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05 February 2009

US law firms threatened by pharma merger

The Pfizer-Wyeth merger could have a damaging impact on law firms, a well-known US IP practitioner has warned.

29 January 2009

Global questions raised by US-China dispute over TRIPs

The World Trade Organization has published its panel decision on the dispute raised by the United States over China’s alleged failure to comply with a number of requirements in the TRIPs Agreement.

28 January 2009

Saudi customs authorities work with private sector to fight counterfeiting

The Saudi Arabia Customs Authority has signed a memorandum of understanding with a fraud and counterfeiting-detection company.

23 January 2009

Confusion likely over landmark German keywords decisions

The German Federal Supreme Court has referred a fundamental question to the ECJ in its eagerly awaited decisions on three landmark Google AdWords cases.

20 January 2009

New INTA president eases recession fears for trademark professionals

Speaking exclusively to WTR, Richard Heath, the new president of INTA, has confirmed that the organization will continue to promote IP investment as means of driving the global economy out of the downturn.

19 January 2009

Coca-Cola’s IP counsel praises Company Names Tribunal procedure

The first application to the United Kingdom’s new Company Names Tribunal has reached its conclusion in favour of the claimant Coca-Cola, which has praised the new system.

16 January 2009

In-house counsel shrug off reports of a slump

Senior in-house trademark practitioners have said the global recession should not adversely affect their practices, despite the results of a new survey revealing that almost half of all companies reduced marketing budgets in 2008.

15 January 2009

US crowns China top of the counterfeiters

Over 80% of the world’s counterfeit goods originate from China, according to figures published by the US Customs and Border Protection team. The stark news comes despite the recent smashing of a major software piracy ring and increased anti-counterfeiting measures.

12 January 2009

US mark owner bows to public opinion in MONSTER dispute

A US brand owner known for filing aggressive trademark infringement suits has agreed on a landmark settlement that ignites a debate on the fine line between policing a valuable mark at the expense of a good reputation.

12 December 2008

Entrepreneurs use eBay to raise funds for trademark dispute

A small business in the United States is fighting a trademark infringement allegation by inviting supporters to fund the challenge via eBay.

10 December 2008

INTA applauds Microsoft anti-counterfeiting action

The International Trademark Association has praised Microsoft's fight against counterfeit software.

05 December 2008

Judge us on our anti-counterfeiting actions, says top EU official

The European Union has not done enough to counter the threat of counterfeiting, a senior official from the Taxation and Customs Union Directorate-General has admitted.

01 December 2008

Chinese practitioners rally against Baidu

A consortium of lawyers in China looks set to file a mass complaint against the country's leading search engine, Baidu, based on the website's keyword-selling policy.

27 November 2008

ECJ delivers judgment in Intel v CPM

The ECJ has finally delivered its judgment in Intel Corporation Inc v CPM United Kingdom Limited, ruling that Intel’s reputation alone is not enough to cancel CPM’s mark.

25 November 2008

Canada’s national hockey logo banned from Olympics

The Canadian ice hockey team may be forbidden from using its iconic maple leaf logo at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics under a previously dormant International Olympics Committee rule.