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  • Vatican concerned over .xxx domain

    December 23, 2011

    Pope Benedict XVI can now relax this Christmas after rumours that a mystery buyer registered vatican.xxx this week have been quashed

  • China sees boom in well-known trade marks

    December 21, 2011

    Between May and November this year, China’s government recognised an astonishing 478 well-known trade marks through administrative proceedings, a rapid increase on previous years

  • IP filings surge ahead of economic growth

    December 20, 2011

    Patent and trade mark filings rose 7.2% and 11.8% respectively in 2010, far ahead of global GDP growth at 5.1%, according to WIPO’s annual statistics report

  • Analysis: Jonathan Robinson on .xxx

    December 20, 2011

    IP Rota chief executive Jonathan Robinson explains what the recent .xxx sunrise suggests about future sunrise periods under the gTLD programme

  • What to watch out for in 2012

    December 19, 2011

    New laws, policy proposals, practice-changing litigation: here is Managing IP’s guide to the trade mark stories to look out for in the next 12 months

  • What’s in the new Nice Classification

    December 19, 2011

    Trade mark owners are preparing for the five-yearly update of the Nice Classification, with the 10th edition coming into force on January 1

  • UK rows back on plain packaging

    December 19, 2011

    The UK government has postponed a planned public consultation on introducing plain packaging for tobacco products

  • SOPA vote delayed as lobbyists apply pressure

    December 16, 2011

    Following a markup attended by top industry lobbyists yesterday, a small but dedicated group of House Judiciary Committee members today forced the sponsor of controversial anti-piracy legislation to put off a final committee vote on the bill, possibly until 2012

  • Q&A: trade marks in Mexico

    December 16, 2011

    A guide to filing, protecting and enforcing your trade mark in Mexico. By Sergio L Olivares, Jr

  • Ed Lehman loses trade mark dispute

    December 16, 2011

    Well known for his firm’s large booth at the INTA Annual Meeting and its garish giveaway ties, Ed Lehman of Lehman Lee & Xu is now under fire for misappropriating a trade mark

  • China’s WTO anniversary – the trade mark verdict

    December 16, 2011

    As China celebrated the 10th anniversary of its accession to the WTO, there are signs that a decade of pressure may be leading to long-term gains in the battle against counterfeiting and piracy

  • ICM takes down “blatant” .xxx cybersquatters

    December 16, 2011

    ICM Registry targeted “blatant and undeniable” cybersquatters this week after suspending 50 to 70 .xxx domains without using any form of arbitration

  • The Managing IP quiz of 2011

    December 15, 2011

    Win a free place at a Managing IP meeting of your choice in 2012 by answering our 20 questions on developments in the past year

  • Amended rogue sites bill faces key vote

    December 15, 2011

    The sponsor of legislation in the US House of Representatives targeting rogue websites has proposed significant revisions to his bill in anticipation of today’s vote in the House Judiciary Committee

  • Drinks filler cannot infringe Red Bull mark – Court of Justice

    December 15, 2011

    Companies that fill packaging on behalf of others cannot infringe a third party’s trade mark, according to the Court of Justice of the EU

  • Don’t split India’s IP offices, say practitioners

    December 15, 2011

    A proposal to split India’s patent and trade mark agencies has been opposed by many practitioners, instead recommending a unified agency with greater financial autonomy and more examiners

  • Interview: Sarah Langstone, VeriSign – preparing for gTLDs’ launch

    December 12, 2011

    As director of product management at VeriSign, Sarah Langstone is responsible for educating brands about the new gTLD programme and said she has no time to rest before the application period opens

  • Uncertainty over gTLD brand protection

    December 12, 2011

    Panellists at INTA’s conference on gTLDs last week tried to appease attendees’ concerns about trade mark protection but admitted they were uncertain about how at least two rights-protection mechanisms will work

  • Apple’s trade mark woes in China

    December 09, 2011

    This week’s court defeat over the iPad is the latest in a line of trade mark setbacks for Apple in China. What is it doing wrong?

  • iPad loss highlights squatting concerns

    December 09, 2011

    Apple’s defeat in a Shenzhen court this week was caused by a unique set of circumstances, but still illustrates the widespread problem with trade mark squatting that foreign brand owners face in China

  • Anti-counterfeiting bill advances in Senate

    December 09, 2011

    A bill that would apply life sentences to counterfeit drug traffickers cleared the US Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday with bipartisan support.

  • US Senate hearing: 1,500 gTLD applications expected

    December 09, 2011

    US senators and internet stakeholders yesterday expressed concern about consumer confusion and cost to brand owners at the prospect of up to 1,500 applications for new gTLDs

  • UK IPO: meet our new man in Beijing

    December 08, 2011

    Rumours that the two giant pandas that arrived in the UK this week were in exchange for an IP attaché appear to be unfounded. Either way, Britain has its first IP rep abroad

  • Commission readies to overhaul enforcement rules

    December 08, 2011

    The European Commission is to hold a second hearing for rights holders and users before it reveals its proposals to update the rules on enforcement

  • No injunction for Apple - but Samsung’s not safe yet

    December 07, 2011

    A judge in California has denied Apple’s request for a preliminary injunction, delivering another blow to the company in its global smartphone battle with rival Samsung

  • Reaction: What next for goods in transit?

    December 05, 2011

    INTA welcomed the guidance from the Court of Justice of the EU in last week's Nokia and Philips cases, but Customs agencies say it's business as usual. Now the focus will turn to legislative reform

  • Analysis: Relief and concern for brand owners

    December 01, 2011

    First the good news: it will be easier for Customs to detain goods in transit following today’s Court of Justice ruling in the Nokia and Philips cases

  • Court gives wide scope to seize goods in transit

    December 01, 2011

    Ruling today in cases involving Nokia and Philips, the Court of Justice of the EU has clarified that Customs authorities can detain goods in transit, even where they are not explicitly offered for sale in the EU

  • Exclusive: EC changes endanger patent progress

    December 01, 2011

    As discussions over patent and trade reforms in Europe reach a critical stage, the departure of key staff could cause more delays

  • Chanel to seize hundreds of sites under court order

    November 30, 2011

    A federal judge in Las Vegas has authorised Chanel to seize hundreds of domain names of sites showing "good cause" that they are selling counterfeit products, and has ordered search engines and social media sites not to promote the sites through links

  • White House stops short of endorsing rogue sites bill

    November 30, 2011

    The focus of debate in Washington is on IP enforcement, but Obama administration officials at a White House event yesterday declined to weigh in on controversial House and Senate bills that would give the attorney general more power to crack down on copyright and trade mark violations online

  • Obama administration to educate public on fakes

    November 29, 2011

    US attorney general Eric Holder Tuesday announced a new public service campaign linking counterfeit products to criminal gangs and US job losses

  • IP Translator: what now for trade mark owners?

    November 29, 2011

    The Court of Justice’s senior legal adviser this morning told the Court it should harmonise the way that IP offices in Europe interpret class headings. So what will happen next for trade mark owners?

  • Managing IP’s guide to advertising at the Olympics

    November 29, 2011

    Regulations curtailing brand owners’ rights to advertise and trade during next year’s London Olympic games will be considered by the House of Lords today. Managing IP explains what’s in them and how they will affect trade mark owners

  • Indonesia counts cost of counterfeiting

    November 29, 2011

    A university study has revealed that counterfeiting is costing Indonesia’s economy at least Rp43.2 trillion ($4.7 billion) a year in lost taxes

  • Interview: Tackling counterfeiters in Indonesia

    November 29, 2011

    Peter Ollier talks with Widyaretna Buenastuti, chairman of the Indonesian Anti-Counterfeiting Society about counterfeiting, consumers, and raising awareness

  • IP Translator: AG says OHIM is wrong on class headings

    November 29, 2011

    The Advocate General at Europe’s highest court has said today that OHIM’s class-heading-covers-all approach to applications does not provide the clarity required for registering trade marks

  • China plans new office to enforce IP rights

    November 29, 2011

    China’s decision to make its recent campaign against counterfeiting permanent and set up a new structure to oversee IP enforcement has received a cautious welcome from US officials

  • Preview: Nokia, Philips and seizures in the EU

    November 28, 2011

    The Court of Justice of the EU will give a judgment later this week in two cases that will affect whether IP owners can seize fake goods passing through the EU

  • Win for Amex against black card competitor

    November 22, 2011

    American Express has won its case seeking to cancel a competitor’s trade mark registration for the term BlackCard, which Amex said threatened to dilute the brand of its elusive black Centurion card

  • Managing IP’s guide to the tobacco industry's fightback

    November 22, 2011

    After Australia passed a law this week to introduce plain packaging for tobacco products, Managing IP explains what the tobacco industry and its lawyers will do next

  • Plain packaging: who will be next?

    November 22, 2011

    Australia’s bold move to force plain packaging of tobacco will be watched closely – but may not be followed – by policy makers around the world

  • Businesses demand date for second gTLD application round

    November 21, 2011

    Global businesses have urged Icann to say when a second round of gTLD applications will open so that registrants are not forced into a panicked decision next year

  • Free access: Plain tobacco packaging becomes law in Australia

    November 21, 2011

    Australia’s government passed plain packaging legislation today but now faces a legal fight on at least two fronts as the tobacco companies step up their campaign against the law

  • Congress targets counterfeit drugs

    November 18, 2011

    Counterfeit pharmaceuticals were a focus of the House and Senate this week, as legislation was introduced in both bodies and a House hearing highlighted another bill aimed at thwarting online sales of fake drugs

  • Event report: Communicate to keep your clients

    November 18, 2011

    Finding the right mix of quality, cost-effectiveness and communication skills in outside counsel in the US is not easy, said in-house panellists last week, but they gave some good advice on where to look

  • CJEU slammed in judges’ discussion

    November 17, 2011

    Trade mark practitioners and judges criticised the Court of Justice of the EU at a discussion in London last night

  • Google challenges rogue sites bill

    November 16, 2011

    A House bill that targets so-called rogue web sites has sparked a battle between technology companies and IP owners that some members of Congress called the most volatile in more than a decade

  • Interview: from the army to IPOS – Singapore’s new IP head

    November 16, 2011

    Tan Yih San, who took over as chief executive of the IP Office of Singapore in June, tells Peter Ollier about his plans for the office and how his time in the army has helped him prepare

  • Are you ready for 3D printing?

    November 16, 2011

    IP owners need to rethink the way that they exploit and enforce their IP rights if they want to meet the challenges of a technology that could revolutionise manufacturing

  • INTA: red sole ruling threatens trade mark law

    November 15, 2011

    The International Trademark Association argues that the Christian Louboutin v Yves Saint Laurent case “is vitally important to the development of trade mark law” in an amicus brief filed yesterday

  • Cadbury successfully defends colour mark in UK

    November 15, 2011

    The UK IPO has partially rejected an attempt by Nestlé to revoke Cadbury’s trade mark for purple patone colour 2865c

  • UK SMEs given litigation boost

    November 15, 2011

    The UK is introducing a small claims service at the Patents County Court designed to make it easier for small and medium-sized companies to sue IP infringers

  • Commission urged to encourage GIs

    November 15, 2011

    The European Commission could do far more to encourage businesses to protect their products with geographical indications, says Europe’s financial watchdog

  • Free access: INTA Meeting; winning where it matters

    November 14, 2011

    For some attendees at the INTA Leadership Meeting, a week of talking trade marks, meeting in committees and beach-based networking is not enough. What they’re really here for is golf

  • Icann urged to address fair use in UDRP

    November 14, 2011

    The UDRP should be revised to ensure greater consistency in the interpretation of the fair use defence, according to a Cambridge University researcher

  • Corporate-structure firm sees jump in profits

    November 14, 2011

    Prosecution firm Avidity IP - recently rebranded from HLBBShaw and one of the few UK firms to be a limited company - announced an 89% increase in profits last month

  • Brand owners attack tobacco bill

    November 10, 2011

    Groups representing brand owners have criticised Australia’s Senate for passing a law requiring tobacco products to be sold in plain packaging

  • Businesses consult US government over gTLDs

    November 10, 2011

    Nearly 90 business associations and global brands have joined together to “aggressively fight” the gTLD programme, labelling it destructive and unwanted

  • INTA honours New York lawyer

    November 10, 2011

    David Bernstein of Debevoise & Plimpton was yesterday presented with the 2011 INTA President’s Award as the association recognised members for their volunteering and pro bono efforts

  • Interview: Peter Dengate-Thrush

    November 09, 2011

    Speaking exclusively to Managing IP, former Icann chairman Peter Dengate-Thrush defends his controversial move to Top Level Domain Holdings and says attempts to halt the gTLD programme are late and misguided

  • EU design owners get enforcement boost

    November 08, 2011

    An opinion from the Advocate General of the EU Court of Justice today provides one more small boost to Community designs, saying that owners should not have to prove a similar design invalid before infringement proceedings

  • Free access: USPTO occupied by protesters’ trade marks

    November 08, 2011

    As the Occupy Wall Street protests proliferate beyond Wall Street’s Zuccotti Park, the number of trade mark filings for phrases related to the movement has also multiplied

  • Speedo swims to victory over blogger

    November 07, 2011

    Speedo was so concerned about its clean reputation in Australia that it went to court to shut down a blogger who was using its brands on salacious websites, and last week won a wide-ranging order

  • Interview: José Rodrigo Roque Díaz on IP challenges in Mexico

    November 07, 2011

    With a new president likely to oust him as director-general of IMPI, José Rodrigo Roque Díaz is in a race against time to improve IP awareness in Mexico. Refusing to play the part of lame duck, Roque spoke with Managing IP about his ambitious plans for the Office

  • Afnic to handle .fr disputes

    November 04, 2011

    Dot-fr regulator Afnic will have new powers to resolve domain disputes from November 21 2011 when it introduces a dispute resolution system

  • Dyson defeat disappoints design industry

    November 04, 2011

    A Court of Appeal ruling last week against Dyson was another missed opportunity for registered designs in Britain, say lawyers

  • The Philippines to launch rocket docket

    November 03, 2011

    The Supreme Court of the Philippines has released a set of rules designed to make IP litigation cheaper and quicker in a jurisdiction that is notorious for its inefficient enforcement

  • Plain packaging delayed by five months

    November 03, 2011

    The Australian government has postponed its plain packaging initiative for cigarette packets after the Bill was delayed in the Senate

  • Hill leaders promote anti-piracy bills

    November 02, 2011

    Bipartisan bills targeting online infringement will continue to advance, supporters of the legislation vowed Wednesday at a Capitol Hill press conference

  • Free access: Why the EU’s top court says no to specialist judges

    November 01, 2011

    One of the advocate generals at the Court of Justice of the EU has explained why the Court will not allocate IP cases to a specialist tribunal or to judges trained in IP law

  • Interview: Eleanor Sharpston on the point of the advocate general

    October 31, 2011

    In an exclusive interview with Emma Barraclough, Eleanor Sharpston explains the role of advocates general at the EU’s Court of Justice, the barriers to creating an IP tribunal and why she admires the ingenuity of parallel traders

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