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  • Interview: Sean Dennehey, acting chief executive, UK IPO

    December 22, 2016

    At the end of a year that saw the Brexit vote, gradual progress on the implementation of the UPC and several initiatives with China, the acting head of the UK's IP Office spoke to Managing IP

  • IP diversity group celebrates one year anniversary

    December 08, 2016

    Alice O'Donkor attended the recent party marking the first anniversary of IP Inclusive, which had a particular focus on the under-representation of BAME professionals in the IP professions

  • Key takeaways from the EU Patent Forum USA 2016

    December 06, 2016

    Speakers at Managing IP’s recent EU Patent Forums in Palo Alto and New York City discussed past, present and future developments for patent owners in Europe, including the UPC and Unitary Patent, FRAND cases, arbitration and the impact of Brexit

  • Unitary Patent and UPC: A progress report (November 2016)

    December 05, 2016

    The German Federal Ministry of Justice updates Managing IP on Germany’s ratification timeline; IP Federation, BioIndustry Association, EPLAW and the UPC Preparatory Committee respond to UK government’s intention to ratify the UPC Agreement (UPCA); and some of the developments we expect in the coming months

  • UK to ratify UPC Agreement despite Brexit - reaction (UPDATED)

    November 28, 2016

    The UK government has ended months of speculation by saying that it will push ahead with ratification of the UPC Agreement. This makes it more likely the new system will come into force soon, but leaves open questions about what happens post-Brexit

  • China drives growth in IP filings - WIPO's latest report in numbers

    November 23, 2016

    WIPO has published its annual World Intellectual Property Indicators (WIPI) report with global data on patent, trade mark and design filings in 2015. Here are the key figures at a glance

  • IP diversity task force launches new network for women

    November 08, 2016

    Practitioners representing a range of IP professions gathered to celebrate the launch of IP Inclusive’s Women in IP network in London

  • Unitary Patent and UPC: A progress report (October 2016)

    October 31, 2016

    UK Prime Minister Theresa May rules out influence of the CJEU and authority of EU law in a post-Brexit Britain; Labour party MPs demand answers from government regarding UK participation in the UPC and EPO; recruitment of UPC judges postponed; five more EU member states including Italy and Slovenia expected to ratify the UPC Agreement early next year

  • Eight finalists shortlisted for DesignEuropa awards

    October 18, 2016

    Designs for a coffee machine, bicycle rack, motorbike and bench are among those shortlisted for the first DesignEuropa awards. The winners will be announced in Milan on November 30

  • Unitary Patent and UPC: A progress report (September 2016)

    September 30, 2016

    EU Ministers reiterate support for the system; legal opinion on UK’s participation; The Netherlands ratifies UPC Agreement; legislative process for ratification underway in Italy; new Italian course added to list of UPC representation qualifications for European Patent Attorneys; official timetable for launch of UPC may be revised; Unitary Patent system ready and UPC preparations to continue

  • CJEU rules on royalties for unpatented technology

    September 27, 2016

    Richard Binns and Nicola Walles consider the impact of the Court of Justice of the EU’s recent ruling on the payment of royalties for unpatented technology

  • How the EPO is tackling its backlog

    September 21, 2016

    The European Patent Office expects to register about 90,000 patents this year, its President Benoît Battistelli said in a keynote address at the AIPPI World Congress

  • Keep calm and be prepared for Brexit

    September 21, 2016

    The room for a discussion on the implications of Brexit at the AIPPI World Congress was packed

  • WIPO's Gurry outlines five challenges

    September 21, 2016

    WIPO’s Director General Francis identified a number of challenges for the IP ­system in a speech at the AIPPI World Congress

  • From OHIM to EUIPO

    September 20, 2016

    The great changes at EUIPO will continue with further reforms coming into force next year, including the abolition of the “graphical representation” requirement for EUTMs. Luis Berenguer, Head of the Communication Service of EUIPO, discusses the changes in an interview

  • European Patent Reform Forums in Munich and Paris – the highlights

    September 13, 2016

    Brexit, the UPC and Unitary Patent were strongly in focus at the recent Managing IP European Patent Reform Forums, along with dedicated sessions on IT, TMT, pharma and dispute resolution

  • General Court upholds Lundbeck pay-for-delay fine

    September 09, 2016

    Fines of nearly €150 million imposed on pharmaceutical company Lundbeck and a number of generic rivals by the European Commission have been upheld by the EU General Court. The Court's decisions are the first to find that pay-for-delay agreements breach EU antitrust rules

  • IP Stars 2017 research now underway

    September 05, 2016

    Research for the 2017 edition of IP Stars, Managing IP’s legal directory, starts today. Kingsley Egbuonu and Jennifer Ruther highlight some of the things you need to know and why IP firms and practitioners worldwide should participate by making a submission

  • Unitary Patent and UPC: A progress report (August 2016)

    August 31, 2016

    UK IPO speaks out on UK’s involvement in the UPC and Unitary Patent system; UK patent attorney body CIPA prefers UK in the system; experts to discuss the latest on the UPC and post-Brexit patent strategies at MIP European Patent Forums in September.

  • Brexit and IP: The UK IPO’s views

    August 03, 2016

    The UK Intellectual Property Office has confirmed the legal status of three EU-related IP rights in effect in the UK and the government’s next steps for these rights ahead of Brexit. It remains unknown if the UK will ratify the UPC Agreement

  • Unitary Patent and UPC: A progress report (July 2016)

    July 29, 2016

    Protocol on Privileges and Immunities of the UPC signed; IP community puts pressure on the UK government; Preparatory Committee and Select Committee to continue with final preparations

  • Interview: Ruth Soetendorp, IP educator and outgoing chair of IPAN

    July 27, 2016

    Alice O' Donkor talks to outgoing IPAN chair Ruth Soetendorp about IP education, awareness and understanding

  • CJEU rules on patent licensing question in Genentech case

    July 08, 2016

    In a rare foray into patent law, the Court of Justice of the EU has ruled that a patent licensee must pay the agreed royalty for the full term of the agreement, even if the patent is revoked or found not to be infringed

  • Brexit 10 days on: latest developments

    July 05, 2016

    While the politicians begin the discussions about how and when the UK will extricate itself from the EU and establish new trading relationships, trade mark practitioners have told Managing IP that clients are already preparing for the Brexit future

  • UPC scenario 5: Enforcing a patent inside and outside the UPC

    July 04, 2016

    In the latest in our series of UPC scenarios, Laura Whiting and Inmaculada Lorenzo explore the options for a pharmaceutical patent owner faced with a potential infringer manufacturing its product in Spain

  • UPC preparations will go ahead

    July 01, 2016

    The UPC Preparatory Committee and EPO Select Committee have issued a joint statement saying they will continue with their planned work despite the Brexit vote

  • Unitary Patent and UPC: A progress report (June 2016)

    June 30, 2016

    Brexit casts doubt on start of the UPC and Unitary Patent system; useful resources on impact of Brexit on IP; Bulgaria ratifies UPC Agreement; Dutch parliament approves the UPCA; our latest UPC scenario on enforcing a European patent in and outside the UPC

  • UK IP Minister talks about UPC post-Brexit result

    June 30, 2016

    Baroness Neville-Rolfe has said that the UK’s position on the UPC and Unitary Patent system will not be known anytime soon. The Minister has also invited UK stakeholders to be involved in the discussions which will lead to a decision

  • Brexit - law firm resources

    June 24, 2016

    Following the UK's June 23 vote to leave the EU, many law and IP firms have published advice for clients. We provide links to the relevant articles

  • Europe Women in Business Law Awards: 2016 winners

    June 17, 2016

    The best female lawyers from across the continent congregated at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower in London to celebrate Euromoney Legal Media Group's sixth annual Europe Women in Business Law Awards

  • Inventor awards and latest people moves in Europe

    June 16, 2016

    In our latest people and firms round up for Europe, we report on last week’s European Inventor Awards and summarise recent people news, as firms gear up for the introduction of the UPC

  • What in-house practitioners really want

    June 07, 2016

    A new IP STARS report analyses the concerns and priorities of in-house IP practitioners, and is based on responses from more than 1,100 questionnaires. Peter Ollier introduces the themes of the research

  • Unitary Patent and UPC: A progress report (May 2016)

    May 31, 2016

    Part-time and full-time UPC judges wanted; new features of the UPC case management system and EPO’s software for Unitary Patent released; more member states preparing for ratification; Preparatory Committee discuss remaining aspects of the UPC; our latest UPC scenario on challenging a non-opted out European patent relating to a pharmaceutical product during the transitional period

  • Unitary Patent and UPC: A progress report (April 2016)

    April 29, 2016

    Recruitment process for UPC judges imminent; Code of Conduct for UPC representatives reviewed; PMAC arbitration rules agreed; EPO Select Committee discuss remaining aspects of the Unitary Patent system; our latest UPC scenario on challenging a non-opted out European patent relating to a pharmaceutical product during the transitional period; and informative webinar on Unitary Patent and UPC

  • UPC scenario 4: Challenging a non-opted out European patent

    April 27, 2016

    How might a clearing-the-way case proceed once the UPC is in force? In the latest article in our series, David Rose, Nina O’Sullivan and Axel Walz consider the options for a patent challenger who wishes to launch a competing product

  • Latest moves in Europe

    April 18, 2016

    Our regular roundup includes news from the EPO, RCF, KWM, Boult Wade Tennant, Finnegan, Gill Jennings & Every, Ashfords, Haseltine Lake and ITMA

  • Practical tips for filing designs post-Trunki

    March 31, 2016

    Following the UK Supreme Court’s judgment in the Trunki design dispute, Managing IP summarises practical tips from UK practitioners on filing designs and eight lessons from the judgment

  • Unitary Patent and UPC: a progress report (March 2016)

    March 30, 2016

    Impact of Brexit on UPC raised in UK parliament; UK not yet ready to ratify UPC Agreement; main work on UPC IT system completed; our latest UPC scenario is on standard-essential patent (SEP) and FRAND issues

  • An interview with award winner Margot Fröhlinger

    March 29, 2016

    Margot Fröhlinger gave a memorable speech on receiving an outstanding achievement trophy at this year’s Managing IP Global Awards Dinner in London. Afterwards, she spoke to Alice O’Donkor about her role in creating the Unitary Patent and UPC

  • UPC scenario 3: A standards case from the defendant’s perspective

    March 29, 2016

    Our latest UPC scenario looks at a case involving a standard-essential patent. Michael Carter, Nick Cunningham and David Barron consider a defendant’s options in the new court system

  • The practical impact of the Trunki case

    March 24, 2016

    The UK Supreme Court’s decision in the Trunki design dispute has generated debate among design law practitioners, concern in the design community and a reaction from the UK IPO. Kingsley Egbuonu reports

  • Interview: IP Federation President Carol Arnold of Shell

    March 24, 2016

    UK and European patent attorney Carol Arnold sat down with Managing Intellectual Property at the International Women’s Leadership Forum in London to discuss the Unitary Patent and UPC, dealing with anti-counterfeiting and her role as president of the IP Federation.

  • EPO's Admin Council meets amid demonstration and strike threats

    March 14, 2016

    EPO staff have voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action, but the SUEPO union has postponed organising a strike until after this week's meeting of the Administrative Council

  • UK Supreme Court finds against Trunki in design case

    March 14, 2016

    The UK IPO will provide updated guidance for design applicants after the Supreme Court upheld the Court of Appeal’s decision that PMS International’s Kiddee Case does not infringe Magmatic’s registered community design (RCD) for the Trunki suitcase

  • Unitary Patent and UPC: a progress report (February 2016)

    February 29, 2016

    Preparatory Committee reaches agreement on costs in the UPC; Germany proposes double patenting in its UPC bill; the Netherlands preparing for ratification; latest on UK ratification; Mediation rules of PMAC published and official confirmation of UPC locations

  • UPC scenario 2: a blockbuster drug patent with an SPC

    February 25, 2016

    In our second discussion of a hypothetical UPC scenario, Duncan Ribbons and Rebecca Lawrence address some of the complications that arise with SPCs, licences, opt outs and injunctions

  • Managing IP Global Awards 2016 - shortlists

    January 29, 2016

    Managing IP's annual Global Awards Dinner - held this year on March 10 at The Savoy in London - recognises the outstanding firms of the past year in Asia-Pacific, Europe and Latin America. Ahead of the awards announcement, we publish the shortlists for each category

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