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Patent filing strategy at NTNU Technology Transfer AS

The Technology IP management process is one of the more important tasks perfomed in our technology transfer projects. It is an ongoing assessment of the purpose that the TTO has the patent. Is such a patent defensively, current and alone associated with a product, or has it also a proactive and long-term purposes, for example to ensure the right to make new product developments, new markets and thereby secure institutions development possibilities and further research of the project's technological area? How do we obtain the best management process for such objectives?

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The patent fight over the next generation genome targeting tool – the CRISPR-Cas9 genes

Gene therapy has been the promised land for a long time in biotechnology. More precise tools has been searched for as too be able to provide more precise tools and ultimately provided human gene therapies. A new tool based on a bacterial CRISPR-associated protein-9 nuclease (Cas9) from the bacteria Streptococcus pyogenes is now being applied in almost every major genetic research laboratory. It has a tremendous potential both as a research tool and to provide commercial applications.

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The Norwegian spring of intellectual property

When intellectual property rights become more economically significant, they also become more important both in industry and in the research domain. There is increased awareness of intellectual property management in Norway as a tool to establish cooperative relationships and share knowledge and technology. Some recent examples of this awareness are listed below.

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Beef or fish? It’s a shame it’s all in the name.

Just recently a colleague of mine here at the NTNU Technology Transfer Office came across a trade mark verdict in Danish Supreme Court. The Supreme Court sided with the national restaurant chain Jensen's Bøfhus and ruled that its name is distinct, despite it being the most common name in Denmark. In summary Jensen’s fish restaurant, Jensen’s Fiskerestaurant in the northern Jutland, was taken to court by the national steakhouse chain Jensen’s Bøfhus, which argued that Jensen’s Fiskerestaurant infringed on the “distinctive trademark and reputation” of the steakhouse chain. The final verdict in this case was that the Supreme Court sided with Jensen’s Bøfhus and ordered the fish restaurant to pay about $35,000 to the steakhouse chain and an additional $25,900 in court costs for infringing the trade mark.

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Tesla Motors Inc - a patent game changer?

On June 12th, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk announced “he would freely share the company's technology patents” with other carmakers. “They have been removed, in the spirit of the open source movement, for the advancement of electric vehicle technology,” Musk said on the Tesla website. It is no secret that Musk is striving for a standardized, nationwide EV-charging infrastructure. Tesla hopes that its open-source technology will spur other carmakers to do the same and develop similar technologies. The idea is that this will further facilitate Tesla vehicles. However, just because Tesla recently made a bunch a patents available for free, it remains too early to make a call on Tesla’s IP complete strategy. The strategy will be developed over time and probably on how well Tesla deals with intensifying competition in the coming years, and the extent to which it can promote its own upscale EV charging technology.

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Infringing internet by surfing

Is it possible to get accused on infringing internet content? For commercial companies or private persons? This summer the court of Justice in the European Union, the CJEU, decided in the so called Meltwater case. The CJEU held, luckily, that on-screen and cached copies of websites generated by end-users in the course of browsing may be made without the authorisation of copyright holders. For most of us this is obvious. Free internet surfing, my goodness – is taken for granted! However, it is really not that obvious.

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Nordic IPR Forum – dare to challenge!

In this month World Intellectual Property Review - WIPR, the leading channel and online journal for disseminating news, articles, research and conferences on IPR, some of the following headlines are blinking to me on their webpages right now:


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