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Daren Tang takes the reins as WIPO DG

New director general intends to focus on inclusiveness, balance and future-orientation; promises ‘high standards of governance and meticulous financial management’

Ocado delivered patent lawsuit from robot rival

UK’s newly crowned most valuable retaileralleged to have built its ‘foundation’ on rival’s appropriated technology;suits filed before the US ITC, Eastern District of Virginia, and High Court ofEngland and Wales

IKEA in the spotlight over LED imports

Swedish home improvement giant among companies accused by the University of California of infringing five US patents covering various filament LED innovations

Avoid being shipwrecked

Got that sinking feeling? Rachael Barber and Charlotte Wilding advise brand owners on steps to follow should they become aware of counterfeit products being used on their vessels

AIPPI 2020: trade secret litigation increasing

Higher damage awards in China could deter potential infringers; issues across other IP rights are ‘forcing’ rightsholders to look at trade secrets as a new way to protect innovations

SCOTUS set to hear Arthrex case

Supreme Court asked to determine whether administrative patent judges are principal or inferior officers; no other Arthrex-related petitions granted by court

WTO urges for transparency of legal IP frameworks

Transparency vital to allowing member states ‘much-needed clarity’ and enabling ‘mutual learning’ during Covid-19 vaccine battle; compulsory licensing of patents is applicable under TRIPS rules

Trump hit with multiple copyright claims

Creedence Clearwater Revival legend and LinkinPark claim president violates copyright; artists join long list of complaintsseeking to bar president from using their music

UK designers could be 'vulnerable' post-Brexit

As no-deal scenario looms, UK designers dealt ‘significant setback’ over reciprocal unregistered rights protections; Enforcement Strategy an ‘ideal vehicle’ to include criminal provisions for infringing unregistered designs

UK reveals post-Brexit GI protections

All UK products currently protected under the EU’s GI schemes will continue to be protected in UK and EU after transition period ends, government confirms

UK IPO reveals full post-Brexit IP changes

New UK-only GI system, comparable rights information and address for service proposal among changes outlined in new guidance; changes brought in to ‘ensure the smooth departure from EU IP systems’

Handle with care

Paul Cahill explains why any amendments to the UK’s data protection legislation post-Brexit should be revised with caution

Sharing responsibly

Colin Hulme explores how the use of IP rights fit with corporate social responsibility

Following the US path

Will provisional applications prove beneficial for the French patent system, like in the US?

A new dawn

Minn NaingOo providesan outline of Myanmar’s new trademark legislation, explaining how it will setup a modern IP regime in line with international standards

Zoom bombing

Robert JSovesky says companies need to be careful to not let their IP rights ‘zoom’away during online meetings

An infringement pandemic

Perkin Coie’s Patchen Haggerty and Colleen Ganin describe how Covid-19 has created the perfect storm for counterfeiters

Street smart

Banksy’s ‘Flower Bomber’ decision raises interesting questions aboutthe legitimacy of copyright protection for street art

Different yet similar

AIPPI’s 2020 world congress went solely virtual for the first time due to Covid-19. However, laptop screens didn’t prevent lively debate around IP’s hottest topics

Understanding indemnities

Leading IP insurancestakeholders tell IPM how the Covid-19 pandemic has affected IP insurance andhow insurance adds value to IP rights

Combatting Covid-19

After a proposal to waive certain IP rights for Covid-19 vaccines was rejected by the TRIPS Council, Ben Wodecki speaks with Oxfam’s Anna Marriott and Kirkland & Ellis’ Daniel Lim on just how realistic the proposal was

Life on Mars?

Withfuture plans for low Earth orbit hotels and cities on the red planet, Clark W Lackert says it is now time to startcreating an outer space trademark regulatory structure

Increasing inclusivity

UK IPO’s board expresses intent toradically improve inclusivity at the office to support its staff ‘to do theirbest work while they are with us’

Big changes ahead

O’Melveny& Myers’ David Marroso and Daniel Cooper say that the US’ MusicModernization Act is an ambitious system overhaul that is long overdue

Upstream challenge

Rachel Alexander and Freya Hadrill say that the displacement ofBitTorrent by stream-ripping sites highlights the evolving enforcementchallenges faced by the music sector

Sorry not sorry

Whether aparticular use is ‘fair’ remains a complex, amorphous inquiry that oftenresults in unpredictable outcomes, say Jason DRosenberg and Kristin M Adams

Famous last words

Companiesshould ensure they go through the proper channels and clearances needed forcelebrity usage when marketing brands in the US, says Antony J McShane

Dangers of retweeting

A recentsupreme court ruling from Japan found that automatic trimming of images couldgive rise to infringement of moral rights

Time for a patent change?

The latestconsultative draft of China’s Patent Law has been published, Norton RoseFulbright’s Justin Davidson explores theamendments

Hub, hub and away

Singaporecould be regarded as one of the chief harbours and promoters of IP rights inAsia and globally, says Lim Siau Wen

Patents to save the planet

Morrison &Foerster’s Susan Mac Cormac, Rufus Pichler and OtisLittlefield argue that patent licensing is a potentially powerful toolto address climate change

Patentability in Australia: part 2

Concluding a two-part series, Sudhanshu Ayyagari compares IP Australia’sapproach to software patentability with other major jurisdictions

Financial firepower

In the aftermath of the pandemic and as recessionary forces start to bear down, businesses will need to think harder than ever about how to protect assets, say Liberty Specialty Markets’ Matthew Hogg and Edward Cartwright

Come to light

Force majeure clauses in IP contracts are often overlooked in negotiations, but now more than ever they deserve their time in the spotlight, say Andrew Priest and Samantha Woodley

Five common frustrations with outside counsel

Remenick Law’s J Baron Lesperance has been both in-house and outside counsel and here provides a comprehensive perspective on how to overcome the most frequent frustrations with outside counsel