Region: European Union

UK patent attorneys may not get rights of audience at the UPC after all

New uncertainties over who may advocate before the new European court have arisen

04 March 2022

The EU WTO patent attack on China explored from every angle

Europe has anti-suit injunctions involving SEPs firmly in its sights, but there are multiple, highly complex issues at play and context is all important. Adam Houldsworth, Jacob Schindler, Joff Wild and Bing Zhao report

02 March 2022

EU steps closer to unitary SPCs, but tricky questions remain unanswered

The European Commission has launched the next step of the process towards further harmonisation of the patent extension rights.

11 February 2022

The EU’s UPC launch is imminent – here’s what IP strategists need to know

Companies must now make tough decisions about which rights to opt out of the new unified European patent system

25 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

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

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

Data monetisation drives Sanofi’s $180 million investment in AI biotech Owkin

The deal shows how privacy and silo barriers to the commercialisation of information are being overcome

29 November 2021

Strategic patent countries: evidence from EPO oppositions

Featured in Special Report 2021 Q4: IP5 insights

29 November 2021

European plausibility uncertainties could be cleared up by new Enlarged Board of Appeal referral

The EPO is seeking clarity on a crucial question facing patentees, but not everyone is sure that a recent referral is the best vehicle

04 November 2021

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