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  • Interview: EPO's Battistelli on reforms, the Boards of Appeal and the Unitary Patent

    December 22, 2015

    At the end of a challenging year for the European Patent Office, its president Benoît Battistelli is defiant about the changes he wants to make, and insists he will not be changing course

  • Unitary Patent and UPC: a progress report (December 2015)

    December 21, 2015

    Preparation for the Unitary Patent Protection system completed; Rules of the UPC Patent Mediation and Arbitration Centre (PMAC) agreed; and UPC fees and recoverable costs revised – Kingsley Egbuonu provides a final update

  • Managing IP’s International Women’s Leadership Forum 2015: round up

    December 18, 2015

    IP practitioners convened at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose to discuss the biggest issues and trends of the year. Leading topics on the day included career advancement, leadership and patent reform, as Alice O’Donkor reports

  • MIP European Patent Forum USA 2015: Key takeaways from Silicon Valley

    December 16, 2015

    Alice O’Donkor summarises the presentations and discussions from the European Patent Forum USA, held on December 10 at the Fairmont San Jose Hotel, San Jose

  • Takeaways from our European Patent Forum USA

    December 14, 2015

    Managing IP held a European Patent Forum in New York last week. Michael Loney reports on the discussions about the Unitary Patent, UPC and other issues

  • 19 changes in the new Spanish Patents Act

    December 04, 2015

    A new Act coming into force in 2017 introduces some important changes affecting patents and utility models in Spain. Santiago Jordá explains

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    December 02, 2015

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  • 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

  • Unitary Patent and UPC: a progress report (November 2015)

    November 30, 2015

    Member states agree on formula for distributing income from unitary patent renewal fees; UK IPO needs your feedback on the UPC IT system; five more countries needed for the Protocol on UPC Agreement; and UPC Preparatory Committee adopt final version of the UPC Rules of Procedure

  • Ethical issues in IP debated

    November 27, 2015

    In an event hosted by AIPPI last week, Professor Sir Robin Jacob led IP law professionals in a discussion of topical issues relating to morals rights and ethics in international IP law

  • 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

  • UPC Rules of Procedure released

    October 30, 2015

    The Preparatory Committee has published the final version of the Rules of Procedure for the Unified Patent Court, including changes to the rules on opt outs and language

  • Unitary Patent and UPC: Progress Report (October)

    October 19, 2015

    Protocol to the UPC Agreement signed by some member states; the facilities of the Court of Appeal of the UPC will be ready in early 2016; and the Select Committee has given its opinion on the remaining financial aspects of the implementation of the Unitary Patent

  • UPC concerns raised at AIPPI Congress

    October 12, 2015

    Transitional measures, fees, patent term extension, the availability of injunctions and the appointment of judges were all identified as key issues of concern at yesterday’s open meeting of AIPPI’s Standing Committee on the Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court

  • The view from inside the UPC courtroom

    September 30, 2015

    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

  • Europe IP news round-up

    September 18, 2015

    EPO to donate €100k to refugee crisis, EU MEPs support extension of GI protection, tips offered at the Global Innovation Index launch, EC backs TRIPs exemption for least-developed countries, consultation on Mediation Directive and the Unitary Patent and UPC latest were in the IP headlines in Europe this week

  • Unitary Patent and UPC: Progress Report (September)

    September 16, 2015

    The UK IPO is making progress with the IT system, draft Rules on the European Patent Litigation Certificate have been agreed, proposals for the Patent Mediation and Arbitration Centre rules are imminent, and Finland and Italy are preparing to ratify the UPC Agreement

  • Unitary Patent and UPC: five takeaways from the Patent Reform Forum

    September 11, 2015

    Judges, in-house counsel, patent lawyers and attorneys and IP office representatives discussed the Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court (UPC) at the latest EU Patent Reform Forum. James Nurton reports on the main news and views

  • Interview: Sam Granata, UPC Legal Framework Group

    September 04, 2015

    Belgian judge Sam Granata is at the heart of the planning for Europe’s Patent Mediation and Arbitration Centre. In an exclusive interview, he discusses issues including the preparations, facilities, legal uncertainties and potential challenges

  • Recent guidance on SEP licensing in the US and EU

    August 25, 2015

    Two decisions in Europe and the United States have addressed the licensing of standard- essential patents. Andrew Moir, David Wilson, Nic Ruesink- Brown, Joseph Falcone and Allison Alcasabas ask: have the courts provided a helping FRAND?

  • Latest people moves in Europe

    August 18, 2015

    In our latest roundup of who’s moving where, we feature Fish & Richardson in Germany and V.O. in The Netherlands as well as judicial appointments in the UK

  • 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

  • Applicants likely to use Unitary Patent, but uncertain about UPC

    August 07, 2015

    The latest survey of in-house patent counsel conducted by Managing IP reveals that companies are keen to use the proposed Unitary Patent system. However, the majority of respondents want more information, and cite court fees, judges and procedural uncertainty as the biggest concerns

  • 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

  • Huawei v ZTE – analysis from across Europe

    July 20, 2015

    Many IP and competition lawyers have reacted to last week’s ruling from the CJEU in the Huawei v ZTE case regarding standard-essential patents and FRAND licensing. Here are some key quotes

  • Unitary Patent and UPC: progress report part II

    July 20, 2015

    The EU’s Unitary Patent and UPC system is getting closer to becoming a reality. Contracts have been awarded for work to commence on the UPC IT system, and the Preparatory Committee met on July 10 to discuss matters including the final version of the UPC Rules of Procedure.

  • Unified Patent Court: where will it be?

    July 20, 2015

    Luxembourg, France, Germany and the UK will host important sections of the UPC. Managing IP finds out about the buildings likely to be used, and what practitioners make of the plans

  • CJEU sets out FRAND rules for licensors and licensees

    July 16, 2015

    The owner of a standard essential patent who seeks an injunction must have alerted the alleged infringer and made a “specific, written” licence offer specifying the royalty and the way it is to be calculated, the CJEU said in a case between Huawei and ZTE

  • 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

  • Graphic: What will a Unitary Patent cost?

    July 03, 2015

    The EPO Select Committee recently adopted a decision that will mean that the cost of renewing a Unitary Patent in the 25 participating states will be 70% lower than the comparable costs today. But the actual savings depend on the number of ratifications, the additional countries required and how long the patent is maintained for

  • Unitary Patent renewal fees agreed

    June 25, 2015

    Unitary Patent renewal fees will be based on those of the top four participating member states, an EPO Select Committee has decided

  • IP-owning companies perform better – OHIM study

    June 18, 2015

    Businesses that own IP rights generate more revenue per employee, have more employees and pay higher salaries than those that do not, according to a new report by the Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights

  • Guidance on UPC opt-out published

    June 17, 2015

    A recent update published by the UPC preparatory committee provides guidance on Article 83 of the UPC Agreement and choice of forum during the transitional period

  • Eight takeaways after EPO and MEPs discuss Unitary Patent

    June 12, 2015

    How much will the Unitary Patent translation system cost? And how many UPC judges are there expected to be? Answers to these and other questions are presented in a report on a meeting between the EPO and the European Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee

  • Unitary Patent and UPC: a progress report

    June 03, 2015

    The next six months will be key to the success of the Unitary Patent and UPC project. Managing IP provides an update on the latest developments

  • Italy to join Unitary Patent – minister

    May 28, 2015

    Italian State Secretary for European Affairs Sandro Gozi confirmed that Italy will join the Unitary Patent during a public session of the EU Competitiveness Council in Brussels

  • 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

  • Beyond Spain’s Unitary Patent challenge

    May 13, 2015

    The last major obstacle to the creation of a Unitary Patent in the EU has now been removed by the CJEU, and Europe’s new patent system is now expected to become operational before 2017. In the second of a two-part article, we look at the remaining concerns

  • Patent practitioners react to Unitary Patent ruling

    May 13, 2015

    For the first part of a two-part article, Managing IP spoke to practitioners across Europe about the impact of last week’s judgment on Spain's challenge to the Unitary Patent Regulations, and what is likely to happen next

  • UPC Preparatory Committee to consult on court fees

    May 08, 2015

    The UPC Preparatory Committee discussed court fees, provisional application of the UPC Agreement, the European Patent Litigation Certificate and UPC judges at its meeting this week

  • Full steam ahead for Unitary Patent and UPC

    May 05, 2015

    The Court of Justice of the EU has emphatically dismissed two challenges to the Regulations establishing the Unitary Patent filed by the Spanish government

  • Tension over EU General Court reform

    April 29, 2015

    European judges are at odds over how to deal with the growth in work before the General Court, which hears cases from European institutions, including Community trade mark and Community design appeals from OHIM

  • 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

  • EU Commissioner warns on UP fees “in no uncertain terms”

    March 20, 2015

    Senior European Commission officials have weighed into the debate on fees for the new Unitary Patent system, saying that the concerns about the EU's competitiveness should be placed ahead of revenue considerations

  • In-house counsel back Unitary Patent, but want more details on costs

    March 19, 2015

    Companies are likely to use the Unitary Patent system and believe it will be good for innovation in Europe, according to a survey of in-house patent counsel conducted by Managing IP. But they overwhelmingly want more information on how it will work, with details of costs their biggest priority

  • Interview: Baroness Neville-Rolfe, UK IP minister

    March 19, 2015

    In an interview with Managing IP, Baroness Neville-Rolfe discussed her planned visit to the EPO, ratification of the UPC Agreement and the launch of an IP Finance Toolkit

  • BusinessEurope “seriously concerned” about Unitary Patent fee proposals

    March 13, 2015

    BusinessEurope, the organisation that represents European industry, has sent a letter expressing concern that the recently proposed renewal fees for the Unitary Patent are much higher in the early years than anticipated

  • 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

  • EPO floats two options for Unitary Patent fees

    March 09, 2015

    The European Patent Office has circulated two proposals regarding the setting of renewal fees for the Unitary Patent. The proposals will be discussed by the Select Committee, representing participating member states, later this month

  • How to train the UPC judges

    February 25, 2015

    Nineteen would-be judges of the Unified Patent Court started a programme of training in Budapest this week

  • AIPLA warns over Unitary Patent fees

    February 12, 2015

    The AIPLA has written to the EPO recommending it set the cost of renewing a Unitary Patent at an amount similar to the cost of renewing a European Patent validated in the UK, Germany and France

  • 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

  • What you need to know about evidence on both sides of the Atlantic

    January 29, 2015

    How can you win opposition proceedings without discovery? What lessons do proceedings at the PTAB offer for businesses in Europe? What are the upsides – and downsides – of discovery? These were among the questions addressed by a panel of speakers at Managing IP’s European Patent Reform Forum in San Jose

  • Is China’s utility model system getting a bad rap?

    January 28, 2015

    A recent report published by IP Key suggests that China’s utility model system contains safeguards to help ensure patent quality not always found in other countries

  • European patents expand to Africa

    January 20, 2015

    The growth of the European patent system is not to be constrained by geographical boundaries: from March this year, it will be possible to validate European patents in Morocco

  • Unitary Patent fees should be at low end of scale – CIPA President

    January 09, 2015

    The president of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys has told Managing IP she would like to see “an announcement about sensible fees” for the Unitary Patent as soon as possible

  • Q&A: Catriona Hammer, CIPA president and senior IP counsel, GE Healthcare

    January 09, 2015

    James Nurton sat down with Catriona Hammer, this year’s president of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys, to hear about her goals for the association, the likely impact of the Unitary Patent and other areas of concern for patent attorneys

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  • European patents expand to Africa

    January 20, 2015

    The growth of the European patent system is not to be constrained by geographical boundaries: from March this year, it will be possible to validate European patents in Morocco

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