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  • Phelps spells out his Microsoft vision

    When the world's richest man hires the architect of the world's most lucrative licensing schedule, the international IP community takes notice. Sam Mamudi visited Microsoft's Seattle headquarters to learn more about Marshall Phelps's plans for the software leader and his views on the IP system

  • Phelps: the full interview

    The full, unedited, interview with Marshall Phelps, covering his role at IBM, software patenting and many other topics.

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  • New directions and beneficiaries

    Antony Taubman, head, WIPO traditional knowledge (global issues) division

  • News focus: Turning piracy into profit

    Digital piracy has long been a headline issue for the IP community, but only recently has it been thrust upon the public. Ingrid Hering reports

  • Welcome to Madrid

    With the US joining on November 2, and the EU committing to membership within the next year, the Madrid Protocol has taken a big leap towards becoming a truly global system. Sam Mamudi and James Nurton examine how the Protocol works now, and how it will develop in the future

  • Patent system central to a Sars vaccine

    Research is underway into patenting treatments for the Sars virus. But patent systems are not the same everywhere, especially where living organisms are concerned. Researchers need to be aware of the differences, warns Aaradhana Sadasivam

  • Protection strong but awareness poor in Egypt

    Egypt's first comprehensive IP legislation signalled a desire to cultivate an environment to promote research and innovation and build trust in the country's ability to protect IP rights. However, as Karim El Helaly explains, the protection regime is being undermined by lack of IP awareness

  • Disclosure changes lighten applicants' load

    This year's changes to prior art disclosure requirements in Australia ease the burden on patent applicants. But, warns Mark Roberts, applicants still need to examine carefully what and how much they submit

  • Top firms in trade marks

    In the second part of the eighth annual World IP Survey, MIP reveals the top-ranked firms for trade mark/copyright work in 25 jurisdictions in Europe, Asia and North America. Below, we explain how the results were compiled

  • Rules for managing IP after Enron

    An overlooked fact of the new Sarbanes-Oxley Act in the US is the impact it will have on IP reporting procedures. Stacey Rabbino and Ken Godlewski explain how in-house counsel can ensure compliance with the new standards

  • Supreme People's Court widens litigation options

    Pre-trial injunctions offer an alternative to administrative actions and the Civil Procedure Law in IP litigation in China. To benefit properly from them, however, you should follow procedures carefully, warns Matthew Murphy

  • Russia overhauls IP protection

    Valery Medvedev explains how recent amendments to Russia's trade mark law will benefit rights owners and, opposite, examines the implications of the new Patent Law

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