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
Samoa Joining 3 International IP Treaties
On the 2nd October 2019 Samoa deposited its instruments of accession for the Patent Cooperation Treaty, the Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement and the Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement.
IPONZ Loosens GPPH Practice
IPONZ has announced some applicant friendly changes to its practice in respect of Global Patent Prosecution Highway (GPPH) program, which allows accelerated examination of qualifying applications that have already had at least one claim found to be allowable by an IPO of a GPPH member.
UK Court of Appeal Further Clarifies Test for Sufficiency
In Anan Kasei Co Ltd v Neo Chemicals and Oxides Ltd the Court of Appeal gave further guidance on the test for insufficiency.
United States of America
USPTO Updates its Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance
In response to public feedback to the USPTO's January 2019 subjects matter eligibility guidance, on its subject matter eligibility page the USPTO has provided an update that gives further explanation around five major themes, includes some new examples, an index of examples and lists and categorizes selected eligibility cases.
Eurasian Designs System Being Established
Eurasian countries are close to allowing for a regional Eurasian design right following the recent signing by five Eurasian states of the Protocol on the Protection of Industrial Designs to the Eurasian Patent Convention.
Clarification Sought from CJEU Regarding Novelty and Existence for Unregistered Community Designs
In 2019 EWHC 2419 Beverly Hills Teddy Bear Company v PMS International Group PLC the Judge referred questions to the Court of Justice for the European Union (CJEU) regarding the correct determination of the novelty and existence dates for unregistered community designs (UCDs) under the Designs Regulation 2002-6.