European Union Patents

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European Patent Litigation for Life Sciences Companies: a Silver Lining to the Brexit Cloud?

The introduction of the Unified Patent Court (UPC) is undoubtedly the most significant change to the European patent landscape since the European Patent Convention of 1973. It will have a profound effect on how life sciences...more

General Court of the EU Confirms Fines Imposed on Lundbeck and Generic Drug Manufacturers for Entering into Patent Settlements

On 8 September 2016, the General Court of the EU (GCEU) handed down five judgments upholding a decision by the Commission of 19 June 2013 imposing fines on Lundbeck, an originator company, and Merck (the parent company of...more

Trade Secrets: Changes In The Law On Protection Of Trade Secrets In The United States And European Union

Concerns about trade secret theft have been increasing in both the United States and Europe in recent years. Traditionally, American law disfavored trade secret protection vis à vis patenting on the basis that publication of...more

MBHB Snippets: A review of developments in Intellectual Property Law - Volume 14, Issue 3

Supplemental Examination: Potential Benefits vs. Guaranteed Risks - The America Invents Act of 2011 introduced supplemental examination of patents as a post-grant process intended to limit expensive and unpredictable...more

Continental patents a la carte or prix fixe? Biotechnology considerations for the unitary patent in Europe

Unitary patents in Europe - The European unitary patent and Unitary Patent Court (UPC) are slated to go into effect in early 2017. These monumental changes will have a significant impact on the ways patent rights are...more

The Brexit and Patent Law: What You Need to Know

Now that some time has passed since the Brexit vote, some of the ways in which the vote is likely to impact British patent law are becoming clearer. Here is a quick summary of some of the primary concerns....more

MoFo IP Newsletter - August 2016

Supreme Court Abolished Federal Circuit's Test for Willfulness - On June 13, 2016, in Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse Electronics, Inc., 579 U.S. ___ (2016), the Supreme Court unanimously abrogated the Federal Circuit’s...more

Potential Legal Implications Arising from "Brexit"

On June 23, 2016, the United Kingdom (UK) voted by way of an advisory referendum to leave the European Union. While the result will not take immediate legal effect, incoming Prime Minister Theresa May has indicated that...more

Brexit May Stall Implementation of EU’s New Unitary Patent and Patent Court Systems

New unified patent grant and patent court systems, which were to have taken effect in early 2017, will likely be stalled because of Britain’s June vote to leave the EU, commentators and member nations fear. BACKGROUND...more

Brexit Prompts IP Uncertainty

It's difficult to turn on the news and not hear something about the historic vote by Britain to leave the European Union. While the Brexit vote already has had an immediate effect on global economic markets, the legal effects...more

Is Brexit an IP Exit?

Voters in the U.K. recently passed a referendum paving the way for the U.K. to leave the European Union (EU). In response, British Prime Minister David Cameron resigned on Wednesday, July 13, 2016, with Theresa May as his...more

CJEU Confirms EU Competition Law Does Not Prevent Royalties for Revoked Patent Licences

On 7 July 2016, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled that, provided that a licensee is free to terminate a licence agreement on reasonable notice, it can be obliged to pay royalties even after the patent...more

EU Court Rules That Royalties for Unpatented Technology Are Not Necessarily Anticompetitive

On 7 July 2016, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) handed down a judgment on whether Article 101 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) must be interpreted as precluding effect being...more

Brexit: European Patent Applications, Unitary Patents and the Unified Patent Court System

The process of Brexit will take many years, and the implications for our clients’ business will unfold over time. Our MoFo Brexit Task Force is coordinating Brexit-related legal analysis across all of our offices, and...more

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

Client Alert: Brexit – What Silicon Valley Needs to Know

The vote of the UK Electorate to leave the EU has politicians, economists, lawyers and commentators from all sectors speculating on what will happen next and over exactly what period. While it is unlikely that there will be a...more

The Effect of The Brexit (UK Departure from EU) on IP Rights

In a June 23, 2016 referendum, the combined electorates of the United Kingdom and Gibraltar voted in favor of the United Kingdom, and consequently Gibraltar, leaving the European Union (EU). According to Article 50 of...more

Impact of Brexit on Intellectual Property

Now that the dust is settling on the UK’s decision to leave the EU, our clients are asking what this means for them. Change always brings opportunities, as well as challenges, and we are focused on helping our clients...more

Brexit Impact on Intellectual Property Rights to Be Known Only After UK Exit Terms Finalized

Although the United Kingdom (UK) vote to leave the European Union (EU) will ultimately impact intellectual property (IP) rights in both territories, the UK remains a member of the EU until the exit terms are formalized, so...more

Keep Calm and IP On: Planning for UK IP Post-Brexit

This past Thursday the Brexit vote sent shockwaves around world, including the IP community and in particular with respect to IP rights in the UK and Europe. But concerns at the moment are speculative as nothing yet has...more

How the United Kingdom’s Vote to Leave the European Union Affects Your EU Trademarks and Patents

The United Kingdom (UK) voted to leave the European Union (EU). The vote to leave the EU will not affect the UK’s relationship with the European Patent Office (EPO). The EPO is governed by the European Patent Convention...more

The IP Owner’s Guide to Brexit: Don’t Panic

By now, everyone has likely heard about the United Kingdom’s vote last week to leave the European Union. Few things are certain at this time, as governments around the world are still making plans to deal with Brexit....more

The UK Has Spoken “Brexit” - But What Does This Mean for the IP Community?

The immediate reaction to Great Britain’s June 23, 2016 vote to leave the European Union (“EU”) (commonly referred to as “Brexit”) has been nothing short of hysterical. This paper focuses on what Brexit means for the...more

Brexit: IP Considerations in Light of the UK’s Vote to Leave the EU

While the “Leave” result of the June 23 referendum will not have an immediate impact on intellectual property, the eventual British exit (“Brexit”) from the European Union could have long-term implications for IP protection...more

The Effect of BREXIT – What US Intellectual Property Practitioners Need to Know: The Patent Perspective

This is the first of two blog postings relating to the impact of Brexit on IP law. The second will address trademark practice. June 24, 2016, will certainly be considered a momentous day in European history, as the...more

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