

The Madrid system, established in 1891 under the Madrid Agreement, is a protocol which offers an efficient and cost-effective solution for the...

Louis Vuitton Case in Singapore Clarifies Definitions of 'Import' and 'Export' for Trademark Infringement

In the recent Singapore High Court case of Louis Vuitton Malletier v Megastar Shipping Pte Ltd [2017] SGHC 305, the Court held that a freight...

Geographical Indication (‘GI’) Registration in India for 'Rasgulla': Sweet News to be Taken with a Pinch of Salt?

The newsfeeds of Intellectual Property enthusiasts and connoisseurs of fine desserts were recently inundated with news of the Rasgulla being...

Co-Branding in Saudi Arabia

Today in the market world, there are endless choices of products and services provided for consumers. In this sense, brands face a great...

China Patent Litigation: A Round Up

  By MMLC Group
The amount of litigation concerning the intellectual property right cases, especially those involving patents have been constantly increasing,...

Times When It Is Critical to Hire a Patent Lawyer

  By HG.org
Applying for a patent is a lengthy and costly process that often results in a rejection at least initially for the person seeking to make a...

Ukraine: Country without Opposition to Trademark Registration?

  By IPStyle
The opposition to the trademark registration in many countries is a popular tool for protecting companies’ interests. However, the availability...

Trademark According to Saudi Law

The Saudi trademark law punishes anyone who forges a registered trademark or imitates or uses it without the consent of its owner.

Singapore and China PPH Extension Keeps Up Accelerated and Dynamic Patent Procedure (11/12/17)

The Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) and State Intellectual Property Office of China (SIPO) have extended their joint effort for...

New Indonesian Customs Regulation for Protection of IP Rights (11/12/17)

The Indonesian Government has recently implemented legislation to assist IP owners to enforce their copyrights and trademarks. The Regulation...

Receipt of Romanian Court Proceedings

Civil law is by it’s very nature is rule driven. There is little or no discretion in relation to the implementation and the interpretation of...

Deletion, Disposal or Anonymization of Personal Data in Turkey

Data protection has become a significant concern due to the increased use of technology. Turkey took its shape in this progress and enacted...

The Geo-Blocking of Digital Media in the EU Will Soon Belong in the Past

Netflix subscribers have most likely already had the experience of not being able to watch their TV shows or movies during a stay in another EU...

Intellectual Property and the Business Plan

  By HG.org
Intellectual property is important for many businesses, but it is crucial for those that sell products or services based on the IP created by...

How Do I Develop a Strong Patent?

  By HG.org
Applying for a patent and then developing a strong application for the invention often requires an expert’s assistance, and this could lead to...

Can the Government Make You Keep Your Invention a Secret Without Compensating You?

  By HG.org
The government has suppressed many patents and other similar items in the name of national security, and this has created various problems for...

What Types of Legal Agreements can Protect Intellectual Property?

  By HG.org
Legal agreements are often part of protecting intellectual property when though business interactions and when used within a company. There are...

Why Intellectual Property Is Important to the Business Owner

  By HG.org
For business owners that have or are using intellectual property, it is essential to know what this is and why it is so important. To prevent...

Costs Associated with Trademarks and Patents

  By HG.org
When obtaining a trademark for a company, products or services, the costs may be extensive depending on how the owner decides to apply, and this...

Trademark Infringement in the Netherlands: Assess Your Chances of Success in a Lawsuit!

Recently, a trademark owner in the Netherlands stood up against an (alleged) trademark infringement.

Spell Legally: Font Designs as Intellectual Property Object in Russia

  By IPStyle
In Russia, copyright protection goes beyond the traditionally protected works of authorship, such as computer software or images. The recent...

Patent Cooperation Treaty for International Patents

  By HG.org
International patents are complicated and take more time and energy than any single patent in the United States because often, the applicant...

How Do I Perform a Novelty Invention Search?

  By HG.org
A novelty search tries to determine if an invention or idea is new before the inventor takes the time and makes the investment of submitting a...

China Confirms Amendments to Its Law Against Unfair Competition

  By MMLC Group
On November 4, 2017, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of China passed its comprehensive amendments to the PRC Law...

Estate Planning: What About the Intellectual Property?

Despite good intentions, many people do not get serious about completing their estate planning and estate documents until late in life. Even...

Chinese Enterprise Names Get Attention Under the Trademark Law and Unfair Competition Law

  By MMLC Group
The main function of the registered trademark is to distinguish the source of the goods or services. While the enterprise name, is the name card...

Common Misconceptions about Intellectual Property

  By HG.org
There are many myths about intellectual property, what it can do, who owns it and why it exists. In order to dispel these misconceptions, it is...

What Is the Connection between Fair Use and Intellectual Property?

  By HG.org
Fair use and intellectual property have an important correlation in that fair use only exists to ensure that violations of intellectual property...

Ways to Prevent Chinese Counterfeiting

  By HG.org
There are a variety of products that are sold by Chinese manufacturers and companies that have higher prices due to certain features and...

Selling or Licensing a Recipe

  By HG.org
When attempting to build a company or business through intellectual property, it is important to know if the invention or process should be...

Cease and Desist Letters for Intellectual Property Prohibitions Abroad

  By HG.org
Intellectual property protections in different countries may be difficult to process and accomplish. Various countries around the world have...

Right of Prior Use in Russia: How to Prove?

  By IPStyle
Sometimes, to protect themselves from probable claims of patent holders in future, businesses “go on the offensive”. This is the situation where...

How to Select the Right Patent Lawyer

  By HG.org
A patent lawyer can help handle patent applications in order to try to get the patent approved and intellectual property protected. However, it...

The Polish Consumer Credit Act: Changes in the Way of Advertising Consumer Credit

We all know that the primary purpose of advertising is to encourage the consumer to purchase a particular product or service, but in the case of...

How to Select the Right Patent Lawyer

  By HG.org
A patent lawyer can help handle patent applications in order to try to get the patent approved and intellectual property protected. However, it...

How Do I Perform a Novelty Invention Search?

  By HG.org
A novelty search tries to determine if an invention or idea is new before the inventor takes the time and makes the investment of submitting a...

Trademark Use in Domain Names in Russia

  By IPStyle
Trademarks may be used on the Internet, including domain names and other methods of addressing. The signs similar to trademarks may not be...

The Public Playback of Television and Radio Programs in Poland

In modern society it is important to have basic information how can we use author's works in everyday life while using the media, such as...

How Can I Legally Protect My Business’ Catchphrase?

  By HG.org
Protecting the catchphrase of a business is usually handled through a trademark protection that is registered based on the state, national or...

How Does 3D Printing Affect Intellectual Property?

  By HG.org
Three dimensional printing has become has become commonplace in the age of electronics and computing, and it is revolutionizing many different...

China Tightens Control of Internet Chat Groups and Official Accounts

The Cyberspace Administration of China (“CAC”) has recently released the Provisions on the Administration of Information Services Provided...

Collecting Personal Data Whilst Socialising: The Individual Data User in Shanghai

In the case of HKSAR vs Leung Jun Kit, an individual was convicted at the Eastern Magistrates’ Court for breach of the direct marketing...

Songwriters Legal Guide

Introductory Legal Guide for Songwriters.

Prevent Employees from Revealing Trade Secrets

  By HG.org
When trade secrets are a part of what provides a competitive edge to a company, it is essential they remain a secret from the public and other...

Professional Sports Leagues and Trademarks

  By HG.org
Trademarks are intellectual property that protect the symbol, name, phrase or graphical depiction of a company. Professional sports teams have...

3D Printing Technology: Impact on Intellectual Property Protection

As each decade passes, new technologies are brought to the marketplace and change our way of life. Over the past decade or so, we have seen the...

Supreme Court Decision Reduces Post-Sale Intellectual Property Rights

  By HG.org
Intellectual property rights are important to the owner, but this could change due to a sale of the IP based on changes implemented by the...

New Ruling on Where Patent Infringement Cases Can Be Litigated

  By HG.org
Intellectual property infringement is a serious problem throughout the world, but patents have been an important topic with the United States...

Brunei‘s Patent Examination System to Increase Efficiency Through Agreement with Japan (11/10/17)

On August 28, 2017, the Brunei Intellectual Property Office (BruIPO) signed an agreement to introduce a new patent examination initiative - the...

China Trademark Infringement Issues

  By HG.org
Intellectual property issues are constantly occurring around the world, and China is no exception to this rule. Because of these problems with...

The Transfer of Technology Contract in the Egyptian Law: The Governing Rules

The Transfer of Technology Contract is one of the contracts which are included in the Egyptian Commercial Law No. 17/1999, due to the new era of...

California Labor Law: Checklist for Determining an Independent Contractor vs. an Employee

  By HG.org
According to California labor law, the IRS has developed a checklist to distinguish between an independent contractor vs. full time. Understand...

Best Product - When is it False Advertising or Just Puffing?

  By HG.org
We have all seen commercials making claims that our common sense told us simply cannot be true. For example, miracle weight loss supplements or...

Patent Infringement Cases against the United States Government

  By HG.org
Patent infringement is possible with almost any person or entity including the United States government, agencies and agents. When these issues...

Should You Register Your Trademarks? Benefits Registered Trademark Owners Receive When Protecting Their Brands

A trademark is a word, symbol, phrase—or almost anything—that represents your company to potential customers. It may be the first thing that a...

When Making a Movie Is Not Considered an Exercise of Free Speech

  By HG.org
Movies are a form of intellectual property because they embody the ideas of someone or a group of persons in video format. However, making...

Brilliant Ideas Need Protection: Trademarks, Copyrights and Patents

Brilliant ideas take many forms. It is important to know how to protect them. Learn more.

How to Register, Protect and Enforce Trademarks

  By HG.org
Registering a trademark is important based on the location of where business is to be held, but protecting and enforcing the safety of the...

Reasons Intellectual Property Is Imperative for Your Business

  By HG.org
Whether the owner of a business has created or own intellectual property, the use of it may be crucial to revenue and imperative to utilize as...

Steps to File Trademark Infringement Case in UAE

Trademark Infringement is indeed a worldwide concern that businesses from around the world have to face almost every day of their lives, and the...

Safe Harbor Provisions for Copyright Infringement

  By HG.org
Copyright infringement is easy to accomplish in the age of the computer and electronics. However, finding a safe haven through various...

Registering a Trademark in Romania

  By HG.org
Registering a trademark is slightly different in various countries. This is no exception to Romania where it is vital to search through the...

International Trademarks: A Foreign Company’s Rights in the USA

A company located outside of the United States – as an example, a company located in one of the European countries – may spend thousands of...

Does Moderating Your Website Make You Liable for Copyright Infringement?

Online platform providers are increasingly looking for ways to curate user generated content, both to promote good content and filter bad...

California Uniform Trade Secrets Act Compared to the Federal Defend Trade Secrets Act

  By HG.org
The Defend Trade Secrets Act was implemented in 2016 so that trade secrets are defined as a singular understandable item across the nation....

Patent Application in Ghana

Patent means the title granted to protect an invention. The law explains further that an invention is an idea of an inventor which permits in...

What Is the Defend Trade Secrets Act?

  By HG.org
The Defend Trade Secrets Act put in place a standardized understanding of what a trade secret is, and it has given the ability for those that...

Role of an Intellectual Property Lawyer in Today’s World

  By HG.org
Intellectual property is the backbone for many business owners, and this means numerous lawyers are hired to assist with company matters. The...

Prototypes for New Products: Investment and Registration

  By HG.org
When attempting to sell a product, there are many issues that may arise such as registration and documentation problems. If these arise, it may...

Application for a Patent in Ghana

Patent means the title granted to protect an invention. The law explains further that an invention is an idea of an inventor which permits in...

Is an Anticompetitive Contract Clause an Ancillary Restraint that Will Survive Antitrust Scrutiny?

Setting prices or allocating markets with your competitor is a terrible idea. Doing so is likely to lead to civil litigation and perhaps even...

Patent Law Case in Russia: No Registration, No Rights

  By IPStyle
It is not uncommon for businesses to execute mixed agreements that can combine a number of general agreements envisaged by the law of Russia. In...

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

Someone recently asked about the legal implications of altering something yourself, such as piece of furniture, of selling the altered furniture...

How Can I Protect My Trademark Abroad?

  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

  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

  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)

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

  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

  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

  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

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

  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)

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?

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...


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