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Manufacturing goods in China can lead to trademark risks

In recent years, companies around the world have reduced their manufacturing costs by taking advantage of China's affordable labour, technical expertise, and industrial infrastructure. However, some unwary foreign companies have found themselves ensnared by Chinese law — and Chinese trademark law in particular.

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U.S. Supreme Court to consider whether human genes are patentable

The United States Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case considering the question of whether human genes are patentable.

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Discerning design marks: When does a change make a mark too different?

The decision to update an existing logo presents a difficult consideration: to what extent can an existing trademark be altered before it is no longer protected under the original registration?

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Settling trademark disputes through co-existence

In the world of commerce, disputes are inevitable and resolving them can be a complex matter. Litigation may initially seem to be the only option. However, coexistence may be a viable and practical alternative for resolving the dispute.

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