Region: Europe

Ericsson sues Apple for patent infringement as cross-licence deal expires

Swedish telco asserts patents against the iPhone maker in the Western District of Texas and at least one jurisdiction outside the US

18 January 2022

Landmark Dusseldorf non-FRAND finding is big news for joint licensing programmes

SEP licensors will have to look again at duplicate royalty reimbursement policies following first-of-a-kind ruling

13 January 2022

Unitary patent promises a cheaper alternative for life sciences companies

The new unitary patent system is finally due to come into effect this year and looks sets to be more cost-effective for life sciences innovators. However, conventional national validation may still be necessary for full coverage.

12 January 2022

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

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