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IPAB rejects Monsanto plant patent

India15-07-2013

India’s Intellectual Property Appellate Board has affirmed that US agricultural company Monsanto cannot obtain a patent covering transgenic plants, two years after it was first rejected.

Japan considers copyright law extension

Japan12-07-2013

The Japanese government is considering making changes to its copyright law which could see authors of protected works retain rights for an extra 20 years.

D Young & Co hires new patent litigator

12-07-2013Movers & Shakers

IP firm D Young & Co LLP has announced the appointment of Richard Willoughby who is set to join its dispute resolution & legal group.

General Court denies trademark for red shoelaces

EU12-07-2013

The General Court of the EU has refused to grant a trademark for red-tipped shoelaces in a case reminiscent of the Christian Louboutin v Yves Saint Laurent trademark dispute.

Samsung seeks re-trial over $1 billion Apple lawsuit

US12-07-2013

Samsung Electronics has requested a re-trial in part of a patent infringement case brought by rival Apple which saw it levied with a $1 billion fine.

Marks & Clerk bolsters Australian team

Australia11-07-2013Movers & Shakers

The Australian office of law firm Marks & Clerk LLP has bolstered its IP team with the appointment of Virginia Beniac-Brooks as partner.

Germany criticises UK Patent Box

Germany, UK11-07-2013

The German finance minister has criticised a UK tax break aimed at increasing patent filings, claiming it results in unfair competition for foreign investors.

Swedish police raid fan subtitle site

Sweden11-07-2013

Swedish authorities have taken down user-created subtitle site undertexter.se and seized the company’s computers and servers.

WIPO plans to open five new offices

China, Russia, US11-07-2013

The World Intellectual Property Organization is planning to open five new external offices, according to an official document.

OHIM warns over spike in “misleading” activity

EU10-07-2013

The Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market has warned about a flurry of attempts to wrongly charge trademark owners for core services.

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