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Protecting “The Chokwe Thinker”

Africa, Angola19-01-2021Vera Albino

The adoption of an Angolan statuette as a cultural icon has raised questions over the protection of art as a trademark. Vera Albino of Inventa International explores the issues.

How the Synlait case increases the evidentiary value of letters of consent in China

China15-01-2021George Chan, Ricky Xing and Zoe Sun

A dairy company’s trademark triumph at China’s top court has significantly increased the evidentiary value of letters of consent. George Chan, Ricky Xing and Zoe Sun of Simmons & Simmons report.

PTAB changes prompt a new strategy for patent owners

13-01-2021Frank L Bernstein

The updates to America Invents Act rules have levelled the evidentiary playing field for patent owners—so what will they do now, asks Frank Bernstein of Squire Patton Boggs.

Diversity Q&A: ‘COVID-19 will have a massive impact on work-life balance’

International12-01-2021Véronique Durand-Rettally

As we start 2021, WIPR asked IP lawyers for their thoughts on the legal sector’s progress in the area of diversity and inclusion, as well as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement on these initiatives. Véronique Durand Rettally, partner at the Mexico office at Baker McKenzie, shares her thoughts.

Career series: Elisabeth Stewart Bradley, Bristol Myers Squibb

International12-01-2021Elisabeth Stewart Bradley

Elisabeth Stewart Bradley, vice president of innovation law, trademarks, copyrights, and brand protection at Bristol Myers Squibb, explains how her love of words complements an unexpected career in IP, and the benefits of a non-traditional leadership style.

‘They said no three times. I tried again’: I. Stephanie Boyce

UK11-01-2021Sarah Morgan

Time and again, I. Stephanie Boyce was told that a legal career was not for her. But she persevered and, despite setbacks, is set to become president of the Law Society of England and Wales. Sarah Morgan reports.

US jurisdiction report: The lawful seizure of patent rights

11-01-2021Paul J Sutton

This article examines a rare tension between US patent rights, on one hand, and the government’s seizure right of eminent domain over patents, on the other. It is the COVID-19 pandemic that gives rise to this possibility.

Netherlands jurisdiction report: Luxury products and online retailers

Netherlands10-01-2021Michiel Rijsdijk and Marlies Wiegerinck

In a significant ruling of the Amsterdam Court of Appeal, handed down on July 14, 2020, the court ruled that sportswear manufacturer Nike can legally prohibit third parties from selling products through non-authorised retailers’ online platforms.

Italy jurisdiction report: Complying with public morality

Italy10-01-2021Valentina Gazzarri

Trademarks and advertising are often synonymous with communication. Since they usually transmit a message to consumers, it is necessary that this message respects its recipients’ feelings. In other words, trademark owners and advertisers must be in compliance with rules of public morality.

France jurisdiction report: Protecting your plate

France10-01-2021Aurélia Marie

French deputies have tabled a draft of law to create a sui generis industrial property right protecting culinary creations.

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