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  • Harmonizing the doctrine of equivalents

    As the doctrine of equivalents comes under increased scrutiny, the three major patent markets are notable for their similarities more than their differences. Hugh Dunlop examines how jurisprudence in the US, Japan and Europe has matured, and discusses the options for harmonization

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  • News focus: Preaching to the converted

    Manchester United Football Club has an estimated 53 million fans throughout the world. Try getting all of them through the turnstiles. Instead, the club is using other ways of reaching them. Merchandising, as Tom Howgate, the club's head of licensing, tells Ralph Cunningham, is one way of doing it

  • World IP Survey: Part 3Leading patent firms revealed

    In part three of the World IP Survey, MIP reveals the leading patent firms from Argentina to Thailand, and specialists from the leading firms discuss current trends

  • Survey: Asia: Health crises undermine patent rules

    A truly global patent issue erupted in 2002, as courts in Asia addressed how sick people in the developing world can obtain vital patented medicines. The debate reflects the internationalization of patent systems, explains Ralph Cunningham

  • Survey: Africa and Middle East: Drugs debate leads to patent reform

    The South African government has introduced a number of reforms to the Patents Act that will help to clarify the boundaries of IP protection, and make life easier for patentees. James Nurton reports

  • Survey: central, eastern and southern Europe: Looking forward to the revolution

    Membership of the EU and EPO will transform patent practice in the countries of central Europe, as James Nurton discovers. But attorneys are looking forward to the challenge

  • Survey: Latin America: Waiting for change

    Despite economic upheavals across Latin America, new governments and coming elections bring a promise of change - and improvement. Sam Mamudi reports

  • Are country code TLDs barriers to free trade?

    EU member states have established their own country code domain name assignment rules using divergent criteria. Carles Prat and Laura Poncela examine them against EC internal market principles

  • How to simplify your complex US litigation

    The difficulty of managing patent litigation is magnified with increasing numbers of alleged infringers and actions filed across the United States. Errol Taylor and Joshua Rothman describe the benefits that consolidating these actions can confer on corporations engaged in such complex litigation

  • Community Trade Marks in transition

    In 2004, the European Union will expand eastwards. Tibor Z Gold explains how the membership of 10 new states will affect Community Trade Mark owners and applicants

  • A question of timing

    Parties who wish to appeal against decisions in patent oppositions must appeal at the right time or they will be shut out. This was the outcome of a recent case in the Federal Court of Australia. In some cases it is the notionally successful party which must appeal, explain Richard Hamer and Jon Gottschall

  • The perils of poor preparation

    Recent developments in procedural rules for appeals from trade mark opposition hearings have highlighted the pitfalls of failing to be fully prepared at first instance, warns Jill Delaney

  • Letter from the editor...

  • How the DMCA is different

    Fred von Lohmann, senior intellectual property attorney, Electronic Frontier Foundation

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