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Distinctive character of 3D triangular trademarks

Netherlands01-04-2010Michiel Rijsdijk

On January 5, 2010, 10 years after Mars started an action against the three-dimensional trademark registration of Kraft, the Supreme Court of the Netherlands gave its final judgment.

Border measures

Peru01-04-2010Lilie Delion and Alain Delion

In February 2009, improvements to border measures for protecting Peruvian trademarks and copyrights came into effect.

Progress on biotech

Philippines01-04-2010BiotechnologyAnne Mariae Celeste V. Jumadla

“Biodiversity, our greatest resource, remains untapped,” stated Senator Edgardo Angara when introducing Senate Bill No. 3140, the Bioindustry Development Act of 2009.

To be or not to be descriptive

Romania01-04-2010Raluca Vasilescu

Romania’s national Trademark Law contains provisions on the absolute grounds for refusing an application that is very similar to those in most European countries.

Competition concerns

South Africa01-04-2010Christina Sabatelli-Capelo

In order to extract value out of their IP, proprietors employ various commercial strategies, ranging from licensing to entering into joint ventures and collaborative arrangements, which may at times be considered to be anti-competitive.

New rules for Thai IP

Thailand01-04-2010Kowit Somwaiya and Prasantaya Bantadtan

Thailand’s Intellectual Property and International Trade Court (IT&IP Court) was established in 1996. It handles cases under the Rules for Intellectual Property and International Trade Cases (1997).

Filling the gaps in Turkish trademark law

Turkey01-04-2010Isik Ozdogan and Ezgi Baklaci

Although Turkey has followed international developments and harmonised its Trademark Law with EU legislation, the registration of non-traditional marks such as product packaging and product shape has not fallen into place.

Contingency fees in patent lawsuits

01-04-2010Paul Sutton

Individuals and small companies who own US patents encounter hurdles when faced with suing infringers, including the significant legal costs associated with representation.

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.

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