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UPC updates: Judgment Day for Spain & confusing communications from the EU Commission

IMG_8533-0A couple of unitary patent snippets today comprising news of Judgment Day in the CJEU for Spain and a confusing European Commission communication. (more…)

UPC Update: UK Purdah and a Belgian challenge

IMG_8533-1The UK election is on its way (in case you hadn’t noticed) and while Dave, Ed, Nick and Nigel battle it out, UK government civil servants are now in the period of purdah. During purdah, which is the period between the calling of a General Election and the General Election, rules apply which limit what can be said and done in public by civil servants to ensure they are impartial during the election process. As a result the UK UPC Taskforce is likely to be fairly quiet until after 7 May 2015.

Before they went into this period of restricted communication however, the UK UPC Taskforce issued another UPC update, the main points of which are noted below. Also highlighted below is a challenge against the ratification of the UPC Agreement in Belgium (Note: Belgium ratified the UPC agreement on 6 June 2014). (more…)

UPC Court Delivers Swift Justice

EU flagOn 2nd April 2015 we saw, for the first time, an approximation of the Unified Patent Court (UPC) in action during an excellent live-from-Paris webinarized event set up by a plethora of French IP institutions. Indeed, the sheer number of acronymical institutions (thirteen!) representing the interests of the French IP industry was almost as impressive as the high quality of the broadcast itself. (more…)

Unitary patent: Responses to the UK’s call for evidence

IMG_8533-1Back in the summer last year the UKIPO ran a consultation looking at the implementation of the unitary patent and unified patent court into UK law. Although the UKIPO is still processing the comments, a summary of the various responses received has been published (see here). (more…)

UPC Ratification: Mini update – Luxembourg

IMG_8533-0A number of sources are reporting that Luxembourg has ratified the Unified Patent Court Agreement. The proceedings in the Luxembourg Chamber of Deputies can be seen here. Although Luxembourg has ratified the UPC Agreement it has not, as of 26 March 2015 and according to the official EU Council UPC page, deposited its instrument of ratification in Brussels (so no update to IPcopy’s Ratification Game post just yet!).

Luxembourg is the seventh country to ratify after Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Malta and Sweden. The ratification session in the Chamber of Deputies also apparently confirmed that Luxembourg does not intend to create a local division (or presumably take part in a regional division). Actions that could have been been otherwise brought in Luxembourg will have to go the central division (Paris, London or Munich) instead.

Mark Richardson 26 March 2015

International Women’s Leadership Forum – Forum Report

logo_v2Managing IP’s International Women’s Leadership Forum was held in London recently and proved to be a very worthwhile day for both inhouse counsel and private practice attendees.

Emma Barraclough, Group Editor of Managing IP kindly invited me to attend and to prepare a series of short follow up articles for the IPcopy blog. These will be posted on IPcopy over the next few weeks. Emma is one of the driving forces behind the development of the Women in IP network and the London forum follows on from successful events she hosted in New York and San Jose last year. This post provides an overview of a few of the sessions that IPcopy attended. (more…)

Unitary patent renewals: A closer look at the proposals

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This infographic is still basically correct…..

A week ago we noted that IPKat had received details of two proposals (2.5 proposals if you count the SME variant) that the EPO is seriously considering with respect to the renewal fees for the unitary patent.

After we got over the initial shock that some actual figures had been revealed (leaked?) we took a closer look and realised that what most of the commentary was missing on this news was some fancy-ass graphs. So here, for your viewing pleasure, are some fancy graphs*, some comments and an observation or two.

…. Did we mention there’s graphs?……. in colour? (more…)

Unitary Patent Update: Renewal fee news (shock!), EPLC, CJEU and Italy’s consultation

IMG_8533-1A quick round up of a few items that have come across IPcopy’s desk this last week.

Topics discussed below include: some actual figures for the renewal fees for the unitary patent(!!), a clarification about the updated European Patent Litigators Certificate, an updated article from Dr Stjerna regarding the Spanish challenges and the CJEU and unitary patent news from Italy. (more…)

Unitary patent updates from the UK’s UPC Taskforce Update (March 2015)

IMG_8533Further to earlier posts IPcopy has received the latest update from the UK’s UPC Taskforce. (more…)

AG’s Opinions on the Spanish Challenges to the Unitary Patent – English translation

IMG_8533On Friday last week, a mere 101 days from the day the Advocate General delivered his opinions in C-146/13 and C-147/13 the English translations of those opinions finally became available*.

The AG’s opinion (English version) in C-146/13 relating to enhanced cooperation in the area of the creation of unitary patent protection can be found here.

The AG’s opinion (English version) in C-147/13 relating to enhanced cooperation in the area of the creation of unitary patent protection with regard to the applicable translation arrangements can be found here. (more…)

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