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Everyday IP: Inventing music

Music is a copyright-eligible form of original art, but plenty of inventions past and present ensure that it is played and heard as the artists intended.

What if all IP rights lasted forever?

The concept of Intellectual Property (IP) rights that last forever makes for a fascinating hypothetical — but, in practice, it would be detrimental to creation and innovation.

The now and future of MENAP IP: a roundtable discussion

Our expert panel discuss the current state of IP in the MENAP region and what the future holds.

Cooperation and harmony: IP treaties in MENAP

IP treaties ensure enormous advantages for all kinds of import and export transactions.

Pick your patent poison: to renew upfront or not?

South Africa provides a practical case study of a jurisdiction where only renewals are payable.

MENAP: case law in IP procedures

We examine the interaction of Intellectual Property (IP) procedures with local legislation and case law.

Can memes be Intellectual Property?

Memes are now a pervasive element of popular culture, but where (and how) do they fit into the existing IP landscape?

Publication and opposition issues in MENAP trademark registrations

The publication of a trademark is an essential step in the registration process, but it does not mean registration has occurred or is guaranteed in the near future.

Appointment of new CEO, Tobias Diebold

The Dennemeyer Group enters a new era.

Trademark complications: absolute and relative grounds in MENAP countries

The examination stage of a trademark application, which determines if it will be rejected or progress toward registration, involves specific procedures that must be followed to the letter.

Nice Classifications in fine detail: peculiarities in the MENAP region

Understanding these unique conditions is essential for companies looking to do business in the region.

MENAP: Powers of attorney for trademark filing - necessity or burden?

While PoAs have a certain benefit related to legal certainty, many objections remain against mandating PoAs for trademark filings.