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  • The endless domain name spiral

    At its recent meeting, ICANN announced that it will push ahead with plans to increase the number of top-level domains. But trade mark owners are alarmed by the extra costs and opportunities for piracy that expansion will bring. Ingrid Hering reports

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  • Turning ideas into dollars

    Clive Coker, technology director, Inside UK Technology

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  • News focus: Licensing under threat in Europe

    The European Commission has proposed new rules on technology licensing with changes to the Block Exemption Regulation. James Nurton examines why many companies fear the new rules will stifle innovation

  • The danger of discarding the Software Directive

    If Europe abandons the Commission's original draft on software patents, its IT industry will suffer a crippling blow, argues Alex Batteson

  • Why Europe should be wary of software patents

    Europe must learn from the mistakes of the US and consider carefully the effect of stifling development before giving the green light to software patents, warns Brian Kahin

  • A new start for Indian trade mark law

    India's new Trade Marks Act provides protection of an international standard. Confusion exists, however, about the constitution of the new appellate board system to deal with the appeals of trade mark registry decisions, explains Ranjan Narula

  • ICANN's global renaissance

    Paul Twomey is the first non-American to be appointed president and chief executive officer of ICANN. Left with the legacy of radical reform plans, Twomey shares with Sam Mamudi his views about the organization's performance and the challenges ahead

  • How to solve country code domain disputes

    Many ccTLDs have now been opened up to international brand owners, but there is no uniformity in how disputes are handled. Lori Faye Fischler examines the rules, and how they are implemented, in the 10 most popular jurisdictions

  • Overcoming obstacles to patent harmonization

    Users of the patent system want change, but politically there are still tensions between Europe and the US, and between the positions of developed and developing countries, argues Ivan B Ahlert

  • Putting advertising claims to the test

    Claims such as "the number one" and "the best" are among those frequently made by advertisers for their products and services. Timothy Pinto examines what such claims mean and whether or not they are legal

  • Amendments abolish opposition system

    Changes to Japan's patent law in the early months of 2004 will see lower fees in some cases and the abolition of the opposition system. The amendments to the invalidation appeal procedures are open to abuse and could end up harming patentees' rights, warn John Tessensohn and Shusaku Yamamoto

  • How Europe is striving for copyright harmony

    Although the Copyright Directive has come into force, it is only the first step in achieving harmonized copyright protection in the digital age, explains Anna Duffus

  • Interview: India builds on scientific talent

    Since the 1990s, the Indian government's research branch has protected its most important advances with patents. Now the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research is moving on to exploiting those inventions through licensing. RA Mashelkar, CSIR’s director-general, spoke to Ralph Cunningham about the council's IP management strategy

  • Hong Kong streamlines oppositions

    The revamped trade mark law in Hong Kong promises a smoother opposition system that is more efficient and offers better protection, explain Ella Cheong and Chloe Lee

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