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  • Ex-AIPLA president continues client confidentiality quest

    December 31, 2013

    Jeffrey Lewis may have finished his term as president of AIPLA in October but he is determined to continue to push for change on attorney-client privilege

  • EIP opens office in Germany

    November 28, 2013

    EIP, a UK-based firm bringing together patent attorneys and lawyers, has opened an office in Dusseldorf, Germany

  • EU set for harmonised rules on trade secrets

    November 28, 2013

    The European Commission has today proposed a directive on trade secrets to replace the patchwork of rules across the EU

  • Europeans’ IP habits laid bare

    November 26, 2013

    Nine out of 10 Europeans have not bought counterfeit products or downloaded illegally in the past 12 months, according to a report on perceptions of IP published by OHIM this week

  • Nokia under fire from patent licensee over SEP practices

    November 22, 2013

    Sierra Wireless has complained to the US Federal Trade Commission and the European Commission that the Finnish telecoms company is abusing a dominant position in GSM and 3G standard-essential patents

  • EC wants industry solution on SEPs and FRAND

    November 08, 2013

    A European Commission official this week urged industry “to find a balanced solution” to the questions arising from the licensing of standard-essential patents

  • Member states begin talks on unitary patent fees

    October 29, 2013

    This week sees talks begin in earnest on the most important outstanding issue related to the unitary patent: how much it will cost to apply for and maintain the pan-EU patent right

  • Bifurcation and opt out concerns feature in UPC submissions

    October 02, 2013

    IP owners and their advisers say that the rules of procedure for Europe’s Unified Patent Court should set out more clearly how patentees opt out of the UPC system and remove the danger of an injunction gap when cases are stayed

  • Interview: Commissioner Kim Young-min, Korean IP Office

    October 02, 2013

    Taking office just a month after the election of President Park Geun-hye, Commissioner Kim Young-min discusses with Peter Leung the new administration’s plans to encourage IP creation in the Republic of Korea, and expected changes to Korea’s IP laws

  • EPO/OHIM study puts a value on European IP

    September 30, 2013

    IPR-intensive industries generated 26% of jobs in the EU and almost 39% of GDP in 2008-2010, according to a report published by the EPO and OHIM

  • Fröhlinger outlines patent reform challenges ahead

    September 27, 2013

    The amount of work member states have to do to prepare for the Unified Patent Court will prove a bigger challenge than Spain’s opposition to the new system, EPO official Margot Fröhlinger said last week

  • Tech companies urge EU to amend UPC rules

    September 26, 2013

    A group of technology companies – including Apple, Google, Microsoft and Samsung – has written an open letter to EU policy makers expressing concerns about the UPC rules of procedure, particularly regarding bifurcation and injunctions

  • Get the latest news on the Unitary Patent and UPC

    September 11, 2013

    Patent specialists from BT, Nokia, Bayer and Atos are among those who will be discussing prosecution and litigation strategies for the Unitary Patent and the Unified Patent Court at Managing IP’s European Patent Reform Forum in Munich next week

  • Where should you go for European patent litigation?

    September 09, 2013

    At Managing IP’s Global IP & Innovation Summit last week, legal experts discussed differences in litigation between European jurisdictions and how decisions in one country can affect battles in others

  • Fröhlinger to speak at Patent Reform Forum

    August 22, 2013

    Margot Fröhlinger, principal director for patent law and international affairs at the EPO, will give a keynote address at Managing IP’s European Patent Reforum Forum in Munich next month

  • Brussels I to be revised for UPC

    July 30, 2013

    The European Commission has proposed changes to the Brussels I Regulation in readiness for the introduction of the Unified Patent Court (UPC)

  • Interview: Anand Grover of the Lawyers Collective

    July 19, 2013

    The Indian Supreme Court’s rejection of Novartis’s Glivec patent brought the increasingly tense debate about the balance between patent rights and access to medicines to the forefront. Anand Grover, who successfully represented the Cancer Patient Aid Association in the case, argues that the patent system may not be the best way to encourage drug research

  • Is there a political dimension to Thailand’s patent backlog?

    June 26, 2013

    Long pendency times is one of the major IP issues during the EU-Thailand Free Trade Agreement negotiations

  • The Unitary Patent & Unified Patent Court conference – Friday June 28, Paris

    June 20, 2013

    Expectations, wishes and fears: be part of an international focus group!

  • Pharma industry fiercely criticises Lundbeck fine

    June 20, 2013

    The European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries Associations (EFPIA) has criticised the European Commission’s decision to fine Lundbeck and other companies a total of €146 million

  • The IP implications of the US-EU trade deal

    June 18, 2013

    It’s a byword for getting down to business: shots of some of the most powerful leaders in the world, ties off, shirt sleeves rolled up, leaning across the table. This week, leaders from the US and Europe began talks on an ambitious EU-US trade deal. But what will it mean for IP?

  • CJEU rules that legal advice cannot protect companies from antitrust fines

    June 18, 2013

    IP owners who have sought assurances from law firms that their conduct does not breach antitrust rules can still be hit by fines if the European Commission decides they have infringed the law

  • Battistelli sets out unitary patent fee priorities

    May 30, 2013

    Renewal fees for unitary patents must be set a level that makes the system attractive for users, EPO President Benoît Battistelli told Managing IP this week

  • EPO ceremony honours great inventors

    May 29, 2013

    Inventors of LCDs, USB, nanotechnology, pyrosequencing, furniture doors and train wheels were recognised at the EPO European Inventor Award 2013 held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands this week.

  • EU and US pursue trade deal

    May 08, 2013

    Nothing highlights the varying attitudes to IP around the world like trade negotiations. In an interview with the INTA Daily News yesterday, Anders Jessen of the European Commission talked through the multiple trade deals Europe is in the process of negotiating, and explained how cultural and intellectual differences drive such agreements.

  • Commission explains its position on injunctions for standard-essential patents

    May 07, 2013

    EU antitrust officials have told Motorola Mobility they believe it abused a dominant position by seeking an injunction using its standards-essential patents

  • Global Awards Winners 2013

    April 18, 2013

    Managing IP presented trophies to the outstanding firms in 70 categories last night, as well as in-house and individual achievement awards. Here are all the winners

  • EU Court says no to Italy and Spain and yes to unitary patent plan

    April 16, 2013

    Italy and Spain have failed to persuade the Court of Justice of the EU to prevent other member states from going ahead with the unitary patent

  • EPO committee begins talks over unitary patent fees

    March 26, 2013

    A committee of representatives from the 25 countries that have signed up to the unitary patent has begun to discuss how much to charge IP owners for using the new system

  • What's on this week

    March 11, 2013

    Managing IP lists the IP-related meetings and trials taking place this week

  • What's on week beginning March 4

    March 01, 2013

    Managing IP lists the IP-related meetings and court cases taking place this week

  • Global Awards 2013: shortlists

    February 25, 2013

    Managing IP’s Global Awards Dinner recognising outstanding work in IP in the past year takes place in London on April 17. Winners will be selected from the following shortlists

  • EU states sign patent litigation agreement - photos

    February 19, 2013

    Twenty-four of the 27 EU member states today signed the Agreement on the Unified Patent Court

  • What's on this week

    February 19, 2013

    Managing IP lists the IP-related hearings, meetings and decisions taking place this week

  • The unitary patent: what should you be doing now?

    February 06, 2013

    This month representatives of 25 EU member states are set to sign an agreement establishing a Unified Patent Court. So how are IP owners likely to respond?

  • Largest ever MIP survey reveals the world’s leading patent firms

    February 06, 2013

    The patent rankings of the 2013 IP Survey have been released, with mergers, splits and hires leading to changes in the Europe and Asia tables

  • European Commission claims pharma competition success

    February 04, 2013

    The proportion of problematic patent settlements in the pharmaceutical industry has fallen, even though the number of settlements has grown, according to the European Commission

  • What's on this week

    February 04, 2013

    Managing IP lists the IP-related cases and events taking place this week

  • EPO and USPTO unveil new classification system

    January 04, 2013

    The EPO and USPTO have launched a new patent classification system, called the Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC), as part of efforts to harmonise patent procedures globally

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