With the Headquarters Agreement for the Milan seat concluded, we look at the role of the UPC central division

As the Headquarters Agreement for the Milan seat of the Unified Patent Court's central division is signed, confirming that all is in place for the new seat to begin operation this year, we look at the role of the central division in UPC patent actions under the UPC Agreement, UPC Rules of Procedure and as illustrated by early UPC decisions, as well as the composition of central division judicial panels. Read more

Revision of the SPC system in Europe moves a step closer

The European Parliament Legal Affairs Committee has now approved its position on the proposals for a unitary SPC and the recast SPC regulations for medicinal products. The proposals aim to produce a simplified and centralised application procedure for SPCs (currently done nationally in each state) and an SPC for the unitary patent (also to be centrally administered). Read more

Six years of success: Laura Orlando named one of Italy’s top 50 lawyers for sixth consecutive year

Herbert Smith Freehills Partner Laura Orlando has been named one of Italy's top 50 lawyers for a sixth consecutive year by Legalcommunity, a leading Italian legal publisher recognising the excellence of the Italian legal market in the field of intellectual property. Laura rose six places from 2022. The publication highlighted the growth of our Milan office, Laura's role as Joint Global Head of IP, and her reputation in Italy as a key expert on the Unified Patent Court and the unitary patent. Read more

Irish referendum on joining the UPC announced for June 2024

The Irish Government's Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment announced yesterday (23 January) that the Government has approved a proposal to hold a constitutional referendum in June 2024 on Ireland’s participation in the Unified Patent Court. The referendum is to be held alongside the European and local elections. Read more

The UPC – 2023’s achievements and predictions for 2024

Six months into the new European patent and unitary patent litigation system – the Unified Patent Court (UPC) - and the stage has been set for a positive 2024. The UPC is proving popular with patentees bringing infringement actions as well as those parties seeking revocations, but with the balance falling in favour of the infringement actions to a greater extent than many had expected. We give our analysis of the UPC's first six months and our predictions for 2024.  Read more

The UPC’s first four months

In its first four months of operation, the Unified Patent Court (UPC) has accepted over 250 actions and made over 45 orders. These cases span a variety of sectors, including life sciences, consumer goods, and mechanical engineering, and involve parties from the US, India, UK, Switzerland, and UPC participating EU states. Here we take a look at some of the most significant developments and you can register for our briefing for more detailed analysis and coverage. Read more

Live figures from the European Patent Office show healthy appetite for Unitary Patents

The European Patent Office has released a “Unitary Patent dashboard” offering “a timely snapshot of applicants’ eagerness to opt for the Unitary Patent”. Live figures show that as of today, 1 August 2023, there have been 5665 requests for unitary effect, with the most popular technologies being Infrastructure & Mechanics (20.8%), Health (19.2%) and Materials … Read more