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Intellectual Property

20 May 2019
Jennifer Ponton Act now: follow this to-do list to save money on Canadian trademarks before 17 June 2019

Canada - Smart & Biggar

Canada's trademark regime is changing, bringing about dramatic amendments to the law, regulations and practice. These long-awaited changes will have a significant impact on brand owners in terms of both strategy and costs. In order to prepare for the changes, brand owners should consider renewing and classifying registrations, filing multi-class applications, pushing allowed applications to registration and ensuring that all portfolios are troll-proof before the new law enters into force on 17 June 2019.

Author: Jennifer Ponton
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Abigail Smith Amendments to Patented Medicines Regulations expected to come into force no earlier than Spring 2020

Canada - Smart & Biggar

Health Canada recently released its Forward Regulatory Plan 2019-2021: Regulations Amending the Patented Medicines Regulations. This brief document provides a high-level overview of the anticipated amendments released in draft form on 2 December 2017, the expected impact of these amendments and the consultation process.

Author: Abigail Smith
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Cesare Galli Unitary patent and UPC – Italy moves forward

Italy - IP Law Galli

The government recently adopted provisions to coordinate national legislation with the EU Unitary Patent Regulation and the Unified Patent Court (UPC) Agreement. Italy has chosen a proactive approach to the UPC system, aligning its national law with the system's substantive rules in all respects.

Author: Cesare Galli
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Koketso Molope How a 'House of Bonang' can house its intellectual property

South Africa - KISCH IP

Many celebrities extend their brands by venturing into various industries, such as Bonang Matheba who recently launched her own range of sparkling wine. While these endeavours can work well, they also create opportunities for individuals to infringe on the IP rights embedded in celebrities' respective ventures. As such, there are a number of IP rights that celebrities can use to maintain control over their brands and regulate how they are used by others.

Authors: Koketso Molope, Luyanda Ntuli
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Recent updates

At van Rooy How to protect new plant varieties

South Africa - KISCH IP

Author: At van Rooy
Daniel R Zuccherino Sweet tooth: new appellation of origin introduced

Argentina - Obligado & Cia

Author: Daniel R Zuccherino
Urszula Wojtyra Competition Bureau publishes final updated IP Enforcement Guidelines

Canada - Smart & Biggar

Author: Urszula Wojtyra
Ana-Laura Morales Supreme Court ends pharmaceutical companies' battle over TRIPS Agreement

Spain - Grau & Angulo

Author: Ana-Laura Morales
Nan Jiang State Council revises regulations for import and export of patented technologies

China - Wanhuida Peksung IP Group

Authors: Nan Jiang, Paul Ranjard
Julia Carretero EU Trademark Court rules on use of well-known trademarks to sell smell-alike perfumes

European Union - Grau & Angulo

Author: Julia Carretero
Alexander Vida Fifty shades of violet: court finds likelihood of similarity between two colour marks

Hungary - Danubia Patent and Law Office LLC

Author: Alexander Vida
Roderick Chalmers Hoynck van Papendrecht Not all alterations of architectural works result in infringements of moral rights

Netherlands - AKD The Netherlands

Author: Roderick Chalmers Hoynck van Papendrecht

Upcoming event

IBA – 7th Annual World Life Sciences Conference

31 May - 1 June 2019 – Philadelphia, USA

This year's event will feature dynamic roundtable sessions, as well as concurrent sessions covering the hottest topics and the latest developments from across the different sectors of the life sciences industry.

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