Category Archives: Intellectual Property Law

Ecuadorian IP Institute Registers Traditional Knowledge of Indigenous Community

Yesterday, at a conference at its offices in Guayaquil, the Ecuadorian Intellectual Property Institute (IEPI) presented its 2013 annual report. IEPI, 2013 Informe de Rendición de Cuentas. As noted in an article published in the newspaper El Comercio, IEPI has been … Continue reading

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Chilean Government Pulls Proposed Revision of Plant Variety Rights Law

Yesterday, after years of controversy, the government of newly re-installed Chilean President Michelle Bachelet withdrew a proposal to revise Chile’s plant variety rights law. The proposed modification was first introduced in January 2009, when Bachelet was serving her first term … Continue reading

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European Parliament to Consider Trade Secrets Directive

Tomorrow the European Parliament’s Committee on Legal Affairs will discuss the European Commission’s proposed trade secrets directive, whose aim is to protect undisclosed know-how and business information against their unlawful acquisition, use, and disclosure. See Draft Agenda, European Parliament Committee … Continue reading

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Wyoming District Court to Decide Fracking Fluids Trade Secrets Issue

In Powder River Basin Resource Council v. Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, No. S-13-01202014 WY 37 (Wyo. Mar. 12, 2014), the Wyoming Supreme Court reversed and remanded a state district court’s decision that the chemical components of fluids used … Continue reading

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Asian-American Band’s Uphill Battle to Register “The Slants” as Trademark

An October 20, 2013 story on National Public Radio (NPR) reports that an Asian-American music group from Portland, Oregon, has been fighting with the U.S. Patent and Trademark office for four years in an attempt to register their name–“The Slants”–as … Continue reading

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Trade Secrets Plaintiff Sanctioned; Couldn’t Identify Stolen Secrets

A state appellate court in California affirmed an award of more than US$200,000 against an investment group that acquired the assets of All American Semiconductor, Inc. (AASI) in bankruptcy and then sued a competitor, claiming that it had misappropriated AASI’s trade … Continue reading

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Indian IP Board Upholds Rejection of Plant Stress Tolerance Patent

On July 5, 2013, the Indian Intellectual Property Appellate Board affirmed a decision of the national patent office to deny Monsanto Company’s application for a patent covering “a method of producing a transgenic plant, with increasing heat tolerance, salt tolerance or … Continue reading

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US Supreme Ct: Naturally Occurring DNA is Unpatentable Product of Nature

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that naturally occurring DNA is a product of nature and, as such, is not patentable. Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc., No. 12-398 (U.S. June 13, 2013). However, according to the Court, … Continue reading

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Spanish Plant Variety Rights Litigation Continues

According to news reports, an appellate court in Granada, Spain recently affirmed a lower tribunal’s denial of a request by Swiss multinational Syngenta for provisional measures against a company it claimed was infringing Syngenta’s European Community plant variety rights. Syngenta con … Continue reading

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