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Territoriality in the age of cloud computing and data storage

Territoriality in the age of cloud computing and data storage

30 November 2022

Protection of most intellectual property assets is territorial, but cloud computing and data storage cross borders at will. Where does that leave you in case of a legal dispute? Espie Angelica A. de Leon explains.

Declassifying trade secret licensing

Declassifying trade secret licensing

30 November 2022

Trade secrets can be a useful form of intellectual property protection. They often come at a much lower costs than a patent, but in Asia, at least, they also come with significantly fewer protections.

Restrictive covenants How do they affect employees, trade secrets and non-competes?

Restrictive covenants How do they affect employees, trade secrets and non-competes?

29 November 2022

While trade secrets don’t require public disclosure, they don’t provide significant protection from devious, or merely careless, employees. | Excel V. Dyquiangco

Advantages and drawbacks of the arbitration of IP disputes

Advantages and drawbacks of the arbitration of IP disputes

21 November 2022

Increasing numbers of parties in IP-reliant industries such as technology, healthcare, aviation, etc., are agreeing to resolve disputes under their cross-border contracts via arbitration.

The unintentional consequences of unintended claims

The unintentional consequences of unintended claims

10 November 2022

A patent specification containing an unintended claim often brings about unintentional consequences. Lawyers around the region explain how to avoid opening the door to potential infringers.

Creating a family business: Surnames and trademarks

Creating a family business: Surnames and trademarks

09 November 2022

Choosing an appropriate business name is crucial when launching a business because the name will affect the development and impression of the brand.

Trademarks and #Hashtags

Trademarks and #Hashtags

09 November 2022

Companies have been using hashtags on their social media posts to increase brand awareness and encourage consumers to talk about it. But there are potential pitfalls, too, such as when a carefully cultivated hashtag ends up being associated with nega...

Patenting the clean beauty trend

Patenting the clean beauty trend

09 November 2022

With the fast pace of developments in the beauty industry, it is highly likely that by the time a patent application has been the approved and registered, the subject of the application may have already been rendered obsolete by newer, better, or muc...

IP infringement and data misuse: The dark side of the dark web

IP infringement and data misuse: The dark side of the dark web

09 November 2022

The internet isn’t just Facebook and cat videos. The Dark Web is full of marketplaces selling counterfeit goods, bank account numbers and fake passports.

What are your IP rights to internet slang and memes?

What are your IP rights to internet slang and memes?

07 November 2022

Internet slang and memes are meant to be fun and entertaining. But when a Hong Kong advertising agency registered a popular Cantonese internet saying as a trademark, netizens were quickly doing their best Grumpy Cat impressions. What rights does the...

Hope for the best, prepare for the worst: Consequences of winding business down for a brand

Hope for the best, prepare for the worst: Consequences of winding business down for a brand

07 November 2022

Russian courts have demonstrated willingness in numerous cases to protect a trademark even if its owner is based in an “unfriendly” country. But risk of cancellation exists if the brand leaves the market entirely. Evgeny Alexandrov and Alina Grechikh...

The fight against trademark squatting in China

The fight against trademark squatting in China

30 September 2022

Trademark squatting is a serious problem in China. Ivy Choi discusses strategies to combat squatting with IP lawyers, who warn: Sometimes, buying a mark may not be such a bad idea. The purchase price may be lower than the costs involved in a legal ba...

IP challenges behind livestreaming ecommerce in China

IP challenges behind livestreaming ecommerce in China

30 September 2022

Livestreaming ecommerce is taking China by storm, and has reached more than 388 million streaming video users, nearly two-thirds of whom placed orders after watching the videos. Ivy Choi examines the challenges inherent in policing IP when it’s being...

Protecting your ideas under China’s copyright law

Protecting your ideas under China’s copyright law

30 September 2022

As the pillar of the entertainment industry, original ideas receive copyright protection until they evolve into fully-developed forms – movies, novels, advertisements, paintings and more. But what happens when the idea is less than fully formed? Shi...

A granted utility model patent as priority

A granted utility model patent as priority

26 September 2022

A valid priority date draws a line in determining what references can and cannot be used as prior art against a patent application, which significantly impacts the determination of patentability.

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