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  • Benetton’s advertising acquitted in Germany

    Nearly a decade after the first release of shocking advertising images by Benetton, the German Federal Constitutional Court has now found the ads acceptable. Henning Hartwig examines the landmark decision, which has finally put an extensive discussion to rest


  • EMERGING MARKETS SURVEY: The importance of patents

    With TRIPs compliance, legislative reform and a booming technology market, 2000 was a busy year for patent owners in the emerging markets. MIP writers reveal the results of our annual survey and profile some of the interesting stories from the past year

  • EMERGING MARKETS: ASIA You've got to admit it's getting better

    Asia has turned the corner in addressing IP deficiencies. But problems remain – from the political wranglings in Indonesia to the booming Korean market. Tabitha Parker investigates

  • EMERGING MARKETS: INDIA Product patents offer bright future for Indian pharma

    January 1 2000, as for many developing countries, was an important date in India’s diary. It marked the end of the country’s five-year transition period and the moment it became subject to the TRIPs agreement. Tabitha Parker spoke to two senior industry figures about the change

  • EMERGING MARKETS: EASTERN & SOUTHERN EUROPE On the slow boat to EU membership

    Membership of the European Union came one year closer for many Eastern European countries last year, but as governments rush through necessary legislation, consumers and companies are being left behind. Tabitha Parker reports


    Israel is a high-tech oasis in the Middle East, and home to a burgeoning number of biotech, software and internet companies. Its transformation into this position provides a model for the neighbouring states, reports James Nurton

  • EMERGING MARKETS: LATIN AMERICA Andrean pact revolution

    The Andean Pact member states have long been viewed as a backwater in the technology field. But, reports James Nurton, the new Decision 486 should radically improve patent protection and transform that image

  • Toilet-maker loses domain name battle

    In the first case over a .jp domain name, the Toyama District Court has ordered a website to be shut down for infringing a famous name. John A Tessensohn examines the decision

  • Do's and don'ts of technology transfer

    As global trade increases, technology transfer will play a more important role. Walt Bratic and Sanford Warren provide a guide to putting deals together

  • A question of confidence

    The decision of the Court of Appeal in Douglas & Others v Hello Ltd has been heralded as having recognized a right of privacy in English law. Stephen Bate and Lawrence Abramson analyze the decision and its implications

  • A year of first steps

    The year 2000 saw important progress regarding both the Community Patent and the European Patent Convention. Neil Jenkins reviews the developments and looks forward to further changes

  • A grey goods guide to South Africa

    Owen Dean analyzes the South African law on parallel imports for trade mark and copyright-protected goods in the light of divergent court rulings


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  • The debate over DTC advertising

    A series of innovative yet controversial television commercials in New Zealand promoting Roche's weight management product XENICAL have won the 2000 prestigious Television New Zealand/Marketing Magazine Supreme Award.

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