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India rejects Bayer plea over compulsory licence


India’s patent authorities have dealt a blow to German pharma company Bayer by refusing to overturn an order forcing the company to license one of its patented drugs.

Canada introduces anti-counterfeiting bill


Canada’s government has introduced a bill that will bring Canadian trademark and copyright law in line with aspects of the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement.

HGF acquires Grant Spencer

01-03-2013Movers & Shakers

IP law firm Harrison Goddard Foote has acquired London trademark practice Grant Spencer LLP.

Samsung hires Sir Robin Jacob as expert


Samsung has hired Sir Robin Jacob as an expert in its case against Ericsson, it emerged on Thursday.

Congressmen target NPEs with loser-pays bill


Two US congressmen have proposed a bill aimed at reducing “frivolous” patent lawsuits filed by non-practising entities.

Tencent holds on to QQ trademark in Indonesia


China’s largest web company Tencent Holdings won a trademark cancellation case relating to its ‘QQ’ trademark in Indonesia on Thursday.

Bundestag lands publishers blow in Google row


Germany’s parliament backed legislation on Friday that allows Google to continue showing snippets of news stories without paying publishers royalties.

Edith Ramirez named new FTC chair


The US Federal Trade Commission has confirmed that President Barack Obama will appoint commissioner Edith Ramirez as chair of the agency following the departure of Jon Leibowitz.

Deloitte publishes Trademark Clearinghouse guidelines


Deloitte has published guidelines for submitting trademarks into the Trademark Clearinghouse, which will help to protect rights under the generic top-level domain programme.

ViiV Healthcare joins patent pool for cheaper AIDS drugs


ViiV Healthcare, a public health joint venture between GlaxoSmithKline, Shionogi and Pfizer, has signed up to the Medicines Patent Pool (MPP) to provide greater access to affordable AIDS treatments in developing countries.

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