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  • Crucial week for EU IP policy

    May 27, 2008

    Meetings later this week could shape the future of patent and trade mark protection in the European Union.

  • UK relaxes approach to Swiss claims

    May 27, 2008

    New dosage regimes for known drugs may be patentable in the UK, following a Court of Appeal decision last week

  • Branding in a digital society

    May 21, 2008

    The shift to a digital society is “one of the biggest challenges the world of branding has ever faced,” said INTERBRAND CEO Rune Gustafson at yesterday’s In-House Counsel Luncheon

  • EU reconsiders position on GIs

    May 21, 2008

    A representative of the European Commission announced changes to its 2005 proposal on Geographical Indications covering wines and spirits during yesterday’s Geographical Indications Committee meeting

  • gTLD expansion ahead

    May 21, 2008

    ICANN yesterday explained that it will reshape the domain name system by allowing any business to register global top-level domains (gTLDs) and introduce new domains that contain only non-Roman characters

  • Hooray for trademarks!

    May 21, 2008

    “I am not the stepchild of patents, I’m a trademark attorney!” exclaimed J. Scott Evans of Yahoo! during Tuesday’s spirited session, “Why We Do What We Do?” which highlighted both the value and charm of trademark work

  • Mediation gains popularity

    May 21, 2008

    Mediation is set to be a growing trend, according to panelists at a workshop on resolving disputes with ADR, which was held on Monday

  • The hurdles of naming a drug

    May 21, 2008

    Underestimating the importance of a naming a pharmaceutical product can be dangerous and a lot of research should to put into dealing with the regulatory issues, warned panelists at yesterday’s session on pharmaceutical trademarks

  • The parody publicity problem

    May 21, 2008

    Academics yesterday addressed the tricky question of how to deal with trademark parodies at a well-attended session on freedom of expression and unfair competition

  • When IP rights collide

    May 21, 2008

    Trademark rights may be just one piece of a larger IP puzzle when securing brand protection, said panelists at Tuesday’s session on the interplay between patent, trademark and copyright law

  • A refreshing change

    May 20, 2008

    Trademark and advertising lawyers yesterday enjoyed the opportunity to educate a keen new marketing professional about the legal questions that need to be answered before a new food product can be launched

  • A shot of brand reality

    May 20, 2008

    Imagine trying to market a low-alcohol vodka called CHURCH GIRL that is made of mangoes in Italy but decorated with a picture of Notre-Dame cathedral

  • African trademark issues highlighted

    May 20, 2008

    Trademark enforcement can be quite a slow and tedious process in Africa, but with the trademark registration process becoming easier, there has been an increase in registrations and multinational companies are beginning to invest more money on protecting brands in the continent

  • Beware dormant marks in Europe

    May 20, 2008

    When a search report tells you there are no conflicting marks for your brand in Europe, and that similar trademark registrations have not been used for more than five years, you might think you can breathe easily. But, as moderator Verena von Bomhard of Lovells said in a session on dormant marks in the EU yesterday, you need to ask lots of questions: “It should make you raise your eyebrows.”

  • Brand owners inspired by Berlin

    May 20, 2008

    Attendees at Monday’s session on effective global branding were urged to derive inspiration from the city of Berlin by implementing brand management strategies capable of breaking down barriers

  • Don’t go broke: considering bankruptcy in license agreements

    May 20, 2008

    Experts in the relationship between trademark rights and US bankruptcy law yeseterday warned attendees to consider the possibility that one party may declare bankruptcy when negotiating a trademark license

  • Focus on business issues when seeking monetary relief

    May 20, 2008

    Trademark owners seeking monetary relief in infringement cases need to weigh up carefully the business issues, as well as the legal arguments. That was the message from yesterday’s session entitled Successfully Managing Monetary Claims in Infringement Cases, which included an animated discussion in a packed meeting room.

  • Record Customs seizures in EU in 2007

    May 20, 2008

    Customs seized 43,000 cases of counterfeit goods at the EU borders last year, according to statistics published yesterday by the European Commission

  • Tackle piracy in China

    May 20, 2008

    Innovative tips such as taking counterfeiters to court outside of China and the increased use of forum shopping were shared by lawyers at yesterday’s session on Chinese trademark issues

  • What “fraud” really means

    May 20, 2008

    After the 2003 decision of the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) in Medinol v. NeuroVasx, US trademark practitioners have been particularly wary of fraud claims—perhaps because it’s hard to be sure what “fraud” means. But speakers at yesterday’s session CM02 “Fraud at the PTO” tried to define the current state of fraud law

  • Barriers come down in Berlin

    May 19, 2008

    Attendees learned about the need to break down barriers in trademark law last night during the opening ceremony of INTA’s 130th Annual Meeting in the futuristic surroundings of Hall 1 in the ICC

  • Be a Berliner at INTA Exhibition Hall

    May 19, 2008

    Attendees exploring the Exhibition Hall this year can pose for a photo in which they put themselves in the shoes of former US president John F. Kennedy during his momentous speech in West Berlin in 1963

  • Growth of a 1.6 billion euro brand

    May 19, 2008

    The story of how the SCHWARZKOPF hair care brand grew from sales of ?0.5 billion in 1995 to ?1.6 billion last year was the centerpiece of last night’s keynote speech by Hans Van Bylen, executive vice president of Henkel

  • Tips for first-time attendees

    May 19, 2008

    New attendees were welcomed and given an informal introduction to the INTA Annual Meeting at the First-Time Attendee Orientation and Cocktail Reception held yesterday afternoon

  • Trademark administrators get a lesson in communication

    May 19, 2008

    INTA Annual Meeting attendees received tips for communicating effectively across cultures during Sunday’s annual Trademark Administrators Brunch.

  • Users raise Madrid System questions

    May 19, 2008

    Users of the Madrid System quizzed WIPO officials and representatives of the Chinese and Korean national offices at an interactive session yesterday morning

  • Co-chair welcomes INTA Annual Meeting to Berlin

    May 18, 2008

    Sara Blotner of Citigroup Inc., Co-Chair of INTA’s 130th Annual Meeting along with Peter Munzinger of Bardehle Pagenberg Dost Altenburg Geissler, attended last night’s Gala Dinner to welcome this year’s attendees

  • Develop emotional intelligence in mediation

    May 18, 2008

    Emotional intelligence is one of the most important skills that a mediator needs to have, according to Jane Juliano, president of Juliano & Associates, a dispute resolution firm and one of the trainers at the continuing education course for the INTA Panel of Neutrals that finished yesterday.

  • Gala celebrates competition winners

    May 18, 2008

    About 500 guests at last night’s Gala Dinner, which was held at the Ritz-Carlton Berlin, enjoyed a dinner of coconut guacamole with poached prawns, mango and shellfish aioli, followed by foam of curry soup with sautéed scallop, seared breast of guinea fowl with Parma ham, risotto with bell peppers and green asparagus and chocolate variations, with fresh peppermint ice cream

  • Gurry chosen as WIPO director-general

    May 18, 2008

    Francis Gurry of Australia was elected as the next director-general of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) at a meeting in Geneva earlier this week

  • ICANN reforms threaten voice of IP owners

    May 18, 2008

    IP owners risk losing influence within ICANN, the not-for-profit body that regulates Internet domain names, under contentious proposals now being considered to restructure the organization

  • INTA’s online Committee Portal premiers

    May 18, 2008

    Get ready for the launch of the new INTA Committee Portal at this year’s Annual Meeting!

  • Iran overhauls IP system

    May 16, 2008

    Iran’s parliament has approved a new law that will overhaul the country’s IP regime by introducing provisions for industrial designs, substantive examination of patents and tougher criminal penalties for IP infringement, and amending the trade mark system

  • WIPO result: Gurry to be new director-general

    May 13, 2008

    Francis Gurry of Australia will be the next WIPO director-general, after a tense day of voting today.

  • WIPO update (2): Gurry v Graca Aranha

    May 13, 2008

    WIPO's new director-general will be either Francis Gurry or Jose Graca Aranha, after the other 12 candidates were either eliminated or withdrew today. In the most recent round of voting, Gurry had 35 votes and Graca Aranha 29. Masood Khan received 19 and was eliminated. A final vote this evening will decide who will be the next DG. Further updates later

  • WIPO update: Slovenian and Macedonian nominees eliminated

    May 13, 2008

    Slovenian candidate Bojan Pretnar and Macedonian nominee Gjorgji Filipov were the first two contenders to be eliminated at the end of the first half of day one of the WIPO director-general elections

  • Diageo loses parallel import fine challenge

    May 12, 2008

    UK drinks group Diageo has failed to persuade a court in Bulgaria to overturn a fine imposed on it by the country’s competition watchdog after it tried to stop a local parallel trading company from selling cut-price whisky and liqueurs

  • Federal Circuit seeks new patentability test in Bilski

    May 12, 2008

    Twelve Federal Circuit judges last week questioned lawyers about the definition of terms such as “tangible”, “abstract”, “concrete” and “transformative”, in the closely watched hearing in In re Bilski, which could redefine what is patentable subject matter in the US

  • New WIPO head set to be elected

    May 12, 2008

    WIPO member states and staff will know who will be the Organization’s new director-general by the end of this week

  • End of the road for US patent reform bill

    May 12, 2008

    Senate bill S1145, known as the Patent Reform Act, has been officially removed from the Senate schedule and is unlikely to be debated this congressional session

  • National offices receive €1.8 million from OHIM

    May 09, 2008

    OHIM, the Alicante-based office that handles Community trade marks and registered designs, paid EU member states a total of €1,872,850 last year, according to its latest statistics

  • EPO revokes AstraZeneca’s pulmonary disease patent

    May 06, 2008

    One of AstraZeneca’s European patents covering Symbicort, a drug that treats pulmonary disease, has been revoked by the EPO following an appeal by generic manufacturers Norton Healthcare and Generics UK

  • Peterlin urges IP counsel to file better patents

    May 06, 2008

    The deputy director of the USPTO has appealed to in-house IP counsel and private practitioners to provide more and better information about their inventions up front

  • Philippines plans to follow India in limiting patentability

    May 06, 2008

    Politicians in the Philippines Congress have passed a law that aims to lower the cost of medicines by allowing parallel imports, making it easier for the government to issue compulsory licences and setting tougher limits on patentability

  • UK minister backs Community patent

    May 06, 2008

    An EU Community patent is an “aspirational goal”, according to the UK’s new minister for IP, Baroness Morgan of Drefelin

  • The cases shaping trade mark litigation

    May 01, 2008

    Courts around the world are dealing with cutting-edge trade mark issues. Emma Barraclough, Eileen McDermott and Peter Ollier provide a guide to the cases you need to watch

  • Beat the first filing blues in China

    May 01, 2008

    More and more brand owners are discovering that someone else has managed to register their trade marks in China. Catherine Sun explains how they should deal with the problem

  • How fluid trade marks can enhance your brand

    May 01, 2008

    IP owners used to insist that their marks be used consistently. Now the most innovative companies are adopting fluid marks. Lisa Pearson explains how to ride the marketing wave without compromising your rights

  • Revisit your trade mark policing strategies

    May 01, 2008

    The UK's decision to stop examining trade marks on relative grounds will force applicants to reconsider their policing and filing strategies in Europe. Jonathan Radcliffe and Eesheta Shah explain more

  • Police your marks in a wiki world

    May 01, 2008

    Wikipedia has become a key source of information for internet users around the world. But it also poses dangers for trade mark owners. Joshua Jarvis explains why

  • Three challenges for the ECJ

    May 01, 2008

    Taking their crystal ball, Emmy Hunt and Leone Kemp seek to predict how Europe's top court will try to answer some knotty problems referred to it from national trade mark litigation

  • Anti-counterfeiting tips in China

    May 01, 2008

    Greenberg Traurig and Managing IP held a web seminar in March to discuss the most effective techniques to fight counterfeiting in China

  • UK, Germany and US top first IP Index

    May 01, 2008

    A new Global IP Index rates the UK, US and Germany as the top three major jurisdictions in the world for IP protection, while China is ranked bottom

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