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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.

Protecting secrets during inspections

Germany01-04-2010Jens Künzel

A new decision by Germany’s Federal Supreme Court sheds further light on what measures may be taken to protect the confidentiality interests of parties affected by court orders authorising the inspection of devices on their business premises.

Defining enrichment payable after infringement

Hungary01-04-2010Imre Molnár

In a recent judgment, the Appeal Court of Budapest confirmed the judgment of the Metropolitan Court of Budapest and clarified the meaning and interpretation of the term ‘enrichment’—the compensation awarded to a patentee following a defendant’s infringing business activity.

Revocation of industrial designs

India01-04-2010Manisha Singh Nair

Design registration plays a crucial role in protecting the rights of designers and promoting industrial progress by keeping industries competitive in this age of rapid modernisation and globalisation.

Amendments and reamendments

Israel01-04-2010Michael Factor

A recent Israel Patent Office Circular, which will take effect in June 2010, details new requirements designed to increase productivity, minimise duplication of resources and shorten the examination process.

Trademarks: use them or lose them

Japan01-04-2010Ryo Maruyama

In Japan, the wide range of ringtone melodies available for mobile phones is one of the major reasons why these phones have increased in popularity so rapidly.

Originals versus generics

Malaysia01-04-2010Oon Yen Yen

The battle between original pharmaceuticals and their generic counterparts has always been about balancing public interest with a rigorous national intellectual property regime.

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.

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