Intellectual Property Law Articles

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

Unlicensed Software - Is It Risky for Your Business

  November 21, 2017     By HG.org
For a legitimate business or entity, it is important to have commercial software that is registered so that further complications do not arise...
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How Do I Perform a Novelty Invention Search?

  November 16, 2017     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

  November 16, 2017     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?

  November 16, 2017     By Law Office of Vasilios Peros, P.C.
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

  November 16, 2017     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

  November 9, 2017     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?

  November 9, 2017     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

  November 9, 2017     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

  November 7, 2017     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

  November 6, 2017     By HG.org
Intellectual property protections in different countries may be difficult to process and accomplish. Various countries around the world have...

How to Select the Right Patent Lawyer

  November 6, 2017     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...

Right of Prior Use in Russia: How to Prove?

  November 6, 2017     By IPStyle
Sometimes, to protect themselves from probable claims of patent holders in future, businesses “go on the offensive”. This is the situation where...

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

  November 2, 2017     By Lewandowski Gradek Lewandowska IPLaw Office
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

  November 1, 2017     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?

  November 1, 2017     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

  October 24, 2017     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

  October 24, 2017     By Lewandowski Gradek Lewandowska IPLaw Office
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?

  October 24, 2017     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?

  October 23, 2017     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

  October 23, 2017     By Angela Wang & Co.
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

  October 23, 2017     By Angela Wang & Co.
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

  October 18, 2017     By Simons Rodkin Solicitors LLP
Introductory Legal Guide for Songwriters.

Prevent Employees from Revealing Trade Secrets

  October 17, 2017     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

  October 17, 2017     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

  October 16, 2017     By Law Office of Vasilios Peros, P.C.
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

  October 16, 2017     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

  October 11, 2017     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

  October 11, 2017     By Mirandah Asia
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

  October 11, 2017     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

  October 10, 2017     By Youssry Saleh Law Firm
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

  October 6, 2017     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

  October 5, 2017     By Gerben Law Firm, PLLC
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

  October 5, 2017     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

  October 5, 2017     By Peretz Chesal & Herrmann, P.L.
Brilliant ideas take many forms. It is important to know how to protect them. Learn more.

How to Register, Protect and Enforce Trademarks

  October 4, 2017     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

  October 3, 2017     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

  October 2, 2017     By HHS Lawyers & Legal Consultants
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

  October 2, 2017     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

  September 29, 2017     By Law Office of Vasilios Peros, P.C.
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?

  September 29, 2017     By Patterson Legal
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

  September 28, 2017     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

  September 28, 2017     By AB LexMall & Associates
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?

  September 27, 2017     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

  September 27, 2017     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

  September 26, 2017     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

  September 26, 2017     By AB LexMall & Associates
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?

  September 25, 2017     By Bona Law PC
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

  September 22, 2017     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

  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...

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

  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

  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

  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

  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

  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

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

Depiction of a Protected Trademark on the Site Map for a Fair not a Trademark Violation in Germany

Merely using a third-party’s protected trademark on the site map for a fair does not constitute a violation of trademark law. That was the...

China's Little Yellow Bike Company Sued for Trademark Infringement

  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

  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

  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?

  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

  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

  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?

  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

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

  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

  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

  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

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

  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

  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...

Enforcing Claims Following Trademark Violations in Germany

If a registered trademark is infringed, it is possible to take action against this.

Offensive Trademarks and the First Amendment

  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?

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

A provisional patent gives inventors time to prepare for their full patent application.

The Detailed Description of an Invention for a Patent Application

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

  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

  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

  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

  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

  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

  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

The Instituto Nacional de Defensa de la Competencia y de la Protección de la Propiedad Intelectual (Indecopi) in Peru, launched the 'Electronic...


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