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  • EPO puts out welcome mat

    Over the next 18 months, 10 central and eastern European countries will receive their patent green card – membership of the European Patent Organization. Ingrid Hering visited some of the candidate countries to find out how they are preparing


  • News Focus: Festo and Holmes

    The US Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit may be on a collision course after the higher forum reprimanded the lower and curtailed its powers in patent cases. James Nurton and Sam Mamudi report

  • East coast firms top the list

    It has been a tough year for law firms in the US. In our first annual survey of the biggest IP practices, we reveal which firms have the most practitioners

  • The Community design right in practice

    The introduction of a new Community design right is a landmark for protecting IP in Europe. Martin Schlötelburg explains what advantages the new right offers to industry

  • IP owners win Indian World Cup contest

    The Delhi High Court has come to the aid of the owners of broadcasting rights to the football World Cup. Owners of other Indian IP rights with a limited shelf life should be satisfied with the result, argue Pravin Anand and Shamnad Basheer

  • Balance required in approaching parallel battle

    China's new trade mark legislation does not address parallel imports. But pressure is building to deal with the issue. The interests of all competing parties need to be considered, not least those of the trade mark owners, writes Yuan Xiao-dong

  • Football club wins battle over badges of allegiance

    The ECJ was called upon to clarify a trade mark’s role as a badge of allegiance or badge of origin. Lee Curtis examines the Advocate General’s opinion in the Arsenal case.

  • GI inconsistency cries out for new rules

    Geographical indications are a critical issue for India where many distinctive products have originated. The Indian government has introduced its own imperfect legislation but what is really needed are rules at the international level, argues Latha R

  • New ammunition in the fight against fakes

    A new Bill that will harmonize criminal offences for copyright and trade mark infringement has been introduced in the UK. Sara Elwyn Jones and Helen Cline look at its implications in the war against the pirates

  • Policing the IP-competition frontier

    Interview: Mozelle W Thompson, Federal Trade Commission Mozelle W Thompson is a Commissioner with the Federal Trade Commission in Washington DC. A lawyer by profession, he worked at the US Treasury Department and was formerly general counsel at the New York State Finance Agency. The FTC, along with the Department of Justice, is holding hearings on the intersection between antitrust and IP law and policy. Sam Mamudi asked Thompson about his role.

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  • Mixed signals from Thailand on enforcement

    Edward Kelly and David McGinty, Tilleke & Gibbins International, Bangkok

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