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IP rights waiver on Covid-19 products: compromise reached

IP rights waiver on Covid-19 products: compromise reached

06 April 2022

Talks about waiving intellectual property rights for Covid-19-related products are seeing positive developments with India, South Africa, the United States and European Union reaching a compromise in March after 18 months of stalled negotiations.

Sri Lanka Passes Data Protection Bill - Without A Vote

Sri Lanka Passes Data Protection Bill - Without A Vote

06 April 2022

The Sri Lankan Parliament has passed the Personal Data Protection Bill without a vote after multiple revisions. Legislators and others expressed worries over the proposed Data Protection Authority's influence on individuals' privacy and independence.

Singapore rejects Prosecco wine GI registration upon appeal by Australian group

Singapore rejects Prosecco wine GI registration upon appeal by Australian group

06 April 2022

The word “Prosecco” cannot be registered as a geographical indication (GI) in Singapore to label wines exclusively originating from certain regions in Italy, according to the latest decision of the High Court of Singapore.

Counterfeit Goods Worth P63 Million Seized In Mall

Counterfeit Goods Worth P63 Million Seized In Mall

06 April 2022

The National Committee on Intellectual Property Rights (NCIPR), which has 15 members aconfiscated P63 million worth of potential counterfeit items inside a mall in Metro Manila, Philippines.

Philippines Launches Incentive Protection Program

Philippines Launches Incentive Protection Program

31 March 2022

The Philippines has launched the Juana Patent and Juana Design Incentive Protection Programs (JPIP) as part of its Women's Month celebrations. The JPIP aims to increase the participation of female inventors and designers in the country's innovation...

Macau IP Experts 2022

Macau IP Experts 2022

31 March 2022

Macau will play an important role in the forthcoming Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area. “Macau [will become] a hub for commerce and trade that can facilitate relations between China and Portuguese speaking countries,” Jiang Yi Sheng, chairma...

Cryptocurrency, CBDC need to straddle data privacy and financial compliance, says finance executive

Cryptocurrency, CBDC need to straddle data privacy and financial compliance, says finance executive

25 March 2022

There is a real tension between data privacy and financial compliance.

India’s Delhi Hight Court notifies IP Division Rules and Rules Governing Patent Suits

India’s Delhi Hight Court notifies IP Division Rules and Rules Governing Patent Suits

23 March 2022

The Patent Rules simplify and strengthen the procedures for adjudication of patent infringement cases to make them more effective.

Hong Kong Budget and its IP Implications

Hong Kong Budget and its IP Implications

22 March 2022

With the budget of Hong Kong for 2022-2023, which includes about HK$170 billion in expenditure plans to improve the economy and retain public trust, what does this mean for Intellectual Property?

PH had 2nd biggest share of female applicants for international patents among 74 countries in 2021

PH had 2nd biggest share of female applicants for international patents among 74 countries in 2021

16 March 2022

What qualities do women have that make them valuable inventors and patent right owners?

IPOPHL Launches Patent eCertificates

IPOPHL Launches Patent eCertificates

10 March 2022

The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines is now issuing electronic Certificates for Patents (Patent eCert), the latest digitalization milestone that brings the agency's objective of providing an end-to-end online service for patent applica...

Asian universities doing well in int’l rankings, set examples for good IP strategy, IP lawyer says

Asian universities doing well in int’l rankings, set examples for good IP strategy, IP lawyer says

10 March 2022

Universities from Asia are flexing their muscle, with more educational institutions from the region making their presence felt in various global university rankings.

Platform shuts down after musicians call out site for selling NFTs of their artworks without consent

Platform shuts down after musicians call out site for selling NFTs of their artworks without consent

04 March 2022

“We started the conversation and we’re listening.” These words have been greeting visitors to the non-fungible token (NFT) platform HitPiece after Auckland bass player and music producer Jacob Park discovered an album artwork featuring his face b...

China rejects over 400 malicious registrations of Olympics-related trademarks

China rejects over 400 malicious registrations of Olympics-related trademarks

02 March 2022

The Beijing Winter Olympics provided not only a stage for athletes around the world to shine, but also a tempting opportunity for trademark perpetrators to exploit the fame of the memorable figures of the games. The Chinese National Intellectual Prop...

IP Filings Increase By 11.6% In 2021

IP Filings Increase By 11.6% In 2021

02 March 2022

In 2021, IP filings in the Philippines increased by 11.6 percent year over year (YOY) to 46,496, reversing a major dip in 2020 as a result of loosened quarantine restrictions last year, which rekindled business and IP-related operations.

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