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Business brief 2011: Netherlands

Netherlands01-01-2011Michiel Rijsdijk

One can choose to acquire a patent in the Benelux (Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg) via a national patent application or a European patent (EP) application, in which the three Benelux countries will be designated.

Business brief 2011: Norway

Norway01-01-2011Kristina Edén Johnsen and Håkon Svendsen

Protection by patent in Norway is obtained by a national application, by nationalisation of a PCT application before the 31-month term, or by validation of a European patent.

Business brief 2011: Pakistan

Pakistan01-01-2011Hameeda Asif and Ayesha Hasan

Patent rights are governed by the Patents Ordinance, 2000, along with the Patents Rules, 2003.

Business brief 2011: South Africa

South Africa01-01-2011Christel Wolmarans and Herman Blignaut

Trademark rights can be divided into two categories, namely statutory rights and rights afforded by common law.

Business brief 2011: UK

01-01-2011Iona Harding and James Whymark

To secure a UK patent, applicants can apply to the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) or to the European Patent Office (EPO) designating the UK.

Business brief 2011: Venezuela

Venezuela01-01-2011Patricia Hoet-Limbourg

There haven’t been any significant changes or developments in Venezuela over the last year that IP professionals and owners need to be aware of.

The doubtful future of public private partnerships

Brazil01-12-2010Otto Licks and Felipe Mesquita

The relative stability of the Brazilian economy and the large amount of public funds earmarked for the national health budget have sparked the interest of the pharmaceutical industry.

Facelift for trademark oppositions?: Canada's proposed amendments

Canada01-12-2010Dr. Victoria Carrington and Nihan Keser

CIPO recently announced proposed amendments to the Trademarks Regulations in anticipation of both reducing the operational costs for businesses and increasing the overall effectiveness of trademark opposition procedures.

Administrative enforcement of patents

China01-12-2010Stephen Yang

Administrative enforcement of IP rights has long been a characteristic of the Chinese IP enforcement system.

The language barrier when searching and understanding prior art

EPO01-12-2010Marianne Holme

There is high demand for better translation tools to improve the understanding of prior patent art in languages other than the official languages of the European Patent Office.

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