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Donuts thwarts Express in gTLD legal battle


US fashion retailer Express has failed in its bid to stop Donuts, the leading applicant for new generic top-level domains, from competing for the .express domain.

ICANN approves first gTLD registries

Bulgaria, China, United Arab Emirates15-07-2013

The first applicants for new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) have signed registry agreements with ICANN.

Samoa accedes to the Paris Convention


The Independent State of Samoa has deposited its instrument of accession to the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property, the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) announced.

ITC to investigate Chinese crane manufacturer over patent infringement


The International Trade Commission has launched an investigation into Chinese machinery manufacturer Sany over claims of patent infringement.

IPAB rejects Monsanto plant patent


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


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


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


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.

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