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The Ministry of Commerce and Industry has published Draft Patent (Amendment) Rules, 2018 (Draft Rules) for objections and suggestions. The key highlights of the Draft Rules are broadly set out below: International Applications: Patent agents will be required to file all documents, including scanned copies of documents, only by electronic transmission at the time of […]

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Slaughter and May partners have voted two more practice heads on to the firm’s management board. Graham White and Malcolm Nicholson have secured places next to Nigel Boardman, Richard Slater, Steve Edge and Stephen Cook. The vote means that all six of the firm’s practice heads have secured places on the board, despite attempts to […]

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