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UPC: better protection needed against patent trolls

Usually when the same sentence mentions Amazon, Apple, Samsung or Microsoft and the word “patent” you are reading a report concerning some billion-dollars infringement litigation....more

Unified Patent System Will Save European Energy and Cleantech Innovators Thousands

The creation of a patent system that will significantly ease an inventor’s path to gaining protection for his or her intellectual property across Europe will soon be reality. ...more

October 2013: EU Litigation Update

Update (Europe): Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court. Back in December 2012, the European Union (EU) adopted two Regulations regarding so-called European patents with unitary effect (Unitary Patent) and respective...more

Money, Money, Money: Top 10 Trade Secret Verdicts

Big IP verdicts aren’t limited to patent cases. Trade secrets can mean big money, too....more

Consultation Period for Rules of Procedure for the Unified Patent Court (UPC)

On 25 June, 2013, the Preparatory Committee for the EU Unitary Patent System published its draft Rules of Procedure for the Unified Patent Court. U.S. and international companies can now comment on the rules. Read the alert...more

A Guide through Europe’s New Unified Patent System

Introduction - 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

Significant Changes Introduced And Planned To UK IP Legislation

UK IP legislation is changing. First, the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 (which received Royal Assent on 25 April 2013), has just been published, and modifies UK copyright law (though not as drastically as some...more

ECJ dismisses Spanish and Italian challenge to EU-wide unitary patent system, but obstacles remain

Summary - 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

Member States Sign Agreement to Establish Unified Patent Court

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

January 2013: Patent Litigation Update

In This Update: 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

Top Stories of 2012: #8 to #11

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

A further (small) step forward towards an EU-wide unitary patent system

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 Unitary Patent And Unified Patent Court System Update

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

EU Moves Closer to a "Unitary" Patent Regime for Obtaining and Litigating Patents in Europe

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

News from Abroad: Unitary Patent & Unified Patent Court

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

European Council Agrees on a Unitary Patent and a Unified Patent Court

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

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