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In the lead

After 40 years in pole position, the US has lost its number one spot for most PCT system applications at WIPO, with China taking the coveted place in 2019. Catherine White explores the figures

Blockchain boom

Nike’s latest blockchain patent indicates that filings and growth in this technology show no signs of slowing. Saiful Khan explores

Pandemics, patents, and 3D printing

3D printing technology is being used to supply much needed medical equipment and devices in the midst of the Covid-19 crisis, but what are the legal pitfalls? Lucas S Osborn explores

Working together

Paul Ragusa presents strategies for addressing proposed AI regulations to coexist with IP law

Africa’s health check up

With a focus on Covid-19, Craig Kahn and Margaret Le Galle provide a brief overview of the continent's compulsory licensing and Bolar exemption situation

Green tech finds a way

Finnegan’s Charles T Collins-Chase and Paul Townsend explain how IP can combat the climate crisis

Green cleaning

Drone inventor Ridha Azaiz explains that obtaining IP rights in the greentech industry should be made easier

West to Waco

Victor C Johnson considers the legal changes that have been made in the Western District of Texas that has led to Waco’s growth as a major IP city

Suboptimal situation

Speakingexclusively with IPM, UPC Preparatory Committee chair Alexander Ramsayexpresses his disappointment at the UK government’s decision to pull out of thecourt system

Harnessing change

The mostresilient IP portfolios will be ones that emerge from the pandemic havingadapted to changes in resource, opportunity and risk, say Katie Goulding and Chris Benson

Virtual law

US courtsare expanding their use of teleconferencing technology to conduct hearings andoral arguments, but this presents its own set of unique challenges. Aaron Oakley explains

Collect call

From Skypeto Zoom, courts, lawyers and clerks are adapting their working practices tokeep adjournments and backlogs to a minimum and maintain open justice

Home learning

BergerSingerman’s Heidi Tandy discusses whatconstitutes fair use when educators in distance learning use resources duringthe Covid-19 pandemic

Moving target

The LawSociety’s Michael Hawkins explains that IPrightsholders will have to adapt their legal strategies to keep their businesses running amidstthe virus pandemic

Protecting your image

AnnieWebsper and MartinHenshall explore the legal means available in the UK to protect imageand likeness

Legal laggard

Naveen Modi, Ashley Mays-Williams and Rebecca Hilgar consider the steps needed toimprove diversity and inclusion in the legal profession

Trademark to the core

Brand promotion is key to ending anti-IP sentiment and the IP community needs to demonstrate its value in order to make fakes passé. Catherine White talks to INTA president Ayala Deutsch

Working together

Paul Ragusa presents strategies for addressing proposed AI regulations to coexist with IP law

Private matter

Ryan N Phelan considers the data privacy law and IP considerations for biometric-based artificial intelligence innovations

Crystal maze

Jason A Leonard explores thepotential benefits and areas of risk that arise in patenting polymorphs in theUS

Smell test

Philip Lapin explainsthat Canada’s new trademark act allows protection for virtually anything, but this also brings new challenges

Solving the puzzle

Non-traditional marks have been notoriously tricky toregister. Jonathan Ball and Zoe Pearman discuss recent EU case lawaddressing the vagaries of such protection

Holding back the years

This edition marks the 10-year anniversary of IPM and, to mark the occasion, Maura O’Malley, Catherine White and Ben Wodecki take a trip down memory lane, picking some of the articles that have meant the most to them

Immersive branding

Developments in augmented and virtual reality are opening the door to a new world of trademarking possibilities. Mark Kramer and Camille Arnold explore

Head start

In order to remain competitive, both established and start-up businesses in the FMCG industry require a sound branding and trademark policy, says Tim Rose