Region: European Union

Talks over covid vaccine IP waiver appear increasingly futile

Saturday Opinion: The prospect of an international agreement on the proposed suspension of TRIPS now appears vanishingly small

23 October 2021

EU-wide SPCs would make unitary patent system more attractive, says Bayer IP chief

Joerg Thomaier believes unitary supplementary protection certificates should be introduced to coincide with the roll-out of the UPC

21 October 2021

Can the EPO hold on to its world-leading reputation for quality in a ‘new normal’?

Office says digital pivot in the post-covid era provides an opportunity to enhance both quality and timeliness of its services

07 October 2021

Have your say on patent office service and quality

A new benchmarking survey from IAM will reveal how perceptions of the world’s top patent offices are changing

20 September 2021

China brushes off EU request for more information on controversial SEP decisions

Response to a formal inquiry under the WTO’s TRIPS mechanism will frustrate those pushing for greater clarity on ASI decisions

08 September 2021

English Court of Appeal brings sufficiency test into line with EPO case law

A recent UK judgment is good news for owners of patents claiming large numbers of compounds

07 September 2021

Pharma should make good use of the UPC from the beginning, says Bayer’s head of IP

There are a lot of potential benefits to the new system, but we need to integrate it into our strategies to make sure it works, explains Joerg Thomaier

11 August 2021

Biopharma M&A has fallen off a cliff – but IP owners in the sector have reasons to be cheerful

The number and value of acquisitions have both tumbled further than in the early months of 2020

20 July 2021

New SPC data demonstrates the commercial power of patent extension rights in Europe

A recent report into supplementary protection certificates provides crucial insights for IP strategists and policy-makers

08 July 2021

The EU wants answers on Chinese SEP patent practice

A request for information filed through the WTO signals high-level interest in how courts in China are handling anti-suit injunctions

07 July 2021

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