Key issues in building a strong life sciences patent portfolio


Innovator companies in the life sciences field need to protect their technology, which often involves development projects for new medicaments.

Community Trademark, Community Design and Unitary Patent – Brexit raises questions over questions


On June 23, 2016, the British people decided to leave the European Union. This historic decision not only puts the fate of the Unitary Patent System at stake, but also raises questions with respect to the validity of existing...

The Unitary Patent on the final straight: Bulgaria ratifies the UPC Agreement


Bulgaria last week became the tenth signatory state to pave the way for the Unified Patent Court to begin its work and hence for the Unitary Patent to take effect in Europe.

Patents in Europe and Germany: The prohibition on double protection is to go!


In the tense relationship between European patents on the one hand and national German patents on the other, the German patent has so far been the underdog.

End of the road for the opt-out fee


In the latest draft by the Preparatory Committee of the Unified Patent Court for the court fees, the fee so far contemplated for the opt-out has been dropped, and the same applies to the opt-in fee which had likewise been...

New Rules concerning the reduced renewal fees of Community Trademarks (European Union Trademarks as from March 23, 2016)


Introduction of the new rules

Community Trademark Regulation Reform


Amendments enter into force on March 23, 2016

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