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Our April issue – blockchain, top copyright firms, CRISPR patents, Russian parallel imports, marijuana marks

Managing IP’s most recent issue includes our IP STARS copyright rankings, a blockchain special report, CRISPR patent filing figures, an explanation of Russia’s new parallel imports criteria, analysis of cannabis related trade marks in the US and Canada, as well as our regular country updates and Utynam column

MIP April 2018 coverManaging IP’s April 2018 issue is now online.

The issue features our widely-read IP STARS copyright rankings for 2018. The rankings cover more than 30 jurisdictions. Their publication follows the trade mark rankings in the February issue and patent rankings in the March issue.

The April cover story is a special report on blockchain. In it, Ellie Mertens looks at how the technology will change intellectual property, and the opportunities it presents for patents, trade mark and copyright.

Also featured in the issue is:

·         An analysis of CRISPR patent filing and litigation trends.

·         An explanation of the Russian Constitutional Court’s new parallel imports dispute criteria.

·         A critique of India’s controversial Form 27 requiring patentees to submit information on the working of patents.

·         Two features on cannabis trade marks. One reveals trade mark applications are soaring in Canada ahead of the enactment of legislation that will permit recreational use. The other looks at how legalisation by US states is prompting trade mark registration questions and disputes.

The issue also features our international briefings, bringing updates from around the globe (also listed below), as well as our regular Utynam column of IP curiosities and controversies.

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April’s international briefings:

Austria: Examining registration of foreign language trade marks

Cambodia: Cambodia increases GI protection by joining the Geneva Act

China patents: China proposes reforms for its IP adjudication system

China trade marks: Analysing the key aspects of Article 15 of Trademark Law

EU: Analysing the case of DOCERAM v CeramTec

France: 2024 Olympic Games create trade mark challenges

Germany: Infringing inventions dispersed across multiple territories

India: Crocs loses design infringement case

Japan: First preliminary injunction in a store appearance case

The Netherlands: The Hague Court declines jurisdiction in Pfizer v Ono

The Philippines: Starwood proves use of trade mark through online transactions

Russia: Questioning use in relation to combined trade marks

Singapore: New fee structure aims to foster innovation

South Korea: Recent changes in Korea’s Trademark and Design Examination Guidelines

Taiwan: Analysing a trade mark dispute involving a second-hand vendor

Turkey: Letters of consent under the Turkish Industrial Property Code

UK: UK introduces changes to patent fees

US trade marks: TTAB rules on complementary products

Vietnam: Does cancellation of a patent justify a retrial?

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