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  • How to extract value from dormant IP

    Dust off your dormant IP and reap the benefits of donating it to a non-profit organization. Not only can it bolster your bottom line; it can also foster R&D and academia, reports Ingrid Hering

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  • News focus: OHIM is given a check-up

    A recent report on the Community Trade Mark Office identified several fundamental areas for improvement. OHIM president Wubbo de Boer tells James Nurton how he will respond to the report’s recommendations for change

  • How to turn your .com into a trade mark

    Jane Mutimear examines how the courts in Germany and the UK, as well as OHIM, have treated trade mark applications arising from generic domain names

  • China faces up to copyright pressures

    New copyright legislation emphasizes China’s commitment to its international obligations. While overseas copyright owners should welcome the new law, enforcement of their rights will remain a challenge, argue Luke Minford and Stella Li

  • Freelancers, copyright and the information society

    Despite harmonization, there remain significant differences in the way freelancers are treated in the EU member states. Les Christy and Susannah Kendall contrast the situation in common law and civil law jurisdictions and examine how the situation is likely to change in the future

  • New Zealand tackles the Maori issue

    New legislation goes a long way towards dealing with trade marks which offend certain communities in New Zealand. But clarification is needed before the legislation is enacted, explains Bryan Thompson

  • Playing fair with patent applications

    The fair basis requirement has vanished from UK patent law – but remains an important consideration in Australia. Barry Eagar says overseas applicants must pay attention to this requirement and ensure that the claims correspond to the patent specification

  • Creativity challenges copyright

    Artistic copyright has sometimes been seen as the Cinderella of copyright law. Simon Stokes argues that recent artistic copyright cases in Europe and North America are pushing copyright law to its limits. This has implications for the creative industries generally.

  • The rebirth of .us

    NeuStar has taken over the administration of the .us domain and introduced a number of reforms to make it more popular. Stella Stephens asks whether the new .us spells the death of .com as America’s internet address

  • Emerging markets survey introduction: Patent reform presses forward

    Many countries have made significant steps in improving and harmonizing their patent protection in the last year. James Nurton, Ingrid Hering and Ralph Cunningham ask the leading practitioners in 30 emerging markets about the latest trends

  • Emerging markets: Asia-Pacific: Laws change as deadline looms

    The approach of 2005 and TRIPs Agreement conformity has proved to be a great motivator in Asian jurisdictions. A flood of new patent legislation has entered the statute books. Some countries already comply with the agreement. Others have a bit more work to do, reports Ralph Cunningham

  • Emerging markets: Middle East and Africa: Enforcement through cooperation

    As the Gulf Cooperation Council’s patent system goes from strength to strength, Ralph Cunningham examines how patent owners are benefiting from improved protection and enforcement throughout the region

  • Emerging markets: eastern and southern Europe: A year of change looms

    The countries on the eastern and southern fringes of Europe are facing a myriad of challenges in their quest to join the ranks of those coveted clubs – the EU and the EPC, as Ingrid Hering discovers

  • Emerging markets: Latin America: Goodbye to a difficult year

    Thanks to tough economic circumstances, it has been a difficult year for Latin American practitioners. But, says James Nurton, a number of developments promise increasing interest in IP in the future

  • The business of e-government

    Interview: Anne Chasser Ingrid Hering interviews Anne Chasser, Commissioner for Trademarks at the US Patent and Trademark Office. Formerly the director of Trademarks and Licensing Services at Ohio State University, she has also served as president of the International Trademark Association and is a founder of the Association of Collegiate Licensing Administrators.

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  • First Amendment upholds internet free speech

    Guylyn R Cummins, Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich LLP

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