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  • Doing it their way

    Every company has external counsel, but in-house lawyers all have different ways of working with their private practice counterparts. Sam Mamudi talks to four trade mark chiefs to learn how they do it

  • Inside views

    Managers of some of the world’s most recognizable trade marks tell Sam Mamudi about their filing strategies, relationships with outside counsel, and their favourite countries in which to register their marks.


  • News focus: Cost-cutting in court

    A new streamlined procedure has been introduced to make patent litigation cheaper in the UK. But will it make the courts more attractive to patent owners? James Nurton reports Plus: Interview with Mr Justice Robin Jacob

  • Insight: Green light for importers into Australia

    The Australian Senate has passed a law which reforms the parallel imports provisions of the Copyright Act. The legislation widens the scope for parallel imports but late amendments spared the publishing industry, reports Ralph Cunningham

  • Managing IP to improve public health

    Cathy Garner spearheads the newly-established Centre for the Management of IP in Health R&D (MIHR), an international non-governmental organization based in London but with plans for offices in Asia, Africa, Europe and North America. As MIHR's inaugural CEO, Garner will oversee its mission to improve public health in developing countries through effective IP management. She tells Ingrid Hering about MIHR’s objectives

  • How the UK Enterprise Act affects your IP

    The frictions between the laws regulating the ownership and exercise of IP rights and anti-competitive agreements are known and long-standing. What is less widely understood is the extent to which this situation will change following recent reforms to UK and EU competition law, explains Guy Lougher

  • Rules of engagement for IP litigation

    More and more international companies are launching IP litigation in China. Before they do so, they should be aware of what is and what isn’t allowed in a Chinese courtroom, as Judge Xu, a prominent IP judge in Shanghai, explains in an exclusive interview with MIP

  • Supreme Court tightens trade mark law

    The US Supreme Court's ruling in the Victoria's Secret dilution case is the latest example of the trend to rein in IP rights. Edward Vassallo and Tila Duhaime examine what the ruling means for trade mark holders

  • Protect your IP rights from insolvency

    What are the risks for licensees when a licensor becomes insolvent? Hamid Rashidmanesh, David Naylor and Adam A Lewis compare procedures under US and English law, and provide some tips on how to minimize risk

  • Lessons in obviousness in Australia

    The judgment in Aktiebolaget Hassle v Alphapharm gives valuable guidance about the ‘obvious to try’ doctrine to the owners of Australian patents. Barry Eagar argues that the judges stressed the importance of Australian case law over its English equivalent

  • The benefits of organizational IP

    Executives should be aware of the possible connections between knowledge management and IP. Individual and organizational knowledge can be converted into IP rights, which can then be commercialized, explain Sharyn Ch’ang and Amanda Horne

  • Letter from the editor...

  • Surrendering words to the EU

    Justin Hughes, assistant professor of law, Cardozo School of Law, US

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