Week´s news headlines – Aug. 26th 2016

Intellectual Property Implications of the Medical Wearable and Wellness Device Revolution for Startups

We are exploding into a transformative revolution in the data processing and miniature biometric sensor space. This is fueling advances in both wearable “medical” devices as well as enabling a new industry in sometimes closely related wearable “wellness” devices. While both established medical device companies and startups have opportunities in the wearable medical device space, nimble new companies that don’t want regulatory oversight or companies that already have a sales and marketing presence in the athletic industry may be best positioned to take advantage of the wellness device opportunity.

Read more at: http://www.mddionline.com/blog/dev



Mozilla calls for EU copyright reform

Mozilla has hit out at European-wide copyright law, launching a petition calling for immediate reform of what it claims is a legal framework badly lagging behind the progress of technology.

Read more at: http://www.bit-tech.net/news/bits/2016/08/26/mozilla-



Computers and Robots Don’t Count

In copyright law, it’s all about people.

Read more at: http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/future_tense/2



How Google Fights Piracy report details how war on piracy will reach unprecedented heights

In the tech giant’s updated How Google Fights Piracy report, it announced its war on piracy is being taken to unprecedented heights.

The report gave detailed information about the robust programs, policies and technologies it is using to battle copyright-infringing activity online.

Read more at: http://www.news.com.au/techno



Intellectual Property Law for Startups: Common Questions

This guest post comes to us courtesy of Ray Areaux, a patent attorney and founding member of Carver Darden, a law firm with offices in New Orleans and Pensacola. He, and other Carver Darden attorneys will be giving a free talk on intellectual property law at the LookFar offices on August 23rd,check here for more details.

Read more at: http://siliconbayounews.com/2016/08/23/in



Nigeria: Registering And Protecting Foreign Intellectual Property Rights In Nigeria: Copyright, Trademark, Patent And Designs

Read more at: http://www.mondaq.com/Nigeria/x/521264/Trademark/Reg



Chelsea FC evita falsificaciones

Para terminar con la venta ilegal de productos asociados al club, Chelsea FC registró su nombre como marca en todo tipo de vestimenta.

Read more at: http://www.marcasur.com/noticia.php?NoNoId=4139



Olympic lawyers go for gold in trademark protection

The Olympic games may be coming to a close in Brazil, but Olympic lawyers are still working hard in the U.S.

The U.S. Olympic Committee has come under fire this year for sending warning letters to businesses tweeting with “official” Olympic hashtags like “#TeamUSA” and “#Rio2016.” But this isn’t the first time the USOC has taken steps to protect its trademarked assets. Legal actions involving the USOC have become as routine as the games themselves.

Read more at: http://www.cnbc.com/2016/08/18/olympi



Pro athletes and the things they trademark

That’s why they trademark their names, catchphrases and logos — things they think might turn into money-making ventures down the line. Sprinter Usain Bolt, for instance, trademarked an icon of the “lightening bolt” stance he’s so well known for.

And it’s not just Olympians — plenty of pro-athletes seek trademarks to make money outside of their playing careers.

Read more at: http://money.cnn.com/2016/08/19/news/trademarks-a



Tighter Patent Rules Could Help Lower Drug Prices, Study Shows

The U.S. could rein in rising drug prices by being more selective about giving patents to pharmaceutical companies for marginal developments, a study concludes.

That’s because brand-name drugs with patents that grant exclusivity account for about 72 percent of drug spending, even though they are only about 10 percent of all prescriptions dispensed, according to the study, published Tuesday in JAMA, the journal of the American Medical Association.

Read more at: http://www.npr.org/sections/hea



Copyrights, royalties and music piracy in Congo-Brazzaville

In July 2015, Brazzaville hosted the 10th Pan-African Music Festival (FESPAM). After the festivities, local musicians went back to their daily lives, usually facing financial challenges. These difficulties could be lessened if the rights of artists were respected, suggested a need for better understanding and implementation of the legislation. This text provides a brief overview of the related subjects of copyrights, royalties and music piracy in the Republic of the Congo, also known as Congo-Brazzaville.

Read more at: http://musicinafrica.net/copyrights-royalties-and-music-p

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The impact of Brexit on Intellectual Property rights

On June 23, citizens of the UK voted in a referendum to break away from the European Union. By a narrow margin of 52% to 48% of the votes, the United Kingdom’s decision was to exit the EU, commonly referred to as Brexit.


This decision will not have any immediate effects on the protection of Intellectual Property rights of companies doing business in Europe or the United Kingdom. Those rights shall remain protected until new rules are fully established. However, it is expected that, over time, the Brexit will impact areas such as domain names, patents, trademarks and design registrations.


Eventually, it is likely that new registrations of Community Trademarks, for example, may no longer include the UK. If the titleholders want this protection, both in the European Union as well as in the UK, it may be necessary to file two separate applications. One hypothesis, based on the fact that the Brexit formalization and transition may take up to two years, is that the registrations already granted in the Community Trademark system may be gradually validated on their own by the United Kingdom, so that their titleholders do not lose the rights they have already acquired.


Concerning patents, Brexit will not affect the fact that the United Kingdom will remain a member state of the Unitary Patent System. Therefore, there will be no immediate changes in how a European patent or a patent application covers the UK. It is not yet known whether the United Kingdom will or will not ratify the Unified Patent Court (UPC) Agreement before formally transitioning out of the European Union. It is known, however, that the London section of the UPC must be reallocated to another Member State, which will probably delay the implementation of the agreement. It is also expected that the Brexit may result in legal changes in the life sciences sector, but the adopted models will only be known after the UK formalizes the transition out of the EU.


At present, it is not necessary to take any action but we will continue to monitor any changes in legislation and agreements involving intellectual property rights in the European Union that may have global reach.


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