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  • Getting tech transfer right in China

    New regulations on the import and export of technology in China have been in force for about a year. To get the most from your inventions in China it is essential you have a detailed knowledge of them, explains Alan Adcock

Features

  • News focus: Spurs stands its ground

    Unlike its rival Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur has won an important victory in defending its brand. Ingrid Hering examines the issues raised by the case

  • World IP Survey: Part 4

    In the fourth part of the World IP Survey, we reveal the leading patent firms in 26 jurisdictions, and find out about the latest trends in practice.

  • Survey: Asia: Legislative shortcomings delay protection

    Enforcement continues to be a challenge for trade mark owners in Asia. While some have all the legislative help they can use, others are still labouring with old laws. Protection is just not the priority it needs to be. Ralph Cunningham reports

  • Survey: Latin America: Swimming against the tide

    With the increasing trend towards globalization, emerging market countries are being pressed into signing international accords to free the movement of trade. The friction between globalization and national interests is illustrated by Latin America's refusal to join the Madrid Protocol, says Sam Mamudi

  • Survey: Europe and Africa: Reform in the air in Russia

    Many countries in eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa are rushing to improve trade mark protection to meet international standards. The recent changes introduced in Russia demonstrate why such reforms are needed

  • A recent whiff of change

    Niall Tierney considers the impact of three recent rulings from the European Court of Justice on the registration of functional shapes and smells as trade marks

  • Generics win concession in New Zealand

    A new amendment to New Zealand's Patents Act excludes from patent infringement actions concerned with obtaining regulatory approval there or elsewhere. The change threatens the rights of patent owners and could achieve more than the government intended, warns Tim Jackson

  • How to prevent cybersquatters

    Companies are increasingly acknowledging domain names as an essential element of their IP portfolio. Jonathan Robinson looks at the threats to digital IP from cybersquatting, and offers some strategies for protecting against and recovering from damaging infringements

  • Biotech risks of compulsory licensing

    The importance of some biotech inventions makes them strong candidates for compulsory licensing. Reinhardt Schuster and Clemens Rübel examine when such licences can be granted and contrast the approach taken in different countries

  • New theories of database protection

    In recent years courts in the US have extended trespass to chattels and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act to online databases. Jonathan Band warns that this could threaten constitutionally imposed limits on the ownership of information

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  • Creating an IP hub

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