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1 Who was revealed this week to have an annual
salary of $800,000?
A WIPO Director General Francis Gurry
B UK IP Minister Baroness Wilcox
C USPTO Director David Kappos
D ICANN President and CEO Rod Beckstrom
2 From November 1, which national patent office
began to accept applications in English?
3 Which brand owner has filed over 100 UDRP
complaints at WIPO in 2011, making it the most prolific
complainant this year?
B Hoffmann-La Roche
4 Which law firm’s Chinese name
translates as 'flying scholars’?
A Allen & Overy
5 Which of Managing IP’s 50 most
influential people once featured in a comic book wearing a red
cape and goggles?
A Cory Doctorow
B Sir James Dyson
C The Kaiser Chiefs
D Tian Lipu
6 In which UK case this year did Sir Robin Jacob
sensationally admit to having been wrong?
A Dyson v Vax (designs and vacuum cleaners)
B Ranbaxy v Warner Lambert (patent for atorvastatin
C Vestergaard v Bestnet (trade secrets and mosquito
D Virgin Atlantic Airways v Premium Aircraft
Interiors (patents for aircraft seats)
7 Who was arrested this year on suspicion of
corruption after authorities raided their flat and found
$73,300 in cash, 3.8kg of gold ornaments and ownership
documents for six other flats?
A A former WIPO official
B An Indian trade mark office member of staff
C A Chinese man convicted of counterfeiting Viagra
D The head of a European collecting society
8 Who held a barbecue for someone or some people who
were having problems with IP law?
A Former partners of Howrey in Texas after the firm was
dissolved in March
B Supporters of a Samoan player fined for wearing a branded
mouthguard during the Rugby World Cup
C A group of South Africans supporting a tribe to protect
its traditional knowledge in court
D South Koreans raising money for Samsung in its battle
9 How many .eu Europe domains did a Chinese
cybersquatter register before a Brussels court ruled that they
must be released for sale?
10 What was described by one IP lawyer as "utter
twaddle" this year?
A An Australian report explaining that copyright
infringement was all the fault of the owners not providing
B The section of the America Invents Act dealing with
C Righthaven’s legal arguments
D Proposals to fine those who repeatedly download infringing
content in New Zealand
11 Which Icann board member said "every aspect has
been examined six ways from Sunday" after the gTLD programme
was approved in June?
A Bruce Tonkin
B Erika Mann
C Steve Crocker
D Mike Silber
12 Which lawyer led a well-known
patent troll to victory in US Supreme Court in June, when the
Court upheld a damages award of close to $300
A Paul Clement
B Seth Waxman
C Richard Bress
D J Michael Jakes
13 What was the subject of the Court of Justice of
the EU’s first Community design decision in
A An office chair with adjustable headrest
B A tablet computer with bevelled edges
C A disc used in children’s games
D A chocolate shaped like a rabbit
14 Who surprised the US IP community by linking
patents directly to job growth in a January
A David Kappos
B Barack Obama
C Joe Biden
D Newt Gingrich
15 How many patent applications does China expect to
receive annually by 2015, according to a SIPO statement in
D 1 million
16 It emerged this year that
Apple had registered how many Community designs for smartphones
in just one day?
17 What does the new US
Register of Copyrights Maria Pallante (right)
A Sugar sachets
B Dried beetles
C Classic computer games
D Rubber ducks
18 An Australian blogger used a brand’s
trade mark next to pornographic images on his website,
prompting a court order. Which brand was it?
C Karen Millen
19 What key provision’s last minute
removal almost resulted in US patent reform being blocked for a
A The gatekeeper provision on damages in patent
B Inequitable conduct language
C Language guaranteeing USPTO funds cannot be diverted to
other agencies or held back
D A controversial amendment regarding patent term extension
for pharmaceutical inventions
20 Which national IP
office appointed a former brigadier general as its chief
executive in June?
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