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The FBI has repeatedly warned U.S. universities about visiting researchers stealing intellectual property (IP) on behalf of China. That's according to emails reviewed by the Associated Press, which paint a picture of a nationwide effort to convince colleges to be on guard against intellectual property theft. The emails underscore the extent of U.S. concerns that universities, as recruiters...

Amazon IP Accelerator
In its effort to battle against fraudulent products on its online retail platform, Amazon announced this week the launch of IP Accelerator to help businesses quickly obtain intellectual property (IP) rights and brand protection in its online store. Amazon also purchased a brand new domain name for the new service. A visit to IPAccelerator.com takes you to the new Amazon IP...

Viet Nam Joins the Hague System
On September 30, 2019, the Government of Viet Nam deposited its instrument of accession to the Geneva Act (1999) of the Hague Agreement with WIPO’s Director General Francis Gurry. This makes Viet Nam the 61st member of the 1999 Act and 71st member of the Hague Union. The 1999 Act will enter into force in Viet Nam on December 30, 2019. As of December 30, 2019, companies and...

Amazon
An underhanded tactic used for some time by shady Amazon sellers has been to file a bogus patent infringement claim against another seller, taking them out of action for several weeks or months while they resolve the claim.  A new beta program that Amazon has devised called the Utility Patent Neutral Evaluation program works to resolve this issue whereby a utility patent owner and accused...

Malaysia - Madrid System
Malaysia Joins the Madrid System On September 27, 2019, the Government of Malaysia deposited its instrument of accession to the Madrid Protocol with WIPO’s Director General, making Malaysia the 106th member of the Madrid System, which now covers 122 countries. The Protocol will enter into force for Malaysia on December 27th, 2019. Starting December 27th, 2019 local brand owners in Malaysia can...