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20 Feb 2017
by Miquel Montañá

What can be protected as a “utility model” in Spain after 1 April 2017?

The new Spanish Patent Act, which will come into force on 1 April 2017, will introduce a modernised “utility model” that is expected to become the natural alternative for “non-examined” patents, which the new law has put at bay.  One of the most controversial provisions dealing with utility models is Article 137, which reads as... Continue reading …
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15 Feb 2017
by Thomas Long

USA: Design Data Corp. v. Unigate Enterprise, Inc, United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, Nos. 14-16701, 9 February 2017

A seller of computer aided design (CAD) files used for steel detailing services could have infringed a software provider’s CAD program by downloading an unauthorized copy of the program, the U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco has held. There was a genuine issue of material fact as to whether the unauthorized download was more... Continue reading …


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