Patents - Features©2015 Managing Intellectual Property60Patents - FeaturesWhat should influence your decision to opt-out of the UPC?David Wilson, Rachel Montagnon and Christopher Sharp discuss European, Unitary and national patent registration strategies in the context of the option to opt-out of the Unified Patent Court, 22 May 2015 09:54:00 GMTEPO rules on plant patents casesThe EPO’s Enlarged Board of Appeal has held that patents on plants produced by essentially biological process are not excluded from patentability. But Claudia E Unsin and Joseph P Taormino say this is not the end of the debate over the use of patented material by plant breeders, 18 May 2015 13:07:00 GMTHague gives teeth to provisional rightsPublication of design patent applications under the Hague Agreement for the Registration of Industrial Designs increases the value of provisional rights in the United States, as Brent M Dougal explains, 18 May 2015 13:01:00 GMTGlobal awards: The outstanding firms and individuals from the past 12 monthsManaging IP’s annual Global Awards dinner was held in London in March, and attended by guests from all over the world, 24 Apr 2015 13:50:00 GMTNorth America awards: The outstanding firms and individuals from the past 12 monthsManaging IP’s annual North America Awards dinner was held in Washington, DC in March, and attended by guests from all over the US and Canada, 21 Apr 2015 13:50:00 GMTThe rules on recovering costsThe possibility to recover costs in IP cases can be an important consideration in your litigation strategy. Correspondents in Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, the United Kingdom and United States answer six questions about their jurisdictions, 23 Mar 2015 12:00:00 GMTThe Unitary Patent for non-litigatorsMichael Carter, Nick Smee, Luke Kempton and Nick Cunningham analyse the implications of the Unitary Patent proposals for non-contentious matters, and recommend steps that patent owners and licensees should take now, 26 Jan 2015 11:00:00 GMTThe future of forum shopping in EuropeLitigants in Europe are familiar with the concept of forum shopping in patent disputes. But, as Mark Ridgway and Annsley Merelle Ward argue, the UPC promises to offer a whole new set of possibilities, 16 Dec 2014 11:30:00 GMTDigging deeper into NPE patent litigation trendsIt is clear that patent litigation has fallen recently. Managing IP conducted in-depth data analysis to look beyond the headline figures to assess how non-practicing entities are being affected, and which companies have reduced their activity the most, 11 Dec 2014 11:30:00 GMTAnalysis: Software patent lawsuits plummet after Alice The number of software patent lawsuits filed was down 42% in the period from July 1 to October 31 compared with the same period in 2013. This contrasts with a 28% drop in all patent lawsuits during that period, 11 Dec 2014 11:30:00 GMTCompensation for IP infringement in UkraineUnder current Ukrainian IP legislation the mechanism of compensation applies only in cases of copyright infringement. Is this remedy also appropriate for other IP rights?, 11 Dec 2014 11:30:00 GMTThey tried to make me go to PTAB…Should you ever say no, no, no when deciding whether to try invalidating a rival’s patent at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board? Michael Loney looks at the considerations involved, including the falling institution rate and uncertain chances of being granted a stay, 31 Oct 2014 09:45:00 GMT