Patent applications in biotechnology have grown dramatically in the past decade, throwing up many challenges and posing new problems for patent offices. Ingrid Hering speaks to examiners at the EPO and USPTO to find out how they are dealing with these issues
Eight months after Nominet launched a dispute procedure for .uk domains, over 80% of the decisions have resulted in the domain name being transferred. Sarah Wright examines some of the more significant decisions
A cigarette company has proved use to fight off an attempt to register a mark similar to one of its products. This is in spite of failing with its own application. Owners of foreign trade marks in Singapore should gain confidence from the result, writes Farah Namazie
Faced with an unauthorized use of his photograph, motor racing driver Eddie Irvine tried to enforce his personality rights in court. David Rose examines what the decision reveals about the English courts’ attitude to character rights
A wealth of IP rights exists in innovations from the developing world, particularly in
biodiversity inventions. The battle has always been to secure access to those rights. India’s Honey Bee Network is one organization fighting for a fairer system. Ralph Cunningham reports
In a recent case, the ECJ affirmed that parallel importers can repackage pharmaceutical products for resale in the EU – but the court gave no guidance on how repackaging should be undertaken. Hiroshi Sheraton examines the decision
Better safe than sorry: even companies with no immediate intention of doing business in China should register their trade marks there. If not they could find themselves paying a lot of money in the future to prove fame, warns Gary Fechter
Latha R reviews the protection for freelancers in India in the light of the recent US decisions in Tasini and Greenberg
MIP hosted a reception at the Grand Hyatt in Washington DC on May 21 during the INTA Conference. Over 250 guests attended the party, including award winners from the leading firms in the World IP Survey and Emerging Markets Survey. Pictures of some of the award winners, and MIP staff, are shown.
Interview: Bog Kruger
Bob Kruger is vice-president for enforcement at the Business Software Alliance in Washington DC. He has been there since 1993 and was formerly an assistant US district attorney in Washington DC
Ralph Cunningham, Asia Editor, MIP
November / December 2019
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