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  • Interview: Julie Desrosiers

    September 18, 2017

    Fasken Martineau's global IP and technology leader Julie Desrosiers speaks to Women in IP about patent litigation in Canada, the utility test and the benefits of team work

  • Interview: Say Sujintaya

    September 18, 2017

    In the latest Women in IP interview, Alice O’Donkor speaks to Say Sujintaya, who chairs Baker McKenzie’s Asia Pacific IP group, about the TPP Agreement, Thailand joining the Madrid Protocol and leaving a legacy

  • Positive signs for IP enforcement in Argentina

    September 15, 2017

    Argentina has a poor reputation for protecting IP rights. But, says Carlos Castrillo, new political winds are bringing changes

  • Ropes & Gray hires PTAB chair from Oblon, and other US people moves

    September 12, 2017

    Managing IP’s regular update of people moves includes hires by Ropes & Gray, Norton Rose Fulbright, Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn, Hogan Lovells, Wolf Greenfield, Shook Hardy & Bacon and BakerHostetler. These include new roles for two former AIPLA presidents

  • European Commission makes Brexit IP proposal

    September 12, 2017

    Patent and trade mark attorneys have welcomed the European Commission's plans for unitary IP rights after Brexit

  • Key points of Australia's proposed IP reforms

    September 12, 2017

    Reforms are coming in Australia as the government responds to the Productivity Commission inquiry into IP arrangements

  • Report on social media and counterfeits published

    September 05, 2017

    The report on counterfeiting, how it is moving online and the impact of social media was commissioned by the UK IP Office. It draws five conclusions and makes two recommendations

  • Women in IP interview: Gabriela Kennedy

    September 05, 2017

    For the Women in IP network, Mayer Brown JSM’s Gabriela Kennedy speaks to Alice O’Donkor about the growth of e-commerce, IP litigation and enforcement in China

  • EU and China sign geographical indications agreement

    September 01, 2017

    A new bilateral agreement promises mutual recognition of certain geographical indications from Europe and China. Katharina König and Matthew Murphy explain

  • Grey goods in the UK: The practical significance of R v C

    August 31, 2017

    The UK Supreme Court’s decision in R v C that there is criminal liability for dealing in grey goods which the trade mark owner has not authorised for sale has been hailed as great news for brand owners. Anna Carboni, Darren Meale and Arty Rajendra give their opinion on whether it catches parallel imports and what it means for brand owners, grey goods dealers and enforcement authorities

  • New Balance scores win in Chinese trade mark infringement case

    August 31, 2017

    New Balance has won in a trade mark infringement dispute in a first instance decision from the Suzhou Intermediate People’s Court. The court ordered the defendants to pay damages and legal costs of Rmb10 million ($1.5 million) in a case involving the use of the shoemaker’s slanting logo

  • Trump nominates Irell & Manella’s Iancu for USPTO director

    August 29, 2017

    Andrei Iancu will succeed Michelle Lee as USPTO director if the US Senate confirms his nomination. He is a managing partner of Irell & Manella in Los Angeles

  • Google genericide saga continues

    August 25, 2017

    In May, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the phrase “Google it” was not genericide - but now the plaintiffs in the case are asking the Supreme Court to take another look at the issues raised by that decision

  • CJEU judgment reshuffles litigation costs in Belgium

    August 24, 2017

    The recent CJEU judgment and subsequent national interpretation in Rovi Guides v Telenet will have a significant impact on the predictability of legal costs and should be taken into account when setting up an IP litigation strategy in Belgium, as Steven Sarlet and Ben Brigou explain

  • WIPO’s revised Overview 3.0 assesses evolutions in UDRP jurisprudence

    August 24, 2017

    Six years after its second edition of the WIPO Overview of WIPO Panel Views on Selected UDRP Questions, WIPO unveiled the third edition of its overview of UDRP jurisprudence. Justin Chay and Brian Beckham highlight several key updates

  • Distinctiveness of three-dimensional trade marks

    August 24, 2017

    Based on a study of data in the Darts-IP case database, Donatienne Moreau and Ioanna Diakomichali review trends on distinctiveness of 3D trade marks in European cases at appeal level

  • How UK IP firms hope to survive Brexit

    August 24, 2017

    The UK’s departure from the EU threatens to disrupt IP practice in the country – and patent and trade mark firms are already taking steps to mitigate the potential damage. James Nurton reports

  • Brexit: the top five legislative challenges

    August 24, 2017

    Brexit affects IP in many ways. James Nurton and Kingsley Egbuonu identify five areas where urgent action is needed to provide clarity and ensure a smooth transition

  • A guide to trade mark forum shopping in Europe

    August 24, 2017

    Trade mark owners need to weigh up various factors when deciding where to bring an infringement action. Sahira Khwaja, Alastair Shaw, Leopold von Gerlach, Ewa Kacperek, Marie-Aimée de Dampierre and Alexis Valot compare procedures and practices in France, Germany, Poland and the United Kingdom

  • Utynam’s Heirs

    August 24, 2017

    Every week our Americas editor Michael Loney rounds up some of the interesting, amusing and simply weird IP stories from news reports and blogs. Utynam picks out a few recent highlights

  • Interview: Sonia Santos on trade mark reform and enforcement in Spain

    August 21, 2017

    As part of the Women in IP series, Alice O’Donkor speaks to Spanish IP lawyer Sonia Santos about forthcoming reform in national trade mark proceedings and effective ways to deal with trade mark infringement

  • Trump pushes investigation into China IP: what’s next?

    August 21, 2017

    President Trump has authorised an inquiry into China’s alleged theft of the intellectual property of US companies. While some believe this to be Trump’s way of forcing China to increase pressure against North Korea to stop developing nuclear weapons, others think Trump’s concern about how "IP theft" is affecting US businesses is genuine

  • Report sheds light on lookalikes

    August 18, 2017

    Research into eye-tracking techniques shows that consumers shop on autopilot and are fooled by lookalike brands, mistaking the copy for the brand 20% of the time when both are on the shelf

  • New conditions for IP-related crimes in Vietnam

    August 16, 2017

    Vietnam's new Penal Code introduces monetary thresholds in addition to "commercial scale" standard for IP enforcement and narrows the scope of trade mark-related crime. Tran Manh Hung, Do Tran Thanh and Any Duc Nguyen explain the implications

  • The latest Americas IP people moves

    August 14, 2017

    Managing IP’s regular update of people moves includes hires by Orrick, Mintz Levin, Merchant & Gould, Foley & Lardner, BakerHostetler and King & Spalding, as well as Erich Spangenberg leaving Marathon and a new INTA chief representative officer for Latin America and the Caribbean

  • New Zealand launches geographical indications register for wines and spirits

    August 14, 2017

    Eighteen priority applications have been filed after New Zealand’s GI Act came into effect. Coordination is needed on determining boundaries, and potential issues include interpretation and how GIs are negotiated in free trade agreements

  • Under Armour wins trade mark case in China

    August 10, 2017

    The People’s Higher Court of Fujian Province has granted Under Armour a preliminary injunction, a rarity in trade mark cases before the Chinese courts, in its dispute with Uncle Martian

  • UK: Grey goods caught by criminal law

    August 03, 2017

    The UK Supreme Court has confirmed that criminal liability under Section 92 of the Trade Mark Act 1994 also covers dealing in grey market goods which the trade mark owner have not authorised to be sold or distributed

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