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  • The Federal Circuit comes of age

    The Federal Circuit was born on October 1 1982, due in large part to pressure from US patent owners looking for judicial consistency to safeguard their innovations. With the court approaching its 21st anniversary, Sam Mamudi looks at how effectively it has fulfilled its mission


  • News focus: Firm closures reveal Hong Kong pressures

    Three international law firms have closed their Hong Kong IP groups already this year. But, despite fundamental changes in the IP market, the mood is not one of doom and gloom. Practitioners are still looking forward to the future with optimism. Ralph Cunningham reports

  • Roundtable: Pushing at the boundaries of protection

    Novel trade marks - such as smells, sounds, shapes and colours - are popular with brand owners, but have often proved controversial when tested in Europe's courts. MIP assembled five specialists from different backgrounds to discuss how companies use these types of marks and whether the registries and courts can meet their needs

  • The view from inside the Federal Circuit

    Judge Paul Michel has been a judge on the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit for 15 years, and is scheduled to become Chief Judge next year. Ingrid Hering met him at the FICPI World Congress in Berlin in June and asked how patent law has developed and how advocacy in the court can be improved

  • Microsoft scores software victory

    Microsoft has taken two hard-loading cases to the Thai Supreme Court in recent years. It lost the first but won the second. The lesson is that copyright owners may have to work harder to prove infringement, explain Edward Kelly and Parichart Jaravigit

  • Navigating domain management solutions

    The internet boom and bust left many companies with a myriad of domain names and very little idea of how to manage them. Rebecca Smith looks at why good management is important for companies and what they need to look for in choosing a solutions provider

  • How to litigate in China

    Where to litigate and how to collect evidence are two of the more important issues for a party in a patent infringement action in China. In the first of a two-part article, Gordon Gao explains how to avoid mistakes

  • Building a PTO for the 21st century

    Commissioner James Rogan has proposed fundamental changes to patent examination in the US. Stephen Becker examines the main elements of Rogan's Strategic Plan, and asks what impact it will have on applicants

  • A practical guide to anti-counterfeiting

    Criminal procedures can be an effective means of taking action against counterfeiters. Steven Bazerman and Jason Drangel examine the opportunities for rights owners at federal and state level in the US

  • New bill changes design landscape

    Draft legislation will revamp Australia's designs law. But it may not achieve its twin aims of making registration tougher and strengthening enforcement, argue Jamie Nettleton and Lydia Santoso

  • Biggest IP practices revealed

    In an exclusive survey, MIP reveals the US and European firms with the most IP practitioners

  • Letter from the editor...

  • Copyright and the public interest

    Neil Turkewitz, executive vice president, Recording Industry Association of America

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