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Unitary Patent & UPC

As Europe’s new unitary patent system edges closer, counsel say it’s vital to specify who has the right to decide on opting in or out
The departing chief executive receives five-star reviews as sources outline their priorities in a successor
With the UPC almost here, pharma and biotech counsel are weighing the risks and rewards of the new system
Patent counsel say it will be easier to win preliminary injunctions in Germany after recent CJEU guidance, but expect the system to remain balanced
Counsel met in London to discuss unitary patent filing strategy, opt-out, and getting senior management to pay attention
A proposal to make UPC documents available to the public “upon reasoned request” could stifle participation in the European patent project
With the new court expected to be up and running this year, female practitioners say it can and should do more to set an example on gender equality
The Unified Patent Court takes centre stage in our latest PDF
SCOTUS denies Intel’s Fintiv challenge; Ed Sheeran copyright trial concludes; Apple and WiLAN settle; Cameroon’s poivre de penja secures GI status
Global litigation firms see potential for growth in Europe, especially as the UPC may offer enforcement tools not readily available in the US
Ireland’s legal sector is undergoing a radical transformation with the arrival of new firms post-Brexit, say local in-house and private practice sources
Sources at Burford, Omni Bridgeway, Curiam, Woodsford and The Judge say the Unified Patent Court may present funding opportunities that surpass the US


Blackbird, Dominion Harbor, Acacia, and Harfang IP say the market is hot for patent acquisitions and that litigation opportunities could soon emerge in Europe
The unitary patent system is almost ready to go, but not all counsel are convinced it’s right for them
UPC Committee holds inaugural meeting; Mattel secures win against Thomas & Friends counterfeits; Irish Supreme Court seeks CJEU clarity; Andorra trademark rejected
With interviews for UPC posts set to start in March, Managing IP speaks to four judges about how the new system could hurt national courts
Interviews; Exclusives


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
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