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  • Get ready for the clean tech IP boom

    The world is beginning to face up to the threat of climate change. But meeting the climate challenge will above all require the development of new technologies. James Nurton asks: can patents save the planet? Plus: clean tech case studies, green branding and the Green IP Award


  • Your guide to US patent venues

    As more and more US courts become patent-savvy, it is important to understand the procedural differences between the main venues. Authors in five districts and the ITC answer your questions

  • Avoid the risks of using foreign manufacturers

    Brands such as Wal-Mart and Mattel have suffered from problems caused by foreign manufacturers. Oliver Herzfeld and Richard Bergovoy provide some guidance on how to minimise the risks

  • Five steps towards effective digital IP management

    Mark Harding explains the issues that await all IP owners as they look to join the digital revolution, and offers five lessons from the music industry's experience

  • How to achieve success at Markman

    The pre-trial Markman hearing that is standard in US patent infringement cases can provide parties the opportunity to bypass expensive litigation. Andrew Piatnicia explains how to maximise the possibilities

  • EU Bolar exemption is not so simple

    The EU directive to introduce a US-style Bolar provision promised to harmonise the law on clinical trials. But, says Marina Barnden, inconsistent application has led to uncertainty

  • Meet China's litigation pioneer

    Peter Ollier talks to Vincent Zhong, vice president of Netac Technology, the first Chinese company to sue an American rival in the US for patent infringement

  • Web seminars: report

    Tips on tackling trans-shipment; Prepare for the new gTLDs

  • Letter from the editor

    Everyone likes to win prizes – especially when they are worth $300 million. That is the amount that US presidential candidate John McCain has proposed offering as an award to the inventor of a cheap, powerful car battery that will "leapfrog" existing commercial products

IP Clinic

  • Should we apply to obtain a new gTLD?

    I'm an in-house trade mark counsel for a famous brand and we are thinking about applying for a new gTLD. What issues do we need to consider and should we make an application?


  • 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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May / June 2019

From trademarks to trade secrets: in-house tips on brand protection in China

Despite the well-known struggles in protecting trademarks and trade secrets in China, there are some tried-and-tested strategies to employ, as Karry Lai and Ellie Mertens hear from in-house counsel at a range of domestic and international companies

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