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Managing IP's most-read stories in October 2019

Rani Mehta, New York

An EPO interview and an article on cannabis trademarks were among the most-read stories of last month


1)      EPO Boards of Appeal chief: revised rules will increase workload

An interview with Carl Josefsson, EPO Boards of Appeal president, topped the charts this month. Josefsson explains what is being done to ensure the boards’ independence and says new rules of procedure can help reduce the “untenable” backlog. (Full interview featured here.)

2)      Cannabis in-house counsel reflect on federal trademark frustrations

Next up was our article on how the inability to register US federal trademarks for cannabis affects companies. Industry in-house counsel say that they want the same trademark rights as any other field.

3)      Highlights from the IP Corporate Strategy Summit in London

In third place was our coverage of the IP Corporate Strategy Summit in London. Highlights of the event included AI, IP finance and even octopuses (the latter metaphorically speaking).

4)      CJEU should create ‘bleeding-edge’ IP divisions

In our fourth most popular story, lawyers discuss the EU General Court’s creation of specialist IP chambers. They say this should prompt the CJEU to follow suit and capitalise on the Unified Patent Court if it comes into force.

5)      Standard Chartered talks IP strategy for fintech and sports sponsorship

Standard Chartered’s head of IP, Nigel King, speaks to Managing IP in our fifth most popular story this month. He discusses fintech protection, brand strategy and sports law.


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