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  • Why exclusion is not profitable

    Licensing can generate millions of dollars for technology companies, but many executives still do not take full advantage of the opportunities available. Dan McCurdy and Marshall Phelps explode the myths that prevent companies from developing successful licensing programmes


  • News focus: Target eyes licensing potential

    The company that brought you Popstars and other global TV brands is now launching a licensing arm. Ingrid Hering finds out why

  • World IP Survey: Part 2: New opportunities emerge for trade mark owners

    In part two of the World IP Survey, MIP reveals the leading trade mark and copyright firms in 25 jurisdictions, and specialists from the leading firms discuss current trends

  • Survey: Asia: Smell it, feel it, hear it

    Scents, sounds, colours and shapes have become more and more popular ways of representing a product. New procedures and systems for registering marks have made the job of the trade mark owner even more complicated. Ralph Cunningham reports

  • Survey: Europe: Cracks show in trade mark traditions

    Following last year's Baby-Dry decision, trade mark attorneys in Europe have been exploring how to protect novel marks. The new Community Design gives them another tool. Ingrid Hering reports

  • Survey: North America: Judgment awaits for brand owners

    Practitioners in the US and Canada face the prospect of exciting changes in the future as courts tackle fundamental issues about the limits of trade mark and copyright protection. James Nurton reports

  • An underdog that bites

    James Hamilton, Philippe Signore and Christopher Ward explain why design patents are becoming more popular as a means of protection in the US

  • Court uncovers bug in Australia's trade mark law

    The decision in Kenman Kandy to allow the registration of a three-dimensional, bug-shaped sweet will have significant implications for existing and future shape trade mark applications in Australia. Colin Oberin and Ben Arnall examine the consequences for brand owners

  • European and US patent protection compared

    As European politicians consider fundamental reforms to patent protection, one of the key questions they have to address is how to make the system more efficient. In particular, some critics believe Europe needs to look to the US model to improve its effectiveness. In a special MIP debate, Koos Rasser argues that the European patent system as it exists today is substantially inferior to that of the US, while Simon Mounteney says that, though not perfect, Europe offers many benefits to applicants

  • Privacy in the electronic age

    Alice Turinas and Bart Showalter compare data protection regulations in the US and Europe and reveal some of the pitfalls that await companies doing business internationally

  • Trade mark system strives to be taken seriously

    A new law and the strict implementation of a plan to speed up litigation have seen Indonesia move closer towards international standards of trade mark protection and enforcement, claim Adolf Panggabean and Erna L Kusoy

  • Letter from the editor...

  • Building a world-class IP system

    Rosella L Fernandez, assistant director, and Emma C Francisco, director general, Philippines Bureau of Patents

  • Making Europe's pharma industry competitive

    Ann Robins, Manager Legal Affairs, EFPIA, Brussels

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