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James Nurton

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  • Wed, 10 January 2018

    Top five Brexit priorities – critiquing the UK IP profession’s view

    The UK IP profession has set out five key areas where action is needed to ensure continuity and certainty as the UK government prepares to leave the EU. Managing IP provides commentary on them

  • Tue, 24 October 2017

    Read the IP STARS directories digital editions

    Our three annual IP STARS directories comprise hundreds of pages of rankings, commentary and profiles. Luckily, you can now read and download them in digital form

  • Thu, 19 October 2017

    Read the September and October digital editions online

    Our most recent issues includes features on Brexit, Actavis v Lilly, CRISPR, Cuba, the UDRP, 3D trade marks and the Life Sciences Awards winners

  • Wed, 18 October 2017

    Read all the news from this year's AIPPI Congress in Sydney

    About 1300 people attended this year's AIPPI Congress. Read and download each issue of the daily newspaper, published by Managing IP, for all the reports, interviews and photos

  • Thu, 05 October 2017

    Doctrine of equivalents, CRISPR and Cuba feature in our latest issue

    The October 2017 issue of Managing IP includes a special feature on patent litigation in Europe after Actavis v Eli Lilly, as well as articles from Argentina, Australia, China, Cuba and South Africa. It is the 270th issue of the magazine – and my last as editor

  • Mon, 02 October 2017

    2017 edition of Asia-Pacific Focus published

    Our annual publication includes sponsored articles from China, India, Japan and South Korea

  • Tue, 26 September 2017

    Latest patent and trade mark developments in China

    Our dedicated China pages have been updated with the latest articles from our sponsors

  • Mon, 18 September 2017

    Doctrine of equivalents after Actavis v Eli Lilly

    Two months after the UK Supreme Court's landmark judgment in Actavis v Eli Lilly, more questions are being asked about its impact throughout Europe

  • Wed, 30 August 2017

    Surviving Brexit: highlights from our September issue

    Our special focus on Brexit includes an interview with Tim Moss, the new head of the UK IPO. Plus we have features on the UDRP, forum shopping in trade mark cases, patents versus trade secrets, the tangled web of communication to the public and much more!

  • Wed, 23 August 2017

    Get your conference news here!

    Managing IP will be publishing daily newspapers at the AIPPI World Congress in Sydney and the AIPLA Annual Meeting in Washington DC in October

  • Fri, 18 August 2017

    Which are the most significant patents?

    We want to know which patents readers think have been the most important: send us your suggestions online, by email or on social media

  • Tue, 25 July 2017

    Brexit and EU registered rights - a fantasy

    The UK voted to leave the EU, so how could it remain part of the EU trade mark and design systems?

  • Fri, 30 June 2017

    Report reveals growing importance of trade secrets

    At least one in five companies have suffered trade secret theft, and 82% of executives say trade secrets are an important, if not essential, part of their business according to a new report

  • Wed, 28 June 2017

    Read our bumper mid-year issue online now!

    Our mid-year issue of Managing IP magazine includes a special feature on recent US Supreme Court decisions, focusing on the TC Heartland case, and also includes articles from China, Germany, the UK and Vietnam - and much more!

  • Wed, 14 June 2017

    Read the May issue online

    Our bumper mid-year issue of Managing IP will soon be available, but until then you can still read the May issue in digital format

  • Tue, 30 May 2017

    Women in IP annual reception 2017, Barcelona

    Thanks to all those who attended the annual Women in IP Network reception during the INTA Annual Meeting in Barcelona. We have posted photos from the event on our Facebook page

  • Thu, 18 May 2017

    Procedural, not legal, issues will be key to UPC success

    The lessons from two recent mock trials are a reminder that there will be many procedural questions and divergences when the UPC launches - and these could be critical to the outcome of cases

  • Tue, 09 May 2017

    All set for Barcelona?

    The world's IP practitioners will be heading to Barcelona next week for the IACC Spring Conference and the INTA Annual Meeting

  • Mon, 08 May 2017

    Representation in the UPC

    Once the Unified Patent Court is up and running, patent owners and defendants will have some interesting choices to make about representation

  • Tue, 02 May 2017

    Read the Europe IP Focus 2017 for free

    Managing IP's latest supplement includes articles on the UPC, Brexit, SPCs, website blocking, EPO amendments, the new Spanish Patent Law and the Digital Single Market

  • Fri, 28 April 2017

    IP Strategy Forum held in London

    Managing IP hosted the first IP Strategy Forum in London on World IP Day, April 26

  • Tue, 25 April 2017

    Read our latest issues in digital format

    As well as being able to read, and search, articles on, did you know you can also read our special digital versions?

  • Mon, 20 March 2017

    New articles on patent and trade mark developments in China

    Links to a range of article on patent and trade mark developments in China are now available on our dedicated jurisdiction pages

  • Wed, 15 March 2017

    IP Inclusive wins first corporate social responsibility award

    On March 9, over 300 guests attended The Savoy in London to celebrate their achievements in IP. The Managing IP Global Awards Dinner recognised almost 90 firms from over 40 countries for non-contentious and contentious services in trade mark, copyright and patent law. Other awards were given to firms to watch and those with strengths in IP transaction

  • Mon, 13 March 2017

    New views on Brexit at CITMA meeting

    What will happen to EU trade marks and registered Community designs when the UK leaves the EU? That's a complicated question, but a lot of work is going on to address it

  • Fri, 10 March 2017

    A discussion on second medical use patents

    What is the most challenging issue in IP law at the moment? Several topics come to mind – FRAND, patentable subject matter, intermediary liability, disparaging trade marks – but no list would be complete without including second medical use patents

  • Mon, 06 March 2017

    A preview of this week's International Patent Forum

    Managing IP's annual International Patent Forum takes place this Wednesday and Thursday, and includes a keynote from Mr Justice Arnold and panels on the UPC, Brexit, the Internet of Things, second medical use patents, FRAND and much more

  • Wed, 01 March 2017

    Highlights from the March 2017 issue

    Hard copies of our latest issue are now on their way to readers all over the world. But you don't need to wait for the post: subscribers can read the full contents online now!

  • Fri, 20 January 2017

    Can the UPC really be ready to launch in December?

    The UPC Preparatory Committee believes that Europe's new patent court can become operational this year, despite the challenges of recruiting judges, securing the remaining ratifications and Brexit

  • Wed, 11 January 2017

    Book now for upcoming events and awards dinners

    Find out more about this year's International Patent Forum, US Patent Forum, Awards Dinners and other events on our dedicated page

  • Wed, 21 December 2016

    Annual survey reveals top firms for PCT work

    Managing IP's annual review of PCT data, compiled by RWS inovia, ranks the top firms for PCT work internationally, in Europe and in jurisdictions from Australia to the US, as well as the fastest-growing firms

  • Fri, 16 December 2016

    Kit Kat, Glee, UPC, Hong Kong and more - the week in IP

    This week we have short updates on the Kit Kat and Glee cases, ratification of the UPC Agreement and a new member of the Managing IP team. Plus: how you can read up to five articles online without paying a penny!

  • Wed, 14 December 2016

    Read up to five articles on for free!

    We're pleased to announce the launch of a new online access system for today. Anyone can now read any five articles, including blog posts, free of charge

  • Thu, 24 November 2016

    Expert witnesses in patent litigation around the world

    Expert witnesses can be decisive in the outcome of patent cases, but rules on their use vary widely. We invited correspondents in Germany, Japan, the UK and US to discuss procedures and practical tips

  • Wed, 23 November 2016

    INTA Brussels marks 10th anniversary with Digital World conference

    The Digital Single Market, managing brands online and the Internet of Things are a few of the topics on the agenda of INTA's Digital World Conference, which takes place in Brussels on December 1 and 2

  • Fri, 11 November 2016

    Meet Managing IP during November and December

    We are hosting a number of events over the next few weeks, and will also be attending others so we hope to see you at some of them

  • Fri, 28 October 2016

    Read all the latest news from the AIPLA Annual Meeting

    Managing IP is this week attending the AIPLA Annual Meeting in Washington DC, and publishing the AIPLA Daily Report

  • Wed, 19 October 2016

    Brexit and the Unitary Patent: where are we now?

    Could the Unitary Patent go ahead without the UK? We asked that question in this week's Brexit webinar, and the answers may surprise you

  • Thu, 29 September 2016

    Special focus on PTAB in our October issue

    The latest issue of Managing IP includes a special feature on the 4th anniversary of the PTAB, including an interview with Chief Judge David Ruschke, and comparative articles on challenging patents in Australia, the EPO, Japan and Korea

  • Tue, 13 September 2016

    Managing IP webinars coming up soon

    We have a number of webinars planned during September and October, starting today with our launch of the IP Stars 2017 research

  • Wed, 07 September 2016

    Slowly, a post-Brexit picture will emerge

    The government may not yet be able to explain what the UK will look like after it leaves the EU, but practitioners are working hard to consider how IP rights will be affected

  • Fri, 26 August 2016

    Share your views on IP strategy

    IP consultancy Aistemos is conducting a survey on how IP strategy is considered at Board level

  • Fri, 19 August 2016

    Managing IP out and about over the coming months

    Members of Managing IP's editorial and sales teams will be attending numerous events during September and October. We look forward to seeing you at some of them!

  • Thu, 11 August 2016

    Join us for UPC, Unitary Patent and Brexit discussions in Munich and Paris

    Managing IP's next events are our European Patent Forums, being held in Munich on September 6 and Paris on September 8

  • Wed, 20 July 2016

    Have you explored our topic pages recently?

    Many of the articles in Managing IP's online archive, which goes back to 1999, are easily accessible via our topic pages. Here's how to find them

  • Wed, 13 July 2016

    ASEAN and more in our bumper mid-year issue

    Our special mid-year issue of Managing IP highlights a year of articles and interviews focusing on IP in south-east Asia. Plus there are pieces on the UPC, Russia, abandoned brands, genomics, SPCs and much more ...

  • Fri, 24 June 2016

    Brexit and IP: a primer

    Managing IP answers your questions about the impact of Brexit on IP

  • Wed, 22 June 2016

    Ranking the IP rankings

    European countries scored well in the latest Global IP Index, published by law firm Taylor Wessing, but the United States plunged to 24th place. That is in stark contrast to another index of IP regimes, published by the Global IP Center in February this year

  • Mon, 20 June 2016

    Brexit, PCT, FC Barcelona, VOB and WIBL – our weekly IP roundup

    In Michael Loney’s absence this week, I’m rounding up IP developments, focusing on Europe and in particular Brexit, the PCT, FC Barcelona, an important copyright case at the CJEU and last week’s Women in Business Law Awards.

  • Wed, 08 June 2016

    Latest IP developments in Asia

    Our IP in Asia Forum will take place this year in Paris on June 21 and London on June 23. Register now to ensure you are up to date on the latest developments in the region

  • Wed, 01 June 2016

    Women in IP Network Annual Reception

    Almost 200 people attended the second Women in IP Annual Drinks Reception, which was held during the INTA Annual Meeting in Orlando

  • Thu, 19 May 2016

    Managing IP at the INTA Annual Meeting

    Fourteen of our team will be in Orlando for the INTA Annual Meeting starting this Saturday, so please do come and visit us at our booth #207, read the INTA Daily News and say hello if you see us around

  • Wed, 11 May 2016

    Highlights from the May 2016 issue

    All the details of our 2016 awards winners, sports sponsorship, OEM trade mark infringement, design law in the US and EU, ambush marketing in Brazil and our latest UPC scenario are all featured in the bumper May 2016 issue of Managing IP

  • Mon, 25 April 2016

    Celebrating World IP Day

    “Digital Creativity: Culture Reimagined” is the theme of the 17th annual World IP Day, which is being celebrated on April 26 2016

  • Wed, 13 April 2016

    What's inside our April issue

    Copyright rankings, design developments, managing brand protection, a rare patent case in Hong Kong, our latest UPC scenario, and why you have been doing patent drawings wrong - just some of the articles in the April issue of Managing IP

  • Tue, 29 March 2016

    Make your nominations for the Global Anti-Counterfeiting Awards 2016

    Managing IP is delighted to be working with the GACG on the 2016 Global Anti-Counterfeiting Awards. Nominations can now be made

  • Thu, 24 March 2016

    Join our first Africa Roadshow in NYC or via the web

    Managing IP, in partnership with Adams & Adams, will host our first Africa Roadshow in New York CIty on April 6. You can attend free of charge or, if you are not in New York, listen to part of the programme online

  • Mon, 21 March 2016

    Why we've signed up to IP Inclusive

    Managing IP has joined law firms, IP firms, barristers' chambers, associations and companies in signing the IP Inclusive charter

  • Tue, 15 March 2016

    All the news and photos from Awards season

    Here's where you can find details of all the winners of the Global Awards 2016, held at The Savoy London on March 10

  • Fri, 11 March 2016

    PTAB, utility models and patent rankings - highlights from the March issue

    Our March issue includes the second part of the annual IP STARS rankings, listing the top firms for patent work worldwide. In addition, we take a look at a couple of topical issues: PTAB trends in the US and utility models in emerging markets

  • Tue, 08 March 2016

    Latest IP developments in Turkey

    The 2016 edition of our Turkey IP Focus is now free to read online

  • Fri, 05 February 2016

    How to enter Europe's new design awards

    The new EuropaDesign awards will celebrate excellence in design and design management among RCD owners. You can enter yourself or nominate someone else

  • Wed, 03 February 2016

    Now online: IP Stars 2016 trade mark rankings

    The first part of the annual IP Stars rankings of the leading IP firms in more than 70 jurisdictions is now available

  • Fri, 29 January 2016

    A year of change in Europe

    Regular readers will know that the EU Unitary Patent and UPC are set to transform patent practice in Europe. But do you also know about the reforms being planned or discussed for trade marks, designs, geographical indications, copyright, trade secrets and enforcement in the EU?

  • Fri, 29 January 2016

    Last chance to take part in the Global IP Index

    The law firm Taylor Wessing is working on its fifth Global Intellectual Property Index, and the deadline to take part is Friday February 5

  • Wed, 13 January 2016

    Some practical questions about the UPC

    As the clock ticks down to the launch of the Unified Patent Court, interest is increasing in how the yet-to-be-appointed judges will handle cases, who they will be and what impact the UPC will have in Europe

  • Wed, 06 January 2016

    What Managing IP has in store in 2016

    As the new year gets underway, here’s a glimpse of what Managing IP has planned in print, online and at our events

  • Wed, 23 December 2015

    Battistelli defiant in interview about EPO reforms

    EPO President Benoît Battistelli told us he believes he has the support of the majority of staff for his reform programme, and denied he was cracking down on freedom of speech, in an interview with Managing IP this week

  • Wed, 16 December 2015

    The A-Z of IP In 2015

    As 2015 draws to a close, James Nurton looks back on some of the year’s major IP developments – from the Australia High Court to Zynga – and provides links to our coverage of them

  • Wed, 09 December 2015

    Judges, more judges and IP in literature

    In the weekly Managing IP blog round up, James Nurton reports on some recent comments by judges in the UK, looks at an IP issue concerning a different type of judge, and asks: what is your favourite representation of IP in literature?

  • Wed, 02 December 2015

    Jeremy Phillips, design awards, IP Australia, IP Inclusive and a special offer – the week in IP

    Goodbye Jeremy Phillips, DesignEuropa awards, IP policy in Australia, inclusiveness in the IP professions and a special subscription offer are the topics in this week’s weekly roundup from Managing IP

  • Mon, 30 November 2015

    Join us for the European Patent Forum USA in New York and San Jose

    Following the success of last year’s events we are running two more conferences on European patent reform, in New York on December 8 and San Jose on December 10. Both are free for in-house counsel

  • Thu, 19 November 2015

    Time to talk about Brexit

    We don’t normally do politics in this blog. But given growing speculation about the implications of a possible UK withdrawal from the European Union (known rather inelegantly as Brexit), there are at least three areas that IP practitioners need to think about

  • Tue, 03 November 2015

    Could a computer do your job?

    Artificial intelligence is developing so fast that a patent will be filed, and granted, without human intervention within 25 years. That was the proposition at a debate organised by the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys in London

  • Mon, 26 October 2015

    Signs of our times: introducing universal sign marks

    It's increasingly common for marketers to want to use design marks without any words. An article in our latest issue looks at some of the trade mark issues this trend raises

  • Wed, 21 October 2015

    Eight highlights from the AIPPI Congress in Rio de Janeiro

    Managing IP's team were among the 1600 IP practitioners in Rio de Janeiro for the AIPPI Congress last week. From the plenary voting room to the beach, here are a few memories

  • Thu, 08 October 2015

    Looking ahead to the AIPPI Congress

    If you are attending the AIPPI Congress in Rio de Janeiro next week, look out for the AIPPI Daily Report and visit our booth in the exhibition area

  • Wed, 30 September 2015

    Seven takeaways from the Luxury Brands & Retail Forum

    The room in Le Meridien Piccadilly in London was packed last week for Managing IP’s first Luxury Brand & Retail Forum. James Nurton shares a few highlights from the presentations

  • Fri, 25 September 2015

    The pros and cons of the Madrid Protocol

    Fran Jagla of Lane Powell, Jeff Epstein of Cowan Liebowitz & Latman and Mark Bullard of Lecorpio took part in our webinar “Mad about Madrid” and discussed the pros and cons of the Madrid System, specific issues that arise in Mexico, Colombia and Cuba, and notable issues for the pharmaceutical, fashion and move industries. They also took several questions from the audience

  • Tue, 22 September 2015

    Join our next webinar on the Madrid Protocol

    Our next Managing IP webinar is taking place this Thursday and is titled “Mad about Madrid: How to leverage Madrid Protocol to your best advantage”

  • Wed, 16 September 2015

    MARQUES Annual Conference, Vienna 2015: Day 1 round-up

    James Nurton selects five highlights from the first 24 hours of this year’s MARQUES Annual Conference, spanning everything from neuroscience to survey evidence and Austria’s biggest brands

  • Wed, 09 September 2015

    Show us the evidence!

    Increasingly, and rightly, policy-makers demand evidence about the impact proposed changes will have. Why is it so rarely forthcoming?

  • Fri, 04 September 2015

    Your IP Stars research questions answered

    If you are responsible for submitting questionnaires and information for legal directories, make sure you spend an hour catching up with yesterday’s webinar on the 2016 IP Stars research

  • Wed, 02 September 2015

    Trade mark cluttering, Olympic logo, EMI amnesty, Crestor and Ariosa – the week in brief

    In this week’s round-up of IP developments, James Nurton reviews trade mark, copyright and patent developments in Europe, Australia, Japan and the United States

  • Wed, 26 August 2015

    How IP practice is changing

    How might your work change in the next 10 years? Or 20 years? With daily deadlines and clamorous clients, most IP practitioners probably don’t have the luxury to predict the future. But maybe that’s exactly what you should be doing

  • Sun, 16 August 2015

    MARQUES Annual Conference, Vienna 2015: Day 1 round-up

    James Nurton selects five highlights from the first 24 hours of this year’s MARQUES Annual Conference, spanning everything from neuroscience to survey evidence and Austria’s biggest brands

  • Fri, 14 August 2015

    Patents, innovation and The Economist

    You’re sitting on a plane waiting for a flight when Henry Kissinger, famed for his intellect, sits next to you. Ready for a good chat?

  • Wed, 12 August 2015

    Find out about the research for the 2016 IP Stars

    We are hosting a webinar next month to introduce the research for, and answer your questions about, the next edition of Managing IP’s IP Stars

  • Tue, 28 July 2015

    Meet our most diverse MIP 50 ever

    Is the IP world becoming more diverse? This is the 13th year we have compiled a list of the most influential people in IP, and there are a greater range of figures included than ever before

  • Tue, 21 July 2015

    Tell MARQUES about yourself and win a bottle of Cremant

    Trade mark association MARQUES is running a survey to find out more about its members and other IP professionals, and it closes on July 27

  • Tue, 14 July 2015

    Learn about the latest luxury goods law

    We’re delighted to announce our first Luxury Brand & Retail Forum, which will be held in London in September this year

  • Tue, 07 July 2015

    IP in Asia (2) – four takeaways

    In the second part of our roundup from the recent IP in Asia Forums in Europe, we look at utility models and enforcement in China, as well as the latest developments in Japan and Korea

  • Thu, 02 July 2015

    IP Stars listings and analysis now fully available

    The IP Stars website has been updated and now includes all of the 2015 law firm and individual rankings, as well as commentaries on all the major jurisdictions

  • Fri, 26 June 2015

    Arnold and Birss reversed, Swiss polyglots and Kozinski’s lecture – the week in IP

    In this week’s roundup of IP developments, we focus on judges. The England & Wales Court of Appeal reversed decisions in Actavis v Lilly and Smith & Nephew v ConvaTec, there was a landmark in Switzerland’s Federal Patent Court and Judge Alex Kozinski visited London

  • Fri, 19 June 2015

    How to make open innovation work

    No fewer than four reports addressing open innovation have landed in my Inbox in the past couple of weeks. Is this just a coincidence, or is there a trend?

  • Thu, 18 June 2015

    In-house patent counsel: we want your views on the UPC!

    The past few months have seen important developments regarding the fees, procedures and rules for the new Unitary Patent and UPC system in Europe. In the light of these, we are inviting in-house counsel to complete a short survey and to win an iPad mini 3

  • Mon, 15 June 2015

    SPCs demystified in our next webinar

    Our next webinar on June 23 will discuss the latest developments regarding supplementary protection certificates (SPCs) in Europe

  • Mon, 08 June 2015

    Making sense of the UPC fee proposals

    The consultation on the court fees, SME support and recoverable costs for the Unified Patent Court runs until July 31 and provides an opportunity for anyone to help shape this important aspect of the proposed new patent system in Europe. A series of events in the UK over the next month will provide more information

  • Thu, 04 June 2015

    Anti-counterfeiting: handle with care

    Thanks to the Anti-Counterfeiting Group for alerting us that today is World-Anti-Counterfeiting Day (at least in the UK – apparently the occasion takes place on other dates elsewhere)

  • Tue, 02 June 2015

    Share your views on the Unitary Patent and UPC

    What do you think about the Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court? Law firm Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co is seeking the views of companies and professional advisers.

  • Wed, 27 May 2015

    Moving towards some FRAND and SEP answers

    Telecoms companies have been litigating questions arising from standard essential patents and (F)RAND terms for more than a decade. But are they any closer to getting useful answers?

  • Thu, 21 May 2015

    Join us in London and Munich for the IP in Asia Forum

    Two one-day events in Europe on June 9 and 11 will cover the latest IP developments in China, Japan and South Korea. Registration is free for in-house counsel

  • Wed, 20 May 2015

    Grey market strategy wall map

    If your office needs brightening up, and you also want easy access to information on worldwide approaches to grey goods, then you need our new wall map, produced with Baker & McKenzie

  • Thu, 07 May 2015

    Highlights from INTA’s biggest ever meeting

    Nearly 10,000 trade mark practitioners registered for the INTA Annual Meeting in San Diego this week. Managing IP was there to record what was said, heard and seen

  • Tue, 05 May 2015

    Unitary Patent: Stop talking, start planning

    Today is a turning-point for patents in Europe. The Court of Justice of the EU has ruled on Spain’s challenge to the Unitary Patent Regulations, and we need to start looking forward to how the new system will work in practice

  • Thu, 30 April 2015

    Download the new Managing IP app!

    The beta version of the brand new Managing IP app can now be downloaded from the Apple App Store by iPhone and iPad users

  • Wed, 22 April 2015

    EU trade mark deal struck, so what happens now?

    Finally, after five years of debate, there is an agreement on reform to the EU Trade Marks Directive and CTM Regulation. While there is a cautious welcome for what has been agreed, we are likely to enter a new period of adaptation and scrutiny

  • Wed, 15 April 2015

    Two trade mark questions to be clarified in Europe

    A revealing discussion of the Interflora Adwords case at the recent Fordham IP Conference is a reminder that English judges have unfinished business at the CJEU

  • Tue, 31 March 2015

    Twitter Q&A with Professor Hugh Hansen - the highlights

    Managing IP hosted a Twitter Q&A with Professor Hugh Hansen of Fordham Law School on March 25. Thanks to Storify, here are all the questions submitted with Hugh's succinct answers

  • Thu, 19 March 2015

    Twitter Q&A on March 25 with Professor Hugh Hansen

    Professor Hugh Hansen of Fordham Law School is known for asking tough questions of judges, corporate counsel and government officials at the annual Fordham IP Conferences. Now you can turn the tables and put him on the spot in a Twitter Q&A next Tuesday

  • Wed, 18 March 2015

    Free webinar: using data to reinvent IP management

    Can IP managers learn lessons from Moneyball? Our next webinar will examine how you can use data to reinvent your IP management

  • Fri, 13 March 2015

    Global Awards Dinner 2015: your tweets and pictures

    Using Storify, Managing IP has collated news and pictures about the Global Awards Dinner, which took place in London this week

  • Wed, 11 March 2015

    International Patent Forum: five highlights from day 1

    The UK IP minister, the Unified Patent Court, SEPs and software patenting were among the topics being discussed at Managing IP’s annual International Patent Forum at the Waldorf Hilton in London this week

  • Tue, 24 February 2015

    Meet the Managing IP team: James Nurton

    Get to know Managing IP's managing editor, James Nurton

  • Mon, 23 February 2015

    Unitary Patent and UPC – the story so far

    In-house counsel say they want more information on the Unitary Patent and UPC. Here’s some of our recent coverage – and a glimpse at what we have planned

  • Mon, 23 February 2015

    Managing IP’s first 25 years – a timeline

    Managing IP marks its 25th anniversary this year. Here are some of the landmarks in our development, from the launch of the magazine in 1990 to the world of webinars, Twitter and our Chinese-language website

  • Wed, 18 February 2015

    Managing IP research timetable 2015

    The first part of our annual research into the global IP market, covering the leading firms in patent work, was published this month. We will be posting further rankings and analysis between now and June. Here are the details

  • Mon, 16 February 2015

    In-house counsel: take our Unitary Patent survey

    Share your views on the Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court by answering a few simple questions, and you have the chance to win an iPad mini 3

  • Mon, 16 February 2015

    Special awards to celebrate a decade of IP excellence

    This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Managing IP Awards, which recognise outstanding work by law firms around the world, as well as celebrating in-house teams and individual achievements

  • Thu, 12 February 2015

    Join us for the fifth annual International Patent Forum

    I’m pleased to share with all readers a special offer to attend our fifth annual International Patent Forum, being held in London on March 10 and 11

  • Wed, 11 February 2015

    Latest IP updates from around the world

    Japan’s new patent opposition system, opportunistic bad faith in the UDRP and the revival of medieval indulgences in Russia are among topics covered in our sponsored international briefings this month

  • Tue, 03 February 2015

    Concerns over Europeanisation of IP law

    With the Unitary Patent on the horizon, more voices are expressing reservations about the role of both judges and EPO. Should we be worried?

  • Fri, 30 January 2015

    Bifurcation and the UPC – comments welcome!

    The possibility for judges to separate infringement and validity is one of the most controversial aspects of the proposed Unified Patent Court. What are your views?

  • Thu, 29 January 2015

    Meet the new model patent litigator

    The emergence of multinational patent disputes demands new skills from patent litigators. What impact will this have on the IP profession?

  • Tue, 27 January 2015

    An insight into IP in Turkey

    One of the pleasures of working in IP is the opportunity it provides to meet and learn from legal practitioners all over the world. Our recent interview with Cesur Kilinç of Anadolu in Turkey is an example of this

  • Wed, 14 January 2015

    Protecting nation brands and country names

    Should special protection be given to nation brands and/or country names when it comes to trade marks? The question is attracting more attention and scrutiny

  • Wed, 24 December 2014

    IP highlights of 2014 - on Twitter

    As this year draws to a close, we shared some of the most important and interesting developments on Twitter using the hashtag #ip2014. We've compiled some of the best on Storify

  • Fri, 19 December 2014

    Work in London and want to enhance your IP library?

    Due to our office relocation, Managing IP is auctioning a number of IP-related books in aid of our charity partner AMREF

  • Mon, 15 December 2014

    The IP highlights of 2014

    The Alice decision in the US; INTA’s first Annual Meeting in Asia; controversial copyright exceptions in the UK; and China’s new Trade Mark Law all attracted attention this year. What were your highlights of 2014?

  • Tue, 09 December 2014

    Don’t miss our webinar on IP strategy

    Our next webinar, on Thursday this week, promises to be essential for anyone who manages or advises on creating and managing a corporate IP portfolio

  • Wed, 26 November 2014

    Progress on UPC Rules highlights inertia on fees

    As patent practitioners gather in Trier, Germany to debate the UPC Rules of Procedure, they are likely to be pleased with the progress made. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said regarding the fees for the new system

  • Wed, 19 November 2014

    Latest developments in IP in Mexico

    The use of the Madrid Protocol, border protection, software patents and the TPP are among the topics analysed by contributors to our latest Mexico Focus, published this month

  • Tue, 18 November 2014

    Happy 20th birthday to OHIM

    Trade mark VIPs from all over the world were in Alicante yesterday to mark the 20th anniversary of OHIM and the opening of new facilities, including offices, a reception area and auditorium. James Nurton shares his impressions

  • Wed, 12 November 2014

    The number one issue for IP owners

    What is the biggest challenge for IP owners entering emerging markets? This was one of the questions addressed by the UK’s IP attachés, who were visiting London recently from their bases in Brazil, China, Singapore and Switzerland

  • Mon, 10 November 2014

    Country updates in our November issue

    This month, our regular correspondents cover topics such as test data protection, third-party trade mark use, copyright protection of databases, the launch of an IP Marketplace and Google’s fight against a genericness claim

  • Thu, 06 November 2014

    Play Interflora Snakes & Ladders

    Following the Court of Appeal's decision to order a retrial in the Interflora v Marks & Spencer keywords litigation, you too can now try your luck in the UK courts with our unique Interflora snakes & ladders game

  • Wed, 05 November 2014

    Avoid the antitrust trap in Asia

    Are Chinese regulators unfairly targeting overseas companies for antitrust violations, in a bid to defend domestic industries?

  • Wed, 29 October 2014

    Shout if you want a grace period

    Do patent owners want a harmonised grace period? The question is worth asking in the light of recent work done by AIPPI and the Tegernsee group of patent offices, as well as comments made following the passage of the America Invents Act

  • Wed, 22 October 2014

    Copyright reform: it’s not about what or how, but who

    Mr Justice Arnold made a compelling case for a new UK Copyright Act in his recent Herchel Smith lecture. But is his proposal for a committee of experts the best way to achieve it?

  • Tue, 14 October 2014

    Two pharma patent questions that warrant further discussion

    Pharma Day at last month’s AIPPI Congress in Toronto included presentations on many topical issues, but of particular interest were two points raised by one of the speakers, David Rosenberg of GlaxoSmithKline. Both of them touch on patent protection in Europe, the relationship between originators and generics and the role of the planned Unified Patent Court

  • Wed, 08 October 2014

    Who will be the UPC winners and losers?

    The launch of the Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court could revolutionise corporate IP strategies in Europe. But it could also have a big impact on professional IP advisers

  • Wed, 01 October 2014

    UPC questions centre on judges and costs – video interviews

    Lawyers, economists and in-house counsel identified the quality and training of judges, consistent application of the rules and the costs of using the new system as the key questions regarding the Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court that need to be addressed, in a series of video interviews conducted by Managing IP at the recent European Patent Reform Forum in Munich

  • Wed, 24 September 2014

    Five notes from MARQUES Day 1

    The Annual MARQUES Conference is breaking records and tackling digital technology in Copenhagen, Denmark. Here are five highlights from the first 24 hours

  • Wed, 03 September 2014

    Advice on early resolution of IP disputes

    Next week we’ll be hosting a free webinar on successful early resolution strategies for IP disputes, featuring Edward A Mas and Leland G Hansen of McAndrews Held & Malloy and Vaishali Udupa of Hewlett-Packard

  • Wed, 27 August 2014

    Five IP trends we’ll be tracking this year

    These five topics have the potential to change IP strategy and practice. We’ll be analysing them during the coming 12 months and beyond

  • Fri, 22 August 2014

    Edinburgh Fringe, Fast & Furious 6, Irish referendum, IP Week – this week’s round-up

    Despite the holiday season in much of the world, IP activity doesn’t stop. Here are five items of news this week, covering parodies, piracy, the UPC and developments with our editorial team

  • Wed, 13 August 2014

    Trade secrets get sexy

    It seems like legislators around the world have woken up to the need to protect trade secrets. But are more laws really the way to prevent misappropriation?

  • Wed, 13 August 2014

    What do in-house counsel think about the Unitary Patent & UPC?

    There are many questions that remain to be answered about Europe’s pending Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court. But perhaps some of the most important, and also most difficult, are: who will use it? What will make them want to use it? And what will scare them off?

  • Wed, 30 July 2014

    What’s in the July-August issue of Managing IP

    The list of the 50 most influential people in IP is one of Managing IP’s most popular regular features. This year, we’ve taken a slightly different approach to it.

  • Fri, 25 July 2014

    A tale of sports stars, rappers and lawyers

    I spent Tuesday morning this week learning about IP licensing from Lionel Messi, Sachin Tendulkar, Marilyn Monroe and Jimi Hendrix at a seminar discussing celebrity endorsement and music rights

  • Fri, 25 July 2014

    FedEx, LVMH/eBay, TM surveys, universities and Chubby Checker – the week in IP

    Settlements between LVMH and eBay and between Chubby Checker and HP, new life for trade mark surveys, Fed Ex in the dock and the universities with the most US patents – some of the IP-related news you may have missed this week

  • Mon, 21 July 2014

    Not so influential now - UK replaces IP minister

    Well, this is embarrassing. Just a week after we revealed this year’s list of the 50 most influential people in IP, and before many subscribers have even received their hard copies of the July/August issue, one of our selections has been sacked

  • Wed, 09 July 2014

    The sweet smell of success - or failure

    There’s an interesting discussion going on over on our LinkedIn page about IP protection for fragrances

  • Wed, 25 June 2014

    In the debate about IP enforcement, words matter

    At the recent International IP Enforcement Summit in London the need for better communication about IP was raised by several speakers. It was a theme that also came up in a panel discussion I moderated at last week’s ECTA meeting in Alicante

  • Mon, 16 June 2014

    IP Summit needs to reach out beyond Westminster

    Last week’s International IP Enforcement Summit, jointly hosted by the UK IPO, OHIM and the European Commission, featured some powerful statements. But now the challenge is to make them heard where it really matters – outside in the real world

  • Thu, 12 June 2014

    Football World Cup quiz

    To mark the World Cup 2014, Managing IP is presenting a sport-and-IP themed quiz. We will add a new question, related to one of the 32 participating teams, each day. Check back the following day for the answer.

  • Tue, 10 June 2014

    Who are the most influential people in IP this year?

    Around this time of year we compile our list of the 50 most influential people in IP. Who do you think should be included?

  • Tue, 03 June 2014

    Mediation – the question no one dares to ask

    Many of the world’s leading IP mediators were in Alicante last week for a conference on the subject hosted by OHIM, which offers its own mediation service in appeals cases and has so far seen 10 requests for mediation

  • Wed, 14 May 2014

    What’s different about INTA this year?

    At the first INTA Annual Meeting to be held in Asia, everyone’s talking about what’s different. One thing we’ve noticed is the participation of government officials. What does that tell us?

  • Fri, 02 May 2014

    Why brands will win from new gTLDs

    Brand owners may feel like losers in the latest round of gTLD launches, but in the long term they may be the winners. Here’s why

  • Wed, 30 April 2014

    World IP Day movie quiz: the answers

    There was a lot of interest in our quiz on IP in the movies last week. If you want to know the answers to all 15 questions, read on. If not, look away now

  • Fri, 25 April 2014

    Fordham IP Conference 2014: Day 1 highlights

    James Nurton rounds up five bits of news from the first day of the Fordham IP Conference in New York

  • Tue, 22 April 2014

    Download your copy of our Europe IP Focus

    The past two months have seen some important developments with the Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court, and readers can now download our most recent Europe IP Focus for more background information

  • Tue, 22 April 2014

    World IP Day 2014 quiz

    The theme of this year’s World IP Day is “Movies – A Global Passion”, so Managing IP has compiled 15 questions about IP in the movies. How many can you answer?

  • Tue, 22 April 2014

    World IP Day interview part 1: WIPO Director General Francis Gurry

    Ahead of this year’s World IP Day on April 26, and following his recent re-election as WIPO Director General, Francis Gurry spoke to Managing IP about movies, piracy and his favourite film

  • Wed, 16 April 2014

    The people from the IPO want to help you

    Ronald Reagan famously quipped that the nine most terrifying words in the English language are “I’m from the government, and I’m here to help”. But a call from the UK IPO may not be quite so scary

  • Wed, 16 April 2014

    What 52% tells us about the Unitary Patent discussions

    There’s lots of good stats in the UK IPO’s excellent Corporate Plan 2014-17. One of the most revealing is that more than half of its income comes from European patent renewals

  • Tue, 08 April 2014

    Trade mark publication trends: Boom and BUSTT

    You’ve probably heard of the BRIC countries, and maybe also the MINT group. But in trade marks, the future is BUSTT

  • Mon, 07 April 2014

    From FRAND to the IP crisis, Fordham hits the hot topics

    Want to know what the most interesting, complex and controversial IP issues are today? The programme for the 22nd annual Fordham IP Law & Policy Conference is a good place to start

  • Fri, 04 April 2014

    India, UPC and copyright rankings: latest issue of Managing IP

    Subscribers will soon receive their paper copies of our April issue. But you can read all the contents online now, including a special feature on India; the latest FRAND developments in Europe; an update on the UPC and the final part of our annual survey

  • Thu, 20 March 2014

    Managing IP Global Awards 2014: the winners

    Awards were presented to the leading national, regional and global firms at a ceremony at the Dorchester, London on March 19

  • Wed, 05 March 2014

    Less than two weeks until International Patent Forum 2014

    Software patents, standard setting, the Unified Patent Court, life sciences, China, Russia tax and transfer pricing are all on the agenda at Managing IP’s annual International Patent Forum, taking place on March 18 and 19

  • Thu, 27 February 2014

    Why everyone's talking about Finnegan

    It was a notable day for the US law firm Finnegan yesterday. Veteran litigator Don Dunner made his debut at the US Supreme Court at almost exactly the same time as the firm marked the opening of its London office with a seminar and reception

  • Fri, 21 February 2014

    Should judges promote settlement?

    Chief Judge Toshiaki Iimura gave a well-received lecture on “how Japanese IP litigation really works” at UCL’s Institute of Brand and Innovation Law on Wednesday. Judging by reactions afterwards, his most provocative comments were about the role that judges can and should play in helping parties resolve disputes

  • Wed, 12 February 2014

    When social media can be a brand owner's friend

    There are plenty of examples of how social media can be used to dilute or undermine brands. But a recent UK case involving the TV programme glee showed that twitter can also help trade mark owners

  • Tue, 04 February 2014

    What’s behind the UK trade mark litigation boom?

    Almost every week seems to bring a new trade mark decision in the UK. Here are five reasons why litigation over brands may be increasing

  • Tue, 04 February 2014

    How to be a successful IP firm

    It’s the question we are most asked, especially at this time of year: how do we decide our rankings? The implicit question is – of course – how does my firm move up them?

  • Fri, 24 January 2014

    The sad status of trade mark surveys

    British judges are known for their measured language. When a judgment includes a word written in all capitals, it could signal annoyance. When that word is also printed in bold type, it suggests something closer to frustration

  • Thu, 16 January 2014

    SCOTUS justices must step up on software patents

    Few topics in IP have proved as divisive and difficult in the past 20 years as patent protection for software. A sensible decision from the US Supreme Court in the Alice v CLS Bank case could help to bring peace

  • Wed, 08 January 2014

    2013: how was it for you?

    Was 2013 a tough year for patent owners, or did it bring positive developments? And what does 2014 have in store?

  • Tue, 17 December 2013

    Free content in our latest issue

    The combined December/January issue of Managing IP is now live on the website, and it’s a good opportunity to highlight some items that are freely available to all readers

  • Wed, 11 December 2013

    Don’t miss our webinar on trolls and damages

    What are trolls and do they present a problem? Is the patent system failing? Is the law on apportionment of damages being applied correctly? What, if anything, needs to be done?

  • Thu, 05 December 2013

    The patent party won’t last forever

    We are seeing a patent Bubble; we should not necessarily expect a Bust. But we might be wise to prepare for a Correction

  • Wed, 27 November 2013

    The pace of patent litigation reform is speeding up

    It was the day before the AIPLA Annual Meeting and, while IP lawyers busied themselves networking at the Marriott Wardman Park, over on Capitol Hill Chairman Goodlatte was revealing the Innovation Act. Just a month on, his bill has made remarkable progress

  • Tue, 26 November 2013

    Branding and innovation - strange bedfellows

    Brands promote innovation. The proposition sounds wrong, but a recent WIPO report suggests some links which, when you reflect on it, make a lot of sense

  • Tue, 19 November 2013

    Brand owners are still not ready for gTLDs. Why?

    The new gTLDs are coming. Yet the number of marks registered in the Trademark Clearinghouse suggests brand owners still don’t have a clear strategy

  • Fri, 15 November 2013

    Do IP practitioners have a sense of humour?

    Lawyers are not know for their sense of humour, and patent attorneys (sad to say) even less so. So we were not optimistic when we invited our twitter followers to suggest puns for a headline on a trade mark story. Did we underestimate them?

  • Thu, 14 November 2013

    Five FRAND questions - but what are the answers?

    A conference on the thorny issue of standard-essential patents and RAND raised some difficult questions, some of them with potentially worrying consequences

  • Wed, 13 November 2013

    The IP world is getting smaller

    The UK government might celebrate coming first of an index of IP regimes, and India might be disappointed to rank last. But what’s really notable is the narrowing gap between top and bottom

  • Thu, 31 October 2013

    Concerns raised over litigation speed in Brazil

    We had a topical webinar on IP litigation in Brazil this week, with some great presentations and insightful contributions from the audience, via interactive polling

  • Wed, 30 October 2013

    Who’s really shaping the troll debate?

    Yesterday’s Congressional hearing featured witnesses from the high-tech, pharma and legal industries. But maybe we should look elsewhere for the real influencers

  • Tue, 22 October 2013

    Speakers confirmed for webinar on Brazil

    We have lined up a great panel of four speakers for the webinar on IP litigation in Brazil, taking place next Monday October 28

  • Tue, 15 October 2013

    Webinars on Myanmar and Brazil

    Managing IP has two webinars coming up focusing on the key emerging markets of Myanmar and Brazil

  • Tue, 15 October 2013

    Munich, the EPC, and the wider world

    Munich will host a party to mark the 40th anniversary of the European Patent Convention this week. Some of Europe’s grandest figures will be attending, but expect a few protesters too

  • Fri, 04 October 2013

    Who wants to be an IP leader?

    Controversy surrounds two of the most important jobs in IP. That threatens the future stability and development of the IP system, and has an impact on everyone

  • Tue, 01 October 2013

    Questions about the European IP value report

    The EPO and OHIM should be congratulated for putting some figures on the contribution of IP rights to the European economy. But is their report what it seems?

  • Tue, 24 September 2013

    Managing IP annual survey research

    It’s back! Research for the annual Managing IP survey begins next week. Here’s all you need to know

  • Thu, 19 September 2013

    Five-minute guide to day two of MARQUES

    Trade mark practitioners are in Monte Carlo this week, discussing everything from gTLDs to genericisation to geographical indications. Here are some highlights from today at the MARQUES conference

  • Wed, 18 September 2013

    MARQUES in Monte Carlo: a five-minute update

    It’s not all drinking and gambling at the MARQUES conference in Monte Carlo. Here are five tidbits from today’s meetings, where some 760 professionals from 70 countries are discussing trade mark issues

  • Wed, 11 September 2013

    The further adventures of Alice

    Experience suggests we should not expect clear guidance from the US Supreme Court on patent eligibility. Yet many practitioners still hope that, this time, things will be different

  • Tue, 10 September 2013

    Cops to crack down on IP crime

    A new police IP crime unit launches in the UK this week. Counterfeiters should look out, but there are also lessons for rights owners

  • Tue, 03 September 2013

    Good advice on a career in IP

    What’s the secret to a successful career in IP? We asked three experienced practitioners that question, but do you agree with their answers?

  • Fri, 30 August 2013

    Dreams, trolls and investigators – weekly web round-up

    Among the IP-related items in the news this week were Martin Luther King's speech, adverts against trolls and investigators in China

  • Tue, 27 August 2013

    Patent trolls and barking dogs

    Many readers will be familiar with the curious incident of the dog in the night-time, identified by Sherlock Holmes in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s short story “Silver Blaze”. Puzzled, the Scotland Yard detective says: “The dog did nothing in the night-time.” Holmes replies: “That was the curious incident.”

  • Fri, 23 August 2013

    Performers provide two perspectives on copyright

    Musician Victoria Aitken and actor Kevin Spacey have made bold, but contrasting, contributions to the copyright debate. Lawyers would do well to listen to both of them

  • Thu, 15 August 2013

    Storm in a tankard

    Red Bull found itself under siege online yesterday, after a minor trade mark dispute found its way on to the web. The episode provides important lessons for brand owners

  • Wed, 14 August 2013

    BlackBerry and the patent trolls

    In 2006, BlackBerry (then called RIM) was the first high-profile victim of a patent troll. Seven years later, as it fights to survive as a business, it could become one

  • Fri, 09 August 2013

    Topshop, ear printing, Nigerian music and IP heroes – weekly web round up

    It may be August, but the world of IP keeps revolving. Here are some updates from Australia, the US and Nigeria - and an opportunity to nominate your own unsung IP hero

  • Tue, 06 August 2013

    From EPC to UPC in 40 years

    In 1973, a group of European countries signed the European Patent Convention. Forty years on, patent practice in Europe is about to be transformed again. Here’s how to keep up to date

  • Thu, 01 August 2013

    Five trends in US patent litigation

    PwC’s annual Patent Litigation Study provides some useful data for legislators to review as they consider reforms in Congress

  • Tue, 30 July 2013

    Lords debate UK IP Bill today

    The UK IP Bill, which includes a controversial provision to criminalise design infringement, receives its Third Reading in the House of Lords today (Tuesday)

  • Thu, 25 July 2013

    Think big when assessing IP influence

    Tim Tebow doesn’t have a law degree, and Angelina Jolie has never filed a patent. So what are they doing in a list of the most influential people in IP?

  • Tue, 23 July 2013

    Most influential people in IP: who’s missing?

    We’ve chosen our 50 most influential people in IP this year. But who would you add to the list?

  • Wed, 17 July 2013

    New internet, old trade mark lessons

    As we all know, the internet changes everything about business. Except, perhaps, when it comes to branding.

  • Mon, 15 July 2013

    Twitter, a Royal baby and the parody exception

    Controversy over a parody Pippa Middleton Twitter account comes as the UK prepares to change copyright law ... to encourage parodies

  • Wed, 10 July 2013

    The patent box backlash begins

    The US is the latest country to consider having a patent box. But Germany’s finance minister doesn’t like them.

  • Tue, 09 July 2013

    Final countdown in copyright exception battle

    Rights owners are furious over proposed new exceptions to copyright in the UK. But have they left it too late to fight them?

  • Fri, 05 July 2013

    Supreme Court judges take the long view

    Drop your legal text books, case reports and academic journals; for insight into how UK Supreme Court judges think, brush up on medieval history

  • Wed, 03 July 2013

    IP funding gets creative

    Need some cash? Own some IP rights? If so, there’s good news: your financing options might be increasing

  • Wed, 26 June 2013

    Would you risk settling a pharma patent case today?

    Following the Actavis and Lundbeck decisions, branded pharma companies and generics will be reluctant to settle disputes. That is bad news for innovation and for patients

  • Tue, 25 June 2013

    EU trade mark proposals sound wrong, in any language

    There are an estimated 6000 to 7000 languages in the world. Should all of them be considered when examining a trade mark application?

  • Thu, 20 June 2013

    Introducing Managing IP 3.0

    We’ve made some changes to, which we think you’ll like. Here’s a user guide for subscribers

  • Wed, 19 June 2013

    The trade marks that are famous but nameless

    Brands are ditching words. That will pose challenges for trade mark practitioners, offices and courts

  • Thu, 13 June 2013

    Expert evidence divergence raises questions for UPC

    A conference this week highlighted the different approaches that courts take to expert evidence in Europe. Will Europe’s new unified patent court (UPC) make things simpler, or more complicated?

  • Tue, 11 June 2013

    How nine judges could eclipse Obama

    The White House announcement on patent trolls has certainly grabbed attention. But for real change in patent law, look to the US Supreme Court

  • Sun, 09 June 2013

    What next for the Madrid Protocol?

    For years, brand owners have been calling for the Madrid Protocol to become more truly international – something that has come closer with recent accessions. Now it is time to ask: what is the international trade mark system for?

  • Wed, 05 June 2013

    Defeating trolls requires tackling patent inflation

    President Obama has turned words into action with his multi-layered plans to deal with patent trolls. The problem is the recommendations go too far – and not far enough

  • Fri, 24 May 2013

    Wanted: electrical engineers

    Our recent salary survey painted a pretty rosy picture of the US IP market. But there is one issue that should be of serious concern to businesses, patent lawyers and the government

  • Thu, 16 May 2013

    Unitary patent figures don’t add up

    The unitary patent and UPC will bring UK business benefits worth £40 million, while earning lawyers an estimated £200 million – according to a UK government statement. What’s going on?

  • Tue, 14 May 2013

    Does Africa need more lawyers?

    This blog post is something of a mea culpa. It stems from comments made by Brad Smith of Microsoft at last month’s Fordham IP Conference in New York.

  • Tue, 14 May 2013

    How would you improve the Madrid System?

    With the Madrid Protocol now covering more than two-thirds of the world’s population, and further expansion expected, how can it be improved to benefit trade mark owners and applicants?

  • Fri, 10 May 2013

    Should there be criminal penalties for design infringement?

    The most radical proposal in the UK government’s IP bill, published this week, is the introduction of criminal penalties for infringing registered designs. Will that deter copiers or constrain designers?

  • Thu, 09 May 2013

    How long do patents last? The debate continues

    Following our recent post on patent term, WIPO’s chief economist has done some digging – with interesting results

  • Tue, 30 April 2013

    Three challenges for new INTA chief executive

    Most trade mark practitioners heading to Dallas for the INTA Annual Meeting next week will be aiming to learn a little bit, pick up some business cards and see something of the city. But for one attendee, there will be a lot of thinking to do

  • Wed, 24 April 2013

    Adjusting patent term is not the answer

    With the patent system under scrutiny, once again there are calls to change the term of protection. But critics ignore the way the market works.

  • Tue, 23 April 2013

    Unitary patent: we need to see some numbers

    In all the discussions, seminars, meetings and gossip about the EU unitary patent, one question keeps coming up: how much will it cost? And we are a long way from getting an answer

  • Fri, 19 April 2013

    Jeremy Phillips wins outstanding achievement award

    It was a great pleasure to present an outstanding achievement award to Jeremy Phillips at our Global Awards Dinner this week

  • Mon, 15 April 2013

    Video interview: Judge Paul Michel on USPTO and Congress - part 2

    In the second and final part of the video interview recorded at the recent US Patent Forum, Judge Paul Michel discusses resources for the USPTO and what Congress needs to do

  • Fri, 12 April 2013

    Design infringement: the case for juries

    Apple and Samsung were everywhere at the OHIM conference marking 10 years of the Community design this week – not just because everyone in the room seemed to have a smartphone or tablet, but because nearly every session made reference to the litigation between the two companies

  • Wed, 10 April 2013

    Watch your language, warns Rakoff

    One of the highlights of last week’s Fordham IP Conference was the lunchtime speech from US District Judge Jed S Rakoff

  • Wed, 03 April 2013

    Video interview: Paul Michel on the Shield Act, AIA and US Supreme Court

    The Shield Act is "entirely unnecessary"; the America Invents Act was a missed opportunity; and two recent US Supreme Court decisions were "extremely poorly reasoned and very harmful to a well-functioning system"

  • Tue, 02 April 2013

    Goods-in-transit: be careful what you wish for

    The European Commission cunningly kept at least one card up its sleeve when it circulated the draft proposals for reforming the Trade Marks Directive and CTM Regulation last month

  • Fri, 29 March 2013

    China’s innovation plans – and other news

    Today’s blog includes a roundup of news from China and India, the latest views on copyright reform, the Myriad case and Google’s patents pledge

  • Thu, 28 March 2013

    Floyd and Vos promoted to Court of Appeal

    Two patents judges are among 10 new appointments to the Court of Appeal in England & Wales. What does this mean for IP litigation in the UK?

  • Wed, 27 March 2013

    Economists and IP owners should not be at war

    Few groups escaped the acerbic tongue of Professor Sir Robin Jacob at his inaugural lecture as the Sir Hugh Laddie Chair in IP Law at University College London last week. Taking as his topic “IP Law: Keep Calm and Carry On” Jacob (a former patent and Court of Appeal judge in the UK) criticised (among others) lobbyists, politicians, journalists, Andrew Gowers, Professor Ian Hargreaves and the Court of Justice of the EU.

  • Wed, 27 March 2013

    Beyond Pallante’s copyright testimony

    With a few hours to spare in Washington DC last week, I decided to pop into room 2141 of the Rayburn House Office Building to hear the testimony of US Register of Copyrights Maria Pallante to the US House of Representatives’ Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet. It was enlightening

  • Mon, 25 March 2013

    Crestor, Google AdWords, Twitter patent and EU Action Plan

    Today’s blog looks at AstraZeneca’s Crestor settlement and today’s Supreme Court hearing on reverse payments, the harmonisation of Google’s AdWords policy and a patent on twitter. We also cast a critical eye over the latest EU Action Plan

  • Wed, 20 March 2013

    Five tales from the North America Awards

    This week’s North America Awards recognised the outstanding firms and individuals in IP work in the United States and Canada. In today’s blog we pick out some of the highlights

  • Mon, 18 March 2013

    The Times, Cyprus, Apple suit, gTLD dispute and TMclass

    Today’s developments in IP include a supplement on IP in The Times, talk of compulsory licences in Cyprus, the latest patent suit filed against Apple, the first trade mark dispute over a gTLD and the rebranding of TMclass

  • Fri, 15 March 2013

    Trolls, JPO comments, EQE, movie piracy and looking ahead to INTA

    The arguments in favour of patent trolls, a Japanese Patent Office consultation, controversy over patent exams in Europe, rewards for tackling movie pirates and some pointers for this year’s INTA Annual Meeting feature in up today’s news roundup

  • Thu, 14 March 2013

    Should you fear supreme courts?

    Supreme Court - 2 Court of Appeal - 0. That’s the result so far since the UK Supreme Court replaced the House of Lords as the ultimate arbiter of patent cases in the country

  • Thu, 14 March 2013

    Pope Francis, 3DS video, Indian patents, human rights v copyright and Schütz v Werit

    Today’s analysis of IP developments covers papal trade marks, a patent case on 3D screens, growing tensions over IP in India, another defeat for the Pirate Bay and the UK Supreme Court’s important decision on what constitutes making

  • Thu, 14 March 2013

    Rader joins US Patent Forum

    We’re delighted to be able to confirm that Chief Judge Rader of the Federal Circuit will take part in our US Patent Forum next Tuesday, which is being held at the Willard InterContinental in Washington DC

  • Wed, 13 March 2013

    EPO, AIPLA, 3D piracy and twitter settlement

    Recommendations on improving the EPO, the AIPLA president on two landmark biotech cases; a novel way to settle disputes; 3D printing latest and answers to yesterday’s questions feature in today’s IP news roundup

  • Tue, 12 March 2013

    Bud, top patent cases, Redskins, copyright in the Lords and MARQUES

    In today’s blog post, we review the latest developments in some long-running IP disputes, and pose three questions from last week’s MARQUES meeting in Barcelona

  • Mon, 11 March 2013

    Megaupload, UAE rebate, seed controversy, trade mark liability and Sherlock Holmes

    In today’s IP news roundup: what impact did the Megaupload shutdown have on movie piracy?, an incentive for patenting in the UAE, antitrust accusations against seed companies, Professor Joachim Bornkamm on trade mark liability and a Sherlock Holmes copyright dispute

  • Thu, 07 March 2013

    CJEU figures; patent box; USPTO Denver; foreign IP and India forum

    Last year’s trends at the CJEU, plans for the UK patent box, a possible delay to the new USPTO building in Denver, a paper on foreign IP and Managing IP’s India Forum make up today’s round-up of IP news and comment

  • Wed, 06 March 2013

    EPO trends, TRIPs, iPhone cases, Twitter’s patents and the TPP

    Today’s roundup of IP news and views on the web includes the 2012 filing data from the EPO, a surprising recommendation on TRIPs implementation, dodgy iPhone cases, what’s behind Twitter’s patent agreement and IP issues in the TPP

  • Wed, 06 March 2013

    The paradox in US patent filing

    Our February issue included a fascinating article on patent filing trends in the US, based on statistics compiled by IFI Claims using last year’s USPTO figures: it lists the biggest filers, fastest growing filers, most active law firms and who represents whom. But dig down into the data and there’s some even more interesting trends

  • Tue, 05 March 2013

    Cell phones, arbitration, patent damages, German cake and Medellín

    Today’s blog covers White House views on cell phone unlocking, arbitration in China, the biggest damages awards in the US, trade marks in Europe and what makes an innovation city

  • Thu, 28 February 2013

    Jesus jeans, Dilbert, Crocs, SHIELD and Game of Thrones

    Managing IP’s daily round-up of IP news on the web today takes in a fight over the Jesus jeans trade mark, Dilbert’s dig at patent juries, the registration of the Crocs trade mark in Israel, reactions to the SHIELD Act in the United States and confusion over comments by the Game of Thrones director

  • Wed, 27 February 2013

    5-a-day: music downloads, a taste of tobacco and the Bolar exemption

    Today’s roundup of IP news covers IFPI’s report on digital music, research on the impact of plain packaging, new tech transfer rules in the EU, a Supreme Court trade mark case in Brazil and why the UK is introducing a Bolar exemption

  • Tue, 26 February 2013

    5-a-day: USPTO lessons, six strikes and new gTLD progress

    In today’s summary of IP developments: why litigators are struggling with new USPTO procedures; a new system to combat file sharing in the US; the fight over a beach club name in south-east Asia; the birth of a blog; and Icann confirms trade mark measures for new gTLDs

  • Tue, 26 February 2013

    What the awards shortlists tell us about IP practice

    Managing IP has published the shortlists for the Global and North America Awards 2013. Who will be the winners this year and what trends do the shortlists reveal?

  • Mon, 25 February 2013

    5-a-day: Microsoft on patents, Oscar statues and CTM reforms

    In today’s IP round up: Microsoft’s four-point patent reform plan; copyright fines in New Zealand; battle over Oscar; MARQUES prompts debate on CTM reforms; and Thomson Reuters analyses BRICK patenting

  • Fri, 22 February 2013

    5-a-day: Cyber attacks, 3D printing and Batman v Batsman

    US-China tensions, a withering put-down from a US judge, the latest on 3D printing, WIPO’s Global Brands Database and a victory for DC Comics figure in today’s IP news round-up

  • Thu, 21 February 2013

    5-a-day: The Harlem Shake, cab drivers fight fakes and Tolkien controversy

    Today’s IP news round up features inventor Trevor Baylis, Baauer and the Harlem Shake, New York City taxi drivers, an unpublished book on JRR Tolkien and talks about copyright reform

  • Tue, 19 February 2013

    5-a-day: Religious trade marks, Bowman v Monsanto and brand rankings

    Today’s IP developments include religious trade marks in India, IP protection in Africa, the most influential patents of the 1990s, Bowman v Monstanto and the value of brand rankings

  • Tue, 19 February 2013

    How to make the unitary patent and UPC succeed

    Happy UPC day! It’s the day many predicted (and some hoped) would never arrive, as EU ministers sign the agreement that will – eventually – establish a single patent litigation system for Europe.

  • Mon, 18 February 2013

    5-a-day: Copyright in China, Apple store trade marked and patents in Pakistan

    Today’s round up of IP developments covers unexpected copyright strategies, reaction to trade mark reforms in Europe, the figures behind China’s innovation spurt, the significance of the Apple store trade mark and the problems with patents in Pakistan

  • Mon, 18 February 2013

    Pressure builds for US software patent reform

    Google probably can’t believe its luck. When it invited President Obama to take questions in an online Fireside Hangout session last week, who would have predicted that he would call for more patent reform, a cause that is very close to the search company’s heart?

  • Fri, 15 February 2013

    5-a-day: Fake fashion, Raising the Bar and Chubby Checker

    In today’s IP round up from the web: the BMS case raises pharma patent concerns; a survey reveals consumers’ fake buying; Raising the Bar lives on in Australia; Apple suffers iPhone defeat in Brazil; and Chubby Checker is upset

  • Thu, 14 February 2013

    5-a-day: thought leaders, software patents and Obama

    Managing IP's new daily round up of who's saying what in IP

  • Thu, 14 February 2013

    How do you solve the second medical use problem?

    There’s a problem regarding protecting second and further uses for established medicines in Europe. At least, that’s what Novartis and Teva think

  • Wed, 13 February 2013

    5-a-day: PCT, WIPO on YouTube, Tetris and Facebook Like

    Today’s round up of what’s happening in the world of IP

  • Tue, 12 February 2013

    5-a-day: CTM changes; CLS v Alice and the return of Kim Dotcom

    Managing IP’s daily round-up of five IP-related developments in the past 24 hours

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