Key recent developments in the United Kingdom and Europe relating to the patents and pharmaceutical sector. One of the most significant developments in the patent law arena in recent years has been the decision of the Supreme Court in Actavis… Read more

November UPC Update

In June we gave an update on the progress of the UPC, including the announcement by the UPC Preparatory Committee that the 1 December 2017 start date could not be maintained. We reported on the need for ratification of the UPC Agreement,… Read more

New Unjustified Threats Regime in force from 1 October 2017

Threatening proceedings for intellectual property right infringement can sometimes backfire. In relation to patents, trade marks and designs, there is a right for any person aggrieved by the threat to bring an action against the threatener. The "aggrieved" person may not… Read more

Striking a balance on parallel imports

In an article published in the latest edition of CITMA Review, Joel Smith and Emily Bottle comment on the Court of Appeal's recent judgment in Flynn Pharma Ltd v DrugsRus Ltd [2017] EWCA Civ 226. This case examined how a… Read more

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. ... Read more

First High Court judgment on FRAND royalties

UK Court takes tough stance on party unwilling to take Worldwide licence on FRAND terms. The UK High Court has handed down its first decision determining FRAND royalties, and has provided clear guidance as to the rights and obligations of… Read more

3D Printing and IP – Herbert Smith Freehills publishes Practice Note on 3D printing published by Practical Law IP&IT

Our Practice Note on 3D printing published by Practical Law here: provides an overview of the 3D printing industry and highlights the challenges for intellectual property (IP) rights-holders when seeking to enforce their rights if they are infringed by 3D… Read more

UPC Prep Committee signals readiness at final meeting

The UPC Preparatory Committee held its final meeting on 15 March at which it agreed a collection of legal, HR and financial documents and confirmed that the Provisional Application Phase could commence once the final Signatory States had acceded to… Read more

Helping FMCG businesses plan for a post-Brexit future

Businesses with interwoven supply chains across the EU and beyond have already felt the effects of a weaker pound, with increasing costs of sourcing raw materials and packaging leaving some organisations no choice but to inflate consumer prices. Combine this… Read more