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That sinking feeling: why European patent applications are down

EPO01-08-2010Annelise Holme

For the first time in 20 years, in 2009, the number of applications filed under the European Patent Convention (EPC) decreased—by eight percent, from 146,600 in 2008 to 134,500 in 2009.

Fighting the pirates: a new approach

Finland01-08-2010

On May 26, 2010, Finland’s Ministry of Education and Culture published its draft bill to address copyright infringements on file-sharing networks.

Third party pirates: The need for protection

Germany01-08-2010Jens Künzel

Germany’s Federal Supreme Court handed down a decision in May 2010 concerning the conditions under which owners of wireless LAN routers may be held responsible for third parties downloading pirated material using their routers.

Breaking the expert taboo

Hungary01-08-2010Imre Molnár

The Appeal Court of Budapest is the second instance court in Hungary for patent revocation proceedings, which begin with a nullity request to the Hungarian Patent Office (HPO).

When comparison becomes defamation

India01-08-2010Manisha Singh Nair

Comparative advertising makes claims for a given product over others. While India does not have a dedicated statute governing comparative advertising, it is addressed by the Trademarks Act, 1999.

Trademark developments in Israel

Israel01-08-2010Michael Factor

Israel submitted accession papers to WIPO at the end of May, and from September 1, 2010, it will be possible to file trademarks in Israel using the Madrid Protocol.

Fast-tracking patents at the JPO

Japan01-08-2010Ryo Maruyama

On average, it takes two and a half years for an applicant to receive a first office action from the Japan Patent Office (JPO) after filing a request for substantive examination.

Protecting pharmaceutical products in Malaysia

Malaysia01-08-2010Dave Wyatt

The Malaysian Patents Act 1983 protects chemical compounds by way of product claims as well as process of manufacture claims.

Co-ordinating change for drugs patents

Mexico01-08-2010Jose Antonio Romero

On September 15, 2003, the Mexican government established the ‘linkage system’ in order to improve co-ordination between the Ministry of Health (MH) and the MIIP regarding sanitary registrations.

Until death do us part: stopping copyright transfer

Netherlands01-08-2010Michiel Rijsdijk

The Dutch copyright act is heading for a major change if the Dutch government’s recent proposal for copyright contract law gains public support.

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