Region: Europe

Vaccine patent rights - a scapegoat for inequality?

The unequal dissemination of covid-19 vaccines remains controversial, yet while a proposed IP rights waiver might enhance global access to affordable vaccines, it remains unlikely that it would provide a solution to the unequal rollout.

12 January 2022

IP Court clarifies what constitutes token use for trademarks vulnerable to non-use

Russian owners may claim token use to prevent their trademarks being cancelled. However, whether this will be regarded as sufficient evidence of use depends on market conditions and business practices.

12 January 2022

Supreme Court dispels doubts about statute of limitations for claims arising from industrial property infringements

A fresh ruling involving the systematic infringement of an EU trademark appears to have ended the debate on continuous infringement in Poland – and could also have big implications for patent holders.

12 January 2022

The EU’s patent attorney deficit is a major hindrance to innovation leadership

A new scheme launched yesterday offers finding to SMEs seeking to protect their inventions but does little to tackle what is a major problem in many member states

11 January 2022

Panasonic closes patent transactions with major LED and OLED players

Lighting firm Signify and panel-maker Samsung Display each acquired portfolios from one of Japan’s leading IP dealmakers last month

10 January 2022

IPCom patent campaign against Apple in China appears to end with global settlement

Report suggests German NPE walked away from long-running dispute with eight-digit sum, ending litigation in Fuzhou

07 January 2022

Landmark Dutch appeal court decision reduces risk of third-party damages against pharma patentees

The appellate ruling overturns a recent lower court judgment which exposed life sciences IP plaintiffs to significant additional dangers from health insurer lawsuits

06 January 2022

InterDigital suits tee up another major SEP clash for 2022

Assertions against Oppo inaugurate latest globe-spanning dispute in a market where litigation remains a key part of negotiating some of the biggest deals

04 January 2022

What’s ahead for the global IP market in 2022

Predictions from the IAM editorial team on what the next twelve months have in store

03 January 2022

Dusseldorf court delivers first FRAND defeat for an SEP joint licensing programme

Vestel fights off injunction requests in cases brought by GE, Dolby, Philips and IP Bridge, members of the of an HEVC platform administered by Access Advance

23 December 2021

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