Industrial doctorate: Synergy of science and business
07.10.2021 intellectual property
In 2017, the possibility of obtaining a doctoral degree under an industrial doctoral programme was introduced in Poland. This is designed to support innovation by facilitating cooperation between business and universities and scientific research institutes. The doctoral dissertation prepared under the programme is intended to improve the operations of a specific company or solve a technological problem faced by the company employing the doctoral student.
Image crises and the influence of culture and history on video games
26.08.2021 gaming, intellectual property
There is no single recipe for success in the video game market, but some causes of problems at the distribution stage are clear. In this article, we take a cultural and historical look at the content of games. These aspects may force the producer to introduce changes in such areas as quests or a character’s appearance or “skin.” It is not always enough to meticulously analyse the game content for intellectual property issues. Sometimes it will be better to abandon some content ideas or even create several versions of a game, adapting the content to the market where the game is to be distributed.
How to protect against game clones?
06.05.2021 gaming, intellectual property
In our series we have addressed the issue of protecting a video game against cloning in the context of lack of legal protection for an idea for a game. In this article, we will take a broader look at this problem.
Should the appearance of a bicycle be subject to copyright protection?
25.03.2021 European Court of Justice, intellectual property
A typical bicycle has two wheels of equal size, handlebars, a frame, and a chain drive for the rear wheel. But do individual bicycle models deserve copyright protection? And if so, what factors determine whether they are granted such protection? These questions were addressed by the Court of Justice of the European Union in a judgment delivered on 11 June 2020.
The data economy and trade secrets
11.02.2021 intellectual property
In previous articles in our series we discussed whether data can be subject to property rights or can be protected within known categories of intangibles. Today we will consider if and when data can be protected as a trade secret.
Law vs. imagination
16.07.2020 intellectual property
Is the creativity of video game developers limited by architects’ rights to the image of their buildings erected in public space?
IP courts: How to ensure that we aren’t infringing someone else’s exclusive rights?
02.07.2020 already in force, intellectual property
In the fifth part of our series, we focus on the provision allowing interested parties to verify whether actions they have planned or undertaken infringe the exclusive rights of others. A claim seeking a declaration of non-infringement is an example of a preventive measure heading off filing of an infringement action by the holder of IP rights. This measure allows litigants to obtain judicial confirmation of the legality of their own actions in terms of respect for the intellectual property rights of competitors.
IP courts: Cancellation of trademarks and industrial designs not only before the Patent Office
25.06.2020 new provisions, intellectual property
In our latest article on intellectual property courts, we discuss the provision enabling defendants to assert claims in their defence against claims of infringement of trademarks and industrial designs. Currently, it is possible to file a counterclaim seeking invalidation or revocation only in the case of EU trademarks (Regulation (EU) 2017/1001) and Community designs (Regulation (EC) 6/2002). This will change from 1 July 2002, when defendants will be allowed to file such counterclaims also in proceedings in Poland involving national IP rights.
IP courts: Change in regulations on information claims from 1 July 2020
18.06.2020 new provisions, intellectual property
In our series of articles on IP courts, we cover the key changes under the amendment to the Civil Procedure Code in cases involving protection of intellectual property. We previously wrote about introduction of the new separate procedure and on applications to preserve, present and disclose evidence. Now we analyse the most important changes involving information claims.
IP courts: Will it be easier to prove infringements?
10.06.2020 new provisions, intellectual property
As we recently discussed, on 1 July 2020 provisions introducing a new type of separate procedure in intellectual property cases will enter into force, as well as new institutions designed to strengthen the protection of IP rights and harmonise the provisions implementing the IP Enforcement Directive (2004/48/EC), which have been dispersed around several different acts of Polish law. Among other things, this will change the rules for preserving evidence of infringement. It will also be possible to demand that evidence be produced or turned over.
IP courts: Changes in proceedings for protection of intellectual property
04.06.2020 new provisions, intellectual property
The latest amendment to the Civil Procedure Code enters into force on 1 July 2020, aimed at creating specialised courts handling intellectual property matters.