LONDON (Reuters) - Pfizer lost the final round in a lengthy patent battle in Britain on Wednesday after the country's highest court ruled against it in a case involving its $5 billion-a-year pain drug Lyrica, exposing the company to possible financial claims. The Supreme Court decision is a blow for the U.S. drugmaker -- which had sought to affirm a secondary medical use patent for the...

Vietnam recently issued Decree No.119/2018/ND-CP (“Decree 119”) on the use of electronic invoices (e-invoices) for the sale of goods and services. Through Decree 119 which will be in effect from November 1, 2018, the government is aiming that at least 90 percent of the firms will use e-invoices by 2020.  Types of e-invoices There are two types of e-invoices, one with the tax authority’s...

On August 23, 2018, Vietnam issued Decree 108/2018/ND-CP on business registration, which amended the previous Decree 78/2015/ND-CP. Decree 108 has simplified the procedures for business registration and will be in effect from October 10, 2018. New provisions Company stamp A new clause has been added under Article 4, according to which enterprises do not require to affix their company seals...

In the US, trademarks are registered with the federal government at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). However, not all registrations are automatically granted. Sometimes a trademark registration is refused for a particular reason. One of the most common reasons that a trademark registration is rejected by the USPTO is that there is a likelihood of confusion between the...

U.S. Patent Law: What is a Double Patenting Rejection? In the United States, patent protection is sought from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Similar to how patent applications are examined by other patent offices around the world, US patent applications undergo an examination process. In the US, patent applications are reviewed to determine whether the invention is...