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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

Do ‘class headings’ cover everything in a class?

European Union, United Kingdom - February 7 2013 When filing a trade mark application, an applicant must state the goods or services that the trade mark is to cover, so clearly defining the scope of

When is a doughnut not a doughnut? When it’s in Spain (apparently)

European Union, Spain - February 7 2013 This decision by the General Court highlights a problem that can arise when CTMs and national trade mark rights interact

International (Madrid Protocol) trade marks- the basics

Global - May 8 2015 The Madrid Protocol is an international system for obtaining trade mark protection for a number of countries andor regions using a single application

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