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  • Streamlined global design rights protection becomes a reality as the US and Japan sign up to the Hague System

    19 May 2015

    A streamlined system for protecting industrial designs globally has been bolstered by the addition of two major markets – the US and Japan. With effect from 13 May 2015, the US and Japan have become official members of the Hague system, which allows applicants to protect their industrial designs in multiple countries simultaneously and cost-effectively. […]

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  • UPC fees and recoverable costs

    8 May 2015

    Public consultation opened today regarding the court fees and recoverable costs at the Unitary Patent Court. The consultation period shall last 12 weeks, closing at midnight on 31 July. Responses should be sent to secretariat@unified-patent-court.org, preferably in English. We’ve picked out some key points from the document below, however, should you wish to review the consultation […]

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  • Spanish Unitary Patent objections dismissed by CJEU

    7 May 2015

    Arguably the last major hurdle to the introduction of the Unitary Patent was overcome Tuesday as the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) dismissed the two challenges presented by Spain regarding a lack of compliance with EU law. Back in December 2012, Spain challenged the two Regulations which aim to govern the unitary […]

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  • Products of essentially biological processes deemed patentable

    1 May 2015

    In good news for the biotech industry, the Enlarged Board of Appeal ruled in “Tomato II” and “Broccoli II” cases (G2/12 and G2/13) that the patentability exclusion for essentially biological processes does not extend to the products of those processes. By way of background, the European Patent Convention sets out that “essentially biological processes” for […]

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  • TickeToGo Decision Opens the Door to Transparency in Patent Licensing Negotiations

    1 May 2015

    In an unprecedented decision Mr Justice Arnold has ordered disclosure by a patent proprietor, TickeToGo Limited, to an alleged infringer, The Big Bus Company Limited, of patent licences issued by the patent proprietor, prior to commencement of any patent infringement proceedings between the two parties. This decision may break down the walls of secrecy that […]

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  • Withers & Rogers life sciences team attend opening of prestigious GE Innovation Village

    27 April 2015

    Elizabeth Swan, Senior Associate in the Withers & Rogers Life Sciences and Chemistry team, will today (Monday 27 April) be attending the opening of the GE Healthcare Innovation Village. She will be attending as one of a number of leading life science specialists from industry and academia. GE Healthcare is setting up the Innovation Village […]

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