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European Commission releases draft regulations governing unitary patent protection

European Union - April 19 2011 Under the Commission's proposals, holders of European patents would be allowed to apply to the European Patent Office for unitary patent protection covering the participating 25 Member States....

Matthew Jones.


Bilateral investment treaties after the Lisbon Treaty

European Union - April 4 2011 The 2009 Lisbon Treaty amended the European Union's governing treaties....

James McNamara.


ECJ declares proposed European and Community patents court unconstitutional

European Union - March 15 2011 On 8 March 2011, the European Court of Justice handed down its Opinion No 109, in which it found that the proposed agreement on the community patents court is not compatible with the provisions of the European Union Treaties....

Matthew Jones, Hiroshi Sheraton.


Bezpečnostni softwarová asociace-Svaz softwarové ochrany v Ministerstvo kultury: copyright in a graphic user interface

Czech Republic, European Union - February 28 2011 The European Court of Justice has ruled that the graphic user interface (GUI) of a computer program is not protectable under the Software Directive (91250EC) but may be a copyright work in itself....

Dr. Boris Uphoff, Francesco Mattina, Rohan Massey, Hiroshi Sheraton.


Football Dataco Ltd v Yahoo! UK Ltd: database right and database copyright

United Kingdom - February 28 2011 The Court of Appeal of England and Wales has confirmed that sui generis database right does not subsist in football fixture lists....

Dr. Boris Uphoff, Francesco Mattina, Rohan Massey, Hiroshi Sheraton.