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29 January 2008

Reviewing the scope of patent law: key decisions from the UK courts

The past 12 months have seen a number of important decisions relating to UK patent law. These decisions span a variety of issues, including

29 January 2008

Fast-moving IP development shows no sign of slowing down

Iceland is a relatively large country but has a small population – its 300,000-strong inhabitants are spread over an area of 103,000 square kilometres, although the vast majority (60 per cent) live in and around the capital, Reykjavik.

29 January 2008

All change for Norwegian patent legislation, damages awards and court procedures

During 2006 and 2007 a number of key IP issues were dealt with by the Norwegian legislature and the courts.

29 January 2008

Latest developments present new challenges

Over the last 18 months major developments have taken place in Lithuanian IP law, resulting from both new legislation and court decisions.

29 January 2008

Due diligence or discount on valuation: what’s it to be?

Patent valuation involves numerous economic considerations. It also requires a technical understanding of the technology covered by the patent and the clarification of issues

29 January 2008

Compliance with the written description requirement in chemical and pharmaceutical patents

The written description requirement in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries is based on a unique, everevolving factual situation necessitating the application of what would otherwise be a technology-neutral statute. In light of the range of issues presented, drafting, prosecution and enforcement strategies have become more complicated, with the courts providing a rather ambiguous guide as to what is sufficient.

29 January 2008

International integration triggers IP development

During a visit to Vietnam in August 2007 Robert Zoellick, chairman of the World Bank, remarked that “Vietnam is the success story of development”. Since Bill Clinton’s visit in November 2000, which for many heralded the openingup of Vietnam to business after decades of post-war isolation, this has been the country’s aim.

29 January 2008

Amending the Patents Act: major changes on the horizon

Until 1995, the Netherlands Patent Office (NPO) granted patents only after substantive examination, in which a technical examiner assessed whether the invention claimed in the application was new and involved an inventive step.

29 January 2008

Tackling inactivity: legislative remedies against the PTO

This chapter looks at the remedies available to trademark and patent owners when the Venezuelan Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) fails to issue a decision on a trademark or patent application within the timeframe established by the law.

29 January 2008

Is Poland sufficiently armed for the war on counterfeiting?

In April 2007 the Polish people welcomed the news that Poland and Ukraine had been selected by the executive committee of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) as joint hosts of the UEFA EURO 2012 Championship Finals.

29 January 2008

Trademark oppositions: extending protection against bad-faith registrations

This chapter considers two aspects of trademark oppositions in Hungary. The first part deals with the opposition process, which was introduced only upon Hungary’s accession to the European Union.

29 January 2008

Modernisation of IP law continues

In recent years various changes have been made to Spanish IP legislation, as outlined in previous chapters of IP Value. Developments have concerned the laws on patents (biotechnology and the Bolar clause in 2002 and 2006), industrial designs (a new act in 2003) and trademarks (a new act in 2002), as well as IP rights in general (implementation of the EU IP Rights Enforcement Directive in 2006).

29 January 2008

Trademark owners draw the battle lines

Against a backdrop of increasing awareness of the value of intellectual property and a modern framework for protecting trademarks and service marks in Jamaica, local and foreign proprietors are drawing the battle lines to preserve their key trademark assets.

29 January 2008

It’s time to take on economists who criticise patents

“Every year, the US economy suffers a consumer welfare loss of an estimated $25.5 billion because current patent law deters productive research, imposes administrative costs, and encourages excessive litigation,”

29 January 2008

Changes to IP legislation ring in the new year

On December 18 2006 the president signed Federal Law 230-FZ introducing Part IV of the Civil Code and Federal Law 231-FZ enacting Part IV of the Civil Code. Part IV comes into force on January 1 2008.