Booking.com, Uber & more…Keep up with what’s been happening this week in our intellectual property news round-up…
WIPO launched a new tool that tracks COVID-19 related intellectual property policy changes or other measures being implemented by WIPO member states in their response to the global pandemic.
Last week representatives of the EPO’s member states, and two future member states discussed their co-operation and how to best serve Europe’s innovators during the current crisis at their 14th annual meeting on co-operation. In his opening address at the conference, which for the first time took the form of a virtual meeting, EPO President António Campinos highlighted the importance of close co-operation in times of unprecedented challenges: “Common challenges need common solutions. It’s the very raison d’etre of this organisation. This is a test that we can face, and overcome, together. IP and patents, and IP-intensive industries, have a central role to play in Europe’s recovery, by creating jobs, by generating GDP and by boosting our exports. So now – more than ever – we have to support our users.”
Darren Eastman, a former Apple engineer who is suing the company over allegations that he was not properly credited on key patents related to Find My and Passbook functionality, last week bolstered his case with additional evidence, leading the judge presiding over the case to call for a settlement conference.
Hotel reservation company Booking.com urged the Supreme Court to grant the company trademark protection for its name, even though generic terms are not typically eligible for trademarks.
Uber Technologies Inc. on Tuesday notched a victory in litigation over whether it infringed patents on mobile-device location-sharing technology held by X One Inc. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit set aside an administrative court ruling that upheld the validity of one of two patents asserted against Uber by X One in a 2016 lawsuit.