Latest blog articles by IGIR

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    Trade marks trolls: how to prevent abusive practice?

    23 September 2021
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    IGIR in Law
    When we talk about Trade Marks Trolls we don’t mean the ugly creature that might come to your mind. Instead, we speak about practices that constitute an abuse of trade mark law. So, how to defend yourself against such behaviour?
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    Patent Aggregation in the Great White North

    17 June 2021
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    IGIR in Law
    Patent aggregation is one of the critical paths to raise revenue and earn a return on investment in the ICT sector. It comprises all activities whereby firms build sets of related patents, so-called patent portfolios, and subsequently use these beyond manufacturing. Different kinds of entities pursue such patent aggregation activities, well beyond the usual suspects of patent trolls and pools. The main distinction between patent aggregators is between practising entities and non-practising entities. The former ones are vertically integrated patentees that both...
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    Linking the product to its origin: geographical indications and the protection of origin products

    1 June 2021
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    IGIR in Law
    Geographical indications (hereinafter GIs) are signs used to safeguard the existence of a link between a product and its place of origin, focusing on quality and tradition.
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    European patent judiciary in the light of the emergence of the unified patent court: challenges and debates

    28 May 2021
    by: 
    IGIR in Law
    For more than 40 years now, the harmonisation and unification of the European patent law have been discussed. So far, the only European legal instrument regulating substantive patent matters is a European Patent Convention (EPC) signed in 1973. The EPC, however, is outside the EU’s legislative and judicial framework - once granted the European patents by the European Patent Office (a non-EU institution itself), their enforcement is entirely within the competence of the national courts of signatory countries of the EPC.