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WIPO Outlines Future International IP Challenges

by Ulrika Lomas,, Brussels

Friday, September 30, 2011

At the opening of the annual Assemblies of its member states, the Director General of the World International Property Organization, Francis Gurry, has reviewed the major challenges faced by the international intellectual property community in the coming years. Read Full Story


Virgin Considers Swiss Tax Move

by Robert Lee,, London

Friday, July 29, 2011

In a tax-blow to the UK exchequer, the Virgin Group is planning to shift a portion of its operations to Switzerland to maximize tax efficiency. Read Full Story


ECJ Clarifies Trademark Liability Of Online Markets

by Ulrika Lomas,, Brussels

Monday, July 18, 2011

The Court of Justice of the European Union, in its ruling in the case of L’Oréal and Others v eBay, has attempted to provide clarification on the liability of companies operating internet marketplaces for trademark infringements committed by their users. Read Full Story


South Korea Joins Trademarks G4

by Mary Swire,, Hong Kong

Monday, June 13, 2011

South Korea will become a full member of the Trilateral Co-operation between the trademark offices of the United States, Europe and Japan, during their next conference later this year. Read Full Story


EU Looks To Revamp IPR Legal Framework

by Ulrika Lomas,, Brussels

Thursday, May 26, 2011

As it believes that the existing European and national rules on the subject are no longer sufficient and need to be modernised, the European Commission has adopted a comprehensive strategy to revamp the legal framework in which intellectual property rights operate in the European Union. Read Full Story


Congress Calls For End To Chinese IPR Infringements

by Glen Shapiro,, New York

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Following the release of a report that its members had requested from the United States International Trade Commission, Senate Finance Committee leaders have demanded an end to China’s violations of US intellectual property rights that, it is said, have had a substantial harmful effect on American economic activity and job creation. Read Full Story


International Trademark Filing Recovered Last Year

by Ulrika Lomas,, Brussels

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

It has been disclosed that international trademark activity recovered in 2010 with the World Intellectual Property Organization receiving almost 40,000 applications under the Madrid System for the International Registration of Trademarks, a 12.8% annual growth rate. Read Full Story


WIPO Launches New On-Line Search Tool

by Ulrika Lomas,, Brussels

Friday, March 11, 2011

The World Intellectual Property Organization has launched a new on-line tool to make it easier to search over 640,000 records relating to internationally-protected trademarks, appellations of origin, armorial bearings, flags and other state emblems, among other items. Read Full Story


Hong Kong Gazettes IPR Tax Deduction Extension

by Mary Swire,, Hong Kong

Monday, February 28, 2011

A legislative bill, seeking to give effect to the proposed profits tax deduction for capital expenditure incurred on the purchase of copyrights, registered designs and registered trademarks, which was first announced in Hong Kong’s 2010-11 budget, has now been gazetted. Read Full Story


Differing Opinions On Online Piracy At Senate Hearing

by Glen Shapiro,, New York

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The United States Senate’s Judiciary Committee has recently held a hearing on the targeting of online copyright infringement and the sale of counterfeit goods, at which differing opinions were expressed on proposed legislation to target websites and combat online piracy. Read Full Story



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