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SIPO inks IP plan with UK, agrees PPH with Brazil
On Wednesday, November 15, SIPO announced that commissioner Shen Changyu had signed the work plan with Tim Moss, comptroller general of the IPO, on November 10

Shenzhen customs authorities go to bat for Huawei & ZTE by blocking export of 260,000 patent-infringing products
According to a report from Xinhua news agency, a special IP enforcement campaign is being undertaken by customs authorities at a national level in China

ITC opens 337 investigation for potential patent infringement by Apple screen sharing technology
On Tuesday, November 14th, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) announced that it was investigating potential patent infringement committed by Cupertino, CA-based consumer tech giant Apple Inc.

When Universities Patent Their Research
A few months ago, a judge ordered Apple to pay the University of Wisconsin $506 million for infringing one of its tech patents. Last year, Carnegie-Mellon University won $750 million in a patent infringement lawsuit against Marvell Technology Group

UK patent fees set to rise in 2018
The UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) revealed the increases yesterday, November 20. The legislation making these changes was laid in parliament last week



Disney sued by screenwriters over ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ script
The complaint was filed at the US District Court for the District of Colorado on Tuesday, November 14

John Lewis ‘helped themselves to my picture book’, says cartoonist
Chris Riddell, who works for The Observer newspaper, sent out a tweet yesterday, November 16, accusing UK retailer John Lewis of “helping themselves” to his book

USITC launches Alibaba investigation
In a release on Friday, November 17, the ITC said the investigation is based on a complaint filed by Yeti Coolers, an Austin-based manufacturer of outdoor lifestyle products

Forever 21 opposes ‘Forever Young’ trademark
Forever 21 filed the opposition against the mark ‘Forever Young 15’, on Monday, November 13

Marques concerned over lack of Brexit IP negotiations
“Marques wishes to impress upon all parties involved in the Brexit negotiations the urgent need to start and progress bilateral talks about the technical aspects relating to IP law and procedure as soon as possible,” said the association in its Brexit position paper, released on Friday, November 17

Four senior cases from last week and why they matter
Last week we reported on three rulings from the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and covered the oral hearing in a trademark case involving Christian Louboutin. Below we explain why they matter

Intangible capital generated $5.9tn to manufactured products, says WIPO
Intangible capital, such as branding, design and technology, contributed $5.9 trillion to the value of manufactured goods in 2014, a report has found

Copyright dispute over David Bowie image ends
US District Judge William Pauley signed the order on Thursday, November 16, stating that the action is discontinued without costs to any party, after it was reported to the court that this action “has been, or will be, settled”


Industrial Design

Ivanka Trump trade dress suit dropped
Italian shoemaker Aquazzura sued (pdf) Trump at the US District Court for the Southern District of New York in June last year, accusing her of copying the trade dress of the ‘Wild Thing’ shoe


Intellectual Property

USTR reveals IP objectives in NAFTA renegotiations
The Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) has released a 17-page document outlining new objectives for renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), including commitments on IP protection



Gucci doesn’t own monopoly on coloured stripes, claims Forever 21
In an amended complaint, filed on Friday, November 17 at the US District Court for the Central District of California, Forever 21 gave more than 100 examples of striped clothing by different brands

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