The Trade and Cooperation Agreement and its impact on IP, Pharma and Medical Devices

The final Brexit agreement, the Trade and Cooperation Agreement was agreed between the UK and the EU on 24 December 2020. Within this agreement are provisions that set out the standards expected to be recognised (mutually) between the EU and the UK in relation to intellectual property (including SPCs and trade secrets). There are some provisions concerning pharmaceutical regulation and product standards, but overall there is a lack of mutual recognition, with the consequence that, for both pharmaceuticals and medical devices, there are now effectively two separate regimes for the EU and the UK. Read more

Innovating European Design law in 2021: one of the themes of the new EU IP Action Plan

Design – and its protection – is a priority for the EU and featured in the European Commission’s Intellectual Property Action Plan to support the EU’s recovery and resilience, which was published on 25th November 2020. The European Commission has established that a primary goal will be a revision of European design law, with the ultimate aim of modernising and implementing design protection for the intangible assets that are a “cornerstone of today’s economy”. Read more

The European Commission considers the future of health in Europe with new Pharmaceutical Strategy and Action Plan on IP

The European Commission has this week published a wide-ranging and ambitious Pharmaceutical Strategy for Europe, and an Action Plan on Intellectual Property. Pharmaceutical Strategy for Europe The new pharmaceutical strategy for Europe is a key pillar of the European Health Union, which President von der Leyen called for in her 2020 State of the Union … Read more

Real Estate Guide to IP

In conjunction with our Real Estate division, the Herbert Smith Freehills London IP group has published a guide to the intellectual property issues that can arise in relation to real estate. It can be the case that sites or buildings are purchased without necessarily considering fully whether the underlying intellectual property assets are being transferred and what future access or control the new owner may need, or the vendor wish to retain. Read more

Embedding works via automatic links should require rights holder consent

Using automatic links to embed works from other websites in a webpage should be regarded as a communication to the public, requiring the consent of the relevant rights holders, proposes Advocate General Szpunar (the “AG”) in his Opinion of 10 September 2020 in case C-392/19 VG Bild-Kunst v Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz before the Court of … Read more

UKIPO launches ‘AI and IP Call for Views’

The UK Intellectual Property Office has published its call for views on artificial intelligence (‘AI’) and intellectual property (‘IP’). The IPO is interested in understanding the implications that AI might have for IP policy, and vice versa, in the near to medium future. To respond, email AIcallforviews@ipo.gov.uk before 11:45 pm on 30 November 2020. Overview … Read more

A ride towards copyright for functional designs: could the iconic Brompton folding bike enjoy copyright protection? The view from Milan

In the Brompton Bicycle case (C-833/18) the CJEU has issued a key decision on whether it is possible for a mass-produced utilitarian product with a functional design to qualify for copyright protection. The Court found that copyright protection could apply to a product “whose shape is at least in part, necessary to obtain a technical result … Read more