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European patent

The European Patent Office (EPO) has been established in 1977 but till this day there is no single patent valid in all Europe. Differently from European trade marks or Community designs, which after registered at the European Intellectual Property Office covers all European countries, European patent needs to be validated in different member states. So…
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How trade marks can restrict competition

Intellectual property rights (IPR) are created to foster innovation – to give incentive for a company or a creator to invest in business, create new products, brands, innovate on the existing technology. The existence of IPRs may make a market more attractive for innovators, leading to country-specific investments in marketing and distribution. Such investments may…
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Works entering public domain in 2016

Monopoly of intellectual property rights is limited. By territory, scope and time. The maximum protection of patents usually do not last longer than 20 years (with exception of drug patents, that can get additional 5 years of protection). So, unless you are trying to cover your patent rights with other IP protection (like Lego was trying…
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To license or to abandon? Or what open licensing works for?

Leonardo da Vinci once confirmed “Human subtlety will never devise an invention more beautiful, more simple or more direct than does nature because in her inventions nothing is lacking, and nothing is superfluous.” Nevertheless, human beings are inventing and creating every day. In 2014 World Intellectual Property Indicators, WIPO announced that patent filings grew by…
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“Deeper” sonar received prestigious innovation award

© Organization pic. Deeper Smart Fishfinder took the Best of Innovation Award at the biggest annual worldwide Consumer Electronic Show known as CES2016, held in Las Vegas, Nevada. It is the first time ever for any fishing technology to be nominated and win the award. Deeper Fishfinder was selected as one of the honorees at…
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