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Making sense of China

Problems, recurrent and new, hindering the enforcement of rights continue to obscure the horizon for mark owners operating in or wishing to enter the Chinese market. However, positive developments are brightening the landscape and should also be acknowledged. View PDF

Nortel builds a trademark strategy for the 21st century

A marketing background and a new focus on the company’s master brand mean that Nortel’s head of trademarks, Alex Brkich, is able to run a tight ship that does not stint on the quality of service it provides. View PDF

Inside the EU IP Enforcement Directive

Much is being made of the implementation in the European Union of the IP Enforcement Directive. But what will the directive change in practice? View PDF

The battle for Budweiser

It’s a story that involves royal dynasties, new world settlers, the collapse of Eastern European communism and a place that some say doesn’t exist. But at its heart, the interminable dispute between brewers Anheuser-Busch and Budejovicky Budvar over the name Budweiser is all about trademarks. View PDF

The case for Canada

Canada is a G8 country with a distinctive trademark system and a competitive market for legal services. Throw in a long, heavily populated border with the United States and you have a jurisdiction that few rights owners can afford to ignore. View PDF

Canada’s largest trademark practices

On the basis that trademark filings indicate – to some extent – how much trademark work firms handle, we take a look at the top 20 Canadian filers of trademark applications and at their trademark practices. View PDF

Inside Canada’s trademarks central

Trademarks in Canada are administered by the Trademarks Branch of the Canadian Intellectual Property Office. Current challenges include dealing with delays in the opposition procedure and assessing the potential benefits of signing up to several major international trademark agreements. View PDF

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