All you Need to Know About IP in the GCC

Submitted by editor on Sun, 28/05/2017 - 10:47

The Gulf Cooperation Council comprises six member states: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. While most of these countries have separate national laws which regulate IP protection, the GCC has introduced unified IP laws for the whole region that are congruent with the domestic policy objectives and needs of each GCC county.

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Combating Commercial Fraud in the UAE

Submitted by editor on Sun, 28/05/2017 - 10:26

An effective regime guarding against counterfeit products is one of the essential tools for the UAE to protect local consumers (particularly in the FMCG and pharmaceuticals sectors), brand owners’ rights, and the UAE’s reputation as a jurisdiction which take the rights of brand owners seriously.

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Mind over Medicine

Submitted by editor on Sun, 28/05/2017 - 10:16

How can smarter management of intellectual
property rights in international healthcare
be a win-win situation? Mark Abell explains

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Patent Protection for the Oil Fields of the Middle East

Submitted by editor on Sun, 28/05/2017 - 10:07

here is an increasing need for technology in the Middle Eastern oil fields. The days of “easy oil” in the region are fading into the past and technical solutions to overcome the problems involved in high pressure/high temperature (HPHT) wells, sour gas (significant amounts of hydrogen sulphide) and longer reach/highly deviated wells are now being encountered in the Middle East, as well as in other parts of the world. In this article we aim to provide a brief overview of the way in which companies can protect new technology, specifically via patent protection, in the Middle East and will look at the two main routes available.

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Anti-Counterfeit: What’s Really in Your Basket?

Submitted by editor on Sun, 28/05/2017 - 09:54

Counterfeiting, particularly in the luxury clothing industry, has been an issue that has plagued brands for decades. Recent data from the European Union Intellectual Property Office estimates that 9.7% of sales in Europe are lost to IP infringement in the clothing, footwear and accessories sector, and it is estimated that it costs brands €26.3bn in lost revenue annually. With increasingly more apparel and accessories sales made online via e-commerce platforms, sales of counterfeit products are skyrocketing. Counterfeiters are also constantly innovating their tactics to mask their online identity, making it more challenging to track counterfeit sales back to the source.

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Digital Copies, Exhaustion, and Blockchains: Lack of Legal Clarity to Be Offset by Technological Advancement and Evolving Consumption Patterns?

Submitted by editor on Sun, 28/05/2017 - 09:34

Can you resell the books, CDs, and DVDs that you are no longer interested in having? The answer to this question is easy: usually, yes.

But what about the case of ebooks, music tracks, and films downloaded from the internet? Well, here, the question is more difficult and - at least at the EU level - does not have a clear answer yet. The issue is particularly complex due to both practical and legal reasons.

The following article can be accompanied by these slides I prepared for a recent lecture at Bocconi University in Milan.

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Patently Pending: IP Protection in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)

Submitted by editor on Thu, 25/05/2017 - 09:22

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region ranks poorly in intellectual property rights protection and enforcement. While some countries, notably in the Gulf, are gradually improving, political and economic uncertainty in the wake of the Arab Spring uprisings is hampering progress in much of the rest of the region. Indeed the unrest has thrown a proverbial spanner in the works when it comes to IP enforcement, with the authorities' effectiveness often undermined, while political transition in countries like Libya and Egypt has meant IPR is far from being a top priority. Furthermore, firms are often reluctant to send investigators into dangerous markets such as Iraq and Syria to assess IP infringements.

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6 Unique Challenges for Protecting and Exploiting Intellectual Property in the United Arab Emirates

Submitted by editor on Thu, 25/05/2017 - 09:17

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is an attractive global business centre and gateway to the wider Middle East region for international companies seeking to commercialise and exploit their brands, products and technologies.

However, the UAE is often considered to present risks from an intellectual property (IP) infringement perspective – a perception that potentially can undermine a business’s strategy and desire to build strong brand awareness and regional demand.

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Is There Copyright in the Taste of a Cheese? Sensory Copyright Finally Makes its Way to CJEU

Submitted by editor on Thu, 25/05/2017 - 09:12

Readers with an interest for copyright in unusual or, rather, less conventional 'objects' [I will explain below why the word 'works' might not be appropriate] will know that for quite some time it has been disputed whether IP protection - particularly in the form of copyright - is available to, say, perfumes or culinary creations.

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Facebook's Policy on Intellectual Property.

Submitted by editor on Sun, 14/05/2017 - 21:02

Facebook is a social networking site that makes it easy for you to connect and share with your family and friends online. Originally designed for college students, Facebook was created in 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg while he was enrolled at Harvard University. By 2006, anyone over the age of 13 with a valid email address could join Facebook. Today, Facebook is the world's largest social network, with more than 1 billion users worldwide.

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