JK Rowling allows teachers from around the world to use the books for Harry Potter for free

photo-1547756536-cde3673fa2e5The well-known author JK Rowling announced her decision to allow all teachers around the world to use her books for Harry Potter for making video lessons for free.

The reason for this exception from the licensing rules for her books is the current COVID-19 pandemic situation which led to many schools being closed.

According to the announcement, the teacher can do that without a license, however, the videos must not be uploaded on YouTube or any other social media or used for commercial purposes.

Source: WIPR.

How to build and manage remotely an intellectual property database?

photo-1583508915901-b5f84c1dcde1In the time when more and more companies close their offices because of the COVID-19 emergency situation, the question how the office work to be done remotely is one that becomes vital for the entire company’s operation.

Intellectual property matters are not an exception.  The fact that you cannot work from your office it doesn’t mean that the work has not to be done and the deadlines not to be met.

When it comes to intellectual property to keep the deadlines is something must.

From one hand obtaining an intellectual property protection requires following different, and sometimes, long proceedings before the relevant official authorities.

This comes with different deadlines and a serious communication with the Patent Office and intellectual property attorneys.

What’s more, in situations of buying or selling protected works or cases of mergers and acquisitions, where intellectual property is part of, you need to keep an eye on the negotiation and transfer process for every single IP asset. 

On the other hand, the fact that you own IP rights is not the end of the story. On the contrary. Every IP asset needs to be maintained properly in order for its protection to be solid and even available. 

For example, if you have a trademark or patent application but you miss the deadline for paying the official Patent Office’s fees your application will be rejected.  This means that your business can lose valuable assets that can generate a future profit.

That’s why every owner of intellectual property rights has to integrate a system and tools that will allow management of all intellectual property assets from one place remotely using every possible device.

This will allow the deadlines to be met and the intellectual property to be protected.

But how to achieve this?

Big companies can pay for specialized software for that purpose, which can be used by the employees even from home. However, for small and mid size companies, or individual entrepreneurs or freelancers, such software can be way too expensive or even complex for integration.

If you cannot afford such a solution you can achieve a similar result by adopting some of the available online productivity tools for free. For example, you can use tools such as Asana, Notion, Wrike etc. to build your own intellectual property database.

If you are interested in this matter, you can sign up for this upcoming Udemy course, where you will learn how to build your own IP database in a very simple way, using one very well-known productivity application Asana which will cost you nothing. This will allow you to manage all IP assets an keep all deadlines remotely from home. You can even use this database to communicate with your team or IP attorneys. 

You can sign up from here. There will be free coupons for early birds.

The German Constitutional Court blocked the Unified Patent Court

pexels-photo-109629The German Federal Constitutional Court  has ruled that the legislation for introducing of the Unified Patent Court (UPC) is not constitutional.

According to the Court, in this case there is a transfer of adjudication authorities from national to international level. This requires the law to be accepted with two-thirds majority in the Bundestag, which wasn’t happened.

It is possible this decision to put a spanner in the works for the UPC as a whole. Although the German Parliament can pass the legislation again, this will take time, time which can allow other countries to express their reluctance toward the UPC concept.

Source: WIPR.

 

Mexico joins the Hague Agreement

mexico-1460659_1920WIPO reports about the accession of Mexico to the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs.

As it is known, this Agreement allows one industrial design to be registered in different Member States based on one application and one fee.

The Agreement will come into force for Mexico on 06.06.2020.

Extended time limits before the EUIPO and EPO because of the COVID-19

face-mask-4890115_1920Taking into account the dissemination of COVID-19 in the EU and its declaration as a pandemic, the European Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) took a decision to extend all tome limits regarding different trademark and design procedures. According to the announcement:

The Executive Director of the EUIPO has today (16 March) signed a decision extending all time limits expiring between 9 March 2020 and 30 April 2020, that affect all parties before the Office, to 1 May 2020. In practice, this means that time limits are extended until Monday 4 May, given that Friday 1 May is a public holiday.

Similar decision was taken by the EPO too.

 

“Final Fantasy” producer prevailed over two parasite trademarks in the UK

video-controller-336657_1920The Final Fantasy’s producer, the Japanese video game company Square Enix, won two invalidation disputes against trademarks Parasite Eve и Parasite.

Both marks have been registered in the UK by Michael Gleissner, a person notoriously known for cases of bad faith registered trademarks in the EU.

According to the Square Enix, its unregistered trademark Parasite Eve has been in use for video games in the UK since 1998. Because of that, it has built a strong reputation amongst the consumers in the country. In light of this, the above mentioned two trademarks are confusingly similar and can damage the reputation of the earlier mark.

The UKIPO agreed with the Japanese company considering the later two trademarks as confusingly similar and registered in bad faith with the purpose to take advantage of the earlier trademark established reputation.

Source: WIPR.