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Medicine packaging and copyrights

Brazil01-02-2010Otto Licks and Eduardo Hallak

On September 8, 2009, the Brazilian food and drug agency (ANVISA) enacted a new resolution on standardising medicine package inserts.

Licensing of intellectual property rights

Canada01-02-2010Chantal Bertosa and Andrea Pasztor

The licensing of intellectual property rights is a lucrative endeavour; therefore, it is important that licences are dealt with correctly.

New year, new patent law

China01-02-2010Stephen Yang

On December 30, 2009, during the executive meeting of the State Council, the Implementing Regulations of the Patent Law of the People’s Republic of China (draft) was approved.

Patent protection in the Faeroe Islands and Greenland

Denmark01-02-2010Nils Tarras-Wahlberg

Denmark ratified the European Patent Convention in 1989, but it doesn’t apply to the Faeroe Islands and Greenland, which are autonomous provinces within the Kingdom of Denmark.

Protection against passing-off

Germany01-02-2010Jens Künzel

As in many other European countries, in Germany, companies may invoke protection under unfair competition rules against passing-off if their characteristic and well-known products are copied.

Jurisdictional headaches for registered designs

Hungary01-02-2010Michael Lantos

In several European Union member states, national laws for patent, utility model and design protection permit non-infringement proceedings.

Copyright infringement through e-books

India01-02-2010Manisha Singh Nair

Copyright law was initially conceived to provide protection against the unauthorised reproduction of books in the print media.

Environment and online issues

Israel01-02-2010Michael Factor

The Israel patent database is now available online on the Israel Patent Office website (www.ilpatsearch.justice.gov.il/UI/) and via the WIPO’s Patentscope (www.wipo.int/pctdb/en/index).

Provisional licensing for new patents

Japan01-02-2010Ryo Maruyama

Since April 2009, as a result of an amendment to Japan’s Patent Law, it has been possible to register a ‘provisional’ licence after a patent application has been filed but before a patent has been granted.

Generic names in trademarks

Malaysia01-02-2010Lim Eng Leong

International Nonproprietary Names (INNs) are recognised by the World Health Organization (WHO) as unique names to identify pharmaceutical substances or active ingredients that are globally recognised as public property.

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