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  • Is job creation behind Detroit office?

    December 22, 2010

    The USPTO cited access to major research institutions, skilled engineers and scientists, and high volume of patenting activity as the reasons for choosing Detroit as the site of its first satellite office

  • Offices agree three-point design programme

    December 20, 2010

    The US, Japanese and EU trade mark offices are to discuss cooperation in three key areas at their next meeting.

  • US and Japan look to join trade mark database

    December 20, 2010

    At a meeting of the trilateral trade mark offices – USPTO, JPO and OHIM – the former two agreed to look at joining OHIM’s project for an international database of trade marks

  • How trade mark users helped reform the Madrid System

    December 20, 2010

    The introduction of statements indicating that protection has been granted through the Madrid System marks a victory for trade mark owners

  • Interview: Mihaly Ficsor, new OHIM Admin Board chair

    December 20, 2010

    Hungary’s Mihaly Ficsor takes over as chair of OHIM’s Administrative Board on January 1. He tells Managing IP what his priorities are

  • New tool to help Madrid applicants

    December 20, 2010

    WIPO has launched a new tool on its website that enables international trade mark applicants to compile lists of goods and services

  • Madrid Protocol reforms come into effect

    December 20, 2010

    Changes designed to provide more security for international trade mark owners come into effect at the beginning of next month

  • USPTO announces first satellite office

    December 17, 2010

    The city of Detroit will host a branch of the US Patent and Trademark Office, which will open next year

  • eBay closer to agreement with brand owners

    December 10, 2010

    Internet platform eBay could sign a European Commission memorandum of understanding on tackling the sale of counterfeit goods online

  • eBay not liable for online counterfeits, says court adviser

    December 10, 2010

    Ebay is not generally liable for trade mark infringements committed by its users, but can be held liable where there are persistent infringers

  • USPTO chief economist to quantify IP value

    December 10, 2010

    Stuart Graham, the USPTO’s chief economist, has launched an economic research agenda to measure the effect of IP on the US economy

  • Campinos sets out ambitious plans for OHIM

    December 09, 2010

    OHIM has the opportunity to “become a true IP agency and not just a registration office”, its new President António Campinos said last week

  • Russia will need World Cup law

    December 09, 2010

    Having won the bid to host the FIFA World Cup 2018, Russia is likely to pass a specific law to protect sponsors from ambush marketing

  • Australia allows EU GIs

    December 02, 2010

    Australia’s government has expanded the range of EU products that have GI status and has amended its Trade Mark Act to allow brand owners to change any marks that may clash with the new GIs

  • EU wants to see ACTA grow

    December 02, 2010

    The “long-term objective” of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement is that more than the existing 37 countries will join, the EU's Trade Commissioner said today

  • OHIM Cooperation Fund up and running

    December 02, 2010

    The first eight projects set up as part of OHIM's €50 million Cooperation Fund are underway, with the earliest results expected next year

  • Questions set in Onel case on genuine use

    November 30, 2010

    The Court of The Hague in The Netherlands has asked the Court of Justice of the EU to clarify three questions on genuine use of Community trade marks in the Onel case

  • India’s top court deals blow to brand owners

    November 24, 2010

    The Supreme Court in India has ruled that the trade mark Skincliniq is not confusingly similar to the Clinique skincare range in a set back for well-known marks in India

  • OHIM elects new administrative chair

    November 24, 2010

    Mihály Ficsor has been elected as the new chair of OHIM’s administrative board

  • No need for UK IP Tsar

    November 24, 2010

    A member of parliament has poured cold water on attempts to replicate the American role of IP Tsar in Britain

  • Business urges strengthening of ACTA

    November 19, 2010

    A group of business organisations has welcomed the release of the final version of ACTA, but also said some areas need to be strengthened

  • Facebook/Lamebook battle tests parody defence

    November 18, 2010

    A disagreement between Facebook and Lamebook over whether or not Lamebook’s spoof site is infringing could help to clarify the US parody defence

  • Interview: what ACTA means for trade marks

    November 17, 2010

    Candice Li, external relations manager for anti-counterfeiting at INTA, answers Managing IP’s questions about the final ACTA draft

  • Yakult wins 3D trade mark in Japan

    November 17, 2010

    Japan’s IP High Court has ruled that Yakult should be granted a three-dimensional trade mark for the bottle it uses to sell its probiotic drinks

  • CJ to hear transhipment cases

    November 17, 2010

    The Court of Justice will tomorrow hear arguments in two cases that address whether fake goods in transit through the EU can be seized as counterfeits

  • At a glance: what’s changed in the latest draft

    November 16, 2010

    The final ACTA draft released this week resolves a number of questions that were still in dispute when the previous draft was published last month

  • Final ACTA draft released

    November 16, 2010

    The US Trade Representative released a finalised draft of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement yesterday

  • Commission extends deadline for trade mark study

    November 11, 2010

    The deadline for the Max Planck Institute to submit its study on the functioning of the trade mark system in Europe to the European Commission has been extended by one month, Managing IP has learned

  • WIPO to address online trade mark use

    November 10, 2010

    A WIPO committee will discuss trade mark use on the internet early next year, with a view to seeing whether any global action is warranted

  • Designs formality treaty on hold

    November 10, 2010

    WIPO member states have agreed that more work needs to be done before they are ready to harmonise international design formalities

  • Industry backs Rosetta Stone in Google AdWords appeal

    November 10, 2010

    Trade mark owners and advocates had their say last week in Rosetta Stone’s appeal seeking to prove that Google’s AdWords programme infringed its trade marks

  • Vietnam's IP progress

    November 10, 2010

    A history of IP law in Vietnam over the past 25 years, from a free market to this week's decree

  • Vietnam decree a boost for brand owners

    November 10, 2010

    A new decree that came into effect in Vietnam yesterday could give an important boost to brand owners trying to enforce their trade marks in the country

  • The Rosetta Stone case in briefs

    November 10, 2010

    Below, Managing IP highlights relevant excerpts from the briefs that have been filed so far in Rosetta Stone v Google

  • How to file a complaint with Twitter

    November 04, 2010

    “You are at its mercy” is one lawyer’s description of the process of claiming a trade mark-infringing Twitter handle through the company’s complaints processes

  • Twitter releases trade mark guidelines

    November 04, 2010

    Twitter has introduced new rules regarding use of its trade marks, which appear to be designed to avoid its marks becoming generic terms

  • Businesses back interoperability in the cloud

    November 02, 2010

    IT managers at more than 70 companies have launched the Open Data Center Alliance to promote interoperability in cloud computing

  • Cloud computing – a beginner’s guide

    November 02, 2010

    Cloud computing is expected to be the next big thing in IT. But what's it all about?

  • Which trade marks will make the gTLD cut

    November 01, 2010

    Icann is due to clearly define which marks will be eligible to be included in the trade mark clearinghouse in the next Applicant Guidebook, but the definition is likely to exclude some registered marks

  • A brand owner's guide to new gTLDs

    November 01, 2010

    The lcann Board's decision to announce a date for taking applications for new gTLDs means that brand owners will need to decide their new gTLD strategy now. Managing IP answers your questions

  • Countdown to the new gTLDs

    November 01, 2010

    The Icann Board has put in place a timeline that if executed will see the first new gTLD applications in May 2011

  • Coca-Cola’s 3D footprint in Asia-Pacific

    November 01, 2010

    Managing IP conducted a survey of trade mark databases in the region to see what 3D trade marks Coca-Cola has managed to register. The table below offers a snapshot of what we found and is not comprehensive

  • May 2011 date for new gTLD applications

    November 01, 2010

    The Icann Board approved a plan that will see applications for new gTLDs open in May 2011 at its meeting last week

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