The trends in IP in 202330 November 2022
Digital assets have been the name of the game for IP lawyers in 2022, from the Metaverse to NFTs and more use of blockchain technologies.
Patents are for the weak?30 November 2022
Elon Musk recently told a CNBC audience that “patents are for the weak.” Do lawyers agree with Musk, or is the SpaceX owner out of orbit? | Espie Angelica A. de Leon
EXAMINING PATENTS IN THE MINING INDUSTRY30 November 2022
Climate change is resulting in companies and consumers alike driving increasing use of green technology. Industries that are vital to the lives of people worldwide are incorporating such technologies, including the mining industry.
Advantages and drawbacks of the arbitration of IP disputes31 October 2022
Increasing numbers of parties in IP-reliant industries such as technology, healthcare, aviation, etc., are agreeing to resolve disputes under their cross-border contracts via arbitration.
Restrictive covenants How do they affect employees, trade secrets and non-competes?31 October 2022
While trade secrets don’t require public disclosure, they don’t provide significant protection from devious, or merely careless, employees. | Excel V. Dyquiangco
Territoriality in the age of cloud computing and data storage31 October 2022
Protection of most intellectual property assets is territorial, but cloud computing and data storage cross borders at will. Where does that leave you in case of a legal dispute? Espie Angelica A. de Leon explains.
Declassifying trade secret licensing31 October 2022
Trade secrets can be a useful form of intellectual property protection. They often come at a much lower costs than a patent, but in Asia, at least, they also come with significantly fewer protections.
What are your IP rights to internet slang and memes?30 September 2022
Internet slang and memes are meant to be fun and entertaining. But when a Hong Kong advertising agency registered a popular Cantonese internet saying as a trademark, netizens were quickly doing their best Grumpy Cat impressions. What rights does the...
Hope for the best, prepare for the worst: Consequences of winding business down for a brand30 September 2022
Russian courts have demonstrated willingness in numerous cases to protect a trademark even if its owner is based in an “unfriendly” country. But risk of cancellation exists if the brand leaves the market entirely. Evgeny Alexandrov and Alina Grechikh...
Creating a family business: Surnames and trademarks30 September 2022
Choosing an appropriate business name is crucial when launching a business because the name will affect the development and impression of the brand.
Trademarks and #Hashtags30 September 2022
Companies have been using hashtags on their social media posts to increase brand awareness and encourage consumers to talk about it. But there are potential pitfalls, too, such as when a carefully cultivated hashtag ends up being associated with nega...
Patenting the clean beauty trend30 September 2022
With the fast pace of developments in the beauty industry, it is highly likely that by the time a patent application has been the approved and registered, the subject of the application may have already been rendered obsolete by newer, better, or muc...
IP infringement and data misuse: The dark side of the dark web30 September 2022
The internet isn’t just Facebook and cat videos. The Dark Web is full of marketplaces selling counterfeit goods, bank account numbers and fake passports.
The unintentional consequences of unintended claims30 September 2022
A patent specification containing an unintended claim often brings about unintentional consequences. Lawyers around the region explain how to avoid opening the door to potential infringers.
Joint authorship and copyright22 September 2022
Copyright law can be tricky to navigate when there’s just one author. Lawyers around the region discuss the pitfalls inherent in joint authorship of a work, and how to keep little problems from becoming big ones. Espie Angelica A. de Leon reports.