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Suspending the circulation of foreign counterfeit goods

Mexico01-02-2010Carlos Hernández

Mexican legislators have established an administrative procedure in the IP Law and Customs Law for suspending the free circulation of foreign counterfeit trademark goods that are detected at customs.

Protecting the essence

Netherlands01-02-2010Michiel Rijsdijk

The Court of Appeal of The Hague passed final judgment on October 6, 2009 in the patent case between Zilka and Rüegg, more than five years after the appeal proceedings were instituted.

Taking action against fakes

Peru01-02-2010TextilesLilie Delion

Peru’s economic growth in the last decade has been accompanied by a concurrent increase in the activity of the Peruvian Patent and Trademark Office (INDECOPI) and Peruvian Customs.

University matters

Philippines01-02-2010Ignacio Sapalo

The Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines declares that an effective intellectual and industrial property system is vital to the development of domestic and creative activity, facilitates transfer of technology, attracts foreign investments and ensures market access for Philippine products.

What's the 'use'?

Romania01-02-2010Raluca Vasilescu

In June 2009, the Municipal Court of Bucharest ruled on when a trademark owner’s rights are exhausted for non-use of the mark.

Traditional knowledge protection in South Africa

South Africa01-02-2010André van der Merwe

In 2005, South Africa’s government adopted a policy of protecting various forms of traditional knowledge and permitting its commercial development.

Thailand receives PCT applications

Thailand01-02-2010Kowit Somwaiya

Thailand is now a member of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) and has opened its Receiving Office (RO) for international patent applications.

Patent gurus in demand

US01-02-2010Paul Sutton

Experienced patent attorneys possessing strategic and litigation skills have never been in greater demand.

Business brief 2010: Costa Rica

Costa Rica01-01-2010María del Pilar López

While Costa Rica is moving its intellectual property system forward to fulfil its trading agreement commitments and economic self-interest, not all the changes have achieved the expected results.

Business brief 2010: Cyprus

Cyprus01-01-2010Phivi Tramountanelli

To secure a patent right in Cyprus, you need to validate it with the Cyprus Patent Registrar. This can be done nationally, internationally or on a European basis.

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