Israel and 17 other examining authorities have now set up a Global Patent Prosecution Highway. The 17 offices involved in the GPPH pilot are IP Australia (IP Australia), Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO), Danish Patent and Trademark Office (DKPTO), Hungarian… Read More ›
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Israel Supreme Court Rules that Rights Owners Should Bear the Costs of Destroying Infringing Goods Stopped by Customs Where Collecting from the Importer is not Possible
Israel Supreme Court reverses Tel Aviiv District Court ruling against Customs charging IP rights holders for storage and destruction of infringing goods where the importer abandons the goods and disappears.
The Israel Ministry of Trade, Industry and Labour has hosted a two-day conference on TRIPS. The impressive speaker’s list on the first day included: Dr Guy Pessach of the Hebrew University, who spoke about the controversial Premier League decision, (see Moving Copyright Goalposts?), now… Read More ›
Levi Strauss Successfully Sues Counterfeit Jean Importer into Israel; Judge slams Israel Customs for billing Levi’s for Storage and Disposal of the Jeans
In a very interesting ruling, Tel Aviv Judge Abraham Yaakov ruled that Israel Customs were wrong for attempting to charge Levi Strauss for the cost of storing and eventually destroying counterfeit jeans confiscated, according to Customs, on behalf of Levi Strauss…. Read More ›
The Brazilian Government has successfully sued the US at the World Trade Organization (WTO) for illegally subsidizing cotton producers, thereby making it difficult for Brazilian companies to compete therewith. America spearheaded GATT and TRIPS and essentially set up the WTO to enforce their… Read More ›
Israel to be downgraded from the Offenders section of the US Special 301 list
Book Review on “the Implementation Game” by Caroline Deere, a single volume reference work about implementation of TRIPS reform by developing countries.
Possibly in retaliating to the United States’ infamous annual US Special 301 Report, the European Commission has released a report finding fault with a number of American IP practices. In the report: United States Barriers To Trade And Investment For… Read More ›
For the third year running, Israel appears on the Priority Watch List
Ambassador John Bruton, Head of the European Commission Delegation to the United States, issued the following statement on March 19, 2008: “At a time when there is increasingly impressive cooperation between the EU and the U.S. in combating intellectual property… Read More ›