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IP judges report: interviews from the world’s key jurisdictions

Managing IP has compiled interviews conducted in the past 12 months, giving insight on what makes judges tick and what this means for you

Ever wondered what annoys an IP judge? Ever considered how they approach a case? Or perhaps you’re just curious about how they use their spare time? To find the answers to these questions and more, look no further than our new report – which comprises interviews with leading judges across the world’s major IP jurisdictions.

In an unprecedented exercise, we spoke directly to the senior IP judiciary to find out their views on a range of subjects from courtroom best practice to case preparation. The interviews, which in some cases were conducted face to face, are aimed at any IP specialists involved in litigation, not to mention anyone who wants to learn how those at the top of their game perform.  

In mid-2019, we embarked on a mission to interview leading judges worldwide – and this report is the culmination of those efforts. Since we published the interview with Mr Justice Henry Carr, he sadly passed away. Mr Justice Richard Arnold was promoted to Lord Justice of Appeal after his interview was published, and our conversation with Justice Peter Huber, following which we broke a major story about the Unified Patent Court, was framed mainly on one case.

We hope you enjoy reading these interviews, and we welcome your feedback.

Belgium

Judge Sam Granata, Court of Appeal (Antwerp division)

Canada

Judge Michael Manson, Canada Federal Court

EPO

President Carl Josefsson, Boards of Appeal

Germany

Judge Johanna Brückner-Hofmann, Düsseldorf District Court (Landgericht)

Justice Peter Huber, Federal Constitutional Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht)

Judge Klaus Grabinski, Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof)

Italy 

Pierluigi Perrotti, Court of Milan, IP Division

United Kingdom

Lord Justice Richard Arnold, England and Wales Court of Appeal

Mr Justice Colin Birss, England and Wales High Court

The late Mr Justice Henry Carr, England and Wales High Court

Lord David Kitchin, UK Supreme Court

United States

Judge Alan Albright, US District Court for the Western District of Texas

Chief judge Scott Boalick, PTAB

Judge James Donato, US District Court for the Northern District of California 

Chief judge Rodney Gilstrap, US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

Chief judge Philip Gutierrez, US District Court for the Central District of California

Senior judge Irene Keeley, US District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia

Judge Virginia Kendall, US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Judge Kathleen O'Malley, US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Chief administrative trademark judge Gerard Rogers, TTAB

Chief judge Leonard Stark, US District Court for the District of Delaware

Spain 

Florencio Molina López, Commercial Court of Barcelona

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