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  • EU Commission prioritizes CTM fee reduction

    June 30, 2008

    The European Commission has made reducing the fee for Community trade marks one of its 10 principles to address the needs of small and medium-sized businesses

  • ICANN targets domain tasters

    June 30, 2008

    Trade mark owners have scored a victory over cybersquatters, after two changes were agreed last week to tackle domain name tasting

  • Korea introduces three-speed patent system

    June 30, 2008

    The Korea Patent Office (KIPO) is to amend its patent system to create three different application speeds: fast track, normal and more flexible deferred examination

  • Payless settlement signals trade mark trouble

    June 30, 2008

    Collective Brands, the holding company of Payless ShoeSource, Stride Rite and Collective Licensing International, is to pay athletic footwear maker K-Swiss $30 million following claims that Payless infringed K-Swiss’s five-stripe logo

  • Advocate General sets out dilution criteria

    June 26, 2008

    When considering trade mark dilution claims, courts should make a global assessment and take into account all relevant facts, as they do for likelihood of confusion cases, the ECJ’s Advocate General said today

  • Dates set for .tel sunrise

    June 26, 2008

    Trade mark owners will have two months, starting from December 3 this year, in which to protect their brands in the new .tel top-level domain (TLD)

  • Domain name system set for expansion

    June 23, 2008

    The body that regulates internet domain names is set to permit the creation of an unlimited number of new top-level domains this week

  • Peer-to-patent increases prior art submissions

    June 23, 2008

    The USPTO’s peer-to-patent project has led to a big increase in prior art submissions but has failed to bring in fresh patent applications in its first year, according to a report

  • Pfizer-Ranbaxy deal might signal trend

    June 20, 2008

    This week’s settlement of the Lipitor patent litigation suggests that branded and generic drugs companies are more willing to compromise on IP rights, according to lawyers spoken to by Managing IP

  • Biotech industry growth to slow

    June 19, 2008

    The biotech industry is set to slow down because of funding pressures and competition from biosimilars, according to two reports launched this week

  • Biosimilar debate heats up at BIO

    June 18, 2008

    Speakers at the 2008 BIO International Convention in San Diego yesterday discussed the regulatory and scientific issues created by generic biological drugs, commonly known as biosimilars or follow-on biologics

  • eBay defends anti-counterfeiting actions

    June 17, 2008

    The managing director of eBay in France has hit back at accusations that the company is not doing enough to tackle the sale of counterfeit goods, saying “eBay has become a victim of counterfeiters”

  • Japanese pharma company buys Ranbaxy

    June 17, 2008

    Japanese research based pharmaceutical company Daiichi-Sankyo has shaken up India’s domestic pharmaceutical industry by buying a controlling stake in Indian generic company Ranbaxy on Wednesday June 11

  • Whealan speaks out on patent rules and reform

    June 16, 2008

    Former USPTO solicitor John Whealan has defended the USPTO’s proposed rules on claims and continuations and gave the Office credit for “tak[ing] on a hard issue”

  • China releases National IP Strategy

    June 13, 2008

    China’s State Council on Tuesday approved a long-awaited National IP Strategy that commits the government to consider developing specialized IP courts

  • ECJ gives limited right to stop comparative advertising

    June 13, 2008

    The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has said that trade mark owners cannot prevent comparative advertising unless it creates a likelihood of confusion among consumers

  • USPTO implements new rules on patent appeals

    June 13, 2008

    The USPTO has published controversial new rules on filing appeals before the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences that will change the way patent practitioners craft appeals briefs

  • eBay verdict will embolden rights owners

    June 09, 2008

    Brand owners are likely to be more willing to challenge eBay over the sale of counterfeit goods after a recent ruling by a French court

  • ICC urges G8 countries to address counterfeiting

    June 09, 2008

    The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has called on governments of the G8 countries to take concrete steps to ensure effective IP protection ahead of next month’s G8 summit in Hokkaido Toyako, Japan

  • Supreme Court finds for Quanta in patent exhaustion case

    June 09, 2008

    The Supreme Court today issued its much-anticipated decision in Quanta Computer v LG Electronics, finding in favour of Quanta and clarifying US law on the doctrine of patent exhaustion, which the Court had not considered since 1942

  • Cornell wins $184 million jury award against HP

    June 06, 2008

    Hewlett-Packard has been ordered by a jury in the Northern District of New York to pay $184 million to Cornell University for patent infringement

  • Discussions on EU patent court set to intensify

    June 06, 2008

    British judge Lord Justice Jacob described having one central jurisdiction to hear both infringement and validity as a “red line” during discussions over a single EU patent litigation system last week

  • CAFC judges consider scrapping point of novelty test

    June 04, 2008

    Judges focused on whether or not to maintain the “point of novelty” test for determining design patent infringement, according to reports from those present at Monday’s Federal Circuit hearing in the Egyptian Goddess v Swisa case

  • Coca-Cola wins 3D bottle battle in Japan

    June 04, 2008

    A court in Japan has recognized Coca-Cola's contour bottle as distinctive in a decision that could force the Japan Patent Office (JPO) to relax its guidelines for registering 3D trade marks

  • Commission resumes copyright levy talks

    June 02, 2008

    The way in which a reasonable copyright levy is calculated could be harmonized in the EU, following a public hearing last week

  • CTM fee reduction in sight

    June 02, 2008

    Fees for Community trade marks could be cut before the end of this year

  • Federal Circuit to re-hear key design patent case

    June 02, 2008

    The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit will today hold its second en banc hearing this year to reconsider a decision concerning the test for determining design patent infringement

  • Ministers endorse Community patent progress

    June 02, 2008

    European Union ministers last week discussed the latest proposals to introduce a Community patent and litigation system

  • Tobacco trade marks under threat

    June 02, 2008

    Tobacco companies could be forced to remove all branding and logos from cigarette packets, if proposals outlined in a UK consultation are enacted

  • Warm response to WHO public health strategy

    June 02, 2008

    Industry associations and non-governmental bodies have welcomed a resolution endorsing a global strategy on public health, innovation and intellectual property, which was adopted by the World Health Organization (WHO) last week

  • Biotech's biggest blockbusters

    June 01, 2008

    It has been just over three decades since the first biotechnology company - Genentech - was formed in 1976. Since then biotechnology has become a multi-billion dollar industry with ground-breaking products, based on original research. Eklavya Gupte examines five patents that have shaped the sector

  • How to tackle fakes in the UAE

    June 01, 2008

    The UAE is one of the fastest-growing economies in the world. Hazem Farah Kakish and Simmy Flame Rease explain how you can keep counterfeits out of this burgeoning market

  • Court limits scope of protection of CTMs

    June 01, 2008

    Alexander Klett explains why a recent decision could make it harder to enforce CTMs against infringing company names in Germany

  • 21st century trade mark strategies

    June 01, 2008

    Managing IP, in association with Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner, hosted a discussion on trade mark strategies with lawyers, in-house counsel and members of OHIM and the TTAB

  • Whealan weighs in on patent debate

    June 01, 2008

    Eileen McDermott spoke to former USPTO solicitor and counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee on the Patent Reform Act John Whealan about patent reform in the US

  • Record Customs seizures at EU borders

    June 01, 2008

  • Gurry narrowly wins WIPO vote

    June 01, 2008

  • US anti-piracy bill passes first test

    June 01, 2008

    The US House Judiciary Committee has passed a bill designed to give the government more powers to crack down on IP crime

  • Japan's watchdog raids collecting society

    June 01, 2008

    The Japan Fair Trade Commission has searched the offices of the country's largest music licensing society

  • Peterlin urges IP counsel to file better patents

    June 01, 2008

  • CTMO under new management

    June 01, 2008

  • adidas awarded record trade mark damages

    June 01, 2008

    Payless ShoeSource must pay $304 million to adidas for infringing its famed "three-stripe" mark

  • Indian official arrested on bribery charge

    June 01, 2008

  • EU reconsiders position on GIs

    June 01, 2008

  • Federal Circuit seeks new patentability test in Bilski

    June 01, 2008

    The Federal Circuit last month examined terms such as "tangible", "abstract", "concrete" and "transformative", in the closely watched In re Bilski hearing

  • A case of IP schizophrenia

    June 01, 2008

    From Shamnad Basheer

  • India's patent law needs jurisprudence

    June 01, 2008

    From Varun Chhonkar

  • Why it pays to spread the litigation risk

    June 01, 2008

    Litigating to protect your IP rights can be a multi-million dollar exercise. Emma Barraclough outlines some funding options to ease the financial pain

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