Robert Smyth

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Brexit’s Effect on the Unitary Patent System and Court

The UK government intends to ratify the Unitary Patent System and the Unified Patent Court prior to Brexit. The Brexit referendum passed earlier this year in which the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union...more

12/7/2016 - EU European Patent Office UK Brexit Unified Patent Court Unitary Patent

Additional IP Considerations in Light of Brexit

Pharmaceutical and agricultural companies in particular should consider the effect of Brexit on their European patent portfolios. Supplementary Protection Certificates (SPCs) are governed by EU regulations and are thus...more

7/7/2016 - Agricultural Sector EU Intellectual Property Protection Member State Patent Portfolios Patents Pharmaceutical Industry Popular Referendums Supplementary Protection Certificate UK UK Brexit UK Patent Act

European Patent Office Eliminates “Two-Year Divisional” Rule

Office changes rules for filing divisional applications so they are no longer time barred. On October 18, the Administrative Council of the European Patent Office (EPO) announced that the 2010 amendments to Rule 36 of...more

10/29/2013 - Divisional Applications EPO Patent Applications Patents

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