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  • Make or break for Community patent

    October 20, 2008

    European Commissioner Charlie McCreevy said last week that progress on patent reform “requires the acceptance of political realities and pragmatic solutions”

  • Taiwan to change compulsory licensing rules

    September 01, 2008

    Taiwan's Intellectual Property Office is to amend the compulsory licensing provisions of its Patent Law after a long-running dispute between a local CD maker and Philips finally ended

  • European Commission’s IPR strategy focuses on SMEs

    July 21, 2008

    The European Commission is to introduce a communication aimed at convincing small and medium-sized enterprises to make more use of IP rights and to take concrete steps to tackle counterfeiting

  • EU Commission prioritizes CTM fee reduction

    June 30, 2008

    The European Commission has made reducing the fee for Community trade marks one of its 10 principles to address the needs of small and medium-sized businesses

  • Ministers endorse Community patent progress

    June 02, 2008

    European Union ministers last week discussed the latest proposals to introduce a Community patent and litigation system

  • Crucial week for EU IP policy

    May 27, 2008

    Meetings later this week could shape the future of patent and trade mark protection in the European Union.


  • Why Europe needs to ease tensions

    September 01, 2008

    In recent years, users of Europe's trade mark system have been engaged in debates on the role of national offices. But where are patent users? Tove Graulund and Holm Schwarze of Zacco discuss the latest developments

  • Pharma firms to face EU Commission inquiry

    February 01, 2008

    A European Commission investigation into competition practices in the pharmaceutical industry could dramatically shake up patent, licensing and litigation practices

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