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Unified Patent Court Update: Ratification Could Take Place in the Coming Months

The Delegated Legislation Committee’s (DLC) support for the Unified Patent Court (Immunities and Privileges) Order 2017 (the Order) suggests a swift approval of the Order by the House of Commons. Presuming a rapid approval by...more

New EU-Certification Mark Added to IP Armory

European Union (EU) trademark law is currently undergoing significant reform, with the most recent change of particular relevance to certification mark holders or to those interested in applying for certification...more

3 Changes to the EU Trade Mark Regime: What Applicants Need to Know

Changes to the Regulation on the EU Trade Mark came into effect on 1 October, 2017 that alter the process of registering trade marks. These changes aim to harmonize trade mark practices across the European Union while...more

IP & Brexit: The Impact of Brexit on the Community Unregistered Design Right and the Creative Industries Who Rely on Them

Brexit discussions will need to address the application of the Community unregistered design right (CUDR) in the UK following the UK’s exit from the EU. The CUDR currently provides...more

European Commission’s 6 Proposals for Post-Brexit Intellectual Property Rights

The European Commission (EC) has released a position paper on its objectives for the Article 50 Brexit negotiations with the UK regarding Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs). The EC has effectively set out six key principles...more

German Court Delays Implementation of Unified Patent Court Legislation

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

Brexit and IP: 5 Things Brand Owners Should Do Now

Following the Prime Minister’s triggering of Article 50 today, 29 March 2017, we have 2 years until the legislative reality of Brexit and its implications will truly impact IP owners. However, there are steps that brand...more

UK To Ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement Despite the Brexit Vote

The UK will ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement despite the Brexit vote, it was announced yesterday. It is unclear whether this marks the start of a long participation of the UK in this 40-years-in-the-making unifying...more

Know Your Code: Open Source Usage Can Close Software

Buyout firms spent more than $39.38bn acquiring technology businesses in H1 2016, accounting for 28% of all global deal value and making technology the preferred sector for investment during the period. With investment...more

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