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  • Utynam’s Heirs

    September 28, 2017

    Last month Utynam attended the 31st MARQUES Annual Conference in Prague. Here are some highlights

  • Are you braced for Brexit?

    May 20, 2017

    The clock is ticking: on March 29 UK Prime Minister Theresa May sent a letter to European Council President Donald Tusk notifying him of the UK’s intention to leave the EU. The decision will have important consequences for IP rights, legislation and agreements

  • IACC President Bob Barchiesi interview: Fighting fakes around the world

    May 20, 2017

    James Nurton talks to IACC President Bob Barchiesi about counterfeits, China and the Coalition’s governance

  • Survey: What in-house counsel want

    May 20, 2017

    Reputation, expertise and costs are the top three considerations for in-house counsel hiring outside advisers, according to IP STARS research. Kingsley Egbuonu reports

  • Brands under threat

    May 20, 2017

    Plain packaging laws for tobacco products could spread around the world, after a leaked report indicated the WTO has backed measures introduced five years ago in Australia

  • Leaked WTO decision shakes tobacco industry

    May 15, 2017

    The tobacco industry got a rude awakening two weeks ago as a decision by the World Trade Organisation (WTO) supporting Australia’s plain packaging measures for cigarettes was apparently leaked

  • The 10 trade mark topics to watch

    May 04, 2017

    Brand protection is in flux. Technological and cultural trends driven by the internet and social media are bringing new challenges, while political developments such as Brexit pose their own problems. At this time of change, we have identified 10 key topics around the world that trade mark owners need to be on top of. By Michael Loney, James Nurton, Natalie Rahhal and Shaun Tan

  • The growing local v global trend

    November 24, 2016

    The latest article in our series by the MARQUES IP Outer Borders Team looks at the localism trend and its implications for brands. By Kate Swaine, Mary Jane Lemenchick, Laetitia Lagarde and Thomas Raab

  • When brands meet art, public policy and genericide

    July 06, 2016

    In the first in a series of articles by members of the MARQUES IP Outer Borders Team, Stella Syrianos, Laetitia Lagarde and Nikos Prentoulis discuss the tensions between trade mark rights and freedom of expression

  • Online courts and the future of IP litigation

    July 04, 2016

    Are online courts the future for IP disputes? That was the topic of the annual Collyer Bristow IP debate between Tim Bamford and Karen Fong. They reveal some snippets from their diaries in the months leading up to the big fight

  • IP office workshop launched

    May 24, 2016

    In a new initiative at this year’s Annual Meeting, INTA is hosting a series of panels for IP offices, all of which take place today. The workshop will provide representatives of many offices—both regional and national, big and small—with an opportunity to compare best practices, share challenges and learn from each other.

  • All-day anticounterfeiting program at INTA Annual Meeting

    May 19, 2016

    At this year’s Annual Meeting, INTA is launching its first-ever all-day anticounterfeiting program—the “Anticounterfeiting Solutions for Brand Owners Workshop.” The program is solely for in-house practitioners and was so popular that INTA increased the capacity to 150 from the original 120. It takes place today from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.

  • OECD IP tax reforms win G20 approval

    October 19, 2015

    G20 Finance Ministers have endorsed the OECD’s final recommendations to reform preferential IP tax regimes, such as the Patent Box, worldwide

  • Practical tips following CJEU’s Kit Kat shape ruling

    September 30, 2015

    Shapes are difficult to register as trade marks, but brand owners do have alternative means of IP protection and can take some steps to be in a better position when facing objections to trade mark registration or maintenance

  • Three policy themes to be targeted in UK IPO research

    September 09, 2015

    IP research will focus on enforcement and infringement, innovation and growth and the value of intellectual property, according to the UK IPO’s 2015-16 research and evaluation priorities

  • Interview: Pippa Hall, chief economist, UK IPO

    September 09, 2015

    As the UK Intellectual Property Office announced its 2015-16 research and evaluation priorities, James Nurton spoke to chief economist Pippa Hall about data, difficulties between economists and lawyers and that recent article in The Economist

  • The seven disruptors that are changing IP practice

    August 26, 2015

    The IP legal market is changing. In-house counsel want more for less, technology is commoditising work processes and the partnership track is becoming less attractive to growing numbers of lawyers. Emma Barraclough considers the influences that are reshaping the market. Plus: those shaping the changes make their predictions for the future

  • IP-owning companies perform better – OHIM study

    June 18, 2015

    Businesses that own IP rights generate more revenue per employee, have more employees and pay higher salaries than those that do not, according to a new report by the Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights

  • EU trade mark reform: the six key changes

    June 17, 2015

    MEPs have endorsed the final compromise texts of the draft new EU Trade Marks Directive and amended Community Trade Mark (CTM) Regulation. Managing IP picks out the key changes affecting law, procedure and fees

  • Ukraine drops WTO tobacco case

    June 04, 2015

    Proceedings have been suspended in one of the five WTO challenges to Australia’s legislation concerning plain packaging for tobacco products

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