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EP Opposition and US Inter Partes Review Decisions Go Hand In Hand

It is often desirable to obtain patent protection for inventions both in Europe and the United States. As a result, competitors frequently look to Europe and the US as important jurisdictions for challenging the validity of a...more

A Comparison of US and EPO Post Grant Practices

Challenging the validity of a patent through the courts of Europe and the United States can be a time-consuming and expensive process. Oppositions at the European Patent Office (EPO) and US post-grant cancellation...more

Global Patent Prosecution Newsletter - June 2017

Revocation Proceedings Around the World - Mechanisms to challenge the validity of granted patents are available in many countries throughout the world. The June 2017 issue of Sterne Kessler’s Global Patent Prosecution...more

The Essentiality Test – Falling Out of Favour at the EPO?

The European Patent Office (EPO) has a notoriously strict approach when considering amendments to patent applications. If an amendment extends the subject matter beyond the content of the application as filed, then the...more

German Court Delays Implementation of Unified Patent Court Legislation

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Germany’s constitutional court, the Bundesverfassungsgericht, has requested that the German President hold off on signing the legislation ratifying the Unified Patent Court (UPC) and the Unitary Patent (UP) following a...more

Preparatory Committee announce delay to UPC Timetable

by Hogan Lovells on

Yesterday, the Preparatory Committee of the Unified Patent Court (UPC) announced that the previously stated target date for the entry into operation of the UPC, envisaged for December 2017, will now be delayed....more

[Webinar] Drafting the “Global” Patent Application - June 14th, 10:00am ET

It all starts with drafting. A poorly drafted patent application, more often than not, leads to poor patent protection. The goal of providing enforceable claims starts and ends with a well drafted application. And what may be...more

Diplomatic Community-May 2017

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Kelley Drye’s Diplomatic Community is our quarterly newsletter that provides updates on public international law developments with a focus on diplomatic legal issues, international organizations, the law of immunities and...more

Bill C-30 passed Senate yesterday to usher in changes to Canadian pharma patent regulations

by Smart & Biggar on

Bill C-30 was passed by the Senate yesterday, May 11, 2017 without amendment. Bill C-30 is the bill that will implement the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). As reported here, this...more

Putting the Pedal to the Metal at the EPO

It should come as no surprise that the home of the Bundesautobahn has multiple mechanisms to speed up patent prosecution. And since the average pendency of a European application is approximately four years[i], patentees will...more

Global Patent Prosecution Newsletter - March 2017

The March 2017 inaugural issue of Sterne Kessler's Global Patent Prosecution Newsletter includes information and practical tips for accelerated examination strategies in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Please see...more

Understanding Patent Applications and Methods for Best Approaches in Europe and the U.S.

by Brinks Gilson & Lione on

For patent applications, the disclosure requirements differ among various countries. Two of the most important territories, the United States and the European Patent Convention, scrutinize parts of the patent disclosure...more

4 Tips to Protect Textile Innovations

Is innovation a key component of your business plan? Will you distinguish yourself with unique product offerings? Whether protecting our men and women in uniform, advancing the treatment of medical conditions, or adding to a...more

Top EU patent and EU unitary patent developments in 2017 for ADG companies

by Hogan Lovells on

In 2016, proposals crystalized that will bring significant changes to the European Union (EU) patent system and the patent litigation system. Despite the Brexit, the United Kingdom (UK) has announced that it too will ratify...more

McDermott International Legal Highlights - April 2017

by McDermott Will & Emery on

DOJ Policy Updates Signal Continuity of Antitrust Program - The US Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust Division has revised its “Frequently Asked Questions About the Antitrust Division’s Leniency Program and Model...more

Business Litigation Report - March 2017

Culture: Meeting Regulatory Expectations - Recent scandals in the corporate and financial spheres have served to highlight the importance of a strong and well-embedded institutional culture. It is difficult to pinpoint...more

March 2017: EU Litigation Update

Asserting Standard Essential Patents in Germany After the European Court of Justice’s Huawei v. ZTE Decision. In its Huawei v. ZTE decision (C-170/13) dated July 16, 2015, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) established a new...more

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

by Dechert LLP on

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

Europe: Combatting illegal pharma trade

by Hogan Lovells on

We are delighted to announce the launch of our Combatting illegal pharma trade enforcement guide. This publication is a pharmaceutical industry-specific brochure which complements our suite of brand and trademark protection...more

False alarm: Spain will not join the Unitary patent system after all

by Hogan Lovells on

You may recall that we reported here that, on 7 March, the Spanish Parliament had voted in favor of a non-binding motion (i.e. Non-Legislative Proposition -NLP) filed by the main party of the opposition (Socialist Party...more

The Impending Launch of the Unified Patent Court

by Dechert LLP on

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

Antidote to Toxic Divisionals—European Patent Office Rules on Partial Priorities

by Jones Day on

Beginning in 2009, the Boards of Appeal of the European Patent Office ("EPO") issued a series of decisions that essentially created a new priority law in Europe that allowed members of the same patent family to negate each...more

UK Court Invalidates AbbVie HUMIRA Patents

by Goodwin on

On Friday March 3, 2016, in a decision in cases brought by Samsung Bioepsis UK Ltd. and Fujifilm Kyowa Kirin Biologics Co. Ltd., a U.K. court held invalid two European patents owned by Abbvie that purportedly cover Humira®...more

The Short-Lived Ailment of Poisonous Divisionals

After four years of the European Patent Office (EPO) ruling that a parent application can lack novelty over its divisional application, and vice versa, the EPO Enlarged Board of Appeal (EBA) in their decision G1/15 has...more

Rx IP Update - February 2017

by Smart & Biggar on

Federal Court of Appeal rules on non-infringing alternatives and apportionment as defences to an accounting of profits from patent infringement - On February 2, 2017, the Federal Court of Appeal released a...more

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