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Blockchain: Patent Protection in Europe and France

If you are currently developing or planning to develop innovations based on blockchain technologies but still wonder whether you should file a patent application in Europe or more specific in France to protect and valorize your research efforts, here are some important facts and issues that our experts would like to share with you.

Cannabis – avoiding confusion with other cannabis trademarks: introduction on likelihood of confusion

The road to a registered trademark does not stop there. After the examination, your EU or Benelux trademark will be published for opposition purposes before being registered – that is, if no one successfully opposed your application for example on the basis of earlier rights. In this article, we take a look at this step in the life of a trademark application with specific reference to cannabis trademarks and goods.

Artificial Intelligence & Liability – Whodunit?

Artificial Intelligence (“AI”) is commonly associated with progress, growth and technological improvements. It has the potential of transforming businesses, but what if something goes wrong? Who will be liable if anything goes wrong with an AI system? Should the AI system itself be made liable for its output? Or should we look at the producer of the system, or even the user?
In this article we will touch upon (i) the current AI liability framework in the EU, (ii) the new proposal for an EU regulation on AI, and (iii) the importance of agreements.

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A Unitary Patent option and a common Patent Court in the EU, likely coming in 2022

Finally, after many years of difficulties, the combined Unitary Patent (UP) and Unified Patent Court (UPC) project is about to become a reality.

The announcement by Germany of its ratification of the Protocol on Provisional Application (PPA) in August 2021, along with the subsequent deposit of the PPA ratification instrument in September 2021, has marked an important milestone towards entry into force. What stood in the way was the needed ratification of the PPA by one more Member State which is no longer the case and, ultimately, the final stages towards entry into force can be underway.

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Measures to enforce Belgian patent rights in court

National Belgian patents and European patents in force in Belgium are exclusive intellectual property rights which allow you, the patentee, to forbid others from exploiting your invention in Belgium. Unfortunately, sometimes a competitor does violate your exclusive patent rights which can result in damages (e.g. financial loss). Luckily, under Belgian law there are various legal procedures at your disposal which enable you enforcing your exclusivity in court.

Have you ever met the person skilled in the art?

Have you ever met the person skilled in the art?

Despite his many different faces, the “person skilled in the art” (PSITA), also called “the person having ordinary skill in the art” or PHOSITA, is a famous character in the field of patents.

PSITA is a legal concept found in many patent laws, which is used in various aspects of patent examinations worldwide. In most jurisdictions, it is a hypothetical person who is presumed to be a skilled practitioner in a technical field with average knowledge and ability and who is aware of what is common general knowledge in the art at a given relevant date.

Blockchain: EU Patent Protection & Importance

At GEVERS, we are always keeping an eye on the future and one of the revolutionary technologies to follow is the blockchain technology. We notice more and more innovations involving blockchain in a variety of technical applications and by way of this article, we want to provide you helpful information on how to protect blockchain innovations.

Cannabis: Trademark Protection in the EU. Don’t ‘shock’ the public!

The legalization of cannabis products has been stirring the public debate for decades. With several US states adopting a more liberal approach to the green goods, especially for medical / therapeutic use, ganjapreneurs are ready to take their share of the (legal) market for cannabis and its derivatives, from oils to edibles. The same is happening on the other side of the ocean in several European Union member states.

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Artificial Intelligence (AI): Dissecting the AI Value Chain

Digital technologies continue to evolve rapidly and the use of Artificial Intelligence (“AI”) has become integrated into all kinds of applications and industries. AI is the backbone of search engines, chatbots, customized marketing, self-driving cars, smart devices, cybersecurity and many more applications. AI and data are driving companies to innovate and sometimes transform their business models.