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Section 101’s future and other highlights from the April 2017 issue

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The future of Section 101

The cover story assesses the chances of a change to the test for patentable subject matter under Section 101 in the US. Calls for changing 101 are increasing. In January, for example, a proposed amendment from the Intellectual Property Owners Association provided one concrete way to do it. We spoke to patent practitioners including IBM’s Manny Schecter, Cravath’s David Kappos and Drinker Biddle’s Bob Stoll to assess what impact 101 is having now and what should change.

CJEU articles

Three articles in the April issue cover developments in the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU).

Rubiks-150In the first, Alice Stagg summarises the most interesting of the 16 trade mark decisions in 2016. These covered a variety of topics and challenges for brand owners.

In the second, Brian Cordery and Steven Willis look at how the CJEU has approached Article 3(a) of the SPC Regulation, specifically what being “protected” by a patent means.

Lastly, David Stone looks forward to some of the biggest design decisions expected in 2017. While 2016 was a quiet year for design decisions in the EU Court of Justice, 2017 looks to be a cracker year of important cases.

The top copyright firms

IP StarsIn the final part of our annual IP Stars rankings of the top IP firms worldwide, we revealed the best law firms for copyright work. This means that all of the 2017 IP Stars firm rankings are now available to view and search on You can read more about the methodology behind the rankings here. The research for next year's IP Stars will start in October this year and more information about making submissions and arranging interviews will be available online then.

And there’s more!

In other articles in the April issue, Ruth Burstall and Birgit Clark investigate blockchain’s potential use in registration, tracking, enforcement and payment in fashion and other IP-intensive industries, Sirena Rubinoff provides a guide to the arguments over the patenting of living organisms, andShaun Tan reports that Myanmar may have opened up in the past five years but its IP laws are still frozen in time.

Brexit toilet paperNot done there, our diarist Utynam reports on curiosities from the first CITMA Spring Meeting, his favourite trade mark applications using the term Brexit and more.

You can also find out about the latest developments in IP in countries from Argentina to Vietnam in our international briefings (sponsored; free access).

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