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IP law reforms on the horizon

Malaysia01-06-2010Lim Eng Leong

The Ministry of Domestic Trade, Cooperatives & Consumerism (MDTCC) has recently looked into reviewing all IP acts in Malaysia.

The end of pipeline patents in Mexico

Mexico01-06-2010Amalia Bagües

Almost 19 years ago, a new concept for providing a so-called ‘pipeline protection’ was incorporated in the new Law of Industrial Property, in force as of June 28, 1991.

Mundipharma and Sandoz: The undisclosed disclaimer

Netherlands01-06-2010Michiel Rijsdijk

On April 7, 2010, the Dutch Court of The Hague gave a provisional judgment in the patent case between Mundipharma and Sandoz.

Trademark owners benefit from Peru's IP changes

Peru01-06-2010Lilie Delion & Virginia Delion

The recent implementation of new measures in connection with intellectual property administrative procedures in Peru has brought excellent benefits for the trademark community.

Coffee controversy

Philippines01-06-2010Anne Mariae Celeste V. Jumadla

On March 3, 2010, the Supreme Court promulgated its decision in Coffee Partners Inc. v. San Francisco Coffee & Roastery Inc. (San Francisco).

Romania's new trademark law

Romania01-06-2010Raluca Vasilescu

On 9 May 2010, a new Trademark Law will enter into force in Romania.

Suspending IP rights

Brazil01-04-2010Otto Licks and Rodrigo Souto Maior

Brazil’s President Lula has enacted Provisional Measure No. 482, providing statutory authority to government agencies to issue compulsory licences, expropriate IP rights and suspend the obligation to maintain an IP regime with minimum standards, as provided by the TRIPs agreement.

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.

Regulations and guidelines for patents

China01-04-2010

The new Implementing Regulations of the Chinese Patent Law became effective on February 1, 2010, together with the new Guidelines for Examination.

When royalties aren't required

Denmark01-04-2010Nanna Meyland Nicolaisen

On December 1, 2009, the Supreme Court of Denmark, as the second instance body, ruled in a case settling a dispute over the copyright to a computer program.

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