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Advantage Federer: who owns ‘RF’?

Switzerland, UK08-08-2018Sports

The tussle between tennis champion Roger Federer and Nike over the ownership of his initials highlights that there are a few significant considerations for brands when signing a contract with a sportsperson. WIPR investigates.

Questions of novelty in medical use patents

China08-08-2018PharmaceuticalsWeiwei Han

Decisions by China’s Supreme People’s Court and Patent Reexamination Board have provided more clarity on the patentability of medical use inventions, says Weiwei Han of CCPIT Patent and Trademark Law Office.

Creating a forward-looking patent strategy

UK07-08-2018Andrea Walsh and Cris Flagg

In the first of a three-part series, Andrea Walsh and Cris Flagg of Express Search explore the importance of landscaping at the beginning of any patent strategy.

France jurisdiction report: Castles and commercial use

France06-08-2018Aurélia Marie

Can an image of a castle belonging to the French public domain be reproduced for commercial use without financial compensation to, or authorisation from, the public institution in charge of the Chambord Estate, in the Loire Valley?

IP in Greece: a primer

Greece06-08-2018Maria Athanassiadou and Fotini Kardiopoulis

Maria Athanassiadou and Fotini Kardiopoulis of Dr Helen G Papaconstantinou and Partners provide a rundown of the IP regime in Greece, from registration to enforcement and more.

Tax focus: Getting maximum return on IP

Luxembourg06-08-2018Pierre Kihn

Luxembourg’s new IP Box regime allows companies to benefit in some cases from large tax exemptions. Pierre Kihn of Office Freylinger explains how.

Mexico jurisdiction report: The new-look IP system

Mexico03-08-2018Carlos Gonzalez

On March 18, 2018, important amendments to the Mexican Industrial Property Law were published in the Federal Official Gazette; they will enter into force from August 10, 2018. These changes confirm the implementation of a more effective trademark system in Mexico, adapted to international treaties.

Germany jurisdiction report: Trademark infringement through keywords

Germany03-08-2018Jens Künzel

There have been many cases in recent European legal history dealing with different instances in which the use of keywords in internet searches has been judged to be trademark infringement. A case in February decided by Germany’s Federal Court of Justice (Supreme Court) highlights another of these cases, on this occasion concerning the German trademark ‘Ortlieb’ (registered for bags and other products).

Canada focus: Taking IP seriously

Canada03-08-2018Micheline Dessureault

Canada’s new IP strategy is an important milestone in the country’s efforts to boost innovation, even if there is room for improvement, says Micheline Dessureault of Joli-Coeur Lacasse Avocats.

Italy jurisdiction report: Doctrine of equivalents and amendments

Italy02-08-2018Marco Conti

In Decision N. 54470/2016 (September 10, 2017), the Milan Court ruled that if a patent is subject to substantive amendments, that is, amendments introducing new features which are based on the description, the doctrine of equivalents should not apply to those features. This decision appears to be consistent with the practice of the courts in the US.

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