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Parallel importers of medicines can re-brand...for now - Speciality European Pharma v Doncaster Pharma and Madaus

European Union - April 30 2015 Over the last thirty years, there has been substantial litigation throughout the European Union in relation to the parallel import of pharmaceuticals…

K-Swiss 5-stripe trade marks held invalid

European Union - July 1 2014 The General Court of the European Union (on appeal from the Board of Appeal at OHIM) has decided that the 5-stripe sign of K-Swiss, registered for…

Apple v Samsung - the impact of the central limitation of European patents on existing litigation

European Union, United Kingdom - April 7 2014 From 13 December 2007, it became possible for a patentee to seek a 'central limitation' (or even revocation) of a granted European patent. If…

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Re-branding of parallel imported medicines ruled unlawful - speciality European Pharma v Doncaster pharmaceuticals

European Union, United Kingdom - March 3 2014 The parallel import of pharmaceuticals into the UK from other European Union (EU) countries has been common practice for over 30 years. Indeed, the…

The unitary patent – what is it and where is it going?

European Union - January 4 2013 For over 40 years, there have been discussions and proposals aimed at creating a 'Community Patent' (i.e. a patent that has effect throughout the European…