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19 November 2019

Shorter EPO opposition process requires new approaches from life sciences patentees

Strategies employed not only by rights owners but also by those opposing their grants will need to be recalibrated to reflect the new realities

16 November 2019

Patents are politics, as an eagerly awaited UK Supreme Court FRAND licensing ruling may soon show

A judgment that upholds the Unwired Planet and Conversant decisions could well leave British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in a difficult position

13 November 2019

EPO agreement to boost Chinese companies' Europe push

Foreign companies with R&D in China may also benefit from deal opening up PCT search options

12 November 2019

US government patent suit against Gilead could be a sign of things to come

After months of Truvada controversy, Department of Justice files multi-billion dollar case against Gilead, claiming the company has declined to take a licence to its HIV PrEP rights since in 2016

08 November 2019

Catch up on the most important life sciences IP developments from the past month

Read our most recent monthly round-up for key pharma and biotech IP stories from October 2019

05 November 2019

Monsanto prevails in key $7.7 billion Brazilian licensing lawsuit

In a big win for patent owners, the first-of-its-kind ruling upholds biotech innovators’ rights to collect royalties on saved GM seeds

02 November 2019

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

29 October 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

24 October 2019

Latest statistics show foreign firms win in high numbers at Beijing IP Court

Numbers also show that damages are rising. But litigation statistics only tell part of the story on plaintiff success.

22 October 2019

Ericsson and Xiaomi strike global licence

The parties settle after nearly five years of litigation in the Delhi High Court, but are keeping the deal and its terms quiet

30 September 2019

Europe and Latin America moving to marriage, but IP could be grounds for divorce

The recent trade accord agreed in principle between the EU and Mercosur promises to deliver significant benefits, but political controversies around issues such as data protection and SPCs mean that the deal is not yet sealed

28 September 2019

The US is gifting 5G patent leadership to others

Policy confusion and problematic court decisions mean that the shape of the IP landscape in this pivotal technology is being determined elsewhere

27 September 2019

Huawei’s FRAND strategy: move cases to China

The company wants to shift disputes to its home jurisdiction and persuade courts there to set a low, China-specific rate

25 September 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

24 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)