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). This was followed by a Government announcement here. The Unified Patent Court and unitary patent … Read more

Free Wi-Fi providers: more than mere conduits?

The effect of the European Court of Justice’s ruling in McFadden v Sony appears to be that providers of free wifi will need to password protect their services and require users to identify themselves if they wish to avoid liability (C-484/14).  See our IP PSC Rachel Montagnon's commentary on this decision in PLC Magazine's October 2016 … Read more

Trade Secrets in a post-Brexit world

In their article for PLC Magazine (October 2016), Joel Smith and Jessica Welborn discuss the continued importance of the consistent and effective protection of trade secrets for businesses operating across Europe post-Brexit and the impact the new Trade Secrets Directive, even in the post-Brexit era.  Read more

The Trade Secrets Directive – consistency of approach required, with or without Brexit

In her Editorial for the Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Practice, Rachel Montagnon (our IP professional support consultant) discusses the changes introduced by the  Trade Secrets Directive (Directive (EU) 2016/943) from a UK perspective, evaluating the potential effects of Brexit on its implementation and arguing in favour of a consistent approach to its interpretation and … Read more

Brands force ISPs to block sites selling infringing goods and counterfeits

The Court of Appeal has confirmed that the English courts have jurisdiction to make blocking orders against internet service providers ("ISPs") in the trade mark context, as well as in respect of copyright works. In Cartier, Montblanc and Richemont v BSkyB, BT, TalkTalk, EE and Virgin [2016], the Court of Appeal on 6 July 2016 … Read more

Patent and Pharma update – May 2016

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. Read more