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  • A new dawn for IP owners in China

    Membership of the global trade body is another boost to IP protection in China. But how soon the boost will come is uncertain. Things will get better but not immediately. Ralph Cunningham reports


  • Avoiding surprise results at the Olympic Games

    The amount of money sponsors pay to associate with the Olympic Games means that their IP interests must be protected. Sydney’s organizers had a number of legal measures against ambush marketing. Their Beijing counterparts need similar powers, argue Justin Davidson and Jessie McDonald

  • Ensuring justice in Shanghai

    Interview: James Nurton meets Chief Judge Lu Guoqiang of the Shanghai Intermediate People’s Court

  • The WTO’s limited role in enforcement

    WTO membership means being subject to the Organization’s dispute resolution mechanism. While the system has proved effective in resolving IP disputes, do not expect it to have a dramatic effect on enforcement in China, says Douglas Clark

  • Authorities tighten anti-counterfeiting rules

    New policy documents attempt to clear up uncertainties about the crime of counterfeiting in China. It should be useful for IP owners, but Tony Tang says elements of the criminal prosecution rules need further clarification

  • Canada moves to resolve bilingual confusion

    As a bilingual country, Canada presents special opportunities and hazards to trade mark owners. Monique Couture explains how a new test has been developed by the courts to judge confusion

  • UK expands design protection

    On December 9, the European Designs Directive comes into force in the UK, marking the biggest ever overhaul of design protection in the country. Sarah Whalley Coombes discusses the new regime and its implications for IP owners

  • How to obtain effective patents in the US

    Following major changes to examination standards for biotech patents in the US, applicants must pay greater attention to the utility, written description and enablement requirements. John P Isacson reveals how to get what you want into your patents

  • Securing ownership of R&D

    Owning the IP you create may not be as straightforward as it seems. Stephen Bennett analyzes how to ensure you keep control of your rights in three different scenarios

  • How to stop parallel imports in Mexico

    Sergio L Olivares, Jr and Vianey Romo de Vivar examine what protection is available in Mexico to stop parallel imports and suggest some solutions for rights owners

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  • Solving China’s counterfeiting problem

    Joseph M Johnson, senior vice president, Unilever Bestfoods Asia and chairman, Quality Brands Protection Committee

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