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Exhaustion of copyright

European Union, United Kingdom - January 31 2014 The principle of exhaustion is an established international legal doctrine. It provides that a copyright owner’s right to control copies of their

Old drugs, new tricks: patent considerations in drug repurposing

European Union, United Kingdom - January 28 2015 The drug discovery and development path for a New Chemical Entity (NCE) can take 10 to 15 years and cost 1 to 2 billion dollars. Repurposing is the

Personalised medicine in Europe is the patent system keeping up?

European Union - January 31 2014 In the not-so-distant past, obtaining patent protection for a new therapeutic drug (or the new use of a known drug) was simpler than it is today. The

Procedure after registration by WIPO

Global - May 8 2015 The World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) has sent details of your registration or subsequent designation(s) to each of the designated offices

Changes to the use of survey evidence and witness collection in trade mark cases

United Kingdom - April 24 2013 The test to determine whether parties should be allowed to rely on survey evidence or witness collection in trade mark and passing-off litigation has

Breaking News - EPO Fee Increase 2016

European Union - January 29 2016 The EPO is increasing many official fees by about 1-2 with effect from 1 April 2016. See the Decision of the Administrative Council of 16 December

New UK patents and trade marks renewal scam

United Kingdom - December 2 2015 The UK Intellectual Property Office has been alerted to a new renewal scam and is warning all patent and trade mark owners who are due to renew their

Changes to the PACE programme for accelerated prosecution of patent applications at the EPO

European Union - December 1 2015 PACE is one of the mechanisms Applicants can use to speed up prosecution of an application at the EPO. A recent notice from the EPO (here) updates

IP scammers face record financial liability

United Kingdom - November 18 2015 A prolific and persistent scammer, responsible for deliberately scamming Intellectual Property Office (IPO) customers has been found liable for trade

18th draft of UPC Rules of Procedure adopted

European Union - October 28 2015 The Rules of Procedure of the Unified Patent Court (UPC) have been adopted by the UPC Preparatory Committee at their meeting on 19 October 2015