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  • Cases of the year reveal future of IP

    December 22, 2010

    This year’s top 10 cases, selected by Managing IP, highlight the direction of IP practice around the world

  • EU and India resolve generics dispute

    December 15, 2010

    It has been confirmed that a WTO row over the shipment of generic drugs through Europe had been resolved following an EU-India summit last week

  • Enhanced cooperation for EU patent

    December 10, 2010

    Eleven member states are to press ahead with discussions that could see detailed plans for an EU patent by the end of next year

  • Barnier commits to enhanced cooperation on EU patent

    December 02, 2010

    The European Commission will respond to a request to create an EU patent based on enhanced cooperation “within a few weeks”, Internal Market Commissioner Michel Barnier said today

  • Europe issues biosimilar-friendly guidelines

    December 01, 2010

    Guidelines for the production of biosimilar antibody drugs in Europe released last week focused on safety rather than efficacy, setting a lower hurdle than had been feared

  • Google to help improve EPO translations

    November 30, 2010

    Google will work with the European Patent Office to improve machine translations, after the two organisations signed a memorandum of understanding today

  • Next steps for the EU patent

    November 15, 2010

    The creation of an EU patent covering just some of the single market is increasingly likely, after member states failed to agree on translation requirements

  • Concessions fail to solve EU patent deadlock

    November 11, 2010

    The Belgian presidency of the EU made a raft of proposals in an ultimately futile attempt to break the deadlock over translation arrangements for the EU patent yesterday

  • EU patent scrapped

    November 10, 2010

    European ministers fell just short of unanimity on a plan to create an EU patent this evening, effectively killing the decades-old project

  • Battistelli’s global vision for the EPO

    November 10, 2010

    EPO President Benoît Battistelli said the Office must be a key player at the global level in his first speech in the UK this week

  • Commission prepares for CJ opinion on patent court

    November 08, 2010

    Senior patent policy makers in Europe expressed optimism last week regarding the outcome of the referral pending before the Court of Justice of the EU

  • Four routes to Europe’s litigation future

    November 08, 2010

    Patent practitioners in Europe are eagerly awaiting the opinion of the Court of Justice of the EU on the viability of a pan-European litigation system for IP cases

  • Analysis: the Spanish obstacle explained

    November 04, 2010

    Belgium has gone a long way towards achieving consensus on a language regime for the proposed EU patent, but at least one member state still needs convincing

  • EPO ready for EU patent

    November 04, 2010

    The EPO is “ready and prepared to implement the EU patent”, a senior official at the Office said yesterday

  • One week to agree EU patent deal

    November 04, 2010

    Internal Market Commissioner Michel Barnier yesterday said he is “really determined” to see agreement between member states on an EU patent in the coming week

  • Call for SPCs to be longer than five years

    October 11, 2010

    The five-year limit on supplementary protection certificates in the EU needs to be extended, said André Bourgouin of Ipsen Pharma last week

  • Will Dutch cross-border injunctions return?

    October 06, 2010

    Four years after Europe’s top court severely limited the potential to obtain cross-border injunctions for European patents, a Dutch decision could reopen the possibility in cases where defendants are accused of infringing patent rights in a number of countries

  • Jacob: European patent will be passed by coalition

    October 01, 2010

    Lord Justice Jacob believes the current proposals for a European patent court will fail, but that reform will soon come through a “coalition of the willing”. In-house counsel can’t wait

  • Court advisers question EU patent plans

    October 01, 2010

  • Court setback for Europe’s patent plans

    August 24, 2010

    Plans for a single European patent litigation system and an EU patent have been dealt a serious blow by legal advisers at Europe’s top court

  • AstraZeneca ruling could mean more competition cases

    July 01, 2010

    The European Commission could be more likely to take action against IP owners for blocking competition, after a court today endorsed its AstraZeneca decision

  • GSK chief denies trying to stop parallel trade

    June 22, 2010

    The head of a trade group that represents European drugs companies has said that parallel trade of pharmaceuticals has a “legitimate place” in the EU

  • EU clarifies rules on standard setting

    May 10, 2010

    The European Commission is overhauling its rules governing how companies should set industry standards over a range of technologies

  • Drug settlement deals under EU spotlight

    January 12, 2010

    The European Commission has asked originator and generic drugs companies to hand over copies of settlement deals they have agreed over the past 18 months

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