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Warm colours of hospitality

The summer season is reaching its peak in Milano and the hospitality machine is warming-up on the stage. A coloured Convention Center is waiting for our guests – a comfortable and modern atmosphere, behind the scene of a cultural and fascinating town. The scientific programme is going to be further enriched day by day by […] Read More

Argentina: Polymorph patents under fire

by Ignacio Sánchez Echagüe (Marval, O’Farrell & Mairal, Argentina) Eli Lilly and Co. (Eli Lilly) sued Laboratorios Beta (Beta) for patent infringement of its patents AR2719B1 and 253,521 related to schizophrenia. Beta, in turn, filed a nullity action against Eli Lilly seeking to invalidate both patents at stake. The decision of first instance was handed […] Read More

Australia: Productivity Committee seeks to Curtail Intellectual Property

by Peter Treloar (Australian AIPPI Group) AIPPI Australia has recently lodged a detailed response to the Productivity Commissions Draft Report on Australia’s intellectual property arrangements. The Productivity Commission issued a lengthy draft report to the Government which took a general “anti” intellectual property position where many IP rights should be significantly curtailed. AIPPI Australia submitted […] Read More

Requirement of indicating the source and/or country of origin of genetic resources and traditional knowledge in patent applications

by Yusuke Inui (Assistant Reporter General of the Standing Committee on TRIPS) AIPPI’s Standing Committee on TRIPS, chaired by Catherine Mateu (France), and Standing Committee on IP and genetic resources / traditional knowledge, chaired by Konrad Becker (Switzerland), have jointly drafted a questionnaire on the topic “Requirement of indicating the source and/or country of origin […] Read More

USA: Reasonableness of a Party’s Claim or Defense is Significant – But Not Necessarily Controlling – in Determining Fee Awards Under U.S. Copyright Act

by Seth I. Appel (Pattishall, McAuliffe, Newbury, Hilliard & Geraldson LLP, USA) The United States Supreme Court clarified the standard for awarding attorneys’ fees under the Copyright Act in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons. It held that courts should give substantial weight to the objective reasonableness of the losing party’s position, while also […] Read More

China: The Supreme People’s Court Issued Top 10 IP Cases Decided by Chinese Courts in 2015

by Weining Wang and Xiaolin Dang (Beijing Sanyou IP Agency Ltd. China) I. Civil Cases on IP 1. Shijiazhuang Double-Ring Automobile Co. Ltd v. Honda Motors Co., Ltd. [The Supreme People’s Court (2014) IP Tribunal’s Final Civil Judgement No. 7] After action for declaratory judgement relief and design patent infringement had been commenced by the alleged […] Read More

Australia: Government Responds to Advisory Council on Intellectual Property’s Review of the Designs System

by Lauren John (Allens – Australia) In 2012, the now defunct Advisory Council on Intellectual Property (“ACIP”) was asked to investigate the effectiveness of the current Australian designs system in stimulating innovation by Australian users, and the impact the designs system has on economic growth. ACIP released its report in May 2015. The Federal Government […] Read More