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A manifesto for innovation

EU, International17-08-2017

IP Europe, whose members include Nokia and Ericsson, is pushing for legal and financial changes to enable innovative SMEs to prosper. WIPR spoke to Ruben Bonet, CEO of Fractus, one of the companies involved, to find out more.

New look for trade and trademarks in Canada


Canada’s IP system is undergoing a number of changes, from the impact of a new trade deal to the effects of a Supreme Court ruling, as WIPR finds out.

Expanded protection for cheese, ham and beer


The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement is likely to have a significant impact on geographical indications in Canada, and rights owners need to be prepared for the new regime, say Suzanne Antal and Micheline Dessureault of Joli-Coeur Lacasse Avocats.

FRAND: The way forward in the licensing landscape


From a ground-breaking patent ruling in the English High Court to investigations into licensing practices, the FRAND area is hotting up, as WIPR finds out.

Free speech: where to draw the line


The US Supreme Court’s ruling in Matal v Tam said it was unconstitutional for trademarks to be blocked on grounds of disparagement, in a win for free speech. What impact will it have, and who are the real winners? WIPR finds out.

The anti-smokers’ silver bullet?

Australia, France, UK14-08-2017

Five years on from Australia’s introduction of logo-free packs for tobacco products, the effects on people’s smoking habits are still a matter of controversy. WIPR speaks to Michiel Reerink of Japan Tobacco International about the core issues.

Brexit: changes ahead for exhaustion of rights

EU, UK04-08-2017Kate O’Rourke and Olivia Gray

If the UK leaves the EU without joining the European Economic Area, the principle of trademark rights exhaustion—as imposed by EU treaties and case law—would cease to apply in the UK, requiring the UK to adopt a new model. Kate O’Rourke of the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys and Olivia Gray of Charles Russell Speechlys report.

Defences to infringement in the EU trademark reforms: a mixed bag

EU31-07-2017Simon Chapman and Oliver Fairhurst

The EU trademark reforms, most of which were introduced at the start of 2016, issued new rules on the defences available to infringement. But as Simon Chapman and Oliver Fairhurst of Lewis Silkin find out, they have provided a mixed bag for rights owners.

UPC: legislative work remains for the UK and Germany

Germany, UK19-07-2017Paul England and Britta Bröker

The UK and Germany still have work to do in order to fully sign off the Unified Patent Court before it can come into effect, as Paul England and Britta Bröker of Taylor Wessing report.

How patent owners should prepare for the UPC

EU10-07-2017Alexandra Pearson and Katie McConnell

Although its introduction is likely to be delayed, probably into 2018, the Unified Patent Court represents a radical shakeup of the European patent system, and there are several key considerations for patent owners, say Alexandra Pearson and Katie McConnell of Hogan Lovells.

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