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  • WIPO study sheds light on value of "intangible capital" in manufactured goods

    November 22, 2017

    WIPO Director General Francis Gurry says intangible capital determines success in the marketplace. "Intellectual property, in turn, is the means by which companies secure the competitive advantage flowing from their intangible capital"

  • IP trends to watch in China’s Belt and Road Initiative

    November 14, 2017

    China’s ambitious initiative will likely lead to it being a hub for securing IP protection for businesses investing in Belt and Road Initiative projects. It will also affect enforcement strategies, with IP disputes expected to increase along the BRI route

  • Indonesia readies for Madrid Protocol

    November 08, 2017

    With the Madrid Protocol coming into force for Indonesia in January, IP practitioners observe potential delays to deal with international applications but are optimistic that time requirements under new trade mark law and an increase in the number of trade mark examiners can help

  • Court of Appeal hails London black cabs as not distinctive

    November 02, 2017

    In another ruling demonstrating the difficulty for UK trade mark owners to protect their designs, the Court of Appeal has upheld a ruling that The London Taxi Company’s trade marks are invalid. The case would present some interesting issues were it to be pursed to the Supreme Court

  • Hangzhou internet court off to a busy start

    October 31, 2017

    The Hangzhou Internet Court has been operational for two months. As e-commerce popularity explodes in China, jurisdictional cyber courts could help to take load off local courts

  • Interview: Myra McCormack’s plans as AIPLA president

    October 26, 2017

    Myra McCormack recently took over as president of the American Intellectual Property Law Association. Michael Loney interviews McCormack and executive director Lisa Jorgenson to hear the association’s plans for the next year

  • TTAB rule changes having an impact

    October 24, 2017

    In a review of the biggest US trade mark issues, Wolf Greenfield’s John Welch says two rule changes are having a big impact at the TTAB while the issue of USPTO attorneys' fees in district court cases is worth watching

  • 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

  • IP firm Redd to join Wiggin

    October 23, 2017

    London-based Redd, which has four partners, is to join media, technology and brands firm Wiggin on November 6

  • BGH confirms trade mark protection for Ritter Sport's square chocolate packaging

    October 20, 2017

    A decision from the Bundesgerichtshof is good news for owners of 3D trade marks, as Rembert Niebel, Markus Hecht and Birgit Clark explain

  • Campinos confirmed as next EPO president

    October 11, 2017

    The EPO's Administrative Council has elected António Campinos to succeed Benoit Battistelli as president for a five-year term starting from July 1 2018

  • Myanmar prepares for new IP laws

    October 03, 2017

    The creation of a comprehensive IP regime is finally on the horizon in Myanmar. In July, draft bills on trade mark, copyright, patent and industrial design were sent to the legislative committee for deliberation. Implementing regulations are expected to come in later this year. Local lawyers believe that the trade mark law will have the most take up for brand owners. However, they share concerns of the judiciary’s lack of specialised IP experience

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