1. Huawei Files Patent For Long Range Wireless Charging Technology

Huawei, the Chinese tech giant filed a patent for new technology related to the “wireless charging system” that is capable of ranged transmission. As per a report issued by the ITHome report, the patent with a publication number CN112564295A describes a wireless charging technology that belongs to the field of wireless charging technology. This wireless charging technology requires two coils to be placed directly opposite each other, with the distance between the two being very close to transmit power. Huawei can increase the charging distance that is especially suitable for personal wear devices such as smart bracelets and watches with this patent. Recently, the company also announced that it will soon start charging mobile phone makers a royalty to use its patented 5G technology. At its Shenzhen headquarters, the company released a white paper on innovation and intellectual property (IP). The report stated that it has now become one of the world’s largest patent holders through sustained investment in innovation.

2. France Wins ‘France.com’ Trademark Dispute in US Federal Appeals Court 

The US Fourth Circuit held on Thursday that France is immune from US trademark infringement claims brought by the former owner of “France.com.” Circuit Judge Diana Gribbon Motz, joined by Judges Henry Floyd and Allison Jones Rushing, said the French government did not engage in commercial activity that would negate its sovereign immunity when it won the rights to the domain name in French court from France.com Inc. Jean-Noël Frydman, a US citizen and French expat, bought the “France.com” domain name in 1994 and used it to sell French travel services. He registered a company called France.com Inc. in California and owned both US and EU trademarks protecting the name.  Frydman’s company sued a Dutch company in French court in Paris for infringing on the marks, where the French government intervened by alleging it had the sole right to use the name “France ” commercially under French law. The French court rendered a judgment in favor of the French government in 2015, finding the company’s use of the domain name infringes on the rights of the French Republic to its name. The court ordered the transfer of “France.com” to France. The Paris Court of Appeals has since affirmed the lower court’s decision in 2017, and an appeal of that case to the French Court of Cassation is currently pending.

3. China launches special action against trademark squatters

China’s National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) announced that it was launching a special action plan to combat malicious trademark squatting to strengthen the governance of source identification under Chinese law especially relating to seven areas of malicious squatting including names of natural features like rivers and mountains, names of public figures of high reputation, and marks related to public emergencies and natural disasters.

4. CJEU Says EUIPO Improperly Invalidated Community Design Application for Lego Bricks 

The CJEU issued a ruling finding that the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) erroneously invalidated a community design application by toy maker Lego to register a design for building blocks from a toy building set. In the decision, the CJEU noted that, although community design protections were not available for designs solely dictated by their technical function, Lego’s design fit an exception for mechanical fittings of modular products that are both innovative and a major marketing asset.

5. India ranks 40 among 53 economies on 9th IP Index

On a scale of 53 global economies, India was ranked the 40th on the latest International Intellectual Property Index. The Index was released on the 23rd of March 2021. This is the ninth Intellectual Property (IP) Index to be released by the Global Innovation Policy Centre. The Index which is released annually, by the US Chamber of Commerce Global Innovation Policy Centre calculated the Intellectual Property rights in 53 global economies from patent and copyright policies to commercialisation of IP assets and ratification of international treaties.

6. Andy Warhol Foundation Suffers Big Copyright Defeat at Appeals Court

A judgement was passed by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in favour of a photographer claiming that Andy Warhol infringed her photo of Prince in 1981. Lynn Goldsmith licensed her image to Vanity Fair who commissioned Warhol to make a silkscreen in the mid-1980s. 15 additional works for a series on Prince without the awareness of Lynn. This came to her knowledge only after the death of Prince in 2016. When she approached the courts with complaints against the Andy Warhol Foundation they sought a declaration of fair use. Which is what the foundation got in a summary judgement. But currently, the 2nd Circuit Judge Gerald Lynch reversed the majority opinion that Warhol’s work isn’t fair. It was found that Warhol’s image was similar to Goldsmith’s and the case was remanded to the district court for further proceedings.

7. Viakoo Awarded Patent for Cyber Security of Remote IP Devices

Viakoo, a leading provider of solutions for managing and securing distributed IoT devices, has been recently awarded a patent for their innovative method of remotely updating and managing a multitude of IP connected devices regardless of whether they reside on isolated networks, local networks, or wide area networks. The method is said to replace the system of manual check-ins, and specifically addresses the critical growing cyber-physical system security challenge for organizations that have large numbers of both managed and unmanaged IoT devices across their enterprise infrastructure. This patent also provides a mechanism to update several functions at the device level regardless of where the devices reside on the network and helps in implementing an improved and more scalable solution that maintains software updates, manages certificates, and enforces password policies for large numbers of IoT devices across multiple distributed networks, thereby improving both operational outcomes and organizational security. 

8. Salon chain restricted from using name over trademark infringement

In a recent decision by a local court, a salon chain was restricted from using the name “Apple Unisex Salon” pending a trademark infringement suit filed against them. “Defendants, their men, agents, servants, dealers, distributors, assigns or any of them are hereby restrained from making unlawful use of the trade-mark of the plaintiff Apple Unisex Salon and/or making any or adopting or rearranging or re-alerting the words thereof in any manner for their profit and gain till disposal of the suit,” read the order. The complainants who claimed to have registered a police complaint, sent a legal notice and a civil suit in the court stated that they have received the registration for the name in 2008, following the inception of the salon in 2006. The defendant who started using the mark from 2016 is said to have a bigger operation in the city as have franchised the brand to almost 45 people, earning almost ₹9-10 crore using our name, stated the applicant.

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