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The UK ratifies the Unified Patent Court Agreement on World IP Day

The post below was first published on our Intellectual Property blog The UK has ratified the UPC Agreement today, 26 April 2018, which also happens to be World IP Day. The UK IP Minister announced the ratification at a World IP Day event … Continue reading

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UK Government agrees elements of the European Commission’s proposals for post-Brexit protection of EU-wide IP rights in the UK in the latest draft of the Withdrawal Agreement

The post below was first published on our Intellectual Property blog In the latest draft of the Withdrawal Agreement (19 March 2018) the UK Government and European Commission negotiators appear to have agreed text providing for the replacement of EU-wide IP rights … Continue reading

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THE UNIFIED PATENT COURT (UPC) – OPEN FOR BUSINESS IN 2018?

The post below was first published on our Intellectual Property blog At the start of 2017 the expectation was that the UPC Agreement would achieve the required ratification levels and that the UK could well ratify in advance of Brexit in order to … Continue reading

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BREXIT AND IP – LAW SOCIETY NOTE CALLS FOR GOVERNMENT ACTION

The post below was first published on our Intellectual Property blog The exact mechanics of how Brexit will materialise and what it would mean for intellectual property rights in the UK is still unclear. However, time is now running short and … 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 post below was first published on our Intellectual Property blog 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 … Continue reading

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

The post below was first published on our Intellectual Property blog 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 … 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 “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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Patent and Pharma Update – June 2017

The post below was first published on our Intellectual Property blog 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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EIOPA to publish guidance on sound principles for authorisation and supervision post-Brexit

The post below was first published on our Insurance blog EIOPA has published an interview given by Gabriel Bernardino, EIOPA Chair, which contains comments on the implications of Brexit for the insurance industry.

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Digital Economy Act 2017: The pick ‘n’ mix assortment of provisions receives Royal Assent

The post below was first published on our Fintech blog The Digital Economy Act (the “Act“) finally received Royal Assent on 27 April 2017 and the final text has recently been published. First introduced in the House of Commons in July 2016, … Continue reading

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