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  • How to win in Europe

    Since OHIM opened, it has received more than half a million applications for Community trade marks. Thousands have been rejected, and thousands more opposed prompting frustrated would-be trade mark owners to go to the European courts. How can they maximize their chances of winning? Emma Barraclough finds out


  • ECJ fails to resolve repackaging question

    When the Boehringer case was referred to the ECJ for a second time, the Court had a chance to finally resolve the issue of reboxing and relabelling. But, argue Hiroshi Sheraton and Simone Blakeney, many questions remain unclear

  • Why arbitration is a valid alternative

    Recent cases in the US and Europe may make international arbitration a more attractive option in international IP disputes. Alan M Anderson and Christopher A Young explain why, and examine how arbitration can be effective for both parties

  • Hello! ruling retreats from creating image right

    It has long been accepted that the UK does not acknowledge image rights as a distinct legal concept. In the first half of a two-part article, Isabel Davies and Tom Scourfield look at the face of image rights in the UK following a recent House of Lords judgment

  • Ten due diligence steps for IP buyers

    The boom in mergers, acquisition and private equity investment puts the onus on investors to carry out comprehensive IP due diligence. Tamsen Valoir provides a practical 10-point plan covering the most important questions to ask

  • Fight for your domain rights

    Navigating your way around the maze of national domain name dispute resolution procedures can be tricky. But it is essential if you want to take on the cybersquatters - and win. Emma Barraclough introduces a survey of eight Asian jurisdictions which considers what rights owners need to know to reclaim their rights

  • How to avoid inventor disputes with employees

    A recent case addressed what happens when an employer and employee dispute who owns an invention. We contrast the UK, German and Japanese approaches

  • Letter from the editor...

    Which lawyers are more likely to persuade the ECJ and CFI of the merits of their case? In this month's cover story, MIP analyzed decisions relating to IP disputes handed down by the Courts last year

  • Interview: A patent system under pressure

    An increasing number of examiners say the patent system faces collapse. Robert Budens, president of the Patent Office Professional Association, explains


  • 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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