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Toyota to give royalty-free access to hybrid-vehicle patents

Japan’s Toyota Motor Corp will offer free access to its hybrid-vehicle patents through 2030, it said on Wednesday; seeking to expand use of the lower-emission technology even as the global industry shifts towards fully electric cars.

Women’s March group drops application to trademark name after two-year battle

The national Women’s March organisation has abandoned its effort to trademark the words “women’s march” bringing a two-year battle over who owns the words and the movement to a close. “The name doesn’t belong to anyone,” said Jaquie Algee, a founding organizer and board president of Women’s March Chicago, one of the groups that sued the national organization. “When women were given the opportunity to vent and empower ourselves against what seemed to be an attack on women, the name really helped to define that moment and that activism.”

Intellectual Property Minister speaks of the importance of ensuring UK IP remains some of the best in the world

Chris Skidmore has spoken at the Managing IP Forum where he has spoken of his commitment to protect and strengthen the UK IP system.

WIPO unveils AI-powered trademark search tool

The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) has launched an artificial intelligence (AI)-powered image search engine to make it faster and easier brands to establish the distinctiveness of a trademark.

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