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EU Strengthens IPR Protection Body

by Ulrika Lomas,, Brussels

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The adoption of a Regulation by the European Parliament and Council is seen to be the first legislative delivery from the strategy of the European Commission towards a single market for intellectual property rights. Read Full Story


International Trademark Filings Set New Record

by Glen Shapiro,, Brussels

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

2011 saw the highest number of international trademark applications ever filed under the World Intellectual Property Organization’s Madrid System for the International Registration of Marks with 42,270 applications, or a 6.5% increase compared to 2010. Read Full Story


WIPO Prepares for Launch of New gTLDs

by Ulrika Lomas,, Brussels

Monday, March 12, 2012

While trademark holders filed a record number of cybersquatting cases with the World Intellectual Property Organization, pre-emptive measures are being organized to prevent the abusive use of trademarks as generic top-level domains. Read Full Story


French Patent Increase Continues In 2011

by Ulrika Lomas,, Brussels

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

In 2011, the French national institute for industrial property recorded a significant increase in the number of patents registered by businesses in France. Read Full Story


Hong Kong Gazettes IPR Tax Deduction Extension Act

by Mary Swire,, Hong Kong

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Hong Kong’s Inland Revenue (Amendment) (No. 3) Ordinance 2011, which implements the proposed profits tax deduction for capital expenditure incurred on the purchase of copyrights, registered designs and registered trademarks, was gazetted on December 16, 2011. Read Full Story


LDCs Request Extension To Implement IP Frameworks

by Ulrika Lomas,, Brussels

Monday, November 28, 2011

Among draft decisions on intellectual property rights set to be tabled at the World Trade Organisation's December ministerial, concessions have been proposed for least developed countries in their efforts to introduce WTO-compliant frameworks for the protection of intellectual property rights. Read Full Story


US, China Conclude Joint Commerce and Trade Meeting

by Leroy Baker,, New York

Thursday, November 24, 2011

American representatives at the 22nd session of the United States-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade, held in Chengdu, China, announced meaningful progress on key elements of the bilateral trade relationship, but also underscored that much more work remains to be done to open China’s market to US exports and investment. Read Full Story


Taiwan Limits Income Tax Exemption On Royalties

by Mary Swire,, Hong Kong

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Taiwan’s National Tax Administration has confirmed that the income tax exemption for royalties paid to foreign enterprises will be limited to the extent of their domestic use. Read Full Story


UK, Mexico Sign IP Agreement

by Robin Pilgrim,, London

Thursday, October 27, 2011

A Memorandum of Understanding, to improve international cooperation between the two nations on issues involving copyright, patents, trademarks and designs, has been signed between the United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office and the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property. Read Full Story


USPTO Reduces Patent Backlog

by Glen Shapiro,, New York

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The United States Patent and Trademark Office has announced preliminary statistics for its fiscal year 2011, during which it said that many of its goals, in both patents and trademarks, were achieved or exceeded. Read Full Story



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