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  • Economic cost of toy and game counterfeiting revealed

    December 16, 2015

    Santa may not know if you've been good or not, but OHIM's Observatory on IP Infringement knows that the toys and games industries lose 12.3% of sales, amounting to €1.4 billion annually, to counterfeiting

  • DesignClass tool launched

    December 11, 2015

    OHIM has released a new tool, DesignClass, which includes a harmonised database of product indications

  • EU Commission proposes copyright overhaul

    December 09, 2015

    EU Commissioners Andrus Ansip and Günther Oettinger have a dream – a dream of a harmonised, modernised copyright system in Europe

  • Interview: Andrea Brewster, CIPA President, on diversity in IP

    December 01, 2015

    Now well into her term as president of the UK’s Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA), Andrea Brewster recently talked to Managing IP about the new IP Inclusive initiative, the need to promote diversity in the IP professions and her hopes for the Unitary Patent

  • Brexit, TRIPS, General Court and WTO – European IP news roundup

    November 10, 2015

    European Commission thinking on SPCs under the UPC, Off-patent Drugs Bill failing again in UK, the TPP being published, a WTO TRIPS Council’s decision on a pharma protection exemption request by LDCs, the European Parliament endorsing a plan to increase the number of General Court judges, and a Law Society report on Brexit and IP were in the recent IP headlines in Europe

  • Latest IP moves – Europe and Africa

    November 06, 2015

    Rouse Africa, boesling IP, Bardehle Pagenberg, Inventa, Ramberg Advokater, Collyer Bristow, Redd, J A Kemp, Wood IP and the CJEU all feature in our latest summary of who’s moving where

  • The parody exception analysed

    October 29, 2015

    Parodies have long been popular in English culture, but it was only in October 2014 that a parody exception was introduced to the copyright law. A year on, Iona Silverman sets out what both rights owners and parodists should bear in mind

  • Dallas Buyers Club, poisonous priority & UPC locations – news roundup

    August 14, 2015

    Recent IP developments in Europe and Asia include a defeat for Dallas Buyers Club in Australia, a new referral to the EBA in Europe and a decision on the location of the London branch of the UPC. Plus: a webinar on IP Stars and a speech by Jeremy Phillips

  • The 50 most influential people in IP

    July 27, 2015

    Our 13th annual list of the 50 most influential people in IP is the most diverse ever. But do you agree with our selections? Join the debate online and on Twitter using the hashtag #MIP50

  • Fake clothes, shoes and accessories cost EU companies €26bn a year - report

    July 21, 2015

    A new report by the EU Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights estimates that the sale of counterfeit clothes, shoes and accessories in the EU amounts to 9.7% of the sector’s sales

  • Gowlings and Wragge Lawrence Graham to merge

    July 08, 2015

    Canadian firm Gowlings and UK-headquartered Wragge Lawrence Graham will merge in January 2016, creating a law firm called Gowling WLG with more than 1400 lawyers and about 200 IP professionals

  • DSM sparks debate over differential pricing in Europe

    June 15, 2015

    Europe’s Digital Single Market (DSM) initiative will bring major changes to rights owners’ business models, particularly the ability of copyright-reliant industries to engage in price discrimination

  • Europe moves closer to ratifying Marrakesh Treaty

    May 29, 2015

    The EU Council has adopted a decision requesting the Commission to submit a legislative proposal for the ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty by the EU

  • IP trends at the CJEU in 2014 - data

    May 18, 2015

    The annual report 2014 published by the Court of Justice of the EU reveals interesting statistics on how its courts are managing with their rising IP caseload. Below we pick out data to show trends in IP cases in both courts, with a focus on the General Court, which hears appeals from OHIM in CTM and RCD cases

  • Europe’s new IP enforcement tools

    May 01, 2015

    The European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights is developing various tools to help rights owners. James Nurton spoke to Andrea di Carlo, its Deputy Director, to find out more.

  • The voices of IP - from 1990 to 2015

    April 24, 2015

    Over the past 25 years, Managing IP has interviewed most of the influential people in IP.

  • Global awards: The outstanding firms and individuals from the past 12 months

    April 24, 2015

    Managing IP’s annual Global Awards dinner was held in London in March, and attended by guests from all over the world

  • Baker & McKenzie scoops six Managing IP awards

    March 12, 2015

    Law firm Baker & McKenzie was the big winner at the 10th annual Managing IP Global Awards Dinner, held in London

  • Von Bomhard to set up new firm

    February 17, 2015

    Trade mark practitioner Verena von Bomhard has left Hogan Lovells to establish a new firm, to be called BomhardIP

  • Managing IP - Global Awards Shortlists published

    February 11, 2015

    This year sees the 10th anniversary of Managing IP’s global awards and we are pleased to announce the names of the shortlisted firms. Winners will be revealed at the Global Awards Dinner in London on March 11

  • A spotlight on parliamentary lobbying

    January 28, 2015

    Pirate Party MEP Julia Reda, who this month published a report on copyright for the European Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee, wants greater transparency about political lobbying. Is your company on her list?

  • CJEU clarifies copyright rules on exhaustion of distribution

    January 22, 2015

    In an important copyright decision issued today, the Court of Justice of the EU has said that the rule of exhaustion of a distribution right does not apply if a party alters the work in such a way that it constitutes a new reproduction of it

  • Pirate Party copyright report set for MEP vote

    January 19, 2015

    A series of recommendations to reform copyright law in the European Union has been published by Julia Reda, Pirate Party MEP and rapporteur for the Legal Affairs Committee, ahead of a vote by all MEPs later this year

  • CJEU clarifies contractual limits on database use

    January 15, 2015

    Businesses that put together databases of information can place contractual limits on how the information is used, as long as the database is not protected by copyright or sui generis rights, the Court of Justice of the EU ruled today

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  • Von Bomhard to set up new firm

    February 17, 2015

    Trade mark practitioner Verena von Bomhard has left Hogan Lovells to establish a new firm, to be called BomhardIP

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