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Preparations for the UPC continue despite an “unpredictable environment”

The UPC Preparatory Committee has issued a “Status of the Unified Patent Court Project” statement and review of 2018, confirming that there are now 16 states which have ratified the UPC, and that German ratification is still awaited (dependent on the … Continue reading

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Advocate General proposes literal interpretation of Article 3(d) SPC Regulation in Abraxis (C-443/17)

The Advocate General of the CJEU proposed a narrow interpretation of Article    3(d) in the Opinion given yesterday in Abraxis Bioscience LLC v Comptroller General of Patents 13 December 2018, one that would marginalise the effect of the CJEU’s decision in … Continue reading

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French court upholds validity of MSD’s SPC protecting ezetimibe and simvastatin in combination

A French Court has upheld the validity of a Supplementary Protection Certificate (“SPC“) protecting the ezetimibe+simvastatin combination under Article 3(a) of the SPC Regulation. Merck Sharp & Dohme (“MSD“) is the owner of a basic patent covering the compound ezetimibe. … Continue reading

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France adopts a confidentiality regime for the trade secrets relied upon in (patent) litigation

As part of the French Law on the Protection of Trade Secrets dated 31 July 2018, French lawmakers have finally adopted a long-awaited array of confidentiality rules covering the trade secrets that are being relied upon in cases that come … Continue reading

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Brexit “no deal” technical notices published on Patents, Trade marks, Designs, Copyright, GIs, and Exhaustion of rights

The latest tranche of “no deal” technical notices was released yesterday afternoon by the UK Government. Amongst them are several notices that highlight the Brexit issues faced by intellectual property right owners and, in some cases, confirm the Government’s approach to resolving them. The … Continue reading

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EU Digital Copyright Directive – European Parliament adopts amended text

In the second reading of the Digital Copyright Directive by the European Parliament on 12 September 2018, the controversial Articles 11 and 13 were adopted but with amendments. These articles provide for: a specific right of digital reproduction for the press in relation to … Continue reading

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Bulgaria ratifies the Protocol on Provisional Application of the UPC Agreement but delays still in store for the UPC

On 24 July Bulgaria ratified the Protocol on Provisional Application of the UPC Agreement (Protocol). Four more ratifications/declarations are needed, including Germany, for the Protocol to come into effect and allow the practical workings of the Unified Patent Court (UPC) to … Continue reading

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THE TASTE OF FOODS CANNOT BE PROTECTED BY COPYRIGHT, SAYS THE AG

On 25 July 2018, Advocate General Wathelet issued his opinion in an interesting case pending before the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) (C-310/17) concerning copyright over the taste of a food product. The AG took the view that … Continue reading

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CJEU SETS OUT TEST ON THE INTERPRETATION OF ARTICLE 3(a) SPC REGULATION

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has today delivered its decision on the interpretation of Article 3(a) SPC Regulation in Case C-121/17 Teva v Gilead. The CJEU has said that in the case of an SPC for … Continue reading

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PATENT AND PHARMA UPDATE – July 2018

Key recent developments in the United Kingdom and Europe relating to patents and the pharmaceutical sector English courts begin to consider the new Doctrine of Equivalents as applied by the Supreme Court in Actavis v Lilly, and continue to accept … Continue reading

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