This Week In Review: Week 22

Top Patent Filers in China Revealed: Huawei Leads the Way, State Grid Close Behind

Originally posted by IAM
Huawei has consistently been the top patent filer in China over the past five years. In 2022, Huawei filed 8,440 applications, while State Grid Corp followed closely behind with 8,385 applications. The top fields for Huawei and State Grid were electronic communications and electrical machinery, respectively.
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UK Intellectual Property Office Clarifies Trademark Classification for NFTs and Virtual Goods

Originally posted by IPWatchdog
The UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) has issued guidance on how to classify non-fungible tokens (NFTs), virtual goods, and services in the metaverse for trademark purposes. The UKIPO advises specifying the asset associated with an NFT and registering it in class 9, while virtual goods should be registered in class 9 regardless of the nature of the underlying goods, and virtual services should be classified under the corresponding real-life service with a reference to their online delivery. The UKIPO acknowledges the need to regularly update the guidance due to the fast-paced technological landscape.
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Grumpy Cat Takes Legal Action in Copyright Dispute with SlumDoge Millionaire in the NFT World

Originally posted by The Crypto Times
Grumpy Cat, a famous internet meme, is engaged in a legal battle against Twitter user SlumDoge Millionaire for allegedly infringing on its intellectual property rights by promoting the $GRUMPYCAT token without permission. The conflict highlights the growing significance of respecting intellectual property in the NFT space and could impact the relationship between NFT creations and copyrighted material.
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Maison Margiela's Numeric Trademark Rejected by EUIPO for Lack of Distinctive Character

Originally posted by Fashion United
Luxury label Maison Margiela's attempt to trademark the numerical sequence 0 to 23 has been rejected by the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) as it lacks distinctive character and fails to indicate commercial origin, highlighting the need for trademarks to possess unique features. This decision serves as a reminder for designers and European Trademark applicants about the challenges of establishing acquired distinctiveness.
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U.S. Patent Office Calls for Strategies to Combat Piracy and Counterfeiting in Public Roundtable

Originally posted by TorrentFreak
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office plans to hold a public roundtable to gather input on future strategies for combating piracy and counterfeiting, with a focus on addressing online copyright issues, while stakeholders may propose pirate site blocking as a potential solution. The agency recognizes the significant economic losses caused by piracy and seeks insights and suggestions from interested parties before considering new legislation or policies.
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