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Accelerating examination of European patent applications

New changes will be made for the accelerating examination of European patent applications. Wilson Gunn discuss in detail.

Patent Box is changing – act now to secure the benefit

Find out how the Patent Box is changing in 2016. Read the full article.

Don’t Abuse Pharmaceutical Patent Litigation

We discuss the latest case news regarding Pharmaceutical Patent Litigation.

IP Scammers Ordered to Pay Maximum Penalty

Court finds that scammers deliberately set out to deceive proprietors into thinking that their letters and invoices were issued by the UK IPO, ordering maximum penalty for trademark infringement and passing off.

Pfizer in patent pain after court rejects claims of infringement

The drug Lyrica (Pfizer’s trademarked name for pregabalin) was originally developed for the treatment of epilepsy and generalised anxiety disorder. Subsequently it was found that this drug was also suitable for the treatment of pain. In the UK, last year, Pfizer’s sales of this drug totalled around £250m. The original patent for the use…

Handbags at dawn: Ralph Lauren faces patent infringement claims after releasing latest design

American fashion designer, Ralph Lauren, carries patent infringement claims in his high-tech handbag this season. Individual inventor Jimmy Bryan has filed an infringement case, claiming that the designer’s top of the range handbag infringes his own patent for a bag that contains LED lights and phone charging device. The Ralph Lauren handbag…

European Unified Patent Court and the Unitary Patent

Presently, national courts of each contracting state of the European Patent Convention decide on the infringement and validity of European patents in their own jurisdiction. This means that when a patent proprietor wishes to enforce their patent, or when a third party wishes to invalidate a European Patent once the opposition period has expired…

Pick a number between 1 and 25: claim construction – Smith and Nephew v Convatec

As many readers will be aware, the most important part of a patent application is its claims: the claims define, in words, what the invention is. Some claims include ranges, limiting the scope of protection to the extent that certain components are present in an amount falling within the range. So it was with ConvaTec’s European Patent No…

‘Swiss-type’ claims in the UK – latest update

A recent judgment from the Court of Appeal (Warner-Lambert Company, LLC v Actavis Group PTC and others [2015] EWCA Civ 556) has shed some further light on how the England and Wales Courts interpret so-called ‘Swiss-type’ pharmaceutical manufacturing method claims. Swiss-type claims take the general form: “The use of [compound X] in the…

Consultation Document on Unified Patents Court Fees Is Released

Measures are now well underway for the establishment of a Unified Patent Court (UPC) in Europe. The UPC will be a single court covering up to 25 countries and will have jurisdiction over the new European patent with unitary effect (Unitary patent). The UPC will also have jurisdiction over traditional European patents. However, for a transitional…

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