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Brazil tackles the Netherlands on world stage

Brazil01-08-2010Otto Licks and Ricardo Dutra Nunes

On May 12, 2010, Brazil’s delegation to the WTO requested consultations with the EU and the Netherlands over the alleged seizure of shipments of generic drugs en route from India to Brazil and in transit through the Netherlands.

New patent initiatives

Canada01-08-2010Victoria Carrington and Gladys Tibbo Witt

The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) is continuing its commitment to ensuring that Canada remains at the forefront of intellectual property protection.

To Infineon and beyond: licensing, litigating and protecting

01-08-2010

As the second-largest semiconductor chipmaker in Europe, Infineon has developed a bold strategy to protect its intellectual property. WIPR talks to Michael Tierney, the company’s principal licensing attorney.

High fashion and unfair competition

China01-08-2010Stephen Yang

The Ningbo Intermediate People’s Court in Zhejiang Province recently announced its first instance decision on the dispute between Guccio Gucci SPA and Ningbo Outlets Shopping Co. Ltd, after Gucci sued the latter.

That sinking feeling: why European patent applications are down

EPO01-08-2010Annelise Holme

For the first time in 20 years, in 2009, the number of applications filed under the European Patent Convention (EPC) decreased—by eight percent, from 146,600 in 2008 to 134,500 in 2009.

Fighting the pirates: a new approach

Finland01-08-2010

On May 26, 2010, Finland’s Ministry of Education and Culture published its draft bill to address copyright infringements on file-sharing networks.

Third party pirates: The need for protection

Germany01-08-2010Jens Künzel

Germany’s Federal Supreme Court handed down a decision in May 2010 concerning the conditions under which owners of wireless LAN routers may be held responsible for third parties downloading pirated material using their routers.

Breaking the expert taboo

Hungary01-08-2010Imre Molnár

The Appeal Court of Budapest is the second instance court in Hungary for patent revocation proceedings, which begin with a nullity request to the Hungarian Patent Office (HPO).

When comparison becomes defamation

India01-08-2010Manisha Singh Nair

Comparative advertising makes claims for a given product over others. While India does not have a dedicated statute governing comparative advertising, it is addressed by the Trademarks Act, 1999.

Trademark developments in Israel

Israel01-08-2010Michael Factor

Israel submitted accession papers to WIPO at the end of May, and from September 1, 2010, it will be possible to file trademarks in Israel using the Madrid Protocol.

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