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No registration for rice variant geographical indication

India, Malaysia01-02-2011Lim Eng Leong

The landmark class action taken by APEDA and others against Malaysian company/rice giant Syarikat Faiza Sdn Bhd, in relation to the rice variant ‘Ponni’, received a lot of attention.

Inventive step and computer implemented inventions

Mexico01-02-2011Claudia Gabriela Campos Chavelas

Recently, Mexican examiners have faced controversy over how to determine the patentability of ‘new’ technologies; in particular, the best strategies for evaluating the patentability criteria of computer-implemented inventions that, in most cases, are automations of well-known methods.

Cross-border injunctions

Netherlands01-02-2011Michiel Rijsdijk

The European Court of Justice terminated Dutch cross-border decisions with two judgments of July 13, 2006: Roche v Primus and GAT v LuK.

Dinner for two?

Norway01-02-2011Kristine S. Snyder

The popularity and globalisation of reality television programmes has increased the value of television formats. However, such formats or concepts regularly are not protected by copyright law.

Proof of use of mixed and figurative marks

Peru01-02-2011Alain C. Delion and Fayssy C. Delion

The IPC has issued a resolution stating that when products are not covered by a registered trademark, but are similar to goods explicitly mentioned in a certificate of registration, the goods have effectively been used.

Mediation for IP cases

Philippines01-02-2011Ma. Consuelo C. Agno

The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) of the Philippines has formally joined the courts and other pertinent agencies in the government in using alternative dispute resolution (ADR) to resolve disputes.

Kelkoo wins domain name clash before arbitration court in Poland

Poland01-02-2011Maria Jurek

According to the regulations set out by NASK, the Polish national registry for .pl domain names, domain name disputes are to be resolved by arbitration courts (proceedings similar to UDRP) or common courts.

Traditional knowledge

South Africa01-02-2011Brian Wimpey

Prior to 1993, South Africa trademark law was based to a large degree on the statutory law of the United Kingdom.

Successful reinstatement of priority date

Taiwan01-02-2011Candy K.Y. Chen and Crystal J. Chen

Saturday is usually a non-working day for government agencies in Taiwan. Exceptions occur when the government adjusts working days in observance of national holidays.

IP statistics in Thailand 2010

Thailand01-02-2011Kowit Somwaiya and Prasantaya Bantadtan

Despite the economic slowdown in some other parts of the world and the political protests in Thailand in May 2010, Thailand experienced increased IP activity compared with 2009.

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