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
Reform of Japan's Patent and Design Acts Initiated
Japan’s Cabinet has approved a Bill for the Reform of the Patent and Design Acts that is applicant friendly.
Examination Based on Allowed Corresponding Foreign Applications Soon to Finish
Option to request examination on the basis of allowed corresponding foreign applications will no longer be available for applications filed (or having a deemed filing date) from 2020 onwards.
Look ... Is It A Bird? ... Is It A Plane? ... No! It's Prior Art!
In 2019 EWHC 991 E Mishan & Sons Inc v Hozelock Ltd patents for a commercially successful product survived an obviousness attack based on the inventors own prior use, but were nonetheless found to be obvious in light of a publication in a distinct area of technology.
3. Trade Marks
Court's Decision Evoques Roar of Approval from Jaguar
In Jaguar Land Rover Limited v Jiangling Holdings Co Ltd (Case (2016) 10383 BJ 0105 Civ. Tri.) Jaguar Land Rover was successful in using the relatively new Anti-Unfair Competition Law (AUCL) against a Chinese competitor in the Chinese vehicle market.
Chameleon Like Qualities of Logo's Finnishes
Finland's amended trade mark legislation removes ability of black and white logos to extend to all colours for applications filed from 1st May 2019.