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India jurisdiction report: A new era of IP litigation in India

India05-10-2021DPS Parmar

While there was no immediate need to abolish a well-established and functional institution such as India’s Intellectual Property Appellate Board, the global trend favours the centralised handling of certain IP disputes such as patents infringements, revocation and appeal cases.

Mexico jurisdiction report: New provisions for trademarks

Mexico30-09-2021Emilio Albarrán

The last amendments to Mexico’s IP law were issued on May 18, 2018, and confirmed through the New Mexican IP Law of July 1, 2020, incorporate some new legal figures for trademark registrations based on use. In particular, article 173 of the new Federal Law for Protection of Industrial Property in Mexico states a list of non-registrable signs.

Italy jurisdiction report: A change in IP philosophy

Italy29-09-2021Claudio Balboni and Francesco Venturoli

The Italian philosopher, semiotician, cultural critic, and novelist Umberto Eco divided the human predisposition into two categories: the “apocalyptic” on the one hand and the “integrated” on the other.

Strategies for generic/biosimilar market entry in Australia

Australia23-09-2021Naomi Pearce

After surviving the Great Patent Cliff of 2011–2016, the pharma/biopharma industry finds itself in the Second Great Patent Cliff of 2019–2024. With it we find low-hanging fruit for generic/biosimilar market entrants, and the importance of having an elegant patent strategy enabling early market entry for generics and biosimilars is underscored.

US: Distinguishing between patent searches

26-05-2021Paul J Sutton

There is a fair amount of confusion surrounding patent-related searches. This article attempts to clarify the nature of patent searches so that inventors and managers of IP will be better prepared to base their business decisions upon reliable information.

Sweden jurisdiction report: Valuable lessons in IP

Sweden26-05-2021Maria Zamkova

For nearly 30 years, the Swedish Intellectual Property Office has cooperated with the government’s agency for development cooperation, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).

Russia jurisdiction report: The current picture of trademarks

Russia26-05-2021Riikka Palmos

The total number of trademark applications increased again in Russia in 2020. The number of trademark filings increased last year by more than 6,000 filings compared to 2019, with 93,926 applications in total.

Poland jurisdiction report: The benefits of going digital

Poland25-05-2021Aleksandra Solyga-Zurek

It has now been over a year since the most recent restructuring of Polish IP law. One of the aims of the update was closer harmonisation with regulations in other EU countries and with the European Patent Convention. Despite these efforts, however, many differences in procedure, and perhaps more importantly, in substantive matters, persist.

Netherlands jurisdiction report: Sustainability with substance

Netherlands25-05-2021Michiel Rijsdijk

The Dutch Consumer & Market Authority has produced a Sustainability Claims Guideline, containing rules of thumb and practical examples to help companies formulate legitimate sustainability claims.

South Africa jurisdiction report: The criminals exploiting a health crisis

South Africa25-05-2021Godfrey Budeli

During the global COVID-19 pandemic, governments around the world implemented national lockdowns to contain the spread of the virus. As a result, borders were closed to passengers but specified cargo and retail goods for certain essential products and supplies were permitted.

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