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  • Circuit overload: How the Federal Circuit is changing

    More than half of its judges have changed in the past five years, the Supreme Court keeps smacking it down, and a flood of new PTAB appeals is coming its way. Michael Loney assesses how today’s Federal Circuit is coping

  • The Federal Circuit's Section 101 uncertainty

    The Federal Circuit has only found patents valid in one Section 101 appeal since the Supreme Court's Alice verdict. Frustrated IP practitioners are hoping the court will soon change from telling them what is not eligible to providing some guidance on what is. Peter Leung reports


  • How changes to US civil procedure rules will affect patent litigation

    Amendments to the US Federal Rules of Civil Procedure are set to take effect on December 1 and will affect issues such as discovery and document production. Jeff Totten and Robert MacKichan look at the implications for patent cases

  • The legal aspects of 3D printing in Brazil

    The increasing popularity of 3D printing in Brazil poses several questions about IP rights, free dissemination of 3D printing and home users of the new technology. Ricardo Pinho of Guerra IP assesses whether Brazil’s laws are sufficient to provide the answers

  • Navigating OEM-related IP challenges

    Original equipment manufacturing in China provides many advantages for international companies, but IP-related pitfalls can be a challenge. Ted Chwu and Gordon Lee explain what rights holders have to look out for

  • Demanding security from your supply chain

    As your goods move from factory to retail, they can be tampered with, stolen, or replaced by counterfeits. Lee Macfarland provides guidance on risks and best practices through the supply chain

  • What constitutes a covered business method under the AIA?

    There is a split in authority at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board over what patent claims are covered business methods. James M Heintz and Jeffrey L Johnson of DLA Piper analyse recent developments

  • EPO oppositions are affordable, powerful and increasingly important

    The proposed Unified Patent Court fee for revocation proceedings is €20,000. The EPO fee for opposition proceedings is €775. David Lewin expands on how and why you should be taking full strategic advantage of the EPO’s opposition procedure

  • Spain cracks down on IP crime

    Changes to the Spanish criminal code, related to online piracy, copyright infringement and anti-counterfeiting activities, together with big operations conducted by the authorities will change the way the country tackles IP crime

  • The view from inside the UPC courtroom

    Over the past year lawyers at London firm Bristows have staged a comprehensive mock Unified Patent Court case. Alan Johnson explains the lessons learned while James Nurton interviews some of the participants


  • The 2015 PCT survey

    Our annual report based on research by Inovia, a member of the RWS Group, reveals the top PCT filers in the major patenting jurisdictions and worldwide, as well as the fastest-growing firms


  • Utynam’s Heirs

    Last month Utynam attended Managing IP’s third annual EU Patent Reform Forum, held in Munich and Paris, and also visited the MARQUES conference in Vienna. Here are a few impressions

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