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Managing IP’s most-read stories in July 2019


Tributes to an “unfailingly polite, kind and generous” judge who sadly passed away, an analysis of EPO exam results and a preview of a copyright case involving Ordnance Survey were among the most-read articles last month

1) 'Simply irreplaceable’: tributes pour in for Judge Carr

The month’s most popular article came in sad circumstances as lawyers paid tribute to England & Wales High Court judge Mr Justice Carr, who passed away. The judge was described as a “wonderful, kind, brilliant and thoroughly good man.” 

2) EPO exam results: why the UK tops the class

Also attracting attention was the latest data on the pass rate for the EPO exams. For the fourth year running UK attorneys outperformed their French and German counterparts. We asked attorneys from all three jurisdictions why this is the case.

3) Richard Arnold: runners and riders to replace ‘fearless’ judge

Another judicial story proved popular this month. With the news that England & Wales High Court judge Mr Justice Arnold is set to join the Court of Appeal later this year, we spoke to lawyers to assess the judge’s impact on IP law and ask who his replacement might be. 

4) Case preview: database rights at play as Ordnance Survey in court

A case combining copyright and database rights kicked off as Ordnance Survey, the national mapping agency for Great Britain, was in court to defend a case pitting it against a small and medium-sized enterprise. 

5) USPTO testifies about fraudulent TMs

The office was asked about fines for fraudulent actors during a recent Congress hearing. Mary Boney Denison, commissioner for trademarks, said that while the USPTO does not have the ability to impose fines on fraudulent actors, “if Congress would like to give it to us, we’d be happy to talk to you about it.”

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More from across our site

The EUIPO management board must provide the Council of the EU with a performance assessment before it can remove the executive director
The European Commission confirmed that plans for a unitary SPC will be published in April alongside reforms to the SEP system
The court held that SEP implementers could be injuncted or directed to pay royalties before trial if they are deemed to be unwilling licensees
Patentees should feel cautious optimism over the EPO Enlarged Board of Appeal’s decision in G2/21, say European patent attorneys
Significant changes to the standard of law are unlikely, say sources, who note that some justices seemed sceptical that the parties disagreed on the legal standard
Sources say the High Court of Australia’s ruling that reputation is immaterial in trademark infringement cases could stop famous brands from muscling out smaller players
Three Republican and two Democratic Congress members have claimed that patent thickets hinder access to affordable medicine
Charles Hoskin of Singaporean e-commerce platform Shopee, who made the jump from a luxury brand, says honest conversations and collaborations are key to combatting counterfeiting
Adam Williams speaks to Managing IP about the legacy of Brexit and why IP has sometimes got ‘lost in the noise’ at Westminster
Lawyers wish the latest manual had more details on Federal Circuit cases and that training materials for design patent examiners were online