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Supplementary Protection Certificates in Ireland expected change of practice before the Irish Patents Office

European Union, Ireland - October 8 2015 On 6 October 2015, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) issued a Decision in the long awaited 'Seattle Genetics' referral (C-47114)...


BIO briefings a flavour of BIO 2015 international convention Philadelphia

USA - July 6 2015 Another busy BIO conference has finished for the year. Amongst the 15,000 - or thereabouts - attendees were many IP lawyers from all over the world...


EPO “Search for Life” in the pipeline

Global - February 10 2015 In June 2014, the Global dossier service was launched by the EPO and is available through Espacenet providing access to more filewrappers for...


When is an infringing act not an infringement?

European Union, Ireland - November 3 2014 In Europe, the Research Exemption or Safe Harbour is referred to as the "Bolar" Exemption and is a statutory defence to patent infringement to permit...


Patenting natural products in the US and Europe the divide grows

USA, European Union - May 21 2014 In 1996, Dolly the Sheep made headlines all over the world. Dolly the Sheep was the first mammal to have been cloned from an adult cell using somatic...