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The UK decides to ratify the UPC Agreement: the UPC and Unitary Patent to proceed in 2017
  • Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
  • USA, European Union
  • November 30 2016

As we have reported previously, it had been thought that the UK's vote on June 23, 2016 to leave the European Union would delay...


Italy and Spain challenge plans to create unified EU patent protection system
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • Spain, European Union, France
  • September 1 2011

Italy and Spain filed applications before the European Court of Justice in early June 2011, seeking to annul the EU Council’s Decision of 10 March 2011, which authorized cooperation among member states for the creation of unitary patent protection.


Europe’s unified patent litigation system inches nearer
  • Winston & Strawn LLP
  • European Union
  • September 1 2011

After years of relatively little progress, there appears to be momentum building up behind the two building blocks underlying the European Union’s goal of a unified patent system.


Is EU-wide patent protection on the horizon?
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • European Union
  • March 31 2011

Reform of the current European patent protection systemwhereby European patents are actually a bundle of national patents that must be enforced separately in each European jurisdictionhas been on the political agenda for some 30 years.


A new IP era in Europe consensus gentium
  • Cohausz & Florack
  • European Union
  • March 30 2011

The European Court of Justice has concluded that the envisaged agreement creating a European and Community Patents Court was not compatible with the provisions of EU law. However, there is no reason to believe that the political process will be stopped at this point based on legal arguments.


ECJ declares proposed European and Community patents court unconstitutional
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • European Union
  • March 15 2011

On 8 March 2011, the European Court of Justice handed down its Opinion No 109, in which it found that the proposed agreement on the community patents court is not compatible with the provisions of the European Union Treaties.


Court of Justice rejects unified patent litigation proposal
  • CMS
  • European Union
  • March 11 2011

Currently there is no single unitary patent applicable across the whole of Europe, nor is there a mechanism by which patents can be enforced across Europe centrally in one forum.


Spanner in the works for patents court
  • DMH Stallard LLP
  • United Kingdom, European Union
  • March 11 2011

The ECJ issued an opinion on Tuesday stating that that the planned European and Community Patent Court "would alter the essential character of the powers conferred on the institutions of the European Union and on the Member States.


A new IP era in Europe?
  • Cohausz & Florack
  • European Union
  • December 8 2010

Towards the end of November 2010 the agenda of the EU Competitiveness Council featured a prominent item on its agenda. As a result of this meeting, it...


High Court rules default retirement age is lawful
  • Howes Percival LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • September 28 2009

The High Court has ruled that the UK's default retirement age (DRA) of 65 is lawful and does not contravene European law.