Welcome to the Winter 2012 issue of "Intellectual Property & Technology Update," a quarterly publication prepared by the members of Squire Sanders' intellectual property and technology law practice. In this issue we address the following areas of recent interest and concern:
Grace Period – Public disclosure requirements as they relate to the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act.
Premier League Broadcasting Case – How to reconcile the enforcement of broadcasting rights that segment television markets along national lines with EU rules on free movement.
A Unified Patent for Europe and a Unified Way of Enforcing It – Resolving 27 different approaches to patents in the EU.
When Can You Prevent Someone Using Your Registered Trade Mark as a Keyword? – Can owners of registered trade marks prevent others from using identical signs in keywords related to online advertising?
Patent Box Draft Legislation Published – HMRC has published draft legislation on the patent box regime which will offer a reduced rate of corporate tax of 10 percent possibly beginning in April 2013.