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  • EPO makes UKIPO director a vice-president

    October 10, 2018

    The European Patent Office has appointed Stephen Rowan as vice-president for its patent granting process

  • Max Planck paper is “new angle of attack” on UPC

    October 10, 2018

    A reply by an anonymous writer with extensive knowledge of UPC and EU law to the Max Planck Institute’s impact study of Brexit on the UPC has contended that parts of the study are based on the wrong assumptions and are attacking the project. The author tells Managing IP about the reply’s main arguments

  • CJEU adviser weighs in on Dutch skinny label dispute

    October 05, 2018

    Advocate general says when a generics company sends an amended summary of product characteristics with a carve out to the authorisation authority, that act has the effect of limiting marketing authorisation

  • Analysing the Max Planck UPC paper

    October 05, 2018

    A new paper has concluded that the UK cannot stay in the UPC after Brexit. Managing IP speaks to the author and in-house and private practice lawyers to unpack the important points of the research

  • Christian Archambeau’s challenges as EUIPO executive director

    October 02, 2018

    The administration of the EUIPO’s new leader – seen as a “safe pair of hands” – will be marked largely by its approach to a post-Brexit and the post-graphical representation Europe

  • Brexit no-deal IP guidance published

    September 25, 2018

    The UK government has published guidance on trade marks, copyright, patents, geographical indications, designs and exhaustion, confirming trade mark cloning and giving more information on SPCs and GIs. However, more information on exhaustion is still needed

  • Some highlights from the European Patent Forum in Munich

    September 25, 2018

    In-house and private practice lawyers discussed artificial intelligence, evolving business models, UK UPC compatibility and the proposed SPC waiver at the European Patent Forum in Munich

  • Highlights from the European Patent Forum in Paris

    September 24, 2018

    In-house and private practice lawyers discussed driverless cars, protection strategies in a digital world, compulsory licences, the UPC and FRAND at the European Patents Forum in Paris

  • How to patent AI in Europe

    September 24, 2018

    Directors from the European Patent Office gave guidance at this year’s European Patent Forums in Munich and Paris on how inventors can successfully patent their artificial intelligence or machine learning solutions

  • Inside thyssenkrupp’s IP reform strategy

    September 24, 2018

    The CEO of the intellectual property arm of a multinational steel producer and engineering firm told delegates at this year’s European Patent Forum in Paris about how the company established protection for its 600 legal entities, ensuring new IP was managed effectively

  • How driverless cars could change the automotive IP landscape

    September 24, 2018

    In-house counsel at Nissan, Audi, Nokia and Viaccess-Orca shared their views at the 2018 European Patent Forums on how litigation, licensing, protection strategies and regulation could change in the automotive industry with the emergence of driverless cars

  • CIPA urges UK government to stay in EUIPO after Brexit

    September 17, 2018

    The president of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys has sent a letter to the UK prime minister and Brexit secretary asking the government to negotiate continued participation in the EU trade marks and designs system after it leaves the bloc

  • UK in UPC after Brexit is “incompatible with EU principles” – Max Planck Institute

    September 13, 2018

    An association of German research institutes has concluded in a paper that extending unitary patent protection to the UK post-Brexit through an international convention would create a “fictitious unity” that is incompatible with EU law

  • How patent-heavy businesses are planning for the UPC and unitary patent

    August 24, 2018

    Counsel at pharmaceutical, telecommunications, car and plastics manufacturers, and medical charities tell Managing IP about their considerations for the unitary system

  • Assessing data on EPO oppositions

    August 15, 2018

    Data published by Haseltine Lake reveals trends in European patent oppositions in 2017, as well as data on opponents, opposed patents, IPC subclasses and decisions

  • Analysis: CJEU SPC basic patent ruling “doesn’t give any more clarity”

    August 07, 2018

    The CJEU attempted to clarify the meaning of “protected by a basic patent” in Teva v Gilead, but practitioners and in-house counsel say it raises more questions than it has answered including a new test that is not clear

  • Unitary Patent and UPC update: news from Bulgaria and the UK

    August 01, 2018

    Managing IP rounds up developments related to the Unified Patent Court and Unitary Patent in July

  • Christian Archambeau recommended as EUIPO executive director

    July 17, 2018

    Appointment expected to be a formality after European Council permanent representatives committee votes for acting EUIPO executive director to take role permanently

  • CJEU ruling confirms new scope for specific mechanism

    June 21, 2018

    Patent and SPC holders can stop parallel imports from new EU states to old ones if equivalent protection wasn’t available for patents at the time of filing but was for SPCs, CJEU rules in Pfizer v Orifarm

  • The state of SPCs: issues that life sciences companies should watch

    June 06, 2018

    In addition to the European Commission’s proposed Supplementary Protection Certificates waiver, we identify the biggest SPC cases and analyse Brexit’s implications

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