Region: Europe

The biggest biopharma patent stories of the year

From President Biden’s backing for a covid IP waiver through a new linkage system in China to big changes in Brazil, it was an action-packed 2021 for the life sciences industries

21 December 2021

CJEU to tackle SPC uncertainties over combination products

Finnish court makes new referral for the justices on the Luxembourg-based tribunal to consider

16 December 2021

Google and Samsung top the list of applicants for AI-related patents at the EPO

Co-published – In-depth analysis of the data undertaken by Frances Wilding of Haseltine Lake Kempner, shows that applications and grants are on the rise, and that inventions cover a wide range of technologies

16 December 2021

Crucial clauses in global IP transactions and the importance of local law advice

In this Q&A, three Gowlings WLG professionals provide practical advice from a local law perspective for IP transactions in three jurisdictions: Canada, China and the United Kingdom.

15 December 2021

The EU's Unified Patent Court is set to open in 2022 -  this is what you need to know

Recent developments mean that the long-awaited body is on course to open for business some time next year, while it should also be possible to apply for unitary patents. However, there are still some hurdles to get over before lift-off

15 December 2021

Why some patent owners may pursue a wait-and-see strategy for the UPC

Three-quarters of IP market leaders in latest IAM Panel Report say they’re taking a cautious approach to the venue, which passed another key milestone for establishment last week

10 December 2021

Why Open RAN’s closed standards setting body could be bad for wireless innovation

The Long Read: The O-RAN Alliance is touted as a key initiative for furthering 5G deployment. Elisabeth Opie and Haris Tsilikas say its exclusive membership structure raises both IP and antitrust issues

08 December 2021

Revealed: first Chinese target of ZTE's new SEP licensing push

Court documents show that ZTE has filed a patent suit against Tinno Mobile, the Shenzhen-based company that owns French smartphone brand Wiko

08 December 2021

Germany’s new government is the last hope for covid IP waiver advocates

A post-Merkel change of approach by the country’s recently agreed traffic light coalition government could change the momentum of TRIPS suspension talks – but don’t bet on it

07 December 2021

Major US and UK SEP/FRAND reviews will have global licensing impact

Biden administration flags revised policy statement that rolls-back on original 2019 version, while the British government begins development of post-Brexit approach

07 December 2021

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