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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.

The misuse of sham litigation investigations

Brazil01-06-2010Otto Licks & Anderson Nascimento

Brazil is known internationally as an intellectual property pirate.

CETA: Whose laws are they anyway?

Canada01-06-2010Victoria Carrington

Since mid-2009, Canada has been participating in negotiations with the European Union towards an economic partnership agreement known as the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement.

China's IP development by numbers

China01-06-2010Stephen Yang

Engagement in the international intellectual property family has played an active role in the rapid and sound development of China’s own IP system, as statistics show.

Warehousing of domain names

Denmark01-06-2010Michael Fabricius Madsen

Domain names in Denmark are regulated by the Act on Internet Domains Specifically Allocated to Denmark (also called Danish Domain Law) and the general terms of business of DK-Hostmaster A/S.

Negative statements in patent applications

Germany01-06-2010Jens Künzel

A recent decision of Germany’s Federal Supreme Court in Fischdosendeckel (Fish Tin Cap) concerns the somewhat strange case of negative statements about a competitor’s products in the specification of a patent.

Colour combination trademarks under scrutiny

Hungary01-06-2010Michael Lantos

A Hungarian pharmaceutical company filed a trademark application for a colour/figurative use of the word ‘MultiKid’ with a list of goods.

Trademark confusion in the entertainment industry

India01-06-2010Manisha Singh Nair

A trademark denotes exclusivity and is part of a business’s goodwill. It identifies the products or services of that business. It is also a mark of quality of the product or service offered.

The Madrid Protocol and Israeli football pools

Israel01-06-2010Michael Factor

In a much-anticipated development, Israel is to accede to the Madrid Protocol on September 1, 2010. This will make it easier and cheaper for foreign entities to register marks in Israel.

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