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  • Protecting images, shapes and colours as trade marks in Asia

    July 25, 2017

    From the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel to the Nokia ringtone and the stripes of 7-Eleven convenience stores, Karry Lai explains why non-traditional trade mark innovation in Asia is more than meets the eye

  • IP in Asia Forum 2017 - reports from Washington DC and Palo Alto

    June 14, 2017

    Managing IP's annual IP in Asia Forums, focusing on developments in China, Japan and Korea, were held in Washington DC and Palo Alto on June 6 and 8

  • News from IP offices

    May 23, 2017

    An open house session with IP office representatives yesterday provided INTA Annual Meeting registrants with the latest IP developments in their respective countries

  • The Top 250 Women in IP (2017)

    May 23, 2017

    Managing Intellectual Property IP STARS has published its annual list of the leading female IP practitioners in private practice

  • Become a brand steward

    May 22, 2017

    Trademark practitioners should take bold steps to become stewards of the brands they advise because consumers, brands and communication channels have evolved, INTA President Joseph Ferretti said at the opening ceremony of the 139th INTA Annual Meeting

  • Japan grants colour trade marks

    April 03, 2017

    In March, for the first time, the Japan Patent Office (JPO) recognised two colour per se trade marks

  • MIP Global Awards 2017: The highlights

    March 15, 2017

    85 awards, including for corporate social responsibility and in-house achievement, were presented at Managing IP’s 12th Global Awards dinner at The Savoy in London last week. The photos from the event have also been published

  • Managing IP Global Awards Winners 2017

    March 10, 2017

    The Global Awards Dinner was held at The Savoy in London on March 9, with 300 guests from 89 firms and 44 countries

  • Cases to look out for in 2017 - Japan and China

    January 13, 2017

    2017 is the year of the rooster. Here are a few forthcoming trials and judgments to crow about in Asia

  • China drives growth in IP filings - WIPO's latest report in numbers

    November 23, 2016

    WIPO has published its annual World Intellectual Property Indicators (WIPI) report with global data on patent, trade mark and design filings in 2015. Here are the key figures at a glance

  • IP Stars 2017 research now underway

    September 05, 2016

    Research for the 2017 edition of IP Stars, Managing IP’s legal directory, starts today. Kingsley Egbuonu and Jennifer Ruther highlight some of the things you need to know and why IP firms and practitioners worldwide should participate by making a submission

  • IP in Asia 2016: the key takeaways

    June 28, 2016

    Managing IP hosted our annual IP in Asia Forum in Paris and London, with sessions on China, Japan and South Korea. Here's a summary of the discussions

  • Latest people moves in Asia - June 2016

    June 09, 2016

    Our regular round-up runs through partner and national IP office moves as well as new offices in Asia, including SIPO, Spruson & Ferguson, Vinson & Elkins, K&L Gates, White & Case and Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

  • Trademark trends in Japan

    May 23, 2016

    Speaking at the JPO Users’ Meeting, Kazuhiro Kimura gave an update on application figures and how the Office is improving its service

  • Judges consider disparagement versus free speech

    May 22, 2016

    A session examining the interaction between trademarks and free speech included judges from three jurisdictions offering their perspectives on some hot-button issues and how their respective courts approach them.

  • Latest people moves in Asia

    May 13, 2016

    In our regular roundup, we feature the latest moves from Wan Hui Da, DLA Piper, Foley & Lardner, and Jincheng Tongda & Neal

  • Managing IP Global Awards 2016: the winners

    March 11, 2016

    Managing IP's 2016 Global Awards Dinner was held at The Savoy, London on March 10

  • Read this year's IP Stars trade mark rankings in full

    February 04, 2016

    Managing IP subscribers have full access to the IP Stars rankings and analysis, including the newly published tables of the top trade mark firms in more than 70 jurisdictions

  • Managing IP Global Awards 2016 - shortlists

    January 29, 2016

    Managing IP's annual Global Awards Dinner - held this year on March 10 at The Savoy in London - recognises the outstanding firms of the past year in Asia-Pacific, Europe and Latin America. Ahead of the awards announcement, we publish the shortlists for each category

  • 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

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