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  • Global heads of IP offices reveal their challenges in the digital economy

    September 05, 2018

    The heads of IP offices from the US, Singapore, China and Japan discussed their role and strategies for supporting innovation in a new economy of enterprises centred on intangible assets

  • What is the stance on plain packaging across Asia?

    August 28, 2018

    IP practitioners are concerned that the WTO ruling on plain packaging encroaches on IP rights and could spell trouble for other industries

  • Fighting parallel imports in Asia

    July 18, 2018

    Issues and tips for brand owners tackling parallel imports in China, Hong Kong and Japan were outlined in a Hogan Lovells webinar

  • The Top 250 Women in IP (2018)

    April 26, 2018

    Managing IP presents this year’s leading female intellectual property practitioners, according to IP STARS research

  • Managing IP Asia Awards winners revealed

    March 21, 2018

    The Asia Awards Dinner was held at the JW Marriott in Hong Kong on March 21, recognising the best intellectual property law firms in the region

  • Managing IP Asia-Pacific Awards 2018 shortlists announced

    February 01, 2018

    Managing IP’s inaugural Asia-Pacific Awards dinner will be held on March 21 at the JW Marriott in Hong Kong. The winners will be chosen from these shortlists

  • Top firms for trade mark work: IP STARS rankings

    February 01, 2018

    Managing IP is pleased to reveal the first set of results of the research for the 2018 edition of IP STARS. Here, we present the leading firms for trade mark work in more than 80 jurisdictions

  • Korea’s catch phrase makers turn to trade marks

    January 09, 2018

    A catch phrase on a popular TV show has been registered as the first catch phrase sound mark in Korea. How do other countries in Asia approach similar sound marks?

  • Protecting images, shapes and colours as trade marks in Asia

    July 25, 2017

    From the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel to the Nokia ringtone and the stripes of 7-Eleven convenience stores, Karry Lai explains why non-traditional trade mark innovation in Asia is more than meets the eye

  • IP in Asia Forum 2017 - reports from Washington DC and Palo Alto

    June 14, 2017

    Managing IP's annual IP in Asia Forums, focusing on developments in China, Japan and Korea, were held in Washington DC and Palo Alto on June 6 and 8

  • News from IP offices

    May 23, 2017

    An open house session with IP office representatives yesterday provided INTA Annual Meeting registrants with the latest IP developments in their respective countries

  • The Top 250 Women in IP (2017)

    May 23, 2017

    Managing Intellectual Property IP STARS has published its annual list of the leading female IP practitioners in private practice

  • Become a brand steward

    May 22, 2017

    Trademark practitioners should take bold steps to become stewards of the brands they advise because consumers, brands and communication channels have evolved, INTA President Joseph Ferretti said at the opening ceremony of the 139th INTA Annual Meeting

  • Japan grants colour trade marks

    April 03, 2017

    In March, for the first time, the Japan Patent Office (JPO) recognised two colour per se trade marks

  • MIP Global Awards 2017: The highlights

    March 15, 2017

    85 awards, including for corporate social responsibility and in-house achievement, were presented at Managing IP’s 12th Global Awards dinner at The Savoy in London last week. The photos from the event have also been published

  • Managing IP Global Awards Winners 2017

    March 10, 2017

    The Global Awards Dinner was held at The Savoy in London on March 9, with 300 guests from 89 firms and 44 countries

  • Cases to look out for in 2017 - Japan and China

    January 13, 2017

    2017 is the year of the rooster. Here are a few forthcoming trials and judgments to crow about in Asia

  • China drives growth in IP filings - WIPO's latest report in numbers

    November 23, 2016

    WIPO has published its annual World Intellectual Property Indicators (WIPI) report with global data on patent, trade mark and design filings in 2015. Here are the key figures at a glance

  • IP Stars 2017 research now underway

    September 05, 2016

    Research for the 2017 edition of IP Stars, Managing IP’s legal directory, starts today. Kingsley Egbuonu and Jennifer Ruther highlight some of the things you need to know and why IP firms and practitioners worldwide should participate by making a submission

  • IP in Asia 2016: the key takeaways

    June 28, 2016

    Managing IP hosted our annual IP in Asia Forum in Paris and London, with sessions on China, Japan and South Korea. Here's a summary of the discussions

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