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Clarification of the notion and scope of reputed trademarks in the EU

France18-12-2015Aurélia Marie

Reputed trademarks, a creation of the Trademarks Directive and Regulation, are of paramount importance, and yet the qualification criteria are still ambiguous. In September, the Court of Justice of the European Union’s (CJEU) decision in Iron & Smith v Unilever brought welcome clarification.

China to adopt provisions on contributory infringement

China18-12-2015Jiancheng Jiang

In legal terms, contributory infringement of a patent right means an act of deliberately inducing or encouraging a third party to infringe a patent, while the act as such does not directly infringe the patent.

Brazil: Analysing the INPI backlog

Brazil18-12-2015Otto Licks

In the first article of this series (WIPR September/October issue), we established that the ratio (number of filings per year divided by the number of examiners, divided by 12 months) is a useful metric for assessing the workload of various patent offices.

US: The expired patent royalty ban

US01-10-2015Paul Sutton

Many of us take for granted the lawful monopoly afforded to owners of US patents.

Turkey: Trademarks for the pharmaceutical sector

Turkey01-10-2015Isik Ozdogan and Ezgi Baklaci

Pharmaceutical trademark owners consider many factors when selecting a trademark. As it assists consumers’ decision-making process, a trademark often contains the product’s International Nonproprietary Name (INN) code and refers to the indication or feature.

Sweden: The problems of file-sharing

Sweden01-10-2015Maria Zamkova

In 2003, The Pirate Bay, an online index of digital content of mostly entertainment media, was founded in Sweden. It allows visitors to download and contribute magnet links and torrent files, which facilitate peer-to-peer file-sharing among users of the BitTorrent protocol.

South Africa: Looking forward to Madrid

South Africa01-10-2015Lindy Lowne-Hughes

A new website was one of many new things to emerge for the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) and its customers. Some of the many successful projects CIPC has embarked on have included the launching of electronic filing of trademark, patent, design and copyright applications in September 2013, and the launching of a free web-based electronic trademark search service in March 2015.

Russia: Two years of the Intellectual Property Court

Russia01-10-2015Erik Goussev

Operating in Moscow since July 2013, the Intellectual Property Court was expected to raise the level of professionalism in the resolution and adjudication of intellectual property disputes, increase transparency of the decision-making, and boost confidence in the Russian IP system among domestic and foreign IP owners.

IP protection in Peru

Peru01-10-2015Gino Piaggio

Peru is a member of the World Intellectual Property Organization and the World Trade Organization, and a party to most intellectual property agreements, including the Berne Convention and Paris Convention. In June 2009, Peru officially became a Patent Cooperation Treaty member.

European trademark reform—a summary

Netherlands01-10-2015Michiel Rijsdijk

It takes a while for reforms to travel through the European administrative system. However, the European Commission, Parliament and Council have agreed on a trademark reform package. This brings change for new and existing Community trademark (CTM) owners.

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