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
European Commission Publishes Position on IP Rights in light of Brexit
The European Commission has now produced a position paper on IP rights in light of Brexit, restricting its focus to existing rights and so does not consider the effect of Brexit on the plans for a Unitary Patent.
Canada Introduces Patent Term Extension
On 21st September 2017 regulations allowing for Supplementary Protection Certificates (SPCs) which can extend the term of qualifying patents entered into force.
EPO Produces Unitary Patent Guide
The EPO has now produced a Unitary Patent Guide. The Guide has a procedural focus with practical advice on obtaining, maintaining and managing unitary patents.
3. Trade Marks
Monster Energy Unable to Tame the Beast
In 2017 NZHC 2393 Monster Energy Company v Ox Group Global Pty Ltd the Judge rejected Monster Energy’s appeal of an Assistant Commissioner’s decision that allowed Ox Groups device mark to proceed to registration.