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Licensee"s position improved?

The fate of a licence if the licensor is declared bankrupt is far from straightforward. Generally, the licensee has an interest in being able to continue using the licence "as normal". A recent ruling by the Dutch Supreme Court appears to support this. There is, as yet, no unequivocal answer.

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A question of (individual) character

To obtain protection for industrial designs, the most important requirement is that the design concerned is new and has an "individual character". This individuality has been the subject of much debate by the courts.

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China also wants proper rules on employee inventions

Who owns an invention? Generally, the inventor does not apply for the patent. In many cases, the applicant is the inventor"s employer. But who is entitled to the revenue from the patent? The rules differ depending on the country. New legislation is also in the offing in China.

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