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    Awapatent’s Innovation Barometer shows: Swedish and Danish companies continue to invest in R&D

    89 per cent of the R&D managers in Sweden and Denmark believe that they will have an unchanged or increased budget for R&D in the nearest future compared to last year. 52 per cent say their budget will be unchanged, whereas 37 per cent think it will increase. As many as 96 per cent of the R&D…

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    Relaxed requirements for divisional European patent applications

    The deadline for filing divisional European patent applications will be amended 1 April 2014. It will again be possible to file divisional European applications as long as the parent application is pending. For some time, there have been rumours and speculations that the time limit for filing divisional…

  • Prison for trading in counterfeit clothes brands

    Stockholm District Court has sentenced a man to ten months behind bars for importing and selling counterfeit clothes brands. The relatively strict punishment was imposed even though the man has no previous convictions. The court motivates its decision by emphasising that this was an extensive criminal…

  • UK term of copyright extended to 70 years

    On 1 October this year an important amendment was made to UK copyright law. Following the change, the term of copyright has now been increased from 25 years after the death of the author to 70 years, thus bringing UK legislation into line with that of most other European countries. Because of the…

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    Awapatent climbs higher in Managing IP’s PCT ranking

    Awapatent climbs four positions to 6th place in industry magazine Managing IP's annual PCT survey, a ranking of European IP firms based on the number of PCT applications filed. Awapatent filed 25 percent more PCT applications compared to the previous year. Awapatent also filed the highest number…

  • Coca-Cola loses its status as the world’s most valuable brand

    Coca-Cola , IBM , Microsof t. For year after year these three companies have regularly topped Interbrand's list of the world's most valuable trademarks and brands. Last year, however, Apple succeeded in leapfrogging into second place, and this year it has climbed further to hold the number one…

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    Awapatent attorney new member of INTA subcommittee

    Robin Berzelius , Attorney-at-Law at Awapatent has been appointed member of INTA's (International Trademark Association) Design Rights Subcommittee of the Related Rights Committee for a two-year term. In addition, Robin is a new member of the Swedish ICC's (International Chamber of Commerce) reference…

  • New report: One in three jobs in Europe generated by IPR-intensive industries

    Approximately 35 percent of all employment in the EU (or 77 million jobs) stems directly or indirectly from IPR-intensive industries, according to a report published jointly by the European Patent Office (EPO) and the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM). The study also shows that…

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    Beware of bogus invoices

    Some of our clients have contacted us regarding suspicious invoices that concern some kind of patent registration or monitoring service. You should always pay close attention when you receive an invoice regarding your IP rights from an unknown company. If you are not sure about the validity of the…

  • Patent protection of software in New Zealand to end

    New Zealand now has new patent legislation to replace the old Patents Act from 1953. One of the more hotly debated updates relates to the patent protection of software. Under the new law the scope for this kind of protection is much more strictly limited than it has been before. The new legislation…

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