By Kathryn Purcell-Hennessy

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First four runners in the 2012 Melbourne Cup. Credit: Ian Currie

Horse racing in Australia is big business. The Melbourne Cup (the “race that stops the nation”) is one of the richest horse-racing events in the world, and up to AUD$781.7 million is expected to have been spent by the public on the big day this year. Recent amendments to the Australian Rules of Racing (Rules), however, restrict the ability of horse owners to exploit the intellectual property associated with their horses. The Australian Racing Board (ARB) ratified the proposed amendments, inserting a new Article 18A into the Rules which came into effect from 1 October 2012.


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This past weekend, over 200 DLA Piper attorneys traveled to Schaumburg, Illinois for the Intellectual Property & Technology (IPT) Practice Group Conference (“Conference”). The Conference’s theme was “Celebration and Commitment.” This three-day event focused on


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By James Stewart

In an exciting development for the international trademark field, the Thai Parliament has issued its approval to move forward with Thailand’s proposed admission to the Madrid Protocol. The Thai Parliament must now amend its trademark laws to conform with the Madrid Protocol. Thailand’s Trademark Office has drafted these amendments which are currently under review. Upon completion of the review period, these revisions must be approved by the legislature. This revision and approval process will take approximately six months.


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By Philip F. Zeidman and Tao Xu

Introduction

It is not difficult to understand why China is viewed by businesses around the world as an indispensable market. Its size alone is staggering (1.3 billion people). Its purchasing power is equally impressive (on a purchasing power parity basis, it is already the second largest economy in the world).

What attracts most prospective sellers of goods and services, of course, is China’s astonishing growth rate.  Even during the recession which has plagued the rest of the world China has continued its remarkable trajectory, with retail spending increasing steadily by 15 percent and more.

For franchisors, there are some aspects of China which make it especially attractive. The size of the middle class, while smaller as a percentage of the population than in some other countries, is a powerful magnet; within a generation it will be roughly 4 times the size of America’s, for example.

Another measurement by which China is almost uniquely attractive is its number of large cities. Since franchisors (or their multi-unit developers or master franchisees) seek out concentrations of population, so as to make it possible to reach their target markets in an economic and logistically feasible fashion, the number of cities in China with more than 1 million population is eye-popping: 94, compared to 9 in the United States.


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By David M. Kramer

A new opportunity is on the horizon for brand owners seeking to expand their online presence in China. Starting September 15, 2012, owners of a valid trademark registration will be able to register .中国 (or “.CHINA”) domain names corresponding to their registered marks.


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By John Wilks and Damian Herrington, DLA Piper UK

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has just announced that the target “Reveal Day” for its new generic Top Level Domain (“gTLD”) program – the day when the list of gTLDs that have been applied for is announced – will be 13 June 2012. This date will be eagerly awaited by brandowners, both those who have applied to register their brands as gTLDs (and will want to see whether anyone has applied for similar domains which may be in competition with their application), and those who may wish to object to a gTLD application which is confusingly similar to their brand.


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One of the packed meetings at the United States-China Adjudication Conference was the trademark breakout session, conducted for the most part in Chinese, with simultaneous translations. Several high-ranking judges in the IPR Tribunal spoke on trademark developments. From a U.S. perspective, there is a keen interest in the protection of well known trademarks either registered or unregistered in China. 


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Beijing Friendship Hotel, along with Beijing’s Renmin University of China, hosted the United States-China Intellectual Property Adjudication Conference. Ann Ford (Washington, DC), along with other DLA Piper partners including Yan Zhao (Shanghai), Ed Chatterton (Hong


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