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Preparing European Priority Applications for Stronger U.S. Patents

The current U.S. patent climate mandates a heightened focus on quality prosecution. For consumer product companies headquartered in Europe, and for those that regularly innovate there, this means preparing and filing European...more

The Goods on IP - October 2017

The October 2017 issue of Sterne Kessler's The Goods on IP® discusses using your utility patent portfolio to expand design protection, tips for aligning your consumer product European patent portfolio with U.S. best...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

Additional IP Considerations in Light of Brexit

by Morgan Lewis on

Pharmaceutical and agricultural companies in particular should consider the effect of Brexit on their European patent portfolios. Supplementary Protection Certificates (SPCs) are governed by EU regulations and are thus...more

Unitary Patents, the Unified Patent Court, Opt-Out Timing, Pros and Cons

by Winstead PC on

Regardless of the June 23, 2016 vote on Brexit, all owners of European patents, and all applicants seeking patents in Europe, will have both new options, and a new set of important decisions to make. Most commentators...more

Back to school – the last year in patents: September 2015

by Allen & Overy LLP on

The vexed question of how to enforce second medical use patents has dominated the headlines in the last half year. The case of Warner-Lambert v Actavis1 in the English High Court highlighted the serious difficulties...more

"New Year Will See More Policing of Patent Conduct by US and EU Competition Agencies"

If recent events are any indication, U.S. and European antitrust agencies will remain focused this year on the intersection of intellectual property and competition law. In particular, the agencies have concluded that under...more

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