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  • Patent firms of the year

    This month MIP publishes part one of the world's most detailed and authoritative survey of the IP market. Following five months' research, in this issue we list the leading firms in patent prosecution and contentious work in 65 jurisdictions

  • Survey results: Americas

  • Survey results: Asia

  • Survey results: Europe/Africa

  • The continuations conundrum

    One year after proposing changes to rules on continuations to help tackle the patent backlog, the USPTO has yet to implement them. Shahnaz Mahmud looks at how the proposals have been received, and explains why they may face a legal challenge

  • Asia's patent exporters

    Following the rapid rise of patenting by Japanese inventors in the second half of the twentieth century, a second-wave of Asian innovation is being led by companies in China, India and South Korea. But are these businesses protecting their IP rights overseas? Peter Ollier looks at the trends

  • Time runs out for patent reform

    Plans to implement the European Patent Litigation Agreement - touted as the answer to Europe's patent dispute woes - are in trouble. Emma Barraclough looks at the cause of the impasse and asks what the European Commission will do next

Features

  • Turning commercial realities into fiction

    For brand managers looking to increase their product's profile and producers wanting to find new ways to finance movies and TV shows, product placement could be a win-win solution, says Brinsley Dresden, as he outlines negotiating tactics to help IP owners strike the deal they want

  • Gaining a reputation

    Foreign IP owners used to think that China was reluctant to grant well-known mark status to their trade marks. They need to think again, says Huang Hui, as he explains how brand owners can use the rules to maximize their rights

  • Doubts wane over GPL enforceability

    The GPL has become the most common open source licence since its release in 1989. But only recently has a body of case law begun to develop on whether it is enforceable. James Gatto argues that cases in the US and Germany suggest that it is

  • Serbian domain name system reborn

    One of the consequences of the separation of Serbia and Montenegro is the overhaul of the domain name system in the two countries. Vesna Gakovic and Kathryn Szymczyk explain why the new rules are more welcoming for international applicants

  • When expertise is not enough

    Ensuring that expert witness evidence is used to maximum effect is crucial in IP litigation. Nick Gardner and Duncan Ribbons introduce a guide to the most effective way to marshal and deploy your expert evidence prepared by lawyers in seven jurisdictions

  • Letter from the editor...

  • Profile: When Acacia comes knocking

    Acacia Technologies: an aggressive patent troll that feeds off the litigation fears of large corporations, or the champion of small technology companies who might not know how to go about enforcing their patents? Shahnaz Mahmud weighs up the evidence

Survey

  • Patent firms of the year

    This month MIP publishes part one of the world's most detailed and authoritative survey of the IP market. Following five months' research, in this issue we list the leading firms in patent prosecution and contentious work in 65 jurisdictions

Diary

  • Utynam's Heirs

    A monthly column devoted to IP curiosities and controversies, named in honour of John of Utynam - who received the world's first recorded patent in 1449

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