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McCarter & English expands IP practice

03-09-2013Movers & Shakers

US law firm McCarter & English LLP has continued the expansion of its IP practice with the hiring of two lawyers as special counsel.

Magnusson hires former publishing general counsel

Sweden03-09-2013Movers & Shakers

Nordic law firm Magnusson has hired a former lawyer at a Swedish publishing house as partner.

Microsoft pays billions to license Nokia patents


Microsoft has agreed to license around 30,000 patents owned by Nokia as part of a €5.44 billion ($7.16 billion) buyout of the Finnish company’s mobile phone division.

Japan set to pass trademark law changes

Japan, Tokyo03-09-2013

The Japanese government is reportedly poised to pass new legislation that would enable trademark registration for sounds, moving images and colours.

Footballer Bale obtains UK trademarks for goal celebration


Footballer Gareth Bale has successfully acquired two trademarks relating to his goal celebration.

US IP chief switches to software anti-piracy group


The recently departed IP enforcement coordinator (IPEC) for the US Government has been named president of a lobby group fighting on behalf of the software industry.

Finland welcomes centralised IP court


A court in Finland will now hear all civil disputes over intellectual property, marking the birth of the first centralised court for IP rights in the country.

ICANN completes evaluation of new gTLDs


ICANN has finished evaluating more than 1,700 applications for generic top-level domains, in what has been described as a “major milestone”.

New Zealand ushers in new patent era

New Zealand30-08-2013

The New Zealand Patents Bill passed its third reading in Parliament on August 28th, bringing national legislation more in line with international norms.

Pillsbury takes five from Gowlings

30-08-2013Movers & Shakers

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP has added a five-strong team to its IP practice in London, including James Tumbridge and Paul Harris, who join the firm as partners.

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