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22 Oct 2018

Trade secret worries stall $4.1bn Chinese acquisition in Chile

Stake in mining giant would shore up China’s position in the battery tech supply chain. But top shareholder tells Chile’s highest court that the investment could result in loss of trade secrets.

24 Sep 2018

Postponement of ruling on key pharma “pipeline patents” case leaves Brazilian life sciences industry in lurch

Supreme Court has taken nearly a decade to rule on a constitutional challenge to a controversial law allowing pharma companies to bypass the regular patenting process

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26 Sep 2018

Industrial property renewed in Mexico: risks and challenges for applicants and practitioners

The year 2018 will be remembered as the time in which the Mexican industrial property system underwent its most significant changes in nearly 25 years. Read more

25 Sep 2018

Turrialba cheese: a tasty designation of origin

Geographical indications have allowed for trademark protection within numerous multilateral, bilateral and regional trade agreements. Read more

25 Sep 2018

Patenting in Brazil

The Brazilian National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI) has been facing an application backlog problem for a long time. Read more

20 Jul 2018

China and South Korea will displace the West as the world’s innovation leaders by 2029

New report claims status of US, EU and UK as leading innovators under threat as they struggle to maximise return on R&D investment.  Read more

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30 Sep 2016

The growth and benefits of specialised jurisdictions for IP cases

A growing number of countries have specialised IP courts, but their powers are varied and they are organised in different ways Read more

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25 May 2018

Modernisation of international treaties – impact on life sciences

Mexico’s statutory IP law, the Industrial Property Law (enacted in 1991 and modified in 1994), resulted from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiations with the United States and Canada and the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPs). Read more

25 May 2018

Medical use of cannabinoids – analysis of Brazilian authorities’ position

The medical use of cannabidiol – one of several cannabinoids found in plants belonging to the cannabis genus – has increased significantly over the past two decades. Read more

30 Sep 2016

The growth and benefits of specialised jurisdictions for IP cases

A growing number of countries have specialised IP courts, but their powers are varied and they are organised in different ways Read more

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30 Sep 2016

The growth and benefits of specialised jurisdictions for IP cases

A growing number of countries have specialised IP courts, but their powers are varied and they are organised in different ways Read more

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20 Jun 2018

IPBC Latin America to be held in Rio de Janeiro on 29th November

New addition to IPBC family to throw spotlight on IP strategy and value creation in the region.  Read more

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20 Jun 2018

IPBC Latin America to be held in Rio de Janeiro on 29th November

New addition to IPBC family to throw spotlight on IP strategy and value creation in the region.  Read more

12 Oct 2017

The IT continuum: challenges to IP and relationship management

The Internet of Things (IoT), big data analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) are IT mega-trends that are not only evolving rapidly, but also infiltrating practically every industry, including agriculture, transformation industries, healthcare… Read more

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21 Dec 2016

Trade dress: a broad umbrella of protection

The Internet of Things allows objects to be sensed or controlled remotely across existing network infrastructure. As in any competitive market, original and innovative products or services – if successful – will attract unwanted attention from copycats, and a better understanding of how these can be protected by trade dress can thus be crucial. Read more

30 Sep 2016

The growth and benefits of specialised jurisdictions for IP cases

A growing number of countries have specialised IP courts, but their powers are varied and they are organised in different ways Read more

31 Aug 2016

Protection of trademarks regardless of registration

The Special Federal Attorney's Office and the Brazil Patent and Trademark Office recently drew up an opinion on the practical application of Article 124(XXIII) of the Industrial Property Law. The article prohibits the registration of a trademark that reproduces or imitates, wholly or partially, another trademark that the new applicant must have been aware of due to its own activity. Read more

20 Jul 2016

How to protect weak trademarks

The recent rejection by the Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office of the well-known Selaria brand, owned by famous luxury store chain Richards, has reawakened debate on an old topic: what defines the strength of a trademark? In order to avoid the grey area surrounding the protection of weak marks, rights holders should take certain steps to strengthen their marks. Read more

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