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New rules for marketing approval of biosimilar medicines in Brazil

Brazil01-06-2011BiosimilarsOtto Licks and Patricia Helena Nunes

On December 17, 2010, Anvisa issued Regulation No. 55/2010, establishing the requirements for granting marketing approval to new biological products and biological products.

Expanding the PPH programme in Canada

Canada01-06-2011Heather Probert

Late 2010 and early 2011 have brought three welcome developments to the Patent Prosecution highway (PPH) programme in Canada, each including advantages for applicants from outside and inside Canada.

Developments in China: the Intangible Cultural Heritage Law

China01-06-2011Stephen Yang

The Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) Law of the People’s Republic of China, passed by the standing committee of the National People’s Congress, will come into force on June 1.

Is a dosage regime patentable?

EPO01-06-2011Annelise Holme

In a decision of February 19, 2010, the Enlarged Board of Appeal interpreted the scope of Article 54(5) of the revised European Patent Convention (EPC), which entered into force on December 13, 2007.

The European patent court: more work required

France01-06-2011Aurélia Marie

On March 8, 2011, the CJEU issued its opinion on the proposed agreement to create a unified patent litigation system to apply to European patents established by the EPC and granted by the EPO, as well as to future Community patents.

Criminal proceedings and customs searches

Germany01-06-2011Jens Künzel

Every two years, the world’s largest trade fair for sanitary goods takes place in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

Dispute resolution before the final registration of a domain name

Hungary01-06-2011Balázs Attila Kiss

The Hungarian domain name registration system is somewhat unique, since in the Hungarian namespace, there are two kinds of applications: priority and non-priority applications.

A more equal music

India01-06-2011Bisman Kaur

The Indian music industry is unique. Over 60 percent of sales come from film music. Yet, composers and lyricists in the film industry are not an envied lot.

Ripping off rings: a confused decision

Israel01-06-2011Dr Michael Factor

H Stern, a Brazilian jewellery manufacturer with many retail outlets in Israel and abroad, sells a flat gold band with an oblong section of pavé diamonds.

Using IP to revitalise Japan

Japan01-06-2011Ryo Maruyama

Over two months after the Great Tohoku Earthquake, public and/or private volunteer activities have gathered steam and, thanks to those helpers, a number of people in the Tohoku region have started reconstruction efforts.

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