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Progress on biotech

Philippines01-04-2010BiotechnologyAnne Mariae Celeste V. Jumadla

“Biodiversity, our greatest resource, remains untapped,” stated Senator Edgardo Angara when introducing Senate Bill No. 3140, the Bioindustry Development Act of 2009.

New rules for legal representatives

Mexico01-04-2010Eugenio Ruiz

Article 181 of the Mexican Law of Industrial Property (MLIP) establishes that when a trademark application is filed by a legal representative, the legal capacity of the latter must be proved through a power of attorney signed by the applicant.

Copyright issues in online libraries

01-04-2010Rahul Chaudhry

Plans to digitise the world’s literature and create online libraries will open up new possibilities for consumers and copyright holders, but several legal issues need to be clarified before the system suits everyone, explains Rahul Chaudhry.

Examination extensions

Canada01-04-2010Gladys Tibbo Witt

The trademarks examination branch of Canada’s Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) has issued a new practice notice, in effect since March 11, pertaining to the granting of extensions for examining applications.

To be or not to be descriptive

Romania01-04-2010Raluca Vasilescu

Romania’s national Trademark Law contains provisions on the absolute grounds for refusing an application that is very similar to those in most European countries.

Competition concerns

South Africa01-04-2010Christina Sabatelli-Capelo

In order to extract value out of their IP, proprietors employ various commercial strategies, ranging from licensing to entering into joint ventures and collaborative arrangements, which may at times be considered to be anti-competitive.

Contingency fees in patent lawsuits

01-04-2010Paul Sutton

Individuals and small companies who own US patents encounter hurdles when faced with suing infringers, including the significant legal costs associated with representation.

New rules for Thai IP

Thailand01-04-2010Kowit Somwaiya and Prasantaya Bantadtan

Thailand’s Intellectual Property and International Trade Court (IT&IP Court) was established in 1996. It handles cases under the Rules for Intellectual Property and International Trade Cases (1997).

Filling the gaps in Turkish trademark law

Turkey01-04-2010Isik Ozdogan and Ezgi Baklaci

Although Turkey has followed international developments and harmonised its Trademark Law with EU legislation, the registration of non-traditional marks such as product packaging and product shape has not fallen into place.

Time for a change

01-04-2010

Now that the US House of Representatives has passed US President Barack Obama’s controversial healthcare legislation, attention will turn again to patent reform. WIPR looks at the key proposals.

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