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A bumper crop of SPC rulings from the CJEU – Part 1: When is an ingredient “active”?

For those having an interest in Supplementary Protection Certificates (SPCs), the months spanning November 2013 to February 2014 have been an important period. Thus is because the CJEU has produced no fewer than six judgments and one Advocate-General’s opinion during that period.

All of the six rulings, as well as the opinion, are significant in terms of their impact upon either the availability of SPC protection or the duration of that protection.

This article, which focuses upon Article 1 of the SPC legislation, is the first in a series of three that aims to explain the various developments, as well as their likely practical significance.

Author – Dr Mike Snodin

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A Case For Innovation

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A case for innovation in management of strategic IP

Experience operating a specialist IP rights restorations group shows strategic IP commonly enjoys stewardship in the performance of IP processes no higher than for other IP – to a significant extent, one size fits all. Evidence from in-house and private practice surveys we conducted supports our experience, suggests impairment of IP through defaults in IP processes may occur more often than thought and exposes more fundamental underlying contexts. Author – Malcolm Lawrence

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A bumper crop of SPC rulings from the CJEU – Part 2: The latest rulings on Article 3

This article, the last in a series of three, discusses the latest rulings from the CJEU in connection with Article 13 of the SPC legislation.

Author – Dr Mike Snodin

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A bumper crop of SPC rulings from the CJEU – Part 3: The latest rulings on Article 13

This article, the last in a series of three, discusses the latest rulings from the CJEU in connection with Article 13 of the SPC legislation.

Author – Dr Mike Snodin

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Patent litigation EPO and English courts

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Patent litigation – interrelationship between EPO and English courts

In its Judgment in IPCom v HTC1, the English Court of Appeal has provided updated guidance in relation to the issue of whether to stay national proceedings pending the outcome of parallel proceedings before the European Patent Office in which the validity of the same patent is under challenge.

Author – Dr Marc Wilkinson

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