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India, UPC and copyright rankings: latest issue of Managing IP

Subscribers will soon receive their paper copies of our April issue. But you can read all the contents online now, including a special feature on India; the latest FRAND developments in Europe; an update on the UPC and the final part of our annual survey

MIP AprilThe April issue also includes our regular IP Clinic – which this month looks at the USPTO’s controversial Myriad guidelines, a round up of patent, trade mark and copyright news, moves and the Utynam’s Heirs diary.

All that is accessible to subscribers and those taking a free trial.

Among the freely available content this month are the regular country updates from 28 jurisdictions and a special supplement on Africa. You can also download a PDF version of our annual China IP Focus.

The cover story on India was written by our Asia editor Peter Leung following his trip to Delhi for our India Innovation Forum earlier this year.

Much of the coverage of IP developments in India has focused on some of the negative aspects, such the decision in the Glivec case, almost exactly a year ago. We have an update by Meenakshi Khurana on how the controversial Section 3(d) has been interpreted by the courts since then.

But Peter also looks at some different aspects of IP protection in India, in particular the progress made in dealing with the trade mark backlog (see chart). While practitioners had been quick to criticise the system, several are now expressing careful optimism in light of recent improvements.

india trendsElsewhere in this issue, Emma Barraclough and I – inspired by Donald Rumsfeld – look at the “known knowns” and “known unknowns” of the Unified Patent Court. As regular readers will know, there have been several key developments in the past month or so, with the publication of the 16th draft of the Rules of Procedure, the opening of the Judicial Training Centre and news about ratifications and the setting up of regional divisions.

Our round up summarises where we’re at now, but with further developments expected keep checking for the latest news.

The April issue also includes the third and final part of our annual IP survey, covering copyright work. This complements the patent and trade mark rankings already published. You can access all of them on our surveys page.

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