The Focus was published in October last year to mark the
40th anniversary of the signing of the EPC, and was
published in association with the European Patent Office. It
· Interviews with EPO President Benoit Battistelli,
WIPO Director General Francis Gurry and EPC Administrative
Council Chair Jesper Kongstad.
· The story of the evolution of the EPC from its
signing in 1973 up to the planned launch of the Unitary
· A timeline showing the key developments in the EPC
and EPO over the past 40 years.
· Views on the role and importance of the EPC from
the epi, ICC, CIPA, AIPLA, GRUR, BusinessEurope and EFPIA.
· Regional (sponsored) chapters on European IP
developments, including social media; the Unitary Patent; the
Faroe Islands and Greenland; Germany; Italy; Mexico and Europe;
Plans for implementing the Unitary Patent and UPC have
accelerated in the past month, with the
launch of the Judges Training Centre in Budapest, a meeting
UPC Preparatory Committee and the publication of the
16th draft of the UPC Rules of Procedure.
France also recently became the latest state to pass the
legislation necessary to ratify the UPC.
In the next few months, the UK legislation laying the
groundwork for ratification (
IP Bill) is likely to be passed by Parliament, and Denmark
will hold a referendum on ratification. There is also expected
to be a public meeting on the Rules of Procedure later this
Managing IP’s April
issue, available online from tomorrow, includes an update
on all the latest developments, focusing on the "known knowns"
and "known unknowns".
From now on, all Managing IP’s new supplements
will be available to download in PDF format, starting with the
2014 China IP Focus, available next month. For links to
downloads, visit the Supplements