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Record Cybersquatting Cases Filed With WIPO In 2018

The World Intellectual Property Organization received a record 3,447 domain name dispute cases from trademark owners in 2018 – up 12 percent from the previous year. In addition, there was a 15 percent increase in alternative dispute resolution cases, according to WIPO.

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EPO Patent Filings Still Climbing: US Top Source Overall, Swiss Top Per Capita; China Growth Slows

The European Patent Office continued its seemingly inexorable rise in patent applications, with almost all of its top 20 source countries showing growth in 2018. Nearly half of applications came from Europe, while the United States filed a record number and accounted for one-quarter of all applications, with a 2.7 percent increase over the previous year. Other countries saw significantly higher increases, though China’s rate of increase slowed, and Switzerland far and away filed the most patent applications per capita. Another notable statistic: the number of European patents granted rose 21 percent.

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Summaries Of The Recent US Supreme Court Copyright Decisions: Finnegan LLP

The United States Supreme Court took two important actions on copyright-related matters this week. US law firm Finnegan LLP has summarised the decisions in two separate articles.

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2019 Medicines For Europe Legal Affairs Conference

Advertisement: The 2019 Medicines for Europe Legal Affairs Conference will take place, for the first time, in Amsterdam. In its 15th edition, this conference will provide participants with the opportunity to exchange views and share ideas with leading industry executives and experts, counsel and European institution officials around the latest developments in intellectual property and legal affairs concerning generic, biosimilar and value added medicines within Europe and worldwide.

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Chinese IP Officials Complete Study Of UK, European IP Law

A cohort of senior Chinese officials from the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) has graduated from a four-month training programme at the Intellectual Property Research Institute of Queen Mary University of London.

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Inside Views: Innovation And Regulation Of Gene-Edited Vegetables: An Interview With IP Lawyer Chris Holly

Chris Holly is a practicing intellectual property lawyer with extensive experience helping clients leverage IP portfolios in the agriculture, food, microbiology and biotechnology industries. Intellectual Property Watch's David Branigan interviewed Holly to gain his perspective on the technological, regulatory and intellectual property considerations of next generation plant breeding techniques, in particular those that involve gene editing using CRISPR technology.

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Inside Views: Will US Drug Pricing Politics Change Intimidation Practices Globally?

Fifa Rahman writes: The global health world, particularly as concerns skyrocketing drug prices and patent abuse, is in a unique space in time. Recently, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has been carrying on as per usual. It has threatened the Malaysian and Colombian governments at numerous junctures to prevent them from issuing compulsory licences – a completely legal mechanism which the US uses regularly - to access generic hepatitis C drugs. The Trump Administration has sent delegations to global health agencies in Geneva to intimidate them into reducing, or hiding, work on TRIPS flexibilities and fairer drug pricing.

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US Perspectives: In US, No Remedies For Growing IP Infringements

Ubi Jus Ibi Remedium. Alas, that longstanding legal principle – where there’s a right, there’s a remedy – doesn’t apply to IP owners in the US. Thanks to several Supreme Court rulings interpreting the US Constitution, owners of patents have no recourse when their IP is infringed by US states. Copyright owners now face the same fate, unless the Supreme Court reverses a recent 4th Circuit decision.

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USTR Reports On 2018, Lays Out IP Priorities For 2019; China A Main Target

The Office of the United States Trade Representative has issued its annual report on trade relations with other nations, essentially a report on progress and problems from last year and an agenda for what’s coming this year. Multilateral approaches came in for touch criticism, and on intellectual property rights, a vigorous, repeated focus is China.

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European Patent Office Report Compares Compulsory Licensing Practices By Country

The European Patent Office has published a report detailing differences in the laws and procedures of European countries for the granting of compulsory licences.

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