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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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Luxury brands may be able to limit to the types of on-line sales platforms used by their distributors if AG’s Opinion is followed by CJEU

Brand reputation is intimately connected with the manner and context in which products are purchased, so the Opinion of the Advocate General of the CJEU in the Coty (C‑230/16) reference (issued on 26 July 2017) will be welcomed by luxury … Continue reading

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UK SUPREME COURT ADOPTS NEW APPROACH TO PATENT INFRINGEMENT

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.

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Herbert Smith Freehills wins IP Team of the Year at the Lawyer Awards

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

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UK Government lays pre-ratification UPC legislation before Parliament

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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BitTorrents join unlawful streaming and unlawful downloads as infringements of copyright

Following on from its recent decision in Filmspeler, the CJEU has handed down its judgment in Stichting Brein v Ziggo, C-610/15 (The Pirate Bay), concluding that operators of the online sharing platforms are making a 'communication to the public' within … Continue reading

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Patent and Pharma Update – June 2017

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.

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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

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Court of Appeal foils Kit Kat on acquired distinctiveness

In the latest instalment of a ten year battle to register the shape of the Kit Kat bar as a UK trade mark, the Court of Appeal has dismissed Nestlé's appeal in Société des Produits Nestlé v Cadbury UK Ltd … Continue reading

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Patents Court finds SPC based on a Markush formula valid in Sandoz v Searle

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

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