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  • The Mad Men of IP

    In the early 1960s, patent practice was quiet and inventors often faced a hostile environment. But then, like now, new technologies were emerging to reshape business and the economy. Across North America, innovative lawyers set up boutique firms that would transform the market, many of which still exist today. Fifty years on, Jakob Schnaidt tells their story

Features

  • Patent litigation and settlement trends in Japan

    As Suntory and Asahi settle their patent dispute over non-alcoholic beer, John A Tessensohn surveys the state of litigation in Japan, and compares it with the United States

  • Courts get tough on intermediaries in fight against counterfeits

    In the recent Tommy Hilfiger case, the CJEU said that market operators may be forced to stop sales of counterfeits by market traders. Nick Rose and Beverley Potts consider the implications for brand owners and intermediaries

  • The conflict between social media and copyright

    Sharing is an inherent feature of social media. But, asks Alice Gatignol, is there any way this can be reconciled with established principles of copyright protection?

  • Protecting prefixes and suffixes as trade marks

    Following the recent MacCoffee decision from the CJEU General Court, Hernán Ríos, Xuefang Huang, Katherine Lai and Coleen Morrison provide a guide to registering trade marks with prefixes and suffixes in Europe, China and North America

  • Integrating the crowd into trade marks

    Crowdsourcing trade marks is becoming more popular and powerful, but care should be taken. Dydra Donath, Laetitia Lagarde, Lisa Pearson, Kate Swaine, Stella Syrianos and Kalina Tchakarova explain

  • How genuine use is treated across the EU

    Bonita Trimmer and Giles Parsons provide a cross-EU survey of the geographical factors in the assessment of genuine use of an EUTM

  • Patent litigation trends in Russia

    Three years on from the launch of Russia’s specialist IP Court, Natalia Gulyaeva reviews some landmark cases and looks at lessons learned

Diary

  • Utynam’s Heirs

    Our columnist Utynam has been inspired by the recent Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro to seek out sport-related IP news

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RT @The_IPO: #IPCrimeReport16 launched today shows trends in IP crime & how authorities are working to combat it https://t.co/Qg3PDk7C5n

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@gacgjohn Yes fate of UPC definitely uncertain, but decision to ratify (or not) Agreement not necessarily dependent on Art 50

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September 2016

The Mad Men of IP

In the early 1960s, patent practice was quiet and inventors often faced a hostile environment. But then, like now, new technologies were emerging to reshape business and the economy. Across North America, innovative lawyers set up boutique firms that would transform the market, many of which still exist today. Fifty years on, Jakob Schnaidt tells their story



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