European Union Patents

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DG COMP’s 5th monitoring report: time for guidance please!

DG Competition of the European Commission just published its 5th patent monitoring report. It covers patent settlements entered into in 2013. Each year, the Commission claims that the report shows a “steady increase” of...more

Advocate General Wathelet takes the “middle path” in Huawei v. ZTE

In adopting what he regards as a “middle path” approach between over- and under-protecting intellectual property rights, Advocate General Wathelet’s Opinion in the Huawei v ZTE litigation provides our first hint as to the...more

Latest News on European Patents

Europe has been bustling with recent news and development from the Unified Patent Court Preparatory Committee and the European Patent Office. New Draft UPC Rules of Procedure and UPC Status - The Preparatory...more

The new Italian Patent Box!

On 15 October 2015 the Italian Government submitted to Parliament the so called “Stability Law 2015?, a bill containing a number of measures aimed at vitalizing the Italian economy and boosting grow in the system, including...more

New European Unity Rules in Effect November 1, 2014

Good news for European patent applicants! On November 1, 2014, amended Rule 164 of the European Patent Convention (EPC), which was previously analyzed by Global IP Matters, finally went into effect. Rule 164 as amended...more

Law À La Mode - Issue 14 – October 2014 (Global)

In This Issue: - Understanding the EU Consumer Rights Directive: An overview of the new Directive on Consumer Rights and its implementation in Belgium, France, Italy and the UK - Free Zones in the UAE: What do...more

Inovia Releases 2014 Report on Global Patent Trends

Patent services provider inovia has released its fifth annual report on global patent and IP trends. In compiling "The 2014 U.S. Global Patent & IP Trends Indicator," inovia, which produces products for PCT national phase...more

CJEU Rules Maximum Cartel Fine Applies Only to Infringing Subsidiary Turnover and Reduces Fine by €17 Million

On 4 September 2014, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) confirmed that the maximum fine of 10 per cent of turnover imposed on the infringing subsidiary of a non-infringing parent company should be calculated on...more

IP Rights In Data Handbook - Protecting and exploiting IP in data, big data and databases internationally

In the era of Big Data, no ambitious business can afford to live without a strategy for the acquisition, protection and exploitation of the data upon which it depends. The laws enabling data to be protected and exploited are...more

Business Litigation Report -- August 2014

In This Issue: - Main Article: ..Ninth Circuit Shifts “Significant Expense” of Compliance with Third Party Subpoenas to Party Seeking Discovery - Noted With Interest: ..Delaware Court Finds Password...more

Stem cell patentability: European update following Opinion of Advocate-General in ISCC and the Australian position

The recent Opinion of the Advocate-General suggests that a clarification and moderation of the Court of Justice of the European Union’s (CJEU) approach to the patentability of stem cells may be on the horizon. If followed,...more

New IP Enforcement Policy in the EU

Given that strategic importance of IP-sensitive industries for the EU economy, the European Commission (Commission) has introduced a new initiative with a view to strengthen the protection of EU-based IP rights by working...more

IP/IT & Media Newsletter - Issue 1/2014

In this issue: - Apps and Data Privacy – New Guidelines from the German DPAs New Developments in Cybersecurity Regulation - Refer-a-Friend Functionality on the Internet – Federal Court underpins its...more

European Commission's Actions to Better Protect and Enforce Intellectual Property Rights

Although the number of registrations of European Patents, Community Trademarks and Community Designs more than doubled between 2003 and 2012, the high numbers of infringements of intellectual property rights (IPRs) harm this...more

The Bifurcation Blues

In the last Letter from Europe, I looked at the potential financial impact a single judge could have on the economy. As I alluded to in my conclusion, the United Patents Court (UPC), a proposed common patent court open for...more

EU Unitary Patent and Patent Court

The original proposals in the 1970's for the European Patent Convention (EPC) were intended to proceed in parallel with those for a Community Patent Convention. In the end, these were never implemented as a result of...more

Unregistered design rights – the Karen Millen case

This is a very recent decision of the CJEU in the Karen Millen case, which provides important guidance to fashion designers and retailers who rely on unregistered design rights in their designs according to the Council...more

News from Abroad: Double Patenting at the EPO -- What Does "Same Subject Matter" Mean?

Although the EPC does not specifically prohibit double patenting, that is the grant of two patents to the same applicant for the same invention, it is generally accepted that two patents cannot be granted to the same...more

UK High Court confirms jurisdiction to grant cross-border declaration of non-infringement

In Actavis Group HF v. Eli Lilly & Co. the UK High Court has granted a declaration of non-infringement in the UK, France, Italy and Spain. A jurisdictional challenge in relation to the French, Italian and Spanish...more

Standards and Injunctions Under EU Competition Law

In two decisions issued in April 2014, the European Commission (the Commission) provided further clarification as regards the circumstances in which patentees can seek injunctions to protect their standard-essential patents...more

Creation of a new industrial property right in France: the "geographical indication of industrial and handicraft products"

The French law no.2014-344 on consumer protection, named "Hamon Act" (for the name of the Ministry in charge of this reform) and dated March 17, 2014, creates a new industrial property right: the "Geographical Indications...more

The European Design Regime

1. Introduction - In 1993, the Commission of the European Union issued proposals for a directive for harmonization of design laws within the member countries of the EU and for the creation of an EU-wide design regime...more

Research Reveals Growing Business Support For UPC – Crown Jewel Patents Opted In; Move To Europe For Major Patent Disputes

Research published by Allen & Overy today demonstrates surprising support for Europe’s hotly debated Unified Patent Court, with almost three-quarters (74%) of those responsible for overseeing preparations for the new system...more

Law À La Mode: Special Edition – INTA 2014

In This Issue: - MODERNISATION OF THE TRADEMARK SYSTEM: Is Europe on the cusp of trademark law reform? - FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE: Brand owners face unique challenges in Russia - DETAINING COUNTERFEIT GOODS: New...more

Benefits of Utility Model Protection

Some countries have a form of patent protection for inventions which do not qualify for regular patent protection. This type of patent—generally called a utility model, and sometimes known as a petty patent—has a lower...more

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