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  • CJEU Advocate General backs Tobacco Directive

    December 23, 2015

    The EU Tobacco Directive is lawful, according to an opinion by CJEU Advocate General Kokott

  • New EU Trade Mark Directive published

    December 23, 2015

    The final text of the new EU Trade Mark Directive has been published, and will enter into force in January 2016. The revised Directive, numbered 2015/2436, is the result of more than seven years of consultation and debate

  • Split en banc Federal Circuit rules disparagement provision is unconstitutional

    December 23, 2015

    The Federal Circuit has ruled that the disparagement provision in section 2(a) of the Lanham Act is unconstitutional, and reversed and vacated the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board’s holding that “The Slants” is an unregistrable mark. The en banc court was split, however, with a total of five opinions submitted

  • Managing IP’s International Women’s Leadership Forum 2015: round up

    December 18, 2015

    IP practitioners convened at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose to discuss the biggest issues and trends of the year. Leading topics on the day included career advancement, leadership and patent reform, as Alice O’Donkor reports

  • Get ready for trade mark changes in Europe

    December 16, 2015

    Far-reaching changes to the Community trade mark and national trade mark systems will come into effect early next year, after they were approved in a vote in the European Parliament

  • Economic cost of toy and game counterfeiting revealed

    December 16, 2015

    Santa may not know if you've been good or not, but OHIM's Observatory on IP Infringement knows that the toys and games industries lose 12.3% of sales, amounting to €1.4 billion annually, to counterfeiting

  • Patent and trade mark filings rise, but design applications fall - WIPO data

    December 16, 2015

    Patent filings worldwide rose by 4.5% in 2014, while trade mark filings measured by the number of classes grew by 6%. But for the first time in 20 years there was a fall in the number of industrial designs applied for

  • DesignClass tool launched

    December 11, 2015

    OHIM has released a new tool, DesignClass, which includes a harmonised database of product indications

  • USPTO hires Texas regional office director from Xerox

    December 09, 2015

    Hope Shimabuku has been appointed as the first director of the USPTO’s Texas regional office

  • The need for speed in China's internet industry

    December 08, 2015

    In-house counsels from Chinese technology giants Qihoo 360 and Tencent speak with Managing IP about the shift in China's technology sector and why it pays to move quickly and aggressively

  • AIPPI’s 2015 Resolutions explained

    December 04, 2015

    IP stakeholders from around the world agreed four Resolutions on patents, trade marks, copyright and trade secrets at the AIPPI World IP Congress in October. Sarah Matheson discusses each of them

  • The ABC of the TPP

    December 04, 2015

    After seven years of debate, and 19 formal rounds of negotiations, the Trans-Pacific Partnership was agreed in October this year. Its IP provisions, which are among the most controversial, will have an impact on pharmaceutical protection, copyright, trade marks, geographical indications and enforcement, among other areas. Peter Leung provides a summary of the main points and over the following pages we look at the impact country-by-country

  • Utynam's Heirs

    December 04, 2015

    Utynam spent an enjoyable few days in Washington DC for the annual AIPLA Annual Meeting in October this year. Here are some of his highlights

  • A retirement lunch with Jeremy Phillips

    December 04, 2015

    Jeremy Phillips, who founded Managing IP, retired this week. James Nurton recently went for lunch with him to hear about how intellectual property has changed in the past 42 years, what his plans are for retirement, and why ethical behaviour matters

  • Interview: Andrea Brewster, CIPA President, on diversity in IP

    December 01, 2015

    Now well into her term as president of the UK’s Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA), Andrea Brewster recently talked to Managing IP about the new IP Inclusive initiative, the need to promote diversity in the IP professions and her hopes for the Unitary Patent

  • Russian Supreme Court tackles trade mark squatting

    November 27, 2015

    Trade mark squatting has lost steam in Russia thanks to improving laws but still causes a headache to businesses. Olga Yashina reviews a landmark recent case

  • B&B Hardware applied to non-confusion issue for first time

    November 24, 2015

    A US district court in Maryland has become the first court to apply the Supreme Court’s B&B Hardware ruling to an issue other than likelihood of confusion, in Ashe v PNC Financial Services

  • New Controller in India

    November 20, 2015

    Sh O P Gupta has become the new Controller of Patents, Designs and Trade Marks in India

  • Which IP practitioners are moving firms in the Americas?

    November 19, 2015

    In our regular round-up, we summarise recently announced partner and national IP office moves in the Americas, including a new role for the former PTAB chief judge and hires from BakerHostetler, Shearman & Sterling, Baker Botts, Potomac Law Group, Covington, Jones Day and more

  • Mexico publishes bill to introduce trade mark opposition system

    November 12, 2015

    A bill has been introduced in the Mexican Senate that, if passed, would implement a process for opposing trade mark applications

  • Euromoney Legal Media Group Asia Women in Business Law Awards 2015: Winners announced

    November 12, 2015

    The best female lawyers from across the region gathered at the JW Marriott in Hong Kong on November 11 to celebrate the advancement of women in the legal profession at the fifth Euromoney Legal Media Group Asia Women in Business Law Awards

  • Brexit, TRIPS, General Court and WTO – European IP news roundup

    November 10, 2015

    European Commission thinking on SPCs under the UPC, Off-patent Drugs Bill failing again in UK, the TPP being published, a WTO TRIPS Council’s decision on a pharma protection exemption request by LDCs, the European Parliament endorsing a plan to increase the number of General Court judges, and a Law Society report on Brexit and IP were in the recent IP headlines in Europe

  • USPTO’s Texas regional office officially opens

    November 10, 2015

    The permanent location for the Texas Regional USPTO regional office is now officially open

  • Latest IP moves – Europe and Africa

    November 06, 2015

    Rouse Africa, boesling IP, Bardehle Pagenberg, Inventa, Ramberg Advokater, Collyer Bristow, Redd, J A Kemp, Wood IP and the CJEU all feature in our latest summary of who’s moving where

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