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
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
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
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
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
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
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
As global trade increases, technology transfer will play a more important role. Walt Bratic and Sanford Warren provide a guide to putting deals together
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
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
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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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.
Why mediation’s time has come
Courts are putting increasing pressure on litigants to settle out of court. But are IP owners (and their legal advisers) ready to rethink their dispute resolution strategies? Emma Barraclough reports
Following the US Apple v Samsung trial, do you think juries should play a role in patent cases?
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