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SEC Focuses on Initial Coin Offerings: Tokens May Be Securities Under Federal Securities Laws

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has recently taken several actions to make clear that it is focused on and actively monitoring the rapidly growing market for so-called “token sales” or “initial coin...more

UK to submit to primacy of EU law?...Maybe for patents

As the UK Government embarks on its journey of disentangling the UK from EU law and the jurisdiction of the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”), it is simultaneously continuing in its efforts to join a new...more

The Impending Launch of the Unified Patent Court

In a fundamental change to how European patents are going to be litigated in Europe, the United Patent Court (UPC) will soon have exclusive jurisdiction over European patent disputes and will be able to issue remedies that...more

UPC Targets December 2017 Launch

The Preparatory Committee for the European Unified Patent Court (UPC) has indicated its intention that the UPC will become operational and the UPC Agreement will come into force in December 2017....more

UK announces intention to ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement

The UK Government yesterday announced that its plans to ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement (“UPCA”) will not be derailed by Brexit. The UK Minister of State for Intellectual Property, Baroness Neville Rolfe, made the...more

Another Step Towards the Implementation of the “Unitary Patent Package”

The Court of Justice of the European Union on 5 May 2015, in cases C-146/13 and C-147/13, has followed Advocate General Yves Bot’s opinion and dismissed, as expected, the Kingdom of Spain’s actions against the Regulations...more

5/12/2015  /  Dismissals , EU , Spain , Unitary Patent

Provisional political agreement reached on Reforms to European Trade Mark System

European trade mark reform is an issue that has been the subject of discussions for a number of years. On 21 April 2015, the European Commission announced that the three key institutions of the EU (the Commission, the...more

Two Important Bills for IP Rights Holders Adopted in France

This OnPoint covers the implications of two important recent developments for IP rights holders in France: (i) the ratification by the French parliament of the Agreement creating the Unified Patent Court (law no. 2014-199,...more

3/13/2014  /  EU , Patent Reform , Patents

The SPC Saga Continues

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJ) issued three judgments on grant of Supplementary Protection Certificates (SPCs) on 12 December 2013 in the cases: - C-493/12 Eli Lilly v HGS, - C- 443/12 Actavis v...more

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