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  • Most EU member states yet to transpose Orphan Works Directive

    October 30, 2014

    Just seven of the 28 EU member states have transposed the 2012 Directive on orphan works, while a further four have nearly done so, Managing IP has learned

  • EU Orphan Works Database unveiled

    October 29, 2014

    Copyright users can now consult a database of orphan works across the EU

  • The seven reasons why the UK needs a new Copyright Act

    October 14, 2014

    Mr Justice Arnold, the senior IP judge in the High Court, has called for a committee to be set up to fundamentally review UK copyright law

  • WIPO launches multilingual database

    September 19, 2014

    The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has launched a new database that makes publicly available a trove of technical and scientific terminology

  • EPO’s Battistelli emphasises quality

    September 17, 2014

    The European Patent Office will not raise official fees above inflation for the next four years, President Benoît Battistelli said yesterday. Interviewed after addressing yesterday’s AIPPI IP Panel Lunch, he also promised “we will find a solution” to the controversial question of the level of renewal fees for the proposed Unitary Patent

  • Libraries can digitise books, says CJEU

    September 12, 2014

    EU member states may grant public libraries the right to digitise books from their collections “if such act of reproduction is necessary for the purpose of making those works available to users”, the Court of Justice of the EU has ruled

  • New EU commissioners for IP portfolios

    September 10, 2014

    Elžbieta Bienkowska, formerly deputy prime minister of Poland, is to be the new EU Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SME Commissioner

  • What makes a parody? The CJEU explains

    September 03, 2014

    Europe’s highest court has ruled that the author of a work that is parodied with a discriminatory message may demand that the work is not associated with the message

  • European Commission reports on copyright consultation

    July 25, 2014

    The European Commission’s Internal Market and Services Directorate has published a report on its recent copyright consultation, which ran from December 2013 to March this year

  • The best women lawyers, and best firms for women

    June 25, 2014

    Leading IP practitioners in the Americas and from across Europe were awarded honours at two ceremonies in New York and London this month

  • Italy sets out EU presidency priorities

    June 16, 2014

    Developing legislation to deal with goods-in-transit and protecting trade secrets will be among Italy’s priorities when it takes over the EU presidency on July 1, said Simona Vicari, under secretary of state at the Ministry of Economic Development, at last week’s IP Enforcement Summit in London

  • Advocate General backs libraries’ right to digitise

    June 05, 2014

    Advocate General Niilo Jääskinen, of the Court of Justice of the EU, argues that a member state may authorise libraries to digitise books without the consent of copyright holders

  • On-screen and cache copies do not infringe, says CJEU

    June 05, 2014

    Copies on a user’s computer screen and on the internet cache on the hard disk may be made without the authorisation of the copyright holders, the Court of Justice of the EU has confirmed in its ruling in the so-called Meltwater case

  • Six more years for Gurry at WIPO

    May 10, 2014

    WIPO Director General Francis Gurry was reappointed for a second six-year term this week. At an Extraordinary General Meeting in Geneva, member states backed his appointment after he was elected by the Coordination Committee in March

  • Copyright owners, collecting societies and the competition conundrum

    March 31, 2014

    Last month Europe’s top court set out how copyright licensees can challenge the collecting societies that administer fees for IP owners. But what does it mean in practice?

  • Rights holders score victory over ISPs at the CJEU

    March 27, 2014

    The Court of Justice of the EU has backed right holders’ efforts to force internet service providers to block their customers’ access to copyright infringing websites

  • Managing IP Global Awards 2014: the winners

    March 20, 2014

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

  • High collecting society fees may be an abuse, says CJEU

    February 27, 2014

    The Court of Justice of the EU has ruled that the monopolies enjoyed by national collecting societies to collect copyright royalties are lawful, but that imposing high fees may amount to an abuse of a dominant position

  • What CETA will mean for Canadian IP holders

    February 12, 2014

    Canadian lawyers say the provisions of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with the EU, which will soon be finalised, are good news for IP holders

  • Fortress Europe reinforced by Rolex ruling

    February 10, 2014

    Brand owners in Europe are celebrating following the Court of Justice of the EU’s ruling in a Danish counterfeiting case involving Rolex

  • Managing IP Global Awards 2014: shortlists

    February 10, 2014

    Managing IP is pleased to publish the names of the nominees for the Global Awards 2014. The winners will be announced in a ceremony at The Dorchester, London on March 19

  • Publishers condemn the EU-Google deal

    February 07, 2014

    A group of publishing companies have attacked the EU’s decision to settle an antitrust dispute with Google, describing it as “fundamentally defective”

  • Premier League 1 Pubs 0

    February 04, 2014

    A pub landlord who was ordered to pay £65,000 in costs for infringing the Premier League’s copyright by broadcasting football matches using a foreign, domestic-use, satellite card is to appeal the decision

  • How Europe's courts must assess TPMs

    January 23, 2014

    Companies that modify computer game consoles face scrutiny from the courts over the purpose of their modifications and how gamers actually use them

  • EU Commission outlines IP focus

    January 08, 2014

    The head of the European Commission’s IP team has set out the EU’s priorities for 2014 in an interview with Managing IP

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