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The future of Section 101
cover story assesses the chances of a change to the test
for patentable subject matter under Section 101 in the US.
Calls for changing 101 are increasing. In January, for example,
a proposed amendment from the Intellectual Property Owners
Association provided one concrete way to do it. We spoke to
patent practitioners including IBM’s Manny
Schecter, Cravath’s David Kappos and Drinker
Biddle’s Bob Stoll to assess what impact 101 is
having now and what should change.
Three articles in the April issue cover developments in the
Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU).
In the first, Alice Stagg
summarises the most interesting of the 16 trade mark
decisions in 2016. These covered a variety of topics and
challenges for brand owners.
In the second, Brian Cordery and Steven Willis
look at how the CJEU has approached Article 3(a) of the SPC
Regulation, specifically what being "protected" by a patent
Lastly, David Stone
looks forward to some of the biggest design decisions
expected in 2017. While 2016 was a quiet year for design
decisions in the EU Court of Justice, 2017 looks to be a
cracker year of important cases.
The top copyright firms
In the final part of our annual IP
Stars rankings of the top IP firms worldwide, we revealed the
best law firms for copyright work. This means that all of the
2017 IP Stars firm rankings are now available to view and
search on IPStars.com. You can
read more about the methodology behind the rankings
here. The research for next year's IP Stars will start in
October this year and more information about making submissions
and arranging interviews will be available online then.
And there’s more!
In other articles in the April issue,
Ruth Burstall and Birgit Clark
investigate blockchain’s potential use in
registration, tracking, enforcement and payment in
fashion and other IP-intensive industries, Sirena Rubinoff
provides a guide to the arguments over the patenting of
living organisms, and Shaun Tan
reports that Myanmar may have opened up in the past five
years but its IP laws are still frozen in time.
Not done there, our diarist
Utynam reports on curiosities from
the first CITMA Spring Meeting, his favourite trade mark
applications using the term Brexit and more.
You can also find out about the latest developments in IP in
countries from Argentina to Vietnam in our international
briefings (sponsored; free access).