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Europe IP Focus 2017

  • Counting the costs of counterfeits in Europe

    Over the past two years, the EU Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights has published 11 studies measuring the impact of counterfeits in various industries. Its chief economist Nathan Wajsman spoke to Managing IP about the findings, methodology and challenges

  • Early Certainty from Opposition at the EPO

    A well-functioning patent system should provide users and third parties with legal certainty. One pillar of legal certainty is of course a high quality patent which will stand up in court, but another is timeliness. The EPO explains its latest initiative

  • A guide to opting out of the UPC

    Is it better to stay in the Unified Patent Court or opt out? Niels Hölder and Morten Garberg of Hoffmann Eitle provide answers to the most common questions

  • Seeking the gold standard in EPO amendments

    Marco Lissandrini of Bugnion investigates the complicated question of permissible modifications to European patents and patent applications

  • Brexit implications and developments

    Now that Article 50 has been triggered, we know the UK will be leaving the EU by spring 2019. Martyn Fish of HGF asks what this means for various IP rights

  • The UK’s flexible system for patent disputes

    The UK courts provide quick, high quality and flexible solutions in patent cases – as recent judgments demonstrate. Tim Andrews, Esther Ford and Steven Gurney of Marks & Clerk explain

  • National application of the Seattle Genetics SPC decision

    Margareta Oproiu and Raluca Vasilescu of Cabinet M Oproiu consider how Romania has applied the landmark Seattle Genetics decision on the expiry date of SPCs

  • How the new Spanish Patent Law affects your filings and rights

    Changes in Spain’s new Patent Law affect patentable subject matter, filing and litigation. Anna Barlocci, Yahel Contreras and Mathieu de Rooij of ZBM Patents & Trademarks explain

  • Recent rulings on website blocking

    Is website blocking an effective tool against IP infringement? Linda Granstrand Füle and Monika Colak of Valea review recent cases on this question in Europe

  • Copyright and the Digital Single Market

    Simon Barker of Freeths discusses the status of EU proposals for a Digital Single Market, proposed changes in copyright law and the UK’s position in view of Brexit

  • A new approach to passing off

    It used to be hard to bring passing off cases in Russia. But changes to the Law and some significant decisions have changed that, says Dmitry Sando of Gorodissky

  • First valid marketing authorisation clarified for SPCs

    Ana-Maria Baciu, Adina Badarau and Anca Deaconu of NNDKP review recent judgments from the CJEU on the scope and term of SPCs


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