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Hargreaves review: the results

UK01-08-2011Leigh Ellis

The Hargreaves Review of Intellectual Property and Growth was commissioned by the Prime Minister of the new conservative government in the UK.

IP transactions in Ukraine

Ukraine01-08-2011Oleksandr Mamunya

An effective IP transaction can lead to a major market expansion and generate new sources of revenue. It may also enhance a company’s business reputation. All the benefits of IP transactions are available in Ukraine.

Provisional patent applications

US01-08-2011Paul J. Sutton

On June 8, 1995, the US Patent and Trademark Office made the option of filing a ‘provisional’ patent application available to inventors.

A brave decision: data package exclusivity in Brazil

Brazil01-08-2011Otto Licks

A leading decision enforcing data package exclusivity for pharmaceuticals for human use reveals the positive impact of enforcing the rule on widening access to medicine in Brazil.

Supreme Court of Canada's Masterpiece trademark judgement

Canada01-08-2011Victoria Carrington

The Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) released its latest trademark decision on May 26, 2011 in the case of Masterpiece Inc v Alavida Lifestyles Inc.

EU Patent: enhanced co-operation without Italy and Spain?

EPO01-08-2011Michael Fabricius Madsen

The current European patent system is fragmented because patent protection is limited to the member states in which the patent is validated and patents have to be enforced in the national courts.

Domain names in France: a new legal regime

France01-08-2011Aurélia Marie

A new legal regime for domain names has been operating in France since July 1, 2011.

Trademark infringement through adwords? the Bananabay II decision

Germany01-08-2011Jens Künzel

The Bananabay II case, decided by Germany's Federal Supreme Court, concerns the practice of using Internet search keywords containing competitor trademarks, a practice that has become quite common.

Appeals in pre-grant opposition proceedings decisions

India01-08-2011Vineet Rohilla and Varun Sharma

After much wait and speculation, the Indian Patent Office recently released the Manual of Patent Practice and Procedure.

SmithKline Beecham’s patent for rosiglitazone maleate (Avendia) upheld

Israel01-08-2011Michael Factor

Rosiglitazone maleate (Avendia) is a patented drug used for the treatment of type II diabetes, which is manufactured by SmithKline Beecham (SKB) (now GlaxoSmithKline).

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