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Benelux Court To Rule On IP Matters

by Ulrika Lomas,, Brussels

Friday, October 19, 2012

The Foreign Affairs Ministers of Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg have recently signed in Luxembourg a protocol modernizing and conferring greater competencies on the Benelux Court of Justice, notably in the area of intellectual property in the Benelux Union. Read Full Story


UK To Speed Up IP Dispute Resolution For SMEs

by Robin Pilgrim,, London

Friday, October 5, 2012

The UK's Patents County Court is to offer a new small claims track service to speed up the court process and reduce costs for small- and medium-sized enterprises. Read Full Story


NZ To Implement Madrid Protocol

by Mary Swire,, Hong Kong

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

New Zealand is close to implementing a major new treaty which will allow businesses to register their trade marks in multiple countries. Read Full Story


USPTO Consults On Reduced e-Application Fees

by Glen Shapiro,, New York

Monday, August 20, 2012

The United States Patent and Trademark Office is seeking public comment on the possibility of adjusting trademark application fees, so as to lower the fees for all applicants willing to file and communicate electronically. Read Full Story


Singapore Plugs Its Credentials As Asian IP Hub

by Mary Swire,, Hong Kong

Monday, July 16, 2012

In a speech to a seminar in Singapore, also attended by Francis Gurry, Director-General of the World Intellectual Property Organization, Singapore’s Minister for Trade and Industry Lim Hng Kiang emphasized its qualities as an Asian intellectual property hub, particularly the tax benefits provided through the Productivity and Innovation Credit. Read Full Story


China Criticized At WTO Trade Policy Review

by Mike Godfrey,, Washington

Monday, June 18, 2012

Following substantial criticism from member countries, the fourth Trade Policy Review of China completed by the World Trade Organization on June 14 concluded that it should continue to reflect on how it could improve its trade policies and practices. Read Full Story


Colombia Joins WIPO's International Trademark System

by Ulrika Lomas,, Brussels

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Colombia has become the 87th member of the international trademark system following the deposit of its instrument of accession by its Vice President Angelino Garzón with World Intellectual Property Organization Director General Francis Gurry on May 29, 2012. Read Full Story


France Publishes 2011 Patent Applicant Rankings

by Ulrika Lomas,, Brussels

Friday, May 4, 2012

The French national institute for industrial property has recently published details of the 2011 rankings for the country’s top patent applicants, based on the number of patents published last year. Read Full Story


US Report Highlights Role of IP in Creating Jobs, Economic Growth

by Glen Shapiro,, New York

Friday, April 13, 2012

The Commerce Department has released a comprehensive report, prepared by its Economics and Statistics Administration and United States Patent and Trademark Office, and entitled “Intellectual Property and the US Economy: Industries in Focus”, which focuses on the impact of intellectual property on the American economy and job creation. Read Full Story


NZ Looks To Join International IP Protocol

by Mary Swire,, Hong Kong

Friday, April 6, 2012

New Zealand looks likely to sign an international protocol on the registration of trademarks, as it undertakes an ‘operational preparedness’ test to ready itself. Read Full Story



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