The aim of this guide is to provide its readers with a pragmatic overview of the law and practice of intellectual property law across a variety of jurisdictions.

Each chapter of this guide provides information about the current issues affecting intellectual property in a particular country and addresses topics such as intellectual property rightslicensingenforcementestablishing infringement or liability, and challenges to intellectual property.

The Q&A template for each chapter has been provided by Gordon Harris and Mathilda Davidson of Gowling WLG.

3rd Edition | Published: June 2019

Hot Topic: The Application of Injunction in IP Litigation Cases in China

There is a continuously rising number of IP litigation cases in China in the past five years. For example, the number of civil, administrative and criminal IP cases newly filed before the courts in 2018 reached 334,951, according to the Annual Report on the Judicial Protection of Intellectual Property Rights of Chinese Courts (2018), which is …

Hot Topic: Trademark law and the criteria of distinctiveness

Introduction The traditional way of assessing distinctiveness is strictly focused on the specific national market in which the trademark and product occur, so that a trademark may very well be distinctive in a given market and not distinctive in another. In this article, we challenge this traditional approach and investigate more closely if specific circumstances …

Hot Topic: Intellectual Property – Comparative Guide Introduction

History does not stand still, so nor does intellectual property law. 2016 and so far in 2017 we have seen change and the indication of upheaval to come. In respect of patents, the litigation landscape will be markedly changed by the coming into force of the Unified Patent Court (UPC) in most European countries. The …


Griffith Hack


Di Blasi, Parente & Associados


CCPIT Patent & Trademark Law Office


Christodoulos G. Vassiliades & Co. LLC


Meythaler & Zambrano Abogados


Gowling WLG


Gowling WLG


Dr Helen G Papaconstantinou and Partners Law Firm


Singh & Associates


Reinhold Cohn Group


Legance – Avvocati Associati


Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu


Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill


Fenech & Fenech Advocates

Saudi Arabia

Kadasa Intellectual Property


Amica Law LLC

United States

Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP