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  • SPCs can be used for compounds hidden within generic claims

    23 May 2017

    In good news for pharmaceutical patent owners, the England and Wales High Court has confirmed here that an SPC is allowable for a compound that is not specifically identified in a patent but (a) where there is a generic claim that covers the product and (b) where the product embodies the technical advance of the […]

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  • UK to join Hague Agreement in 2018

    9 May 2017

    It has been announced that the UK intends to ratify the Hague Agreement for the International Registration of Industrial Designs by 31st March 2018 and will be in a position to launch the service on 6th April 2018. The Hague Agreement enables applicants to seek protection of registered designs/design patents in over 66 territories through a […]

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  • UPC reason ten: Simplicity…

    3 May 2017

    The unitary patent system offers much greater simplicity for users. Instead of having to validate and renew a granted European patent on a country-by-country basis, innovators will be able to achieve the same protection with a single Unitary Patent maintained by a single renewal fee. That means fewer deadlines to remember and fewer reminder emails […]

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  • UPC reason nine: Clear court process and timeline – UPC will have a common process and timeline for all divisions increasing clarity, reducing complexity and delay…

    27 April 2017

    The Unitary Patent Court will have a common process and timeline for all of its divisions throughout Europe. This will increase the clarity of procedure before the UPC, and reduce delay. It means that a UPC litigator can be assured that a case brought in Stockholm will be handled the same as a case in […]

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  • What is FRAND? Unwired Planet v Huawei

    25 April 2017

    The UK High Court holds that there can only be one set of licencing terms that are fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) for a given situation, FRAND royalties should be based on a common portfolio benchmark rate for all licensees, and in this case a licence restricted to one jurisdiction is not FRAND. It is […]

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  • UPC reason eight: Lingua Franca – English will be the dominant language of the UP system. All UPs will have English version…

    19 April 2017

    For businesses in the UK and other English-speaking countries, there is a clear advantage to being able to litigate in one’s mother tongue. This will be possible at all Unified Patent Court hearings. Costly translations can therefore be avoided. Once the unitary patent system is established it will also no longer be necessary to obtain […]

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