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Advocate General proposes Literal Interpretation of Article 3(d) SPC Regulation in Abraxis (C-443/17)

European Union, United Kingdom - December 14 2018 The Advocate General of the CJEU proposed a narrow interpretation of Article 3(d) in the Opinion given yesterday in Abraxis Bioscience LLC v…

Cadbury’s Colour Purple Trade Mark can’t be Split

United Kingdom - December 6 2018 Cadbury’s attempt to argue its trade mark registration for the colour purple was actually a series mark which could be split and partially maintained…

Italy Moves the Unitary Patent a Step Closer

European Union, Italy - November 30 2018 The Italian Government approved a draft Bill on 21 November 2018 aimed at adapting the Italian IP Code to the Unitary Patent Regulation (EU 1257/2012)…

CJEU rules on whether the NHS reimbursing off-label medicinal products for cost-cutting purposes conflicts with Directive 2001/83/EC

European Union, Italy - November 23 2018 Novartis Farma S.p.A. v Italian Medicines Agency and Roche Italia S.p.A. On 21 November 2018, the CJEU issued an important decision in Novartis Farma…

French court upholds validity of MSD’s SPC protecting ezetimibe and simvastatin in combination

France - November 19 2018 A French Court has upheld the validity of a Supplementary Protection Certificate (“SPC“) protecting the ezetimibe+simvastatin combination under…

UK Supreme Court raises sufficiency standard for swiss-form claims and limits the ability to assert them against “skinny label” products

United Kingdom - November 15 2018 Yesterday's Supreme Court decision in Warner-Lambert v Mylan is disappointing news for patentees who may have made significant investment in R&D to…

France adopts a confidentiality regime for the trade secrets relied upon in (patent) litigation

France - October 24 2018 As part of the French Law on the Protection of Trade Secrets dated 31 July 2018, French lawmakers have finally adopted a long-awaited array of…

EPO publishes 2018 revision of Guidelines for Examination directed to computer-implemented inventions

European Union - October 10 2018 The EPO has recently published the 2018 revision to its Guidelines for Examination, which are generally updated annually to take into account…

UK Government launches consultation on role of MHRA post-Brexit and confirms commitment to underwrite Horizon 2020 funding

United Kingdom - October 4 2018 The UK Government has today launched a consultation on the role of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) post-Brexit “seeking…

Brexit “no deal” technical notices published on Patents, Trade marks, Designs, Copyright, GIs, and Exhaustion of rights

European Union - September 25 2018 The latest tranche of “no deal” technical notices was released yesterday afternoon by the UK Government. Amongst them are several notices that…