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Country updates in our November issue

This month, our regular correspondents cover topics such as test data protection, third-party trade mark use, copyright protection of databases, the launch of an IP Marketplace and Google’s fight against a genericness claim

MIP November 2014

The country updates are all sponsored and are contributed by the firms named. For more information on the topics raised, please contact the contributors directly. Here are this month’s topics:

Africa: Early trade mark registrations to be renewable in Burundi

Argentina: The word “new” in test data protection

Australia: Competition Policy Review targets IP

Austria: Languages in IP proceedings

Belgium: Third party trade mark use in political propaganda sanctioned

China patents: SPC proposes rules on litigation and SEPs

China trade marks: Should you record trade mark licence contracts?

EPO: Top-up search in the PCT procedure

Europe: A piece of … biscuit?

France: Two changes to patent law proposed

Germany: New opportunities to obtain purpose-related patents

India: Originality and databases under the copyright law

Indonesia: Termination rights under the new Copyright Law

Japan: Inventor of an antibody drug

Malaysia: IP Marketplace launched

Mexico: Marketing authorisation for biocomparables

The Netherlands: Inventive step or not, that is the question

New Zealand: Shorter .nz domain names now available

The Philippines: Supreme Court reviews facts

Russia: Battle over the Elle trade mark

Singapore: Singapore appointed as international PCT authority

Switzerland: Federal Patent Court facilitates recovery of illicit profits

Taiwan: When to file divisional applications

US patents: Spotlight on first-to-publish

US trade marks: Google defeats genericness claim

Vietnam: A turning point in domain name disputes?

If your jurisdiction is not listed, and you would like to know more about becoming a country update sponsor, please contact the relevant business development manager.

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