The Focus was published in October last year to mark the 40th anniversary of the signing of the EPC, and was published in association with the European Patent Office. It includes:
· Interviews with EPO President Benoit Battistelli, WIPO Director General Francis Gurry and EPC Administrative Council Chair Jesper Kongstad.
· The story of the evolution of the EPC from its signing in 1973 up to the planned launch of the Unitary Patent.
· A timeline showing the key developments in the EPC and EPO over the past 40 years.
· Views on the role and importance of the EPC from the epi, ICC, CIPA, AIPLA, GRUR, BusinessEurope and EFPIA.
· Regional (sponsored) chapters on European IP developments, including social media; the Unitary Patent; the Faroe Islands and Greenland; Germany; Italy; Mexico and Europe; and Poland.
Plans for implementing the Unitary Patent and UPC have accelerated in the past month, with the launch of the Judges Training Centre in Budapest, a meeting of the UPC Preparatory Committee and the publication of the 16th draft of the UPC Rules of Procedure.
France also recently became the latest state to pass the legislation necessary to ratify the UPC.
In the next few months, the UK legislation laying the groundwork for ratification (IP Bill) is likely to be passed by Parliament, and Denmark will hold a referendum on ratification. There is also expected to be a public meeting on the Rules of Procedure later this year.
Managing IP’s April issue, available online from tomorrow, includes an update on all the latest developments, focusing on the “known knowns” and “known unknowns”.
From now on, all Managing IP’s new supplements will be available to download in PDF format, starting with the 2014 China IP Focus, available next month. For links to downloads, visit the Supplements page.