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  • World IP Survey: Part 1: Bright future for patent owners

    Throughout the world, the patent landscape is changing as patent offices and governments look at how they can provide a better service to rights owners. In the first part of the World IP Survey, MIP reveals the leading patent firms and asks top practitioners to discuss the latest issues


  • News focus: How to avoid genericization

    A legal defeat for Sony in Austria may spell the end for the Walkman trade mark in Europe. The case reveals how important it is for brand owners to act to stop their trade marks becoming generic words. James Nurton reports

  • Survey: North America: A new revolution looms

    IP attorneys have weathered the economic downturn, but now face the prospect of a patent revolution as reforms to the PTO and criticisms of the IP system combine to transform current practices. James Nurton reports

  • Survey: Asia: Rigorous enforcement is the key to beating infringement

    Patent reform may be required to deal with technological development. But the strength of enforcement measures will always be the key for patent owners. An effective litigation system is one method available to them, writes Ralph Cunningham

  • Survey: Europe: All eyes on the courts

    Courts in the UK have challenged their reputation for being anti-patentee in the past year, and attracted attention across the continent. Ingrid Hering examines the latest developments in Europe’s courts and patent offices

  • Japan's IP system set for overhaul

    The IP Strategic Outline sets an ambitious programme for transforming the practice of intellectual property in Japan. The success of the plan depends on cooperation at a national and international level, explain Douglas Clark, Lloyd Parker and Takamasa Makita

  • Designs can usher in trade marks

    In a follow-up to July’s article explaining the new European Community Design, Martin Schlötelburg and Clemens Rübel examine the advantages of applying for a design right alongside a trade mark

  • Thailand debates software patents

    Patent registration of computer-related inventions has become accepted around the world but Thailand should wait for the situation elsewhere to become more predictable before deciding, argues Saravuth Pitiyasak

  • The vulnerability of granted patents

    IP professionals need no reminding of the manifold threats to the validity of granted patents. Managing these risks, however, is a different matter, explains Ian P Hartwell in a study of patent data

  • Image rights and wrongs

    Unlike many countries, image rights are not available in the UK. Guy Veysey analyzes the latest developments in this field and asks whether celebrities’ images can be protected using other IP rights

  • Hollywood confronts the Napster challenge

    The Napster battle revealed how vulnerable the music industry is to digital piracy, and the movie and TV industries could be next. Mark F Radcliffe and Jill Sazama examine the lessons learned from Napster and assess potential responses

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  • Reconciling IP rights and poverty

    Ruchi Tripathi, Action Aid

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