Following on from their previous challenge to the adoption of the unitary patent system on the basis of the concept of enhanced cooperation, and as eventually dismissed by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU),...more
The EU Patent Package (the Patent Package) consists of two related, but independent parts: a Unitary EU Patent (the Unitary Patent or UP) and a Unified Patent Court (the UPC). The new system is expected...more
On 16 April 2013, the Court of Justice of the European Union (“ECJ”) handed down its judgment in Joined Cases C-274/11 and 295/11 in which it dismissed the challenges brought by Spain and Italy to the other...more
On Tuesday, the Council of the European Union announced that twenty-four member states had signed the international agreement that would establish a Unified Patent Court (UPC), a specialized court having exclusive...more
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European Parliament Approves European Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court; Gross Negligence Insufficient to Establish Deceptive Intent for Inequitable Conduct; and Federal Circuit Eases Requirements...more
Reflecting upon the events of the past twelve months, Patent Docs presents its sixth annual list of top biotech/pharma patent stories. For 2012, we identified fifteen stories that were covered on Patent Docs last year that...more
On 11 December 2012, Advocate General Bot gave his Opinion on Joined Cases C- 274/11 and 295/11, proposing that the Court of Justice of the European Union (“ECJ”) dismiss the cases brought by Spain and Italy challenging the...more
The European Parliament has today voted in favour of the proposed Regulation establishing a unitary patent right (UP) across 25 of the EU Member States (excluding Spain and Italy currently) using the enhanced cooperation...more
Originally published in the European Patent Attorneys at WP Thompson & Co. on December 17, 2012.
A unitary patent package covering 25 member states of the EU (Italy & Spain are not currently taking part) may finally be...more
On Tuesday, the European Patent Office reported that the European Parliament in Strasbourg had adopted two draft regulations on the creation of the unitary patent. The EPO hailed the adoption of the draft regulations as "a...more
On December 11, 2012, the European Parliament approved a set of three proposals to create (1) a “unitary” patent valid across 25 EU member states, (2) a simplified language regime for EU patents, and (3) a unified patent...more
Originally published from IPCopy blog on December 12, 2012.
Last week the pan-European Intellectual Property Summit (IP Summit) was held in Brussels and the first morning of the summit saw a number of discussions...more
The European Council met in Brussels on June 28-29, 2012, and agreed to establish an EU Unitary Patent together with an EU Unified Patent Court. The agreement by the Council set the location of the Central Division within...more
Under the Commission’s proposals, holders of European patents would be allowed to apply to the European Patent Office for unitary patent protection covering the participating 25 Member States. The unitary patent could only...more
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