Around the IP blogs

While most of us are confined at our homes, the IP blogs are more active than ever. Be sure not to miss recent posts around the IP blogosphere!

Home alone


For patent blogs, the UPC ruling of the German Constitutional Court became a major subject last week [read IPKat’s very own take here and here]. Kluwer Patent Blog has dedicated four posts to the topic (1, 2, 3, 4). Whether you’re looking for in-depth analysis or an overview of stakeholders’ reactions, these posts are for you.

Fosspatents keeps us updated on the recent developments in German patent reform. It seems that the members of the Federation of German Industries (BDI) are not that united in their views on the patent reform, after all. Fosspatents reflects on how the BDI withdrawing its injunction-friendly submission might affect the legislative process.

In times of coronavirus, Patentlyo blog looks into possible tensions between patent rights and 3D printing, such as patent infringement through “printing” a protected device. Although it seems that no lawsuits have been filed yet, the author approaches the issue theoretically, from the perspective of major jurisdictions.

But not all is the UPC and coronavirus. Juve Patent blog reports on the on-going patent battle between Nokia and Daimler over the use of mobile phone standards in Daimler cars. Reading like a Hollywood epic, the battle includes multiple jurisdictions, patent pools, SEPs, FRAND terms and failed intents of mediation!

Trade marks

How far can a company go in search of inspiration? The Fashion Law blog looks at a recent lawsuit against Champs and Nike over their marketing campaign, inspired from the seminal surfing film, “The Endless Summer”. Bruce Brown Films, owner of the rights to “The Endless Summer”, alleges trade mark infringement, dilution and unfair competition and seeks monetary damages and injunctive relief.

Legalshift addresses the use of a trade mark in the Internet in the case-law of Ukrainian courts. Would including a trade mark in the .UA domain name amount to use? Shall the delivery of goods be effectively accessible to Ukrainian-based consumers? Does the concept of “genuine use” exist under Ukrainian trade mark law? Read the post to find out.


While TikTok is experiencing a download boom in times of quarantine, IPWatchDog looks into how this company is using blockchain to defeat copyright infringement. The short-video sharing platform has successfully used blockchain evidence in a case before the Chinese Hangzhou Internet Court.
Around the IP blogs Around the IP blogs Reviewed by Anastasiia Kyrylenko on Thursday, March 26, 2020 Rating: 5

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