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19. February 2024 – Legal 500 Deutschland

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9. January 2024 – CES, Las Vegas

At CES 2024, companies from the technology sector present their latest innovations and products. This year, the focus is particularly on innovations in the technology areas of artificial intelligence and autonomous driving.

The CES in Las Vegas is one of the most important and largest trade fairs in the tech industry. Participants come primarily from the audio-video, household electronics, food and healthcare technology, gaming hardware, laptops and automotive industries. The topic of artificial intelligence is the central element of the company presentations this year.

7. December 2023 – Changes in trademark law in China

The Chinese National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) is planning a revision of the Trademark Law of the People's Republic of China, which is to be passed next year.

The draft amendment published at the beginning of 2023 provides for various updates to strengthen the position of trademark owners in protecting their rights.

These include, among others:

  • Prohibition of repeated registrations: The re-application of identical trademarks by the same applicant should no longer be permitted in principle.
  • Malicious trademark applications: Stronger sanctions are planned for trademark applications made in bad faith (e.g. by means of deception).
  • Declaration of trademark use: Trademark owners are to be obliged to make regular declarations to the CNIPA on the status of trademark use.
  • Reduction of the opposition period: This is to be reduced from three to two months

The Trademark Act was last revised in 2019.

It can sometimes be difficult for European companies to effectively protect trademarks in China. [See our blog Trademark Protection in China, May 2021].

23. November 2023 – DPMA: Herstellernachweis auf Patentdokumenten

Auf allen vom DPMA veröffentlichten Patentdokumenten (Offenlegungsschrift, Patentschrift, Gebrauchsmusterschrift) wird auf die produzierende Druckfirma hingewiesen. Das Impressum lautet aktuell: „Das Dokument wurde durch die Firma Luminess hergestellt“.

Dieser Hinweis wird nach Auskunft des DPMA seit April 2020 auf allen deutschen Patentdokumenten auf der letzten Seite abgedruckt, nachdem im Rahmen einer öffentlichen Ausschreibung im Jahr 2018 die Firma Jouve (jetzt Luminess) die Produktion übernommen hatte.

Auf Patentdokumenten des Europäischen Patentamts (EPA) ist die Referenz auf den Dienstleister, der das Dokument hergestellt hat, auf der ersten Seite gedruckt.

7. November 2023 – 3D printing technologies

Over the last 10 years, there has been a sharp increase in international patent applications in the field of 3D printing. According to the EPO study, almost three quarters of global 3D printing innovations come from the USA and Europe.

The study published by the EPO in September 2023 shows that an increasing number of patents have been filed in the field of 3D printing technologies since 2013; international patent families in this field have grown at an average annual rate of 26.3%.

Patent applicants in the field of additive manufacturing are large mechanical engineering companies from the USA, Europe and Japan as well as specialized 3D printing companies and start-ups. In total, more than 50,000 international patent families for 3D printing technologies have been filed worldwide since 2001.

Graphics, statistics and a link to the full report "Innovation trends in additive manufacturing": EPA press release from 19.9.2023.