News from the Manor Vol 11

  1. CJEU Launches Mobile App: The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU)  launched its application, CVRIA, for smartphones and tablets, which runs under both IOS and Android on May 11, 2016. The application is available in 23 EU languages which can be selected in the menu by the user.
    It provides easy access to the latest decisions of the Court of Justice, the General Court and the Civil Service Tribunal (including judgments, Opinions and orders), as well as the latest press releases. Also included is the Court’s diary, providing details of hearings, judgments and Opinions for the coming weeks.
    For those who need to delve deeper, a search facility provides simple access to the whole of the Court’s case law. Searches can be carried out by case number, party name, date and a free text search.
  2. Obama signs Defend Trade Secrets Act:You would recall that the Defend Trade Secrets Act was passed by the Senate and House of Representatives some week ago. Well, President Obama  has now signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 into law, creating a new Federal cause of action for misappropriation of trade secrets. More on that here. Here are 5 things you should know about the Act.
  3. Indian Cabinet approves National Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) policy: The Cabinet has approved the National Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) policy with a view to promoting creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship. The aim is to create awareness about economic, social and cultural benefits of IPRs among all sections of society. The Policy lays down seven Objectives which are elaborated with steps to be undertaken by the identified nodal Ministry/ department. These objectives include include IPR public awareness, stimulation of generation of IPRs, need for strong and effective laws and strengthening enforcement and adjudicatory mechanisms to combat infringements. Films, music, industrial drawings will now be covered by copyright and by 2017, the window for trademark registration will be brought down to one month. More on the Policy here and here.  Here are 10 things you should know about the Policy.

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