Region: European Union

UK publishes SEP outreach responses, but no changes are imminent

Despite the increasing attraction of the London courts, the real FRAND focus in Europe is likely to be on EU action which is promised by the end of the year

05 August 2022

Lego’s EU design registration benefits from modular system exception

The EUIPO has ruled that Lego’s brick design is solely dictated by technical function, but being part of a modular system saves it from invalidation. It remains to be seen whether other products will turn to the modular system exception.

27 July 2022

The US leaves it to Europe to build the global framework for SEPs

With no concrete American policy, the door is now open for the European Union to decide the future of FRAND licensing

20 July 2022

UPC’s final Rules of Procedure offer more data and trade secrets protection

The first batch of judges for the court are also set to be appointed shortly, while an early 2023 launch date is now forecast

19 July 2022

Spain could join the UPC during EU presidency, says top Barcelona patent judge

In an exclusive IAM interview, Judge Florencio Molina López talks about his court’s approach to the Mobile World Congress as well as the country’s potential entry into the Unified Patent Court

18 July 2022

The EU SPC manufacturing waiver transitional period comes to an end

Life sciences companies in Europe are now operating under a regime in which many more patent extension rights are affected by exemptions

05 July 2022

Ireland commits to UPC referendum – here’s everything you need to know

Local IP professionals are hoping for a vote in early 2023 but may have to wait longer, while outcome is also uncertain

01 July 2022

UK plans to diverge from EU on AI-related IP exemption

Moves announced after consultation will affect copyright and database rights, but leave status quo in place for inventorship

29 June 2022

Dutch courts will still award cross-border injunctions to patent holders despite Boston Scientific setback

The refusal of a judge in Amsterdam to grant the US company relief covering Ireland, France and Germany does not indicate major change to the regime

28 June 2022

French appeal court SPC decision is good news for biologics innovators

Following a string of adverse rulings against inventors, Paris Court of Appeal overturns patent office rejection of supplementary protection certificate on Article 3(a) grounds

20 June 2022

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