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  • UPC update: German Bar Association says constitutional complaint inadmissible

    January 17, 2018

    DAV tells the Federal Constitutional Court the constitutional complaint against German participation in the UPC is inadmissible. Other recent news includes the UK House of Lords approving an immunities and privileges order and France ratifying a similar order

  • How helpful is the EU Commission’s SEP guidance?

    January 17, 2018

    Both patent owners and implementers have welcomed the European Commission’s communication on standard essential patents. Does that mean it has successfully balanced competing interests or merely dodged the difficult questions? James Nurton investigates

  • IP cases to look out for in Europe in 2018

    January 05, 2018

    Hip hop music, the Louboutin red sole shoes and copyright protection for food are among the subjects of disputes pending before the European courts. Managing IP provides a guide to some of the more significant cases coming up this year

  • Highlights from the MIP European Patent Forum USA

    January 03, 2018

    Topics discussed at our recent European Patent Forum USA included the potential timeline for Germany ratifying the UPC, FRAND after Unwired Planet v Huawei, the patentability of computer-implemented inventions at the EPO, patent enforcement strategies in Europe and hot tubbing of experts in the UK

  • IP Stars PCT leaders report 2017: The top filing firms

    December 08, 2017

    This year’s leaders report reveals the top patent agencies and law firms behind the international PCT applications between 2014 and 2016

  • New IP firm launched in Europe

    September 26, 2017

    A new IP law firm, AIPEX, seeks to provide a unique IP service by offering a one-stop service through its independent member firms in 11 European locations

  • Validiity of essential patent for white LED confirmed

    August 16, 2017

    Takanori Abe reviews the litigation in Germany over Nichia's patent for a white LED

  • IP STARS Patent Handbook (2017) is now available

    August 01, 2017

    This year’s publication is the 21st edition of Managing Intellectual Property’s legal directory, and the biggest yet published

  • Unitary Patent and UPC: A progress report (July 2017)

    July 28, 2017

    UK consents to UPC Agreement (UPCA) Protocol and will resume legislative procedure for UPCA ratification in the autumn, UPC IT team seeks user input, and Germany’s legislative steps for ratification criticised

  • Unitary Patent and UPC: A progress report (June 2017)

    June 30, 2017

    Legal challenge delays Germany’s UPC Agreement ratification progress; UK government resumes ratification procedure; new start date for the UPC; IP Federation seeks clarity over the case management system; and the latest UPC-related articles on managingip.com include how indirect infringement will be interpreted

  • What every corporate counsel should know about Germany’s EIL

    June 23, 2017

    Who really owns your intellectual property? Wherever in the world you are based, do not risk ignoring Germany’s Employee Invention Law, warn Matthias Weiden and Matthias Bornhäusser

  • Germany's UPC Agreement ratification progress put on hold

    June 13, 2017

    The Office of the Federal President has agreed to hold off signing the approved laws necessary for the ratification of the UPC Agreement until a court case has been decided

  • Unitary Patent and UPC: A progress report (May 2017)

    May 30, 2017

    UK government intends to honour ratification promise if re-elected in June; Business associations call on the UK and other EU member states to launch the system as soon as possible; UPC IT system improved; and latest UPC news on managingip.com include procedural issues and choice of representative

  • The Top 250 Women in IP (2017)

    May 23, 2017

    Managing Intellectual Property IP STARS has published its annual list of the leading female IP practitioners in private practice

  • Unitary Patent and UPC: A progress report (April 2017)

    April 28, 2017

    Purdah delays UK ratification plans; Germany makes progress with ratification; Belgium consents to UPCA Protocol; and draft UPC Rules of Procedure published

  • People and firm moves in Europe (April 2017)

    April 28, 2017

    We round up news from Bristows, Cleveland Scott York, Dentons, Bryan Cave and Simmons & Simmons

  • MIP Global Awards 2017: The highlights

    March 15, 2017

    85 awards, including for corporate social responsibility and in-house achievement, were presented at Managing IP’s 12th Global Awards dinner at The Savoy in London last week. The photos from the event have also been published

  • Managing IP Global Awards Winners 2017

    March 10, 2017

    The Global Awards Dinner was held at The Savoy in London on March 9, with 300 guests from 89 firms and 44 countries

  • Unitary Patent and UPC: A progress report (January/February 2017)

    February 28, 2017

    EU Council ministers discuss Unitary Patent and UPC, Italy ratifies the UPC Agreement (UPCA), UK government publishes Brexit strategy document and answers questions on its UPCA ratification commitment

  • Unitary Patent and UPC: A progress report (November 2016)

    December 05, 2016

    The German Federal Ministry of Justice updates Managing IP on Germany’s ratification timeline; IP Federation, BioIndustry Association, EPLAW and the UPC Preparatory Committee respond to UK government’s intention to ratify the UPC Agreement (UPCA); and some of the developments we expect in the coming months

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