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
Soon to Commence CPTPP Amendment Act Requires Only Minor Amendments to IP Acts
On 30th December 2018 the non-suspended provisions of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership Amendment Act 2018 will enter into force.
UK Supreme Court Decision Raises Disclosure Requirements for Patentees
In the recent Supreme Court decision 2018 UKSC 56 Warner Lambert Company LLC v Generics (UK) Ltd several points of law relating to Swiss Style patent claims were clarified.
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Madrid Common Regulations Regarding Division and Merger Soon to be Amended
From the 1st February 2019 several notable changes will be made to the Common Regulations under the Madrid Agreement and the Madrid Protocol.
CJEU Holds that Tastes Do Not Qualify as a Work for Copyright Purposes
In response to a referred question the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) recently gave a preliminary ruling in C 310-17 Levola Hengelo BV v Smilde Foods BV to the effect that tastes do not qualify as a ‘work’ and so cannot be the subject matter in which copyright subsists.
Broad Range of Issues Raised for Consideration in Copyright Issues Paper
On 23rd November 2018 an Issues Paper on the Copyright Act 1994 was released, with feedback sought (by the 5th April 2019) on a wide range of issues, which will influence the subsequent production of an Options Paper.