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26 October 2009

ICANN board "confident" of IP rights compromise

The chairman of the ICANN board has stated that he is "reasonably confident" that workable trademark protection measures will be implemented alongside the opening up of gTLD space next year.

22 October 2009

EU injects €4.5 million into ASEAN anti-counterfeiting action

The European Commission has donated €4.5 million to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to help protect IP rights in the region. The finance is part of a four-year, €5.1 million cooperation programme, to be implemented by the European Patent Office.

21 October 2009

Yet another BUDWEISER dispute heads to ECJ

The Court of Appeal of England and Wales has referred yet another dispute over the BUDWEISER mark to the ECJ. The court is calling for clarification on how far EU trademark law permits concurrent use of the same mark by two different parties.

20 October 2009

Nomination process for in-house Industry Awards 2010 now underway

The nomination process for the 2010 WTR Industry Awards is now open. This is your chance to highlight the hard work and achievements of your peers, colleagues and clients over the past year.

19 October 2009

WIPO plans to cut staff by 5%

In an exclusive interview with WTR, the director general of WIPO has revealed that the organization plans to reduce its headcount by over 5% in 2010.

16 October 2009

USPTO director applauds "positive" fraud U-turn

David Kappos, director of the USPTO, yesterday outlined how his staff had already started applying recently clarified guidance on fraud.

15 October 2009

"Open" OHIM presidential candidate outlines vision

The only candidate to have gone public with his bid for the presidency of OHIM has said that "transparency is key" to the future of the European trademark system.

14 October 2009

ICANN board sets two-month deadline on gTLD debate

The board of directors at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has given the body tasked with considering proposed trademark protection measures two months to reach consensus.

13 October 2009

Chirac calls for international counterfeit pharmaceuticals treaty

Former French President Jacques Chirac has called for an international treaty to criminalize the production and distribution of counterfeit medicines.

13 October 2009

UDRP hailed as "successful experiment" during 10th anniversary celebration

WIPO yesterday celebrated the 10th anniversary of the UDRP, described by the organization's director general as a "successful experiment".

12 October 2009

Apple loses right to use MIGHTY MOUSE mark

The USPTO has granted rights in the trademark MIGHTY MOUSE to a specialist supplier of computer hardware called Man & Machine. The decision puts an end to Man & Machine's lengthy dispute with Apple over the latter's use of the name for its mice.

12 October 2009

ICANN board letter may spark fresh gTLD controversy

The debate over trademark protection measures for gTLDs is set for a new twist when a controversial letter from the board of ICANN is finally made public.

09 October 2009

US corporate spend on external IP advice set to fall further in 2010

A new survey of corporate counsel at leading US companies projects a 4.3% drop in overall spending on external legal advice next year. The study predicts a sharp contraction in a number of practice areas, with IP transactional work reportedly set to shrink by 8.6%.

09 October 2009

Research reveals increased US confidence in China’s rights enforcement regime

US companies are less concerned about IP rights enforcement when conducting business in China, compared to the last four years, but worries still remain over copyright and the pace of legislative change.

09 October 2009

ICANN chief responds to trademark concerns over new gTLDs

ICANN did not "mislead" trademark owners, the body's chief operating officer has told WTR. Doug Brent was responding to criticism from trademark owners earlier this week against the body's handling of proposed trademark protection measures.