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The trends in IP in 2023

The trends in IP in 2023

30 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?

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 INDUSTRY

EXAMINING PATENTS IN THE MINING INDUSTRY

30 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 disputes

Advantages and drawbacks of the arbitration of IP disputes

31 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?

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 storage

Territoriality in the age of cloud computing and data storage

31 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 licensing

Declassifying trade secret licensing

31 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?

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 brand

Hope for the best, prepare for the worst: Consequences of winding business down for a brand

30 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 trademarks

Creating a family business: Surnames and trademarks

30 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 #Hashtags

Trademarks and #Hashtags

30 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 trend

Patenting the clean beauty trend

30 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 web

IP infringement and data misuse: The dark side of the dark web

30 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 claims

The unintentional consequences of unintended claims

30 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 copyright

Joint authorship and copyright

22 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.

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