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  • Over 27,000 fake e-shops selling IP-infringing products in four EU countries

    October 24, 2017

    New research published by the EUIPO looks at the use of domain names formerly used by famous people, companies, embassies and others in Germany, Spain, Sweden and the UK

  • Report on social media and counterfeits published

    September 05, 2017

    The report on counterfeiting, how it is moving online and the impact of social media was commissioned by the UK IP Office. It draws five conclusions and makes two recommendations

  • Interview: Sonia Santos on trade mark reform and enforcement in Spain

    August 21, 2017

    As part of the Women in IP series, Alice O’Donkor speaks to Spanish IP lawyer Sonia Santos about forthcoming reform in national trade mark proceedings and effective ways to deal with trade mark infringement

  • Collective rights management review published

    August 04, 2017

    The UK IPO has published its first annual report as part of its responsibility for monitoring compliance with the Collective Rights Management Directive

  • Global Anti-Counterfeiting Award winners 2017

    June 08, 2017

    Awards co-sponsored by the GACG Network and Managing IP were presented at a World Anti-Counterfeiting Day ceremony in Paris, Kingsley Egbuonu reports

  • The UK General Election and IP rights

    June 02, 2017

    On June 8, the UK will vote on who becomes the next government. What are the parties’ policies on issues affecting IP rights? Alice O’Donkor reviews what the manifestoes say about creativity, investment and growth in IP

  • When client-adviser relationships go sour ...

    May 25, 2017

    The second part of our IP STARS research, based on a survey of 1,200 in-house practitioners, looks at what causes relationships to go wrong

  • Read Trademark Times this week

    May 21, 2017

    We are publishing a new newspaper during this week - Trademark Times. Pick up your copy at our booth in the INTA Exhibition Hall or download a PDF from our website

  • The 10 trade mark topics to watch

    May 04, 2017

    Brand protection is in flux. Technological and cultural trends driven by the internet and social media are bringing new challenges, while political developments such as Brexit pose their own problems. At this time of change, we have identified 10 key topics around the world that trade mark owners need to be on top of. By Michael Loney, James Nurton, Natalie Rahhal and Shaun Tan

  • MIP International Women's Leadership Forum 2017 - highlights

    February 10, 2017

    Alice O'Donkor reports from our latest Women in IP event, held at the Waldorf Hilton in London, where topics including the UPC, Brexit, brand management and leadership were discussed

  • Demand grows for EUTMs and RCDs in 2016

    January 24, 2017

    There were more than 135,000 EU trade mark applications and nearly 25,000 registered Community design applications filed last year, according to statistics published by the EUIPO

  • IP diversity task force launches new network for women

    November 08, 2016

    Practitioners representing a range of IP professions gathered to celebrate the launch of IP Inclusive’s Women in IP network in London

  • CJEU clarifies copyright exhaustion in Microsoft case

    October 12, 2016

    The acquirer of a copy of a computer program may not provide their legitimate back-up copy to a new acquirer without the copyright holder's permission, the CJEU has ruled

  • Interview: former MARQUES Chair Tove Graulund

    September 28, 2016

    Tove Graulund tells Alice O’Donkor about her experience as a female, IP professional in Denmark and what she has learned along the way

  • 10 highlights from the MARQUES Annual Conference in Villaitana

    September 28, 2016

    Indigenous rights, EU trade mark reforms, geographical indications, design rights and much more were discussed at the recent MARQUES Annual Conference. Here are 10 highlights

  • Utynam’s Heirs

    September 27, 2016

    Last month, Utynam attended the 30th MARQUES Annual Conference in Villaitana, near Alicante

  • Reactions to EU copyright proposals

    September 20, 2016

    Stakeholders have reacted to the European Commission’s proposals to reform copyright rules under the EU Digital Single Market

  • GS Media decision gives ammunition to copyright owners

    September 09, 2016

    Copyright owners may be emboldened to take action against sites that provide links to infringing content following the CJEU's ruling in the GS Media case. The dispute involved hyperlinks to sites hosting photos of a Playboy model

  • IP Stars 2017 research now underway

    September 05, 2016

    Research for the 2017 edition of IP Stars, Managing IP’s legal directory, starts today. Kingsley Egbuonu and Jennifer Ruther highlight some of the things you need to know and why IP firms and practitioners worldwide should participate by making a submission

  • Interview: Europol IP crime specialist, Bérengère Dréno

    August 31, 2016

    Bérengère Dréno speaks to Managing IP about the threat of counterfeit goods and the launch of Europol’s Intellectual Property Crime Coordinated Coalition (IPC3) initiative

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