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  • Brazil one step closer to Madrid

    April 25, 2008

    The Brazilian Congress held a public hearing on the Madrid Protocol this week, in a sign that the country is moving closer to joining the trade mark filing agreement

  • Former BMS executive charged in botched Plavix deal

    April 25, 2008

    A former senior vice-president at Bristol-Myers Squibb has been charged by the US Department of Justice with lying to federal authorities over a deal struck with rival generics maker Apotex

  • Appeal court overturns FTC Rambus ruling

    April 23, 2008

    Rambus has won its appeal against a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) ruling that found it guilty of uncompetitive behaviour – the company’s second court victory in less than a month

  • Commission makes progress on patent litigation plans

    April 21, 2008

    European Commission officials are nearing agreement with users on a proposal for patent litigation reform, according to a member of a select group of lawyers and judges that discussed the latest plans last week

  • Hong Kong consults on copyright in the digital era

    April 21, 2008

    Hong Kong’s government released proposals designed to strengthen copyright protection in a digital environment last week

  • Whealan’s departure may signal end for patent reform

    April 21, 2008

    Former USPTO solicitor John Whealan, who has been advising Senator Patrick Leahy on patent reform legislation, is to resign his post

  • New IP office established in Chile

    April 18, 2008

    A new law in Chile has established the National Institute of Industrial Property (INAPI), an agency linked to the President of the Republic through the Ministry of Economy, which will regulate the administration of industrial property in Chile

  • AstraZeneca and Ranbaxy settle Nexium battle

    April 17, 2008

    Ranbaxy is set to gain the rights to sell a generic version of Nexium after settling its long-standing patent infringement litigation with AstraZeneca, it was announced on April 15

  • Roche to appeal Indian patent injunction decision

    April 16, 2008

    Swiss drug maker F Hoffman La Roche said on Friday that it will appeal a decision denying it an injunction against an Indian generic drug company that is making its own version of Tarceva, Roche’s lung cancer medication

  • Member states quiz WIPO DG candidates

    April 15, 2008

    The 15 candidates competing for the post of WIPO director-general were put to the test for the first time in front of the member states yesterday as they gave presentations and answered questions

  • Harry Potter and the allegedly illicit lexicon

    April 15, 2008

    JK Rowling, author of the famed Harry Potter series of novels, is in a federal court in New York this week to hear the opening arguments in her lawsuit against a fan who has created an unofficial reference guide to her books and movies

  • Cadbury loses purple packaging row, but fights on

    April 14, 2008

    Cadbury has pledged to appeal after losing the latest round of its Australian legal battle with rival chocolate maker Darrell Lea over the use of the colour purple

  • ECJ boosts adidas in three-stripe row

    April 14, 2008

    Trade mark owners could benefit from broader protection as a result of a European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling in a dispute over the adidas three-stripe trade mark

  • Ferrero wins in China’s top court

    April 14, 2008

    China’s Supreme People’s Court has ordered mainland manufacturer Montresor to stop producing confectionery that is packaged in a similar way to that sold by Italian chocolate-maker Ferrero

  • New Zealand joins rush to amend ISP laws

    April 14, 2008

    New Zealand’s Parliament passed a series of controversial amendments to its Copyright Act on April 8

  • Bird & Bird and Baker & McKenzie celebrate hat tricks

    April 10, 2008

    Law firms Bird & Bird and Baker & McKenzie both scooped three awards at last night’s Managing IP Global Awards ceremony

  • Global Awards – full list of winners

    April 10, 2008

    All the winners of the global awards presented at Claridge’s on April 9 2008, including national firms of the year, cases of the year, European firms of the year and outstanding achievement awards

  • Patent community has its say in In re Bilski

    April 10, 2008

    More than 25 amicus briefs have been filed in an important US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit case that could redefine the scope of patentable subject matter in the US

  • Administration emphasizes call for applicant search reports

    April 07, 2008

    US secretary of commerce Carlos Gutierrez sent a letter to Senator Patrick Leahy, sponsor of patent reform bill S1145, re-emphasizing the administration’s position on patent reform last week

  • Hong Kong acts to end shadow companies

    April 07, 2008

    The Hong Kong government launched a consultation on April 2 on amendments to its Companies Ordinance to help trade mark owners deal with the problem of so-called shadow companies

  • North America Awards 2008: full list of winners

    April 07, 2008

    Awards presented at the Managing IP North America Awards Dinner at the Four Seasons, Washington DC, on April 3 2008

  • Finnegan and Kirkland lead awards recipients

    April 04, 2008

    Law firm Finnegan Henderson was named US IP firm of the year at last night’s first Managing IP North America Awards ceremony, while John Desmarais of Kirkland & Ellis was named IP practitioner of the year

  • WIPO backs cheaper PCT filing fees

    April 03, 2008

    Patent applicants who want to file for patent protection under the PCT system will see their costs fall by 5% from July, after WIPO member states agreed to cut filing fees

  • GSK/Tafas win summary judgment against USPTO

    April 02, 2008

    In a decision yesterday, a US court granted GlaxoSmithKline’s and inventor Triantafyllos Tafas’ motion for summary judgment in the closely watched legal battle over the USPTO's proposed patent rules affecting claims and continuing applications

  • How India is turning knowledge into wealth

    April 01, 2008

    Although pharmaceutical patents dominate debates about innovation in India, government and industry are leading an IP overhaul in many other areas, says Peter Ollier

  • Copyright firms of the year

    April 01, 2008

    Managing IP unveils the results of part three of the world's most detailed and authoritative survey of the IP market. Following five months' research, in this issue we list the leading firms for copyright work in 16 of the world's most important IP markets

  • How to avoid patent prosecution errors

    April 01, 2008

    Mistakes made in the patent drafting process can come back to haunt litigants in the court room. Martin Sulsky and Raj S Davé explain how to avoid common drafting errors

  • China's top court updates trade mark litigation rules

    April 01, 2008

    China's Supreme People's Court has issued a new explanation clarifying when a court should accept a civil complaint against an infringing registered trade mark

  • Judge calls for European litigation system

    April 01, 2008

    A leading UK judge has called for a "one-stop patent shop" to cater to companies that do business across Europe, after finding a patent invalid just days after it was upheld by a court in the Netherlands

  • Motorola chirp not a mark, says TTAB

    April 01, 2008

  • Thailand keeps patent holders guessing

    April 01, 2008

    Thailand's new government has sent out mixed signals on whether it will continue with a controversial compulsory licence programme for pharmaceuticals

  • Philip Morris asks ITC to stop grey market goods

    April 01, 2008

    Tobacco company Philip Morris is taking action against grey market cigarettes, filing a complaint at the International Trade Commission last month

  • Famous marks doctrine clarified by NY court

    April 01, 2008

    The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit last month upheld summary judgment in a trade mark case that may have far-reaching implications for the doctrine of famous marks

  • Enforcement blow for weak marks in EU

    April 01, 2008

    Weaker trade marks, such as those with a descriptive element, should benefit from a narrower scope of protection than highly distinctive marks, following a ruling in the UK last month

  • eBay settles MercExchange suit

    April 01, 2008

  • Qualcomm loses high-stakes patent battle with Nokia

    April 01, 2008

  • EPO stresses quality over quantity

    April 01, 2008

    It is becoming harder to get a patent granted at the European Patent Office, according to statistics released today by the EPO

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