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  • CJEU clarifies law on stem cells and patents

    December 18, 2014

    Europe’s highest court has clarified the law on the patenting of stem cells, confirming that an organism that cannot develop into a human being does not constitute a human embryo

  • Injunctions and discretion raised at UPC Rules hearing

    November 27, 2014

    The Rules of Procedure for the Unified Patent Court are likely to be modified further following a public hearing attended by many industry and professional groups, as well as judges and academics

  • Unitary Patent and UPC clear another hurdle

    November 18, 2014

    Advocate General Yves Bot has argued strongly that Spain’s two challenges to the European Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court should be dismissed

  • Where will the UPC be based?

    November 14, 2014

    Following recent announcements, we have updated our map showing the locations of the UPC courts and divisions

  • Australian court looks to Alice

    November 14, 2014

    Practitioners say that this week's Full Federal Court decision in Research Affiliates draws on logic from the US Supreme Court's decision in Alice as well as from the EPO

  • What do the Patent Box changes mean for business?

    November 14, 2014

    Earlier this week the UK and Germany agreed to propose to the OECD’s Forum on Harmful Tax Practices that countries limit the scope of schemes that offer tax breaks for patent-related profits. Here’s what happens next

  • Patent box regimes set for reform after UK-Germany deal

    November 12, 2014

    The scope of the UK Patent Box regime is to be restricted after Germany and the UK agreed to reduce the competitive advantages the scheme provides. The restrictions are likely to be extended to other European IP tax regimes

  • Revised UPC Rules provide bifurcation safeguards

    November 05, 2014

    The possibility of bifurcation in the proposed Unified Patent Court has been effectively killed off in the revised version of the Court’s Rules of Procedure

  • Unitary Patent and UPC resources – a guide

    October 30, 2014

    With the Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court likely to launch as soon as 2016, there are many online resources providing the official documents, as well as analysis and advice. Managing IP provides a list

  • Why Europe is not trolls' natural habitat

    October 24, 2014

    Benoît Battistelli, President of the European Patent Office (EPO), updated AIPLA attendees on developments in Europe in the luncheon speech yesterday. He especially highlighted the cooperation between the EPO and the United States

  • Your guide to Unitary Patent and UPC

    October 23, 2014

    Europe is about to embark on the most fundamental change to its patent system in 40 years. The AIPLA Daily Report presents a primer on what’s coming

  • Test the UPC case management system

    October 21, 2014

    A prototype website for the Unified Patent Court e-filing and case management system is available for testing

  • The Unitary Patent is a “wonderful tool” - Jean-Jacques Canonici, P&G

    September 25, 2014

    Jean-Jacques Canonici of Procter & Gamble urged patent owners to try the new Unitary Patent system, in an interview with Managing IP

  • Interview: Colin Lamond, Nissan, on the costs of the Unitary Patent

    September 24, 2014

    The costs of the proposed EU Unitary Patent are among the big concerns for patent applicants, according to Colin Lamond of Nissan Technical Europe

  • Interview: Jochen Meyer, Vodafone, on hopes and fears in the UPC

    September 23, 2014

    The head of IP at Vodafone Germany has spoken about the fear that the UPC will be “imbalanced” between plaintiffs and defendants

  • Interview: Clemens Heusch of Nokia on judges at the UPC

    September 22, 2014

    The most important issue for the planned Unified Patent Court is the quality of the judges, Clemens Heusch of Nokia told Managing IP in a recent interview

  • 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

  • Nokia's Richard Vary on the UPC, competitiveness and NPEs

    September 18, 2014

    Last week Richard Vary, global head of litigation at Nokia, spoke at Managing IP’s European Patent Reform Forum in Paris. Here he tells us the likely impact of the Unified Patent Court on global competitiveness, patent trolls and litigation strategies

  • 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

  • Standards and patents in spotlight at AIPPI

    September 15, 2014

    Last Thursday, the Court of Justice of the EU heard arguments in a case referred from Germany between Huawei and ZTE concerning standard-essential patents and FRAND. It is the first time the Court has been asked to rule on this complex area of law

  • European Patent Reform Forum 2014: the highlights

    September 12, 2014

    Managing IP hosted two forums on the Unitary Patent and UPC this week, in Paris and Munich. Here are some of the key takeaways

  • 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

  • Carpmaels & Ransford takes UPC initiative

    September 09, 2014

    The UK patent and trade mark attorney firm Carpmaels & Ransford is adding a team of litigators in preparation for the launch of the Unified Patent Court

  • Withers & Rogers opens in Munich

    August 18, 2014

    UK patent and trade mark firm Withers & Rogers has opened an office in Munich, Germany

  • CJEU opinion calls for more stem cell clarity post-Brüstle

    July 17, 2014

    The legal adviser to the Court of Justice of the EU has advised the Court to rule that an ovum whose development has been stimulated without fertilisation and which cannot become a human being cannot be considered a human embryo

  • 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

  • Report reveals biotech's biggest filers

    June 25, 2014

    US organisations are leading the way in patenting the results of public investment in genomic research, while Europe and Asia are lagging behind, a new report suggests

  • 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

  • What US IP owners need to know about the UPC

    June 13, 2014

    It is not surprising that IP owners prefer to sue in their home jurisdiction. But multi-jurisdictional litigation battles in the telecoms sector have reminded lawyers of the importance of fighting on all fronts, said speakers on a panel on the unitary patent and UPC last week

  • 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

  • EU clarifies antitrust rules on asserting standard-essential patents

    April 30, 2014

    The EU’s competition commissioner has confirmed that owners of standard-essential patents can seek injunctions if they believe their rights have been infringed, but explained how such applications for injunctions might be deemed to be abusive

  • CJEU to hear stem cell patent case

    April 29, 2014

    The Court of Justice of the EU will begin hearings in a case today that should see it offer scientists and their patent advisers more certainty about the patentability of stem cells

  • Generics need patent protection too

    April 29, 2014

    In an interview with Managing IP, Alka Mehta, head of the formulation patent department at Indian pharmaceutical manufacturer Cipla, says that, notwithstanding its reputation as one of the world’s largest generics, companies such as Cipla also rely on patent protection in India and around the world

  • Hong Kong selects patent reform adviser

    March 21, 2014

    Bird & Bird has been retained by the Hong Kong government as a consultant on its plan to create a new examined patent right

  • 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

  • Patent practitioners call for UPC cost clarity

    March 18, 2014

    What will the fees for the planned EU Unified Patent Court be? That is one of the key unanswered questions about the new system, according to panellists at Managing IP’s International Patent Forum

  • WIPO's Pooley positive on collaborative search

    March 18, 2014

    Collaboration between patent offices on patent searching is “exciting” and could lead to “a much better product”, WIPO Deputy Director General James Pooley said at Managing IP’s International Patent Forum in London

  • European patent reform: what we know now

    March 14, 2014

    Some of Europe’s top IP officials are gathered in Budapest for a conference to mark the opening of a new centre to train judges for the Unified Patent Court. Here’s what we found out from day one

  • Latest draft of Unified Patent Court rules released

    March 07, 2014

    The group of patent judges and practitioners in charge of drawing up the rules of procedure for the Unified Patent Court has published its latest draft, together with a summary of the changes and the rationale for them

  • Unified Patent Court – latest developments explained

    March 05, 2014

    Discussions about details of the new EU Unified Patent Court are intensifying – as last week’s letter from a coalition of companies and trade associations including Apple, Google, Microsoft and Samsung showed – with further developments expected this month

  • Why PhRMA wants the EU on the USTR’s IP watch list

    March 04, 2014

    Pharmaceutical industry organisation PhRMA has asked the US government to put the EU on the USTR’s Special 301 Report, which identifies countries the US views as the worst offenders when it comes to IP, in a move that has left PhRMA's critics extremely concerned

  • Tech companies emphasise UPC concerns

    February 26, 2014

    The Unified Patent Court's rules of procedure need to incorporate guidance to judges on bifurcation and injunctions, according to a group of prominent manufacturers

  • 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

  • EPO Board confirms HES cell exclusion

    February 11, 2014

    Inventions based on human embryonic stem cells which resulted in the destruction of human embryos cannot be patented, an EPO Board of Appeal has confirmed

  • 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

  • How will the unitary patent affect Hong Kong applications?

    January 29, 2014

    The Unitary Patent will add a new wrinkle to Hong Kong’s patent recordal system, but those who opt for the new regional patent should be able to use it to gain protection in Hong Kong

  • 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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