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Russia jurisdiction report: Common procedures for IP disputes

Russia18-05-2018Riikka Palmos

The IP rights environment has become very internationally-focused lately. IP owners have many opportunities to protect their IP rights globally, but enforcement of IP rights is still mainly based on national requirements and processes with country specifics and peculiarities. This is also the case in Russia.

Netherlands jurisdiction report: Trademark reform for the Benelux countries

Netherlands18-05-2018Michiel Rijsdijk

European trademark law is changing as a result of the so-called ‘trademark reform package’, which contains a new regulation (2017/1001) on European Union trademarks and a new directive (2015/2436).

Mexico jurisdiction report: The value of verbal communication

Mexico18-05-2018Diego Palacios

Mexico’s IP system is organised and implemented by the Mexican Institute for Industrial Property (IMPI), an administrative body, handling and granting IP registrations.

Malaysia jurisdiction report: A 2017 trademark compendium

Malaysia18-05-2018Azlina Aisyah Khalid

Last September the International Trademark Association (INTA) released the results of an impact study conducted by Frontier Economics across five major Association of Southeast Asian Nations economies, showing the correlation between trademarks and their economic contribution to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP), employment and share of exports.

US jurisdiction report: Mainstream financing of patent litigation

US12-04-2018

The funding of US contingency-fee patent and IP litigation has morphed into a respectable industry. No longer does private patent litigation funding carry the stigma once associated with it. The number of funders is increasing and their arrangements with owners of US patent portfolios are being more frequently examined and embraced by ‘big law’.

Netherlands jurisdiction report: Crocs shedding tears after ruling

Netherlands12-04-2018Michiel Rijsdijk

A public disclosure by shoe maker Crocs has resulted in the cancellation of the registration of its well-known clogs design.

Mexico jurisdiction report: Taking care of the pharma sector

Mexico09-04-2018Mariana Gonzalez

On January 10, 2018, the Investigative Authority (IA) of the Federal Commission of Economic Competition (COFECE) published in the Federal Official Gazette a notice that it was initiating a new investigatory procedure on the investigation with file number IO-001-2017. The probe was to determine the existence of an unlawful concentration of companies in the market for the distribution and wholesale of pharmaceutical, personal care and beauty products.

Japan jurisdiction report: Policies for better service

Japan09-04-2018Ryo Maruyama

Since Naoko Munakata assumed the position as commissioner of the Japan Patent Office (JPO), on July 5, 2017, the JPO’s IP policies have been smoothly and dramatically improved, driven by Munakata’s intelligence and the practical knowledge that she obtained while working for Prime Minister Shinzō Abe.

Italy jurisdiction report: Keeping advertisers in line

Italy09-04-2018Valentina Gazzarri and Elisabetta Guolo

The Istituto dell’Autodisciplina Pubblicitaria (IAP) is the Italian advertising standards authority, a private body created in 1966 with the aim of ensuring that every marketing communication must be honest, fair and truthful.

Germany jurisdiction report: Chocolate packaging and protection

Germany09-04-2018Jens Künzel

In Germany and all over Europe, Ritter Sport is a well-known brand for chocolate products. At least in Germany, the special form in which Ritter Sport chocolate bars are packaged—a quadratic form with a wrapping paper that can easily be opened by breaking the quadrat in half—contributes to the product’s special appeal to consumers (at least in this author’s mind).

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