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A unitary EU SPC system may be on the cards, but it will be tough to achieve

Although life sciences companies would favour such a change, there are significant obstacles standing in the way of it happening

A unitary EU SPC system may be on the cards, but it will be tough to achieve
Multi-billion dollar Bayer deal shows growing attraction of gene and cell therapy assets
29 Oct 2020

Multi-billion dollar Bayer deal shows growing attraction of gene and cell therapy assets

AskBio buyout highlights new transaction patterns around cutting-edge biotech innovations

Health insurer’s damages win against AstraZeneca creates new patent risks in The Netherlands
27 Oct 2020

Health insurer’s damages win against AstraZeneca creates new patent risks in The Netherlands

IP owners are liable to be sued by third parties if they assert rights that are subsequently invalidated, rules Dutch court.

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26 Oct 2020

French Court of Appeal SPC decision raises validity concerns

Merck IP right fails test in latest Article 3(a) judgment in case that may make France an even more attractive venue for nullity actions Read more

6 Oct 2020

Dividing UPC life sciences division would be a mistake, warns Bracco IP strategy chief

Splitting what should have been the London court’s competencies between Paris and Munich must only be a temporary fix, says Francesco Macchetta Read more

24 Sep 2020

Record damages awarded by Paris court in pemetrexed patent battle

France becoming more friendly to pharma IP, experts suggest, following decision over blockbuster cancer treatment Alimta Read more

22 Sep 2020

EPO plant patent decision imperils businesses like ours, says Bayer’s head of IP

Joerg Thomaier tells IAM that the Enlarged Board of Appeal got it wrong in a recent controversial ruling, but says the case is now closed and companies have to learn to live with it Read more

Designs

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18 Dec 2019

US lawmakers sound alarm on China’s WIPO ambitions

China has nominated agency insider Wang Binying for the director general post, but the US is said to favour Singapore's candidate Read more

25 Sep 2019

Copyright clarification from Europe’s top court

Judges at the Court of Justice of the European Union delivered good news for designers in their Cofomel decision earlier this month Read more

3 Jul 2019

Law firm’s patent attorney deal shows changing face of IP practice in the UK

Lewis Silkin’s acquisition of Ablett & Stebbing is a first and demonstrates just how far things have moved in a once conservative market Read more

12 Oct 2017

Effective use of Community design protection

Design protection has taken on an increasingly important role in recent years, since appearance and exterior shape now play a fundamental role in the success of a product. Designs are now relevant to a wide range of products involving industry,… Read more

Finance

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22 Jun 2018

Qualcomm, France Brevets and IP Europe join forces to create a new funding initiative for European SMEs

A new financing and advisory mechanism to help innovative European SMEs secure high-quality patents and build effective portfolios will be rolled out across Europe in 2019, it was revealed today. The creation of Patent Factory Europe (PFE) was…

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30 Aug 2016

Europe’s multi-billion dollar tax ruling against Apple throws treatment of IP assets into spotlight

The announcement today by the European Commission that Ireland must claw back €13 billion in tax revenues from Apple looks set to escalate the back and forth on the tax practices of major multinationals who use their economic leverage to benefit…

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1 Aug 2016

The European patent market – where should investors look next?

A growing number of patent owners in the European Union probably have the potential to monetise their patents – but do they know the best way to go about this?

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7 Jun 2016

Google shake-up; SMEs 4 the UPC; Europe warning; China insights and more from IPBC Global 2016 Day Two

All the plenary and breakout sessions have now come to an end at IPBC Global 2016. It’s been one hell of an event. IAM’s editorial team on the ground in Barcelona – editor Joff Wild (JW); North America editor Richard Lloyd (RL); Asia editor Jacob…

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Frand/SEPS

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13 Aug 2020

EPO tussles between Huawei and Oppo raise eyebrows in China

Huawei has filed oppositions against rights acquired by Oppo and Xiaomi, and reaction shows that some hope to tamp down tensions between Chinese smartphone players Read more

12 Jun 2019

Group including Ericsson Nokia, InterDigital and Qualcomm releases SEP licence negotiation principles

Move designed to influence debate in Europe and comes on same day as implementers publish their own guidelines. Read more

14 May 2019

Why it's time for Europe to move beyond 5G's tired developers v implementers patent narrative

With European Parliament elections next week, and a new Commission in the Autumn, it is vital that policymakers are allowed to focus on what is really important: finding ways to build a true European digital innovation ecosystem Read more

3 Apr 2019

IAM’s Auto IP series taking place against a backdrop of major change

With so many issues emerging across the entire supply chain, the sector’s IP leaders will be sharing their thoughts and insights at events in Detroit and Munich next month Read more

Law & Policy

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15 Sep 2020

Four key takeaways from the latest CRISPR patent wars decision

The Broad Institute gains key advantage in crucial interference battle at the PTAB Read more

16 Jul 2020

Santen judgment raises questions over whether SPC Regulation is fit for purpose

The CJEU decision excludes second medical use inventions from patent extension rights Read more

16 Jun 2020

Humira patent thicketing strategy not anticompetitive, court rules

Antitrust doctrine not “proper fix” for any problems at the USPTO or FDA, says Illinois judge Read more

19 May 2020

EPO plant patent change after president’s intervention raises major concerns

The enlarged board’s decision that plants produced by biological processes are unpatentable has shocked the IP profession and came after office head António Campinos asked it to look again at previous ruling Read more

Litigation

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15 Sep 2020

Four key takeaways from the latest CRISPR patent wars decision

The Broad Institute gains key advantage in crucial interference battle at the PTAB Read more

13 Aug 2020

EPO tussles between Huawei and Oppo raise eyebrows in China

Huawei has filed oppositions against rights acquired by Oppo and Xiaomi, and reaction shows that some hope to tamp down tensions between Chinese smartphone players Read more

16 Jul 2020

Santen judgment raises questions over whether SPC Regulation is fit for purpose

The CJEU decision excludes second medical use inventions from patent extension rights Read more

16 Jun 2020

Humira patent thicketing strategy not anticompetitive, court rules

Antitrust doctrine not “proper fix” for any problems at the USPTO or FDA, says Illinois judge Read more

Market Developments

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2 Apr 2020

Patent opportunities and dangers in the microbiome revolution

It is a key part of our growth strategy and we actively seek to ensure IP strategies are in place to protect our investment, says senior DuPont counsel Read more

24 Mar 2020

Covid-19 emergency may expose compulsory licensing limits

Government responses to the pandemic could include increased focus on obligatory sharing of patented inventions, but regulatory data exclusivities might serve as a barrier in both Europe and the United States. Read more

12 Mar 2020

2020: A Busy Year for CRISPR Patents at the EPO

Following the EPO’s revocation of the Broad Institute’s key patent, here are the other CRISPR-related appeals and oppositions to watch out for this year Read more

3 Mar 2020

A UPC without the UK adds to life sciences concerns about the court

Leading IP professionals give their view on what the British government’s decision not to participate in the system means for pharma and biotech patent litigation in Europe Read more

Non-Practising Entities

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9 Apr 2020

World leaders hatch further plans for accessibility of covid-19 IP rights

WHO to establish voluntary patent pool, while Greek Prime Minister calls for EU to buy rights to vaccines and tests Read more

6 Feb 2020

Key takeaways from IAM’s 2020 Pharma and Biotech IP event

The UPC, the rise of AI, international patent litigation and pharma patent dealmaking were among the hot topics discussed at this year’s conference Read more

15 Jan 2020

Updated: Broad Institute faces tough fight in CRISPR patent appeal hearing

Oral hearings before the EPO’s Boards of Appeal may have a big impact on the European Cas9 landscape Read more

14 Nov 2019

Skyhawk deal with Celgene confirms growing importance of platform technologies in life sciences IP value creation

Increased focus on gene and cell-related therapies as well as falling R&D returns, promise to heighten biopharma interest in tapping into the potential of SkySTAR and other platforms Read more

Patent Pools

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15 Sep 2020

Four key takeaways from the latest CRISPR patent wars decision

The Broad Institute gains key advantage in crucial interference battle at the PTAB Read more

9 Apr 2020

World leaders hatch further plans for accessibility of covid-19 IP rights

WHO to establish voluntary patent pool, while Greek Prime Minister calls for EU to buy rights to vaccines and tests Read more

24 Mar 2020

Covid-19 emergency may expose compulsory licensing limits

Government responses to the pandemic could include increased focus on obligatory sharing of patented inventions, but regulatory data exclusivities might serve as a barrier in both Europe and the United States. Read more

14 May 2019

Why it's time for Europe to move beyond 5G's tired developers v implementers patent narrative

With European Parliament elections next week, and a new Commission in the Autumn, it is vital that policymakers are allowed to focus on what is really important: finding ways to build a true European digital innovation ecosystem Read more

Patents Law

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15 Sep 2020

Four key takeaways from the latest CRISPR patent wars decision

The Broad Institute gains key advantage in crucial interference battle at the PTAB Read more

21 Aug 2020

Revealed – the US law firms that receive the most patent filing work from abroad

An in-depth look at the American patent lawyers most sought after by foreign firms when it comes to USPTO applications Read more

13 Aug 2020

EPO tussles between Huawei and Oppo raise eyebrows in China

Huawei has filed oppositions against rights acquired by Oppo and Xiaomi, and reaction shows that some hope to tamp down tensions between Chinese smartphone players Read more

16 Jul 2020

Santen judgment raises questions over whether SPC Regulation is fit for purpose

The CJEU decision excludes second medical use inventions from patent extension rights Read more

Strategy

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15 Sep 2020

Four key takeaways from the latest CRISPR patent wars decision

The Broad Institute gains key advantage in crucial interference battle at the PTAB Read more

13 Aug 2020

EPO tussles between Huawei and Oppo raise eyebrows in China

Huawei has filed oppositions against rights acquired by Oppo and Xiaomi, and reaction shows that some hope to tamp down tensions between Chinese smartphone players Read more

16 Jul 2020

Santen judgment raises questions over whether SPC Regulation is fit for purpose

The CJEU decision excludes second medical use inventions from patent extension rights Read more

16 Jun 2020

Humira patent thicketing strategy not anticompetitive, court rules

Antitrust doctrine not “proper fix” for any problems at the USPTO or FDA, says Illinois judge Read more

Technology Licensing

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12 Jun 2020

Royalty Pharma’s $2 billion IPO target shows importance of patent monetisation in life sciences

The company’s public offering comes after years of growth and demonstrates the changing dynamics of an industry in which smaller R&D entities are becoming increasingly significant players Read more

9 Apr 2020

World leaders hatch further plans for accessibility of covid-19 IP rights

WHO to establish voluntary patent pool, while Greek Prime Minister calls for EU to buy rights to vaccines and tests Read more

2 Apr 2020

Patent opportunities and dangers in the microbiome revolution

It is a key part of our growth strategy and we actively seek to ensure IP strategies are in place to protect our investment, says senior DuPont counsel Read more

24 Mar 2020

Covid-19 emergency may expose compulsory licensing limits

Government responses to the pandemic could include increased focus on obligatory sharing of patented inventions, but regulatory data exclusivities might serve as a barrier in both Europe and the United States. Read more

Trade Secrets

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24 Mar 2020

Covid-19 emergency may expose compulsory licensing limits

Government responses to the pandemic could include increased focus on obligatory sharing of patented inventions, but regulatory data exclusivities might serve as a barrier in both Europe and the United States. Read more

6 Feb 2020

Key takeaways from IAM’s 2020 Pharma and Biotech IP event

The UPC, the rise of AI, international patent litigation and pharma patent dealmaking were among the hot topics discussed at this year’s conference Read more

4 Feb 2020

Pharma companies need data strategies more than ever following recent CJEU decisions

Judgments from Europe’s top court rejecting a presumption of confidentiality for clinical study reports submitted for marketing authorisation have significant implications Read more

18 Dec 2019

US lawmakers sound alarm on China’s WIPO ambitions

China has nominated agency insider Wang Binying for the director general post, but the US is said to favour Singapore's candidate Read more

Valuation

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12 Jun 2020

Royalty Pharma’s $2 billion IPO target shows importance of patent monetisation in life sciences

The company’s public offering comes after years of growth and demonstrates the changing dynamics of an industry in which smaller R&D entities are becoming increasingly significant players Read more

9 Apr 2020

World leaders hatch further plans for accessibility of covid-19 IP rights

WHO to establish voluntary patent pool, while Greek Prime Minister calls for EU to buy rights to vaccines and tests Read more

2 Apr 2020

Patent opportunities and dangers in the microbiome revolution

It is a key part of our growth strategy and we actively seek to ensure IP strategies are in place to protect our investment, says senior DuPont counsel Read more

6 Feb 2020

Key takeaways from IAM’s 2020 Pharma and Biotech IP event

The UPC, the rise of AI, international patent litigation and pharma patent dealmaking were among the hot topics discussed at this year’s conference Read more