I was already like this before you got here: prior use as an exception to patent infringement

The owner of a patent cannot enforce their rights against those who used the invention covered by the patent or made serious preparations for such use before the priority date. To qualify for the “prior use” exception, the third party must have acted in good faith and the preparation acts carried out before the priority […]

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“Prior public use”: an effective ground for opposition against the grant of a European patent

The opposition procedure for European patents, enables third parties, within nine months of the publication of the mention of the grant of the patent, to oppose that patent at the European Patent Office (EPO). This opposition procedure for European patents is particularly useful when the patent in question is hindering our commercial interests and we […]

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‘Made in China’ goes standard: a reform of the industrial design protection system is bringing the Asian giant into line with international norms

China has taken a further step towards aligning its regulations with the international protection system for designs. On June 1, 2021, the most recent reform of the country’s Patent Act entered into force, which includes significant changes to how industrial designs are regulated. The legal text, dating from 1985, has been reformed on three previous occasions […]

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Inventions ‘made in Spain’: How can you protect them properly?

  In accordance with the Spanish Patent Law, the first application for a patent made in Spain must be filed at the Spanish Patents and Trademarks Office and penalties can be imposed in the event of the breach of this requirement. This is why it is important to be able to justify the registration of […]

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Influencers, bullfighting, deepfakes, AI, biopics… the Garrigues IP Blog celebrates its first birthday, covering all the hot topics.

  It’s the first anniversary of the Garrigues IP Blog. An orbit around the sun full of new developments, trends and reflections on intellectual property, with the analysis of our professional experts on the subject. During this period we have been able to count on the unwavering support of our readers and subscribers to our […]

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Proposal for a regulation on the use of artificial intelligence: fundamental rights mark the red lines

Proposal for a regulation on the use of artificial intelligence: fundamental rights mark the red lines Rita Gomes, Associate, Intellectual Property Department The European Commission has just published its proposal for a Regulation laying down harmonized rules on Artificial Intelligence (AI) which seeks to strike a balance between its intention to promote the use of […]

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