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  • Reports from the counterfeiting frontline

    Counterfeiting is the scourge of IP owners. But if they are to tackle the problem effectively, they need to understand why people disregard their IP rights and ensure they are using the latest enforcement techniques. MIP provides a guide. Peter Ollier, Emma Barraclough, James Nurton and Shahnaz Mahmud

  • How Hong Kong fights the war on fakes

    Hong Kong used to be a counterfeit buyer's paradise. But over the past 10 years Customs officials have upped their efforts to drive the sellers from the streets and smash the syndicates that control the trade. Peter Ollier followed a team of officers over three days to find out how successful they have been

  • Shopping Shenzhen style

    Companies losing millions of dollars to makers of fakes want consumers to understand that counterfeiting harms legitimate businesses, exploits workers and is often run by criminal gangs with murky links to terrorism. So why do people still buy knock-offs? Peter Ollier took the short journey from Hong Kong to Shenzhen to see how the counterfeit buyers justify their purchases

  • A counterfeit cure

    AstraZeneca is using cutting-edge technology in a bid to keep counterfeits out of the supply chain. Emma Barraclough finds out how its new system will work

  • Check mate for Burberry

    The rise of the internet has spawned a lucrative trade in counterfeit goods. But as an investigation launched by Burberry shows, careful online monitoring can trap the sellers, says Emma Barraclough

  • Protecting Playboy's bunny

    The Playboy bunny is one of the most widely recognized trade marks in the world. But that also makes it a target for counterfeiters. Ana Cashman, Playboy's assistant counsel, tells Shahnaz Mahmud how the company tackles the problem

  • Meet the counterfeiters

    Pirates and counterfeiters are not always hardened criminals. MIP profiles some of the common, and less common, people involved in IP crime and asks: what makes them difficult to attack and what is the best approach to stopping them?

  • The copyright balancing act

    Do copyright laws incentivize artists to create in a way that benefits society as a whole, or do they discourage innovation by locking up culture for the financial benefit of a small minority? MIP asked a copyright owner and a pro-piracy campaigner to debate whether the copyright law balance has tipped too far in favour of rights holders. Christian Engström of the Swedish Pirate Party opens the correspondence, and Scott Martin of Paramount Pictures responds

  • Label conscious

    Are factory raids the answer to dealing with counterfeiting in China? Ray Tai, assistant general counsel for intellectual property at adidas, thinks not. Here he offers some practical advice for keeping your key markets counterfeit-free


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  • How to protect software inventions

    The patentability of software and business method inventions continues to be debated in many jurisdictions. Sam Frost and Ebad Rahman explain that, in the past two years, Canada has implemented new guidelines that attempt to provide more uniform, consistent and predictable examination

  • The obscure world of keyword ads

    The courts have yet to resolve when or if search terms used to drive traffic to ad-sponsored sites should be considered trade mark infringement. Jonathan Moskin examines this issue in the context of recent cases

  • Continental drift

    A swift glance at national trade mark decisions in Europe in the past year shows no real pattern, as local legal culture peeps out from under the blanket of harmonization, argues Jeremy Phillips

  • Better by design

    Far from being a second-class IP right, registered designs offer IP owners a highly effective - but often overlooked - way of protecting their brand and products. Brian Cordery explains why rights owners should rethink the role of designs in their IP portfolio

  • A licensing revolution

    The MedImmune case transformed the relationship between patent licensors and licensees. Nicholas Groombridge considers whether it will lead to a wave of patent invalidation lawsuits

  • MIP Awards Dinner 2007

    MIP's second annual Awards Dinner was held at Claridge's in London last month, with more than 250 guests coming from as far away as Australia, Japan, Argentina and Chile

  • Conference report: IPTEC: Business leaders discuss tech transfer

    At the second annual IPTEC meeting, held last month, technology licensors and licensees got together to share experiences and discuss business opportunities. James Nurton reports from Cannes, France

  • Survey: IP trends preview: US in-house counsel speak out

    MIP is producing an extensive survey of in-house IP counsel in the US, to be published in June this year. James Nurton provides a preview of the findings so far

  • Roundtable: A guide to global brand strategies

    MIP, in association with Finnegan Henderson, invited three brand owners as well as lawyers from the US, China and Germany to discuss how to protect and manage brands internationally. Topics covered included famous marks, new types of marks, the Madrid Protocol, transliterations and other means of protecting brands



  • Utynam's Heirs

    A monthly column devoted to IP curiosities and controversies, named in honour of John of Utynam - who received the world's first recorded patent in 1449

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