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Who's the boss? Representatives in IP cases

Poland01-08-2010Tomasz Rychlicki

Last month, the Polish Patent Office made two statements on important procedural issues.

Court explains bad faith cancellation

Romania01-08-2010Raluca Vasilescu

At the beginning of May 2010, the Municipal Court of Bucharest delivered its motivation for a November 2009 court decision in favour of cancelling a Romanian trademark on bad faith grounds.

The buzz about Buzbee

South Africa01-08-2010Muhammed Vally

In terms of Patent Regulation 90(1), a patentee must serve and file a counterstatement to an application for revocation within two months of its service and lodging, failing which the patent will be deemed revoked.

Football crazy: famous marks in Thailand

Thailand01-08-2010Kowit Somwaiya and Prasantaya Bantadtan

Thailand’s administrative authorities and judiciary protect well-known marks very effectively.

Trademark oppositions: bad news without bad faith

Turkey01-08-2010Isik Ozdogan and Ezgi Baklaci

A common problem of opposition proceedings arises when the rights to a given phrase are acquired by the applicant based on an earlier registration.

Business method patents remain alive after Bilski

US01-08-2010Paul Sutton

On the final day of its 2009-2010 term, the US Supreme Court in Bilski v. Kappos finally issued its long-awaited decision on so-called business method patents.

Planning for fakes

US01-08-2010Bob Kenney and Katie Melvin

On June 22, 2010, the newly created executive branch office of the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC) released the first US Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement.

Brazil tackles the Netherlands on world stage

Brazil01-08-2010Otto Licks and Ricardo Dutra Nunes

On May 12, 2010, Brazil’s delegation to the WTO requested consultations with the EU and the Netherlands over the alleged seizure of shipments of generic drugs en route from India to Brazil and in transit through the Netherlands.

New patent initiatives

Canada01-08-2010Victoria Carrington and Gladys Tibbo Witt

The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) is continuing its commitment to ensuring that Canada remains at the forefront of intellectual property protection.

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.

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