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PATENT AND PHARMA UPDATE – November 2017

Key recent developments in the United Kingdom and Europe relating to the patents and pharmaceutical sector. One of the most significant developments in the patent law arena in recent years has been the decision of the Supreme Court in Actavis … Continue reading

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November UPC Update

In June we gave an update on the progress of the UPC, including the announcement by the UPC Preparatory Committee that the 1 December 2017 start date could not be maintained. We reported on the need for ratification of the UPC Agreement, … Continue reading

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EU Trade Mark reforms come into force – motion, hologram and multimedia marks can now be registered

A number of EU trade mark reforms came into force on 1 October 2017.  The key changes are: The graphical representation requirement has been abolished. In theory, it should now be easier to file non-traditional forms of marks at EU … Continue reading

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“PORT CHARLOTTE” Whisky does not infringe the EU protected designation of origin (PDO) “PORTO” or “PORT” – Consideration needed urgently for protection of PDOs and GIs, UK and EU-wide, post-Brexit

The CJEU has confirmed that “Port Charlotte”, registered as an EU trade mark for whisky, does not evoke (infringe) the protected designation of origin (PDO) for “porto” or “port”. The decision will be significant for consumer products businesses as it … Continue reading

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Exhaustion, economic links and “unitary control” – the AG’s opinion in the Schweppes trade mark reference

Trade mark rights may still be exhausted even if goods are imported bearing identical trade marks (having been applied in another EU Member State (MS) by a separate entity) where, given the economic links between the trade mark holder and the … Continue reading

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Commission paper on IPR post-Brexit highlights the importance of resolving key issues prior to withdrawal

The European Commission has published a “Position paper transmitted to EU27 on Intellectual property rights (including geographical indications)” (7 September 2017) which proposes that the (Brexit) Withdrawal Agreement should ensure that: The protection enjoyed in the United Kingdom on the basis … Continue reading

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Unified Patent Court Agreement still on pause despite 14th ratification

Lithuania has now ratified the UPC Agreement (UPCA) (on 24th August 2017) making it the 14th state to do so (see the UPCA ratification index here). Under the terms of the UPCA, the Agreement can only come into effect once … Continue reading

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Striking a balance on parallel imports

In an article published in the latest edition of CITMA Review, Joel Smith and Emily Bottle comment on the Court of Appeal’s recent judgment in Flynn Pharma Ltd v DrugsRus Ltd [2017] EWCA Civ 226. This case examined how a … Continue reading

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Estonia ratifies the UPC Agreement – 13 ratifications now in place – just Germany and the UK to go

Estonia ratified the UPC Agreement (UPCA) on 1 August 2017, making it the thirteenth contracting member state to do so (see the European Council’s ratification index here). Under the terms of the UPCA, the Agreement can only come into effect … Continue reading

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Aldi encounters hiccup in the “Champagner Sorbet” CJEU reference

The use of the name “Champagner Sorbet” by the German supermarket chain Aldi for a sorbet dessert containing actual Champagne (12% by volume) was challenged by the Comite Interprofessionel du Vin de Champagne (trade association for Champagne houses) as unapproved (infringing) … Continue reading

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