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
See our updated posting on the new Intellectual Property (Unjustified Threats) Act 2017 published on 28 September 2017 in anticipation of the Act coming into force on 1 October 2017 here.
Consistent progress has been made towards the establishment of a unitary patent right (UP) across most countries in the EU. 26 of the 28 European Union Member States (MSs) have participated in the enhanced cooperation needed to establish this new … Continue reading
The UPC preparatory committee has released an updated version of the 18th draft of thee UPC Rules of Procedure (with amendments being dated 15 March 2017), which can be accessed here. Subject to formal adoption, we understand that this update … Continue reading
The UPC Preparatory Committee held its final meeting on 15 March at which it agreed a collection of legal, HR and financial documents and confirmed that the Provisional Application Phase could commence once the final Signatory States had acceded to … Continue reading
Whatever future relationship the UK has with the rest of the EU, the effect of the Great Repeal Bill, once enacted, will mean that any existing intellectual property law having effect in the UK will continue to apply as it … Continue reading
Our regular patent and pharma update aims to keep you informed of recent developments in United Kingdom and European law relating to patents and the pharmaceutical industry.
We set out our thoughts and predictions upon how protection and enforcement of IP in the UK may be impacted once Brexit arrives. We have also suggested some immediate action points for consideration in the weeks or months to come, … Continue reading
The UPC open for business in 2017? Minister for IP announces that UK will ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement
At yesterday's meeting of the Competitiveness Council, Minister of State for Intellectual Property Baroness Neville-Rolfe announced that the UK would proceed to ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement, so allowing the Agreement to come into force (once Germany has also ratified). … Continue reading