Special Reports


Chinese Trademark Examination Guidelines

Divided into two volumes, with 25 chapters in Volume A and 19 chapters in Volume B, Chinese Trademark Examination Guidelines offers an easy-to-understand and comprehensive overview of the criteria adopted by the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) in formality and substantial examination of trademark prosecution cases.


Brand Protection for Social Media

The goal of this guide is to discuss how to design an effective social media protection strategy that addresses the risks posed by unauthorized and/or rogue social media activity infringing upon your intellectual property while addressing the unique enforcement challenges that social media presents. Topics include:

  • How infringement in social media impacts your business
  • Setting up your social media brand protection framework
  • Uncovering infringement on social media platforms
  • Enforcement measures for social media infringement

WIPR Patents Live: The AI Report

Artificial intelligence (AI) and its relationship to IP has long been a hot topic. Over the past few months, World IP Review has been delving into some of the most-debated AI discussions, and have compiled them into this special report.

  • Expert insight into how IP offices are harnessing AI to better protect IP
  • In-depth analysis on which organisations are leading AI innovation
  • A detailed exploration of China’s position in AI patenting
  • Exclusive comment on the future of AI inventorship

Infringing Apps and Your Brand: A Guide to Developing Your Enforcement Strategy

The goal of this guide is to discuss how to design an app enforcement strategy that addresses the risks posed to your business by infringing mobile apps.

Topics include:

  • How your mobile commerce goals impact your enforcement strategy
  • How to carry out enforcement at scale
  • How to build an efficient enforcement framework

Case Study: The Broad Institute’s CRISPR-Cas9 Patents

CRISPR patents have been a hot topic around the world for a few years now, with much of the focus on Europe and the US. The picture in Japan is less well known but equally interesting. We're delighted to share with you a case study on ‘The Broad Institute’s CRISPR-Cas9 Patents’ in partnership with Abe & Partners.

Access the case study for an in-depth exploration of the dispute between the Broad Institute and the Japanese Patent Office (JPO) around genome editing technology.


Navigating the second medical use landscape

In recent years, second medical use patents have been the subject of myriad litigations and a selection of interesting decisions across many jurisdictions has resulted. Our sister brand LSIPR recently tackled this tricky and timely topic.

This report addresses: 

  • In-depth analysis of the significance of second medical use patents on pharmaceutical R&D
  • Expert opinion on the consequences and complications from Warner-Lambert v Actavis
  • Exclusive insight into the regulatory environment for second medical use patents and how this regulation can be used to assist in their protection
  • Strategies that pharmaceutical companies can adopt to mitigate cross-label use without resorting to patent enforcement.

Patent litigation trends: the future of biologics and next generation therapies

Biologics and biosimilars are an emerging patent battleground across the globe, with significant litigation, particularly in the US, making regular headlines. 

Life Sciences IP Review has partnered with international law firm Gowling WLG to survey those at the sharp edge of this industry, in an attempt to understand what’s happening, and to help you gain a sense of how it is likely to develop in the future.


CASE STUDY: SEPs and the Automotive Industry in Japan

Takanori Abe of Abe & Partners looks at the SEP landscape in the Japanese auto industry and how it fits into the international picture.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution along with the spread of the Internet of Things (IoT) means that Standard Essential Patents (SEPs) licensing negotiations are expected to be held more often between SEP holders in the information and communication technology field and business entities in other industries, especially multi-component products industries such as automobiles, game machines, etc. The following explains some of the case law, discussions in government agencies, and opinions from the automotive industry in Japan on this point.