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
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
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  EWCA Civ 226. This case examined how a … Continue reading
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
The Supreme Court has redefined the UK approach to determining patent infringement. In doing so, it has made the approach more permissive, seeking to align the UK approach with that taken in other European countries.
Herbert Smith Freehills has been named IP Team of the Year at The Lawyer Awards 2017, for its work defending one of the largest-ever patent cases to be heard in the UK High Court. Earlier this month, Herbert Smith Freehills … Continue reading
The Unified Patent Court (Immunities and Privileges) Order 2017 was laid before Parliament on 26 June 2017 – see the explanatory memorandum here. This Order implements the Protocol on Privileges and Immunities of the UPC (the Protocol) and confers legal status in the UK on … Continue reading
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UPC commencement postponed – Preparatory Committee announces that 1 December 2017 start date cannot be maintained
Latest UPC developments: UPC Preparatory Committee announces that 1 December 2017 start date for UPC has been postponed (7 June 2017) Private challenge to the UPC system made before German Constitutional Court delays progress of Gernan UPCA ratification UPC Protocol on Provisional … Continue reading
The Patents Court has held that Searle's supplementary protection certificate ("SPC") based on a claim setting out a Markush formula is valid. Arnold J considered the interpretation of Article 3(a) of the SPC Regulation and its application to Markush formulae … Continue reading