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Trade Secrets

Data breaches threaten the protection of trade secrets. IPWatchdog published an interesting article on cybersecurity and IP concerns for small businesses, and how they could be included in business plans.

Prof. Elizabeth Rowe has an informative new empirical paper, “eBay, Permanent Injunctions, & Trade Secrets,” forthcoming in Washington and Lee Law Review. The paper examines when, and under what circumstances, courts are willing to grant permanent injunctions in trade secret cases. WrittenDescription provided a detailed summary.


The U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) issued 80 decisions in the month of October, and reversed the decision of the examiner in 24 instances. IPWatchdog combed through these decisions and provides some tips for those laboring against “broadest reasonable interpretations” that are, in fact, not reasonable.

Kluwer Patent blog provided clarifications for Liconsa v. Boehringer Ingelheim, a nuanced decision from the Court of Appeal of Barcelona (Section 15) that discussed the requirements for requesting the limitation of a European patent before the Spanish Patents and Trademarks Office (“SPTO”).

Trade mark

Watch out, E-Commerce giant Amazon is eyeing the IP business. It is launching the Amazon IP Accelerator, whose stated primary goal is to help Amazon's sellers file trade mark applications. IPWatchdog provided further details.

EUTM Regulation 2017/1001 now requires the applicant to indicate the goods and services for which the protection of the trademark is sought with sufficient clarity to enable competent authorities and economic operators to determine the extent of the protection sought. Kluwer Trademark Blog discussed Alliance Pharmaceuticals Limited v. EUIPO, a recent GC judgment that deals with diverging interpretation of the language used in goods specifications.


CREATe discussed a new working paper on creative works and international trade law by Mr. Anthony Taubman (Director, Intellectual Property Division, WTO Secretariat).

The latest issue of 1709Blog's "The Copykat" covered the USPTO's official public consultation on the all-important question of whether AI can create or infringe copyrighted “works”, protection against digital exploitation for musicians, and the question of jurisdiction in U.S. copyright infringement cases, and other exciting topics.

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