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  • Global trends in life science patent litigation

    May 05, 2017

    How do the outcomes of patents cases vary in different jurisdictions? Eric Sergheraert analyses the trends revealed in a study of decisions over 10 years

  • How the CJEU has interpreted “protected” in the SPC Regulation

    March 31, 2017

    What does “protected” by a patent mean? Brian Cordery and Steven Willis look at how the CJEU has approached Article 3(a) of the SPC Regulation

  • Roundtable: The second medical use challenge – full transcript

    February 28, 2017

    Three leading patent specialists discussed one of the most challenging issues in IP at the moment – incentivising new uses for known drugs – at a recent roundtable discussion. The participants were: Jurgen Dressel, head of global patent litigation strategy, Novartis Pharma; Galit Gonen, VP and general counsel for Europe at Teva; and Professor Sir Robin Jacob, former Court of Appeal judge and professor at the Institute of Brand and Innovation Law, University College London

  • USPTO issues memorandum in response to CellzDirect and Sequenom

    July 21, 2016

    The USPTO tells examiners the Federal Circuit’s CellzDirect ruling “highlighted several important points” but says its subject matter eligibility guidance and training examples are already consistent with it

  • EBA backs plant patents in tomatoes and broccoli cases

    March 31, 2015

    A seven-person panel of the EPO’s Enlarged Board of Appeal has upheld the patentability of plants and plant material in two long-awaited decisions published on March 25

  • CJEU gives guidance to patent/SPC owners and importers

    February 13, 2015

    In its latest intervention in the complex world of supplementary protection certificates, the Court of Justice has addressed questions arising from the specific mechanism concerning parallel imports from new EU member states

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