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  • Integrating IP management

    Information tools are undergoing a quiet revolution that promises to make IP management much more efficient. Ingrid Hering explores how this will change the way in-house counsel work


  • A picture worth a thousand lawsuits

    A recent judgment in the US found that unlicensed linking and framing constitutes copyright infringement. All website operators should take note, explains Lawrence R Robins

  • Japanese court refuses trade mark protection for retail services

    The Tokyo High Court has upheld the Japanese Patent Office ban on obtaining trade marks for retail services. The internationalization of the country’s trade mark system could persuade the authorities to change their stance, say Shusaku Yamamoto and John Tessensohn

  • Artists win resale royalties

    Thanks to a new directive, artists across Europe will receive royalties on future sales of their works – many for the first time. George Moore and Matthew Warren explain how the royalty structure will work

  • Chinese design protection shows potential for confusion

    Owners of design rights have any number of laws to rely on when protecting their products in China. But too much uncertainty surrounds the best legal option to take. The authorities must make protection easier, argues Jan De Visser

  • Positioning IP for shareholder value

    When it comes to using patents to provide more brand and shareholder value, some companies may be getting in the way of their own success. In the following excerpt from their chapter in the book From Ideas to Assets – Investing Wisely in Intellectual Property (John Wiley & Sons), Bruce Berman and James D Woods show how the importance of these patents may be overlooked and under-communicated

  • Raising the bar of patentability

    The Patents Amendment Act makes a patent harder to obtain in Australia. The law introduces new prior art and inventive step provisions. This is all good news as the legislation aligns Australia more closely with patent prosecution in the US and the EU, says Barry Eagar

  • Venezuela gears up for reform

    Venezuela’s Congress is debating fundamental IP reforms. But, warns Gabriela Nuñez, there are a lot of obstacles which must be overcome before protection can improve

  • Emerging markets survey introduction: Emerging markets progress - slowly

    While counterfeiting is still a scourge of international business, many governments have made progress in improving protection in the past year. James Nurton, Ingrid Hering and Ralph Cunningham reveal the leading firms in trade mark/copyright work in 30 markets across the world

  • Emerging markets: Asia: New legislation marks the way forward

    Politicians have shown a welcome appetite for upgrading trade mark and copyright legislation. Changes may be required to reach international standards, but they also have a critical impact on a country’s prosperity, writes Ralph Cunningham

  • Emerging markets: Middle East and Africa: The battle to protect marks

    Trade mark systems in Africa and the Middle East are at various stages of development. The difficulties with registering and enforcing rights should not put off those interested in doing so, reports Ralph Cunningham

  • Emerging markets: Eastern and southern Europe: Rights owners make slow progress

    There have been major reforms to trade mark protection and enforcement procedures throughout eastern and southern Europe in recent years. Ingrid Hering examines how attorneys are adapting to the changes

  • Emerging markets: Latin America: Special 301 prompts concerns

    As the annual review of the USTR’s Special 301 monitoring approaches, many Latin American countries have a lot to prove. James Nurton reports

  • From the editor...

  • New UK tax regime welcome

    Mark Bezant, head of valuations and intellectual property group, Andersen, London

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