EPLAW PATENT BLOG

NL – Medinol Limited v. Abbott B.V.

Posted: December 23rd, 2009

Medinol Limited v. Abbott B.V., Abbott Vascular Devices Holland B.V. and Abbott Logistics B.V., infringement proceedings, District Court The Hague, 23 December 2009, Docket No. 329760 / HA ZA 09-418, with thanks to Simon Dack, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek Medinol is the holder of European Patent EP 1181902  for 'A flexible expandable stent', which was […]

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US – Microsoft to pay $290m damages for patent infingement

Posted: December 23rd, 2009

Times Online reports: Microsoft to pay $290m damages for patent infingement "Microsoft has been barred from selling its flagship word processor Word and must pay $290 million in damages for infringing a patent held by a small Canadian software company, i4i. The ruling, by the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit prevents […]

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Young EPLAW – Mark your Calendar

Posted: December 22nd, 2009

Young EPLAW – Mark your Calendar The third annual Young EPLAW meeting will be held on Monday 17 May 2010 in Brussels. The Young EPLAW meeting is a meeting organized especially for young patent enthusiasts (up to 36 years) who work in the office of an EPLAW member.  Further information will follow shortly. The programme […]

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SE – Seeking Preliminary Injunction for Pharmaceutical Patent Infringement in Sweden

Posted: December 22nd, 2009

Seeking Preliminary Injunction for Pharmaceutical Patent Infringement in Sweden – A Comparative Law Analysis of Pharmaceutical Patent Protection and Injunction Proceedings in the Nordic Countries
By Erik Ficks, Roschier
“2009 has brought about significant changes to the Swedish pharmaceutical market as a consequence of the dismantling of the state pharmacy monopoly. As of 1 July 2009, parties other than the Swedish state are permitted to establish pharmacies. This increased activity creates an increased need for patent holders to safeguard their rights, primarily by preliminary injunctions.

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NL – Mark your Calendar

Posted: December 22nd, 2009

The annual Dutch AIPPI meeting in Zeist will be held on 10 March 2010. More information will follow shortly.

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NL – e-Traction Europe B.V. v. N.V. Nederlandsch Octrooibureau

Posted: December 22nd, 2009

e-Traction Europe B.V. v. N.V. Nederlandsch Octrooibureau, preliminary injunction proceedings, District Court The Hague, 22 December 2009, Docket No. 351276 / KG ZA 09-1500 Dispute in the aftermath of a failed cooperation, based on an Asset Purchase Agreement ('APA'). Patent attorney N.V. Nederlandsch Octrooibureau ('NOB') changed the name in which two European patent applications were […]

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ECJ to Decide on Manufacturing Fiction

Posted: December 20th, 2009

ECJ to Decide on 'Manufacturing Fiction' under Counterfeit Goods Regulation By Geert Theuws, Howrey LLP "Following questions posed by the Belgian and to be posed by the UK court, the ECJ will be deciding on an issue which is of significant importance for the future of the European border seizures practice. It concerns the legitimacy […]

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UK – Dr Reddy’s Laboratories v. Eli Lilly and Company Limited / Olanzapine

Posted: December 18th, 2009

Dr Reddy’s Laboratories (UK) Limited v. Eli Lilly and Company Limited, Court of Appeal (Civil Division), UK, 18 December 2009, Docket No: Case No.A3/2008/2966, with thanks to Robert Fitt, Bristows The Court of Appeal upheld the decision of Mr Justice Floyd and confirmed that Lilly’s (selection) patent concerning the drug olanzapine is valid. Olanzapine is […]

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DE – Referral ECJ re ‘Biotech Directive’

Posted: December 16th, 2009

German Federal Supreme Court refers questions regarding the interpretation of the EC “Biotech Directive” (Directive 98/44/EC) to the European Court of Justice – patenting embryonic stem cells, by Tilman Mueller-Stoy and Thomas Friede, Bardehle & Pagenberg  On November 12, 2009, the German Federal Supreme Court indicated that in the Brüstle ./. Greenpeace Case, Docket No. […]

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UK – Lucasfilm v Ainsworth / Appeal

Posted: December 16th, 2009

Lucasfilm Limited c.s. v. Andrew Ainsworth c.s., High Court of Justice, Court of Appeal (Civil Division), UK, 16 December 2009, Docket No. Case No: A3/2008/2878/2893/2897 Copyrights case with interesting reasonings on justicialibility ('subject-matter' jurisdiction), also applicable to patents. The Court of Appeal is: 'not impressed by the supposed difference in principle between questions of subsistence […]

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