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Exploiting the principle of exhaustion

Turkey09-08-2016Işık Özdoğan and Ezgi Baklacı

Sometimes traders obtain branded goods removed from their original packaging. Before sale to consumers, the branded product is repackaged and either the original trademark or other trademarks are put on the new packaging. This is an issue frequently faced by trademark owners in Turkey, and unfortunately court practice has not been established.

Taiwan: Protection of trade dress

Taiwan09-08-2016Victor Lee and Crystal Chen

In Taiwan, the appearance of a product can be subject to intellectual property protection such as a design patent, trademark, copyright or, specifically, trade dress under the Fair Trade Act.

Uniformity for SPCs

Romania09-08-2016Margareta Oproiu

Regulation (EC) No. 469/2009 (which amended Council Regulation [EEC] No. 1768/92), concerning the creation of a supplementary protection certificate (SPC) for medicinal products, and Regulation (EC) No. 1610/96, covering the creation of an SPC for plant protection products, entered into force in Romania on January 1, 2007, the date Romania joined the EU. On the same date, Regulation (EC) No. 1901/2006 on medicinal products for paediatric use entered into force in Romania.

Netherlands: Copyright and card games

Netherlands09-08-2016Michiel Rijsdijk

The threshold for obtaining copyright protection in the Netherlands is low and entitlement arises when the object is a “work protected by copyright”. In case law this criterion has been given more substance. Copyright protection is granted for works that have an original and individual character and the ‘personal stamp’ of the maker.

Mexico: Pros and cons of the new opposition system

Mexico09-08-2016Victor Adames

Mexico used to be one of a few countries that did not have an opposition system incorporated into its intellectual property law. However, accession to the Madrid System in 2014 and to the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement in February 2016 provided a good reason to finally implement one in our country.

What it takes to be a Malaysian patent agent

Malaysia09-08-2016Chew Qi-Guang

Patent agents generally have unique educational backgrounds compared to professionals in other legal practice areas. Many patent agents in Malaysia have a tertiary qualification in engineering or sciences.

Italy: A perfect review of principles

Italy09-08-2016Claudio Balboni and Andrea Cappai

One of an attorney’s favourite things is a good Supreme Court judgment that sums up the most important issues regarding a specific matter and sets the record straight for future decisions of lower courts and administrative authorities. This is even more true when it comes to case law-driven fields, such as trademark law.

Germany: Determining design infringement

Germany09-08-2016Jens Künzel

Questions of design infringement often hinge on the facts of a particular case, but courts have developed—and are constantly in the process of further refining—certain rules that determine if and when a certain product can be said to infringe a certain registered design.

Trade secrets protection: a European affair

EU, France09-08-2016Aurélia Marie

Confronted by an increasing number of thefts of information and lack of harmonised regulations, the European Commission took up the issue of protecting trade secrets in 2013.

Supreme People’s Court 2015 report card

China08-08-2016Guangyu Zhang

In April 2016, the Supreme People’s Court released the “Annual Report of the Intellectual Property Cases Heard by the Supreme People’s Court in 2015”. According to the report, the Supreme Court accepted 759 IP cases and concluded 754 in 2015.

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