Region: European Union

UK general election could result in a paradigm shift on pharma IP

The Labour Party – the main opposition to Boris Johnson’s Conservatives – recently set out a radical plan to change the patent regime for life sciences innovators

02 November 2019

Four key IP implications from the rise of orphan drugs

The growing importance of rare disease treatments has strategic, commercial and potential political ramifications for life sciences IP

29 October 2019

Trade secrets pitfalls in the life sciences – and how to avoid them

Proprietary information and data are vital sources of commercial advantage for biopharma companies, so keeping them safe is a vitally important task

22 October 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

25 September 2019

Latest CJEU developments will disappoint those seeking SPC clarity

Europe’s highest court has refused to tackle a long-standing question relating to third-party marketing approval, while its Advocate General has provided confusing guidance on Article 3(a)

24 September 2019

Irish Supreme Court decision opens door to interlocutory injunctions

The more flexible test looks set to end the run of adverse decisions that have affected rights holders in one of Europe’s key life sciences hubs

03 September 2019

Three key IP takeaways from Bayer's $7.6 billion sale of its animal health unit

The German company's divestiture to Elanco is the latest example of a pharma giant fleeing non-core business areas - and it is unlikely to be the last

26 August 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

03 July 2019

Despite UK High Court setback for Pfizer, Arrow declarations remain a valuable litigation tool

The latest judgment is one of only a few to provide an indication of when the courts will grant the pre-emptive litigation defence remedy, which was issued for the first time in 2017

26 June 2019

US tells WTO to hit pause on China IP complaint

Suspension of the probe may not herald a broader deal, but it does underscore the significant legislative concessions China has made on tech transfer and other IP issues

20 June 2019

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