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Japan’s new patent opposition system, opportunistic bad faith in the UDRP and the revival of medieval indulgences in Russia are among topics covered in our sponsored international briefings this month

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This month’s international briefings

Argentina: New Civil and Commercial Code

Australia: Criteria for pharmaceutical term extensions clarified

Austria: Bad faith and intent to use

Belgium: Prima facie validity of European patents

China patents: Latest developments on IP specialised courts

China trade marks: Alibaba reforms Taobao enforcement policies

EPO: No novelty for new use of known medical device

France: New sovereign patent fund

Germany: Late-filed submissions in nullity proceedings

India: Petty patents, patent benches and more……

Indonesia: Recognition for places with an IP culture

Japan: New patent opposition system

Malaysia: Court of Appeal clarifies extent of trade mark use

Mexico: IMPI changes approach to trade mark reclassification

Netherlands: Licensing platform for plant breeding innovations

New Zealand: No monopoly in ‘co-op’ or ‘co-operative’

Philippines: Protecting IP rights of indigenous peoples

Russia: Medieval indulgence resuscitated

Singapore: The Sino-Singapore Guangzhou Knowledge City

Switzerland: Preliminary injunctions and EPO oppositions

Taiwan: Foxconn wins trade secrets case

US trade marks: Opportunistic bad faith in the UDRP

Vietnam: Preliminary injunctions in IP cases

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More from across our site

The EUIPO management board must provide the Council of the EU with a performance assessment before it can remove the executive director
The European Commission confirmed that plans for a unitary SPC will be published in April alongside reforms to the SEP system
The court held that SEP implementers could be injuncted or directed to pay royalties before trial if they are deemed to be unwilling licensees
Patentees should feel cautious optimism over the EPO Enlarged Board of Appeal’s decision in G2/21, say European patent attorneys
Significant changes to the standard of law are unlikely, say sources, who note that some justices seemed sceptical that the parties disagreed on the legal standard
Sources say the High Court of Australia’s ruling that reputation is immaterial in trademark infringement cases could stop famous brands from muscling out smaller players
Three Republican and two Democratic Congress members have claimed that patent thickets hinder access to affordable medicine
Charles Hoskin of Singaporean e-commerce platform Shopee, who made the jump from a luxury brand, says honest conversations and collaborations are key to combatting counterfeiting
Adam Williams speaks to Managing IP about the legacy of Brexit and why IP has sometimes got ‘lost in the noise’ at Westminster
Lawyers wish the latest manual had more details on Federal Circuit cases and that training materials for design patent examiners were online