Bumper Crop 1

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 [...] Read More...

A Case For Innovation

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 [...] Read More...

Bumper Crop 2

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 From this page you can download an Avidity [...] Read More...

Bumper Crop 3

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 From this page you can download an Avidity [...] Read More...

Patent litigation EPO and English courts

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 [...] Read More...

Patenting human embryonic stem cells

Patenting human embryonic stem cells in Europe – an update This article will briefly outline two recent developments following decision C-34/10 of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), relating to the patentability of human embryonic stem cells (hESCs). The first relates to a change in practice of the European Patent Office (EPO) [...] Read More...

Amazon Digital Market Patent

Amazon gets patent for digital marketplace Internet retailer Amazon has been granted a patent to underpin an online marketplace allowing consumers to resell digital goods. This could expand Amazon’s activities in secondary markets from physical goods to digital materials allowing consumers to sell, store, loan or trade content to other users through Amazon’s interface. Author [...] Read More...

Ancient Brands

Ancient brands: why it’s better late than never Do strong ancient brands make bad, legally weak trade marks? There is every chance that an ancient trade mark may consist of a descriptive name or one that perhaps has some geographical significance. Whilst a newly-created brand would usually face objections in trying to achieve registration of [...] Read More...

Apple Pays For TM Mistakes

Apple pays heavily for trade mark rights mistakes Apple has paid $60 million to Proview Technology (Shenzhen) to end a protracted legal dispute over the iPad trade mark in China this month. The dispute reported in IP Businessin March this year stems from mistakes made when Apple acquired the global trade mark rights to iPad, [...] Read More...

Apple Loses iPhone TM in Brazil

Apple loses iPhone trade mark in Brazil Apple’s global expansion has hit the buffers: the company can no longer use the iPhone name without the risk of being sued. Brazil’s trade mark regulator, which was expected to announce that another firm owned the iPhone name, has now made its ruling. According to CNN, Gradiente Eletronica [...] Read More...
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