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Unitary Patent & UPC

The EPO and European Commission co-hosted an event to celebrate the unitary patent in Brussels today
Sources say Italy’s local division judges have heard hundreds of patent disputes between them and have gained from staying put in domestic courts
The joint litigation service will have bases in Germany, France, Sweden, and the UK
Counsel in the tech, life sciences and chemistry sectors say they would like more assurance over litigation funding and how it works – many still see it as too much of a gamble
Managing IP was first to report major stories that matter, from a Peppa Pig dispute to the UPC sunrise period and new targets for the Indian and UK IP offices
General counsel Jonathan Stroud is eyeing the UPC but is concerned about injunction gaps
Klaus Grabinski will lead as president of the Court of Appeal, with Florence Butin as president of the Court of First Instance
A senior court official said the first list of Unified Patent Court judges will be published tomorrow, October 19
Sources said end dates for opting out European patents and judge training made May 1 2023 a likely start date
The recruitment process was beset by delays over the summer, but UPC sources confirmed that offers have now been made
Moderna sues Pfizer and BioNTech; Delhi court rules pre-suit mediation not mandatory; USPTO obtains trademark for own brand; USPTO extends feedback deadline for 101 guidelines
The Italian firm that built the UPC case management system plans to launch a full training course in October


Germany’s four local UPC divisions are stacked with expertise, although the Hamburg division still has something to prove
A tweak to the Rules of Procedure could theoretically make patents outside the Unified Patent Court’s jurisdiction subject to its rulings
The Netherlands could prove influential in the new system, with a local division and two judges on the Court of Appeal
Litigators say a lot of part-time technical judges will need to recuse themselves from early UPC cases
Interviews; Exclusives

Interviews; Exclusives

Hubertus Schacht of the Munich Regional Court shares his thoughts on German SEP trends and their influence on the UPC
Phyllis Turner-Brim talks about her career, the need for balance in intellectual property policy and her passion for diversity and inclusion
Derek Gilliland, who became a magistrate judge at the Western District of Texas this month, delves into his work, thoughts on Alan Albright and ambitions
Kirupa Pushparaj talks about his move to a fintech start-up focused on young-person financial independence, career progression and start-up IP needs
Sources from the High Tech Inventors Alliance, the Senate Judiciary IP Subcommittee and NPE Dominion Harbor weigh in on the rise of the Western District of Texas
Heath Hoglund, chief patent counsel at Dolby in San Francisco, sits down with Managing IP to talk about licensing, FRAND and more
David Simon, senior vice president of IP at Salesforce, shares his views on Section 101, Fintiv, the DMCA, and more
The intellectual property CEO of one of the world's largest telecoms companies talks about licensing, harvesting collaboration and global outreach
In Managing IP’s first corner office podcast, Bryan Zielinski talks about his company’s IP challenges and opportunities, AI, and more
The Federal Circuit’s latest decision that Teva induced infringement has stakeholders worried that US skinny label law has been thrown out the window
In this Managing IP masterclass, IP directors from Thyssenkrupp and AB InBev discuss the challenges of managing a post-pandemic in-house team
We have published all the 2022 rankings of the leading firms for patent litigation and protection work
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