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Taking the fight against the counterfeiters seriously

23/07/2013
Anyone working against counterfeiters will surely have faced the dilemma of whether to react to a trademark infringement, when there is limited hope of accomplishing any real results.

Copyright System Must “Adapt Or Perish,” WIPO Director Says

23/07/2013
The traditional copyright system’s balance for encouraging yet controlling access to copyrighted works in order to extract value for them has met with a destructive force in the internet that it cannot overcome without changing itself, the head of t

Trade mark changes under way in Taiwan

23/07/2013
A set of draft amendments designed to strengthen trade mark protection and harmonise with international standards are under discussion in Taiwan

A REVIEW OF TRADEMARK DEVELOPMENTS IN THE DRAFT AMENDMENT OF CIRCULAR 3055

26/06/2013
As it seeks to implement its commitments to international multilateral and bilateral treaties, Vietnam is planning to make amendments to its laws governing the protection of intellectual property (IP). Likewise, in preparation for signing other internatio

PATENTING OF BIOTECH INVENTIONS IN VIETNAM

26/06/2013
From the outset of the protection system of the Intellectual Property (IP) Rights, biotechnological inventions in Vietnam, which are commonly concerning (i) living organisms (e.g., plant/animal varieties; plants/animals; microorganisms) and element

COPYRIGHT ENFORCEMENT IN VIETNAM

26/06/2013
Vietnam has had a formal legal framework for copyright protection since 1986, initially consisting of Decree No.142 and its related documents. The Ordinance on copyright protection replacing Decree No. 142 was passed in 1995. On July 1, 1996, the Civil Co

Why India is sceptical about ACTA

26/06/2013
India has no plans to join the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, as the country’s top IP official explained in a recent interview

Near-final ACTA draft published

26/06/2013
The latest, near-final draft of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) sets out basic standards for enforcement – but does not go as far as many critics feared

Five areas for global patent reform

26/06/2013
Years of deadlock in WIPO’s Standing Committee on the Law of Patents have been broken after members agreed to focus work on five substantive issues.

Rice maker overturns trade mark in Malaysia

26/06/2013
A Malaysian court has invalidated a trade mark for a type of Indian rice in one of the first cases in the country to deal with geographical indications

Numeral marks held to be confusingly similar

26/06/2013
In Companhia Muller de Bebidas v Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market (OHIM) (Case T-472/08, September 3 2010), the General Court has reversed a decision of the Board of Appeal of OHIM in which the latter had found that there was no likelihood

PCT, Madrid and development top WIPO agenda

26/06/2013
Delegates from WIPO member states will gather in Geneva at the end of this month for the annual General Assemblies – with a proposal to reduce PCT fees, reforms to the Madrid Protocol and a report into WIPO's working practices at the top of the agen