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Europe IP Focus 2005

  • Europe maps a new future for innovation

    In June this year, MIP and the Stockholm Network jointly organized a roundtable in Brussels on the future of innovation in Europe. James Nurton, editor of MIP, and Meir Pugatch, of Haifa University, who is head of the IP and competition programme at the Stockholm Network, introduce a special report

  • What EU harmonization really means for IP owners

    Harmonizing EU laws and practices across all member states is one of the key goals of the European Commission and EU legislators. But how successful has this process been in the IP field, and how has it affected IP-owning businesses? Paul Joseph of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer explains

  • Reforms continue as CTM celebrates tenth birthday

    The Community trade mark system will next year celebrate its tenth anniversary. Over the years many have benefited from its unique advantages. But the system is still subject to regular changes, which require practitioners' close attention, say Julie Kay and Pen Hosford, of Marks & Clerk Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys

  • Courts adopt mathematical approach to marks

    A wave of decisions on (non) descriptive trade marks and likelihood of confusion have recently come out of the EU's Luxembourg-based courts. Bénédicte Linden and Jean L Pire of GEVERS examine the cases and the dangers of over-analyzing trade marks

  • Computer-implemented inventions put to the test

    The EU has spoken: the directive for the patenting of computer-implemented inventions is dead. But that does not mean the end for software-related patents, as long as patent attorneys consider all possible drawbacks when drafting applications, say Maarten Ketelaars and Harry de Hoog of Nederlandsch Octrooibureau

  • Courts converge on patent construction

    National laws on patent construction may not be harmonized but a series of recent cases in Europe and the US point towards a seemingly comparable approach taken by the courts. Ian Karet and Nigel Jones of Linklaters provide more insight in an in-depth review of some of the most relevant cases

  • How to make the business of brands work for you

    Brands have become some of companies' most valuable assets. With increasingly more companies waking up to that fact, the pressure is on trade mark advisers to find the best protection and enforcement strategies. Darren Olivier and John Olsen of Field Fisher Waterhouse explain

  • Seeking the right balance to maintain a free market

    A number of recent cases confirm that disparities remain in how European and US courts tackle conflicts between competition and intellectual property laws. Companies need to be aware of the impact competition rules can have on the value of their IP, say Isabel Davies, Bruno Lebrun and Andreas Stargard of Howrey

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