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Category Archives: Intellectual Property

Intellectual property is a part of industrial property, closely related to intellectual assets and outcome of creative mental activity.

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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Protecting your domain name

The Internet is a shared resource, a cooperative network built out of millions of hosts all over the world. Its popularity is unquestionable, and the necessity is enormous. If you are not in the Internet – you do not exist at all. If Google search does not put your web page at the beginning of the…
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