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News analysis: A poisoned chalice for the EPO’s new boss?


With staff morale one of the pressing challenges facing the EPO’s president-elect António Campinos, WIPR considers whether he can bring staff and management closer together.

The way ahead for NAFTA

Canada, Mexico, US01-12-2017

Mexico’s IP system has benefited from the North American Free Trade Agreement, signed nearly 25 years ago, but there are concerns over the US’s future participation, as WIPR finds out.

Pulling the plug on INPI’s backlog

Brazil29-11-2017Rana Gosain and André Venturini

The patent backlog in Brazil has long caused concern in IP circles, but the government seems finally to have found a solution, as Rana Gosain and André Venturini of Daniel Legal & IP Strategy report.

Seeing double: the rise of patents in alcohol

International28-11-2017Food and drink

The number of patents protecting alcohol manufacturing methods has increased dramatically in the past few years, but producers should maintain other forms of IP protection too. WIPR reports.

Technological revolution, IP evolution

Mexico28-11-2017Nuria Becerril

As technological developments continue to affect business in Mexico, there are some major IP reforms being discussed in the country, says Nuria Becerril of Becerril, Coca & Becerril.

Actavis v Eli Lilly: a new era for UK patent law

UK28-11-2017Douglas Drysdale

In July, the UK Supreme Court issued an important ruling that fundamentally changed areas of patent law, as Douglas Drysdale of HGF explains.

Are antibody inventions patent-eligible?

US27-11-2017Gerald Murphy and John Heithaus

Antibody products, compositions and methods are patent-eligible in the US, as long as applicants follow some clear guidelines, say Gerald Murphy and John Heithaus of Birch Stewart Kolasch Birch.

Italy jurisdiction report: Calculating reasonable royalties

Italy24-11-2017Valentina Gazzarri

When judges rule on patent infringement, they usually also rule on compensation.

Romania jurisdiction report: Keeping judges on the straight and narrow

Romania22-11-2017Raluca Vasilescu

I once had the opportunity to read documents from a very old trial, before World War 1. It was just like reading a mysterious foreign language, with so many expressions that are forgotten today. One of them, however, impressed me very much: a fairly accurate translation would be “in the light of the wisdom of the judge”. All the context suggested that the judge was seen somehow as a source providing wisdom.

China jurisdiction report: The golden age of patent wars

China22-11-2017Hui Wang and Xu Li

Once upon a time, ‘patent’ was an unfamiliar word to the Chinese people, and a patent war was an alien concept. However, with millions of patent applications and trademark registrations having been filed year after year in China, a patent war has become another method of commercial competition in this country.

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