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France jurisdiction report: The application of lis pendens

France07-09-2017Aurélia Marie

Infringement actions based on European Union trademarks (EUTMs) are handled by courts designated by each member state as having exclusive jurisdiction to hear them. 

Conference preview: Europol Intellectual Property Crime Conference


The Europol Intellectual Property Crime Conference on Innovative Strategies for Effective Enforcement, to be held in Antwerp on September 19 and 20, will tackle a range of counterfeiting issues from around the world. The International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition reports.

A milestone year for IP in Turkey

Turkey31-08-2017Cahit Suluk

In one of the country’s most important years for IP owners, Turkey has introduced a host of IP changes, as Cahit Suluk of Cahit Suluk Intellectual Property Law Firm explains.

Nice classes: heading towards harmonisation

EU30-08-2017Guy Wilmot

European practice relating to the classification of goods and services has been codified and harmonised this year across member states. Do trademark practitioners now have sufficient clarity when using and applying the Nice system? Guy Wilmot of Russell Cooke investigates.

The ins and outs of reconsideration

China30-08-2017Xiaojun Guo

China’s State Intellectual Property Office is handling an increasing number of requests to rehear decisions on patents and patent applications, says Xiaojun Guo of CCPIT Patent and Trademark Law Office, who explains the rules in this area.

The UKIPO talks Brexit

EU, UK21-08-2017

With Brexit set to take effect in March 2019, the UK Intellectual Property Office is working hard to avoid a ‘cliff-edge’ for IP owners and provide businesses with legal certainty, as the office’s deputy CEO Sean Dennehey tells WIPR.

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.

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.

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