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  • Red Hat enters the patent ring

    Why is Red Hat - a leader in open source software - building a patent armoury? The answer may lie in the problems with software patents in the US - problems which the Community Patent Review, backed by Red Hat and others, aims to address. Shahnaz Mahmud visited the company's North Carolina headquarters to find out more

Features

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  • Leading trade mark/copyright firms revealed

    In the second and final part of MIP's annual survey of the world's leading IP firms, this month we publish the trade mark and copyright rankings. The tables, spanning the Americas, Asia and Europe, cover both prosecution and contentious work in 65 jurisdictions

  • Survey results: Americas

  • Survey results: Asia

  • Survey results: Europe/Africa

  • Plus: US dilution law six months on: Chewy Vuiton bites back

    In October 2006 President Bush signed a landmark US law that IP owners hoped would give famous trade marks greater protection. Six months on, Emma Barraclough assesses whether the new law has lived up to expectations

  • Asia's trade mark boom: Solving China's backlog problem

    China's Trade Mark Office is the busiest in the world. While this demonstrates that foreign companies and local businesses are seeking proper protection for their IP rights, the backlog of applications is mounting. Peter Ollier considers what the problem means for trade mark owners

  • Asia: Cummins' Chinese lessons

    J Bruce Schelkopf, chief counsel, global intellectual property for Cummins, Inc, talks to Shahnaz Mahmud about grappling with counterfeiting and piracy in China

  • Trade marks in Europe: OHIM must improve communication, say users

    OHIM's second user satisfaction survey identified a number of areas where the European trade mark and design office needs to improve its service to users - starting with the accessibility of examiners and information provided by the office. James Nurton reports

  • Eye on the damages prize

    By spending a little extra time preparing a patent application, an experienced patentee can draft the specifications and claims in a manner that may later enable a court to award maximum damages in view of the Entire Market Value Rule. Brett Alten, Glenn Kubota and Ryan Scoville explain how

  • Why banks need an IP risk radar

    IP rights are critical for companies in the financial services sector - but are often overlooked when business is booming. Catriona Smith, Nicola Dagg, Mark Ridgway and Kathryn Carlile explain the importance of assessing the danger that IP threats pose

  • SIPO responds to China's critics

    China is under pressure from IP owners and national governments to tackle IP crime. At a counterfeiting conference in Geneva, Zhang Qin, SIPO deputy director, told Emma Barraclough what the country is doing and how rights owners can help to protect their rights. He also explained why the government is not getting the credit it deserves for tackling infringement and why there needs to be a balance between competing interests in enforcement

  • Splitting the pharmaceutical pie

    Brand pharmaceutical companies sometimes agree to share profits from their patented drugs with generic manufacturers to keep rival products off the market. James Walsh and Lisa Huett consider the legality of these so-called reverse payments under Australian law in light of increasing attacks from antitrust authorities overseas

  • Don't let your IP get lost in transition

    Handling IP rights in M&A deals is a complex process. Gregory Shatan sets out some best practices and explains how lawyers can negotiate more effective transitional licences and transition services agreements to help their clients achieve their aims during the key handover period

  • Gowers debate highlights reform concerns

    Effective patent enforcement and the scope of copyright protection proved the main topics for discussion at a debate organized by MIP in London last month

Survey

  • Leading trade mark/copyright firms revealed

    In the second and final part of MIP's annual survey of the world's leading IP firms, this month we publish the trade mark and copyright rankings. The tables, spanning the Americas, Asia and Europe, cover both 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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