Pipers issues a bulletin on a monthly basis providing a summary of recent developments in intellectual property law and practice in Australasia and other key countries and regions such as USA, UK, Europe and Asia. Below are links to articles in the latest bulletin. Previous issues can be accessed via the left pane navigation.
Contents Summary of Latest Bulletin
UK Supreme Court Holds Brexit Needs to be Effected by Parliamentary Legislation
The UK Supreme Court has, by majority ruling, upheld the November 2016 decision by the British High Court which held that the executive does not have the power to trigger Article 50 and that such a decision needs to be made by Parliament.
European Patents Soon Capable of Validation in Cambodia
Cambodia recently signed an agreement with the European Patent Office (EPO) under which a European patent applicant will be able to validate their patent application in Cambodia.
EPO Enlarged Board Counters Poisonous Priority Concern
In G 1-15 Infineum USA LP v Clariant Produkte (Deutschland) GmbH the Enlarged Board of the EPO Boards of Appeal held that partial priority need not give rise to self-colliding novelty issues or “poisonous priority”.
Joint Patent Attorney Registration Regime In Force from 24th February 2017
On the 24th January 2017 the Patents (Trans-Tasman Attorneys and Other Matters) Amendment Act 2016 Commencement Order 2017 was made.
United States of America
US Supreme Court Considers Damages when Infringing Article is a Component
In Samsung Electronics Co Ltd v Apple Inc the Supreme Court reversed and remanded the Court of Appeal of the Federal Circuit (CAFC) decision which affirmed an awarded $399 million in damages to Apple.
MBIE Releases Report on Copyright and the Creative Sector
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has now released its report on Copyright and the Creative Sector following the launching of the study in October 2015.