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Europe IP Focus 2018

  • Europe’s top patent filers

    The EPO’s annual report reveals the top patent filers in Europe in 2017. Managing IP analyses the most interesting filing trends, including a 5.8% increase in patent applications from the US and 16.6% growth from China

  • Patent enforcement in Europe

    Managing IP asks in-house counsel how they decide when to enforce their patent portfolios

  • Analysing blockchain patent trends

    Johan Ståhlberg and Isabel Cantallops Fiol of Valea AB consider developments in the field of blockchain patents, examining the number of blockchain patents applied for and granted in various jurisdictions and fields

  • Assessing the EPO’s Early Certainty initiatives

    Cristina Biggi of Bugnion evaluates the European Patent Office’s implementation of Early Certainty at the examination and opposition stages

  • Russia reveals a new approach to parallel imports

    Evgeny Alexandrov of Gorodissky examines Russia’s evolving attitude to parallel imports and a Constitutional Court case which further altered and developed this area of the law

  • SPCs in Switzerland

    Siegfried Grimm of E Blum analyses the Swiss approach to SPCs and compares it with the EU’s stance in this area. He advocates against a “consistent” approach to these two systems, as often applied by applicants

  • The Harmonisation Directive brings change to Romania’s trade mark landscape

    Raluca Vasilescu of Cabinet M Oproiu examines the Harmonisation Directive, detailing the changes it will bring about and evaluating how easy it will be to implement it into national law

  • How do changes to Canada’s IP law affect European right holders?

    Canadian IP laws are undergoing significant change. Philip Lapin and David Schwartz of Smart & Biggar evaluate how these changes are most likely to affect European IP owners

  • Protecting non–traditional trade marks

    Ana-Maria Baciu and Andreea Bende of NNDKP examine the protection of unconventional trade marks, evaluating cases concerning a range of marks including those connected to motion, pattern and sound

  • How will Brexit affect IP in the UK?

    Jennifer Good of HGF analyses the effect Brexit will have on IP in the UK, examining what has already been agreed and areas in which more clarity is needed

  • Changes to Greece’s IP system since the crisis

    Eleni Lappa of IP Work analyses the positive amendments to the Greek IP system since the onset of the Greek crisis


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