CJEU – Novartis v. Patent- och marknadsöverdomstolen / SPC

Posted: June 21st, 2019

Case: C-354/19 “In order to determine whether an SPC may be granted, it is necessary to apply Article 3(c) of Regulation No 469/2009 and Article 3(2) of Regulation No 1610/96. However, the interpretation of those provisions in a case such as the present appears unclear, particularly in view of the fact that the application of […]


EU – Council adopts regulation introducing SPC stockpiling / export exception – UPDATE

Posted: June 12th, 2019

*** UPDATE *** As expected, it was confirmed yesterday that the exception will enter into force on 1 July 2019.    From the press release: “The EU is taking measures to foster the competitiveness of EU producers of generic medicines and biosimilar products. The Council today adopted a regulation which introduces an exception to the […]


News – Research Handbook on Patent Law and Theory Second Edition

Posted: May 29th, 2019

Research Handbook on Patent Law and Theory, Second Edition, Research Handbooks in Intellectual Property series,  Elgar, edited by Toshiko Takenaka From the publisher: “This significantly updated second edition of the Research Handbook on Patent Law and Theory provides comprehensive coverage of new research for patent protection in three major jurisdictions: the United States, Europe and […]


EU – Export and stockpiling exception

Posted: February 21st, 2019

The EU is about to introduce an export and stockpiling exception, limiting the protection granted to SPC holders. From the press release: “The EU is adopting new rules which should boost the competitiveness of EU producers of generic medicines and biosimilar products. Member states’ ambassadors meeting today in Coreper endorsed a deal reached on 14 […]


News – Dutch AIPPI ‘Zeist’ symposium 2019

Posted: January 24th, 2019

The Dutch AIPPI ‘Zeist’ symposium shall take place on 13 March 2019 in Hotel Figi in Zeist. The programme and registration details will be announced here.


ES – Mobile World Congress IP Fast Action Protocol 2019

Posted: January 11th, 2019

MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS – INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY FAST ACTION PROTOCOL 2019, by Luis Fernández-Novoa, HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER The Commercial Courts of Barcelona have issued for the fifth consecutive year the Intellectual Property Fast Action Protocol in the framework of the Mobile World Congress (hereinafter MWC). The upcoming edition will be held in Barcelona from 25 to […]


CJEU – Abraxis Bioscience LLC v. Comptroller General of Patents / Opinion AG / SPC

Posted: January 7th, 2019

Abraxis Bioscience LLC v. Comptroller General of Patents, Opinion of AG SAUGMANDSGAARD ØE, 13 December 2018, Case C‑443/17 In the light of all the foregoing considerations, I propose that the Court give the following answer to the question referred by the High Court of Justice (England & Wales), Chancery Division (Patents Court), United Kingdom: Article […]


News – Book: Intellectual Property and the Judiciary

Posted: November 27th, 2018

Intellectual Property and the Judiciary, European Intellectual Property Institute Network series, Elgar, edited by Christophe Geiger, Craig Allen and Xavier Seuba “Intellectual Property and the Judiciary explores the role of the judiciary in the elaboration and interpretation of intellectual property law, exploring how IP doctrine and policy are developed and the manner in which judges […]


New Book – Patent Wars, How Patents Impact our Daily Lives

Posted: September 14th, 2018

Oxford University Press presents a new book providing a broader view on patent law and the role of patents in society. Central message from the author of the book is that “there’s so much we don’t know for sure, even after all these years of granting, revoking, licensing, and fighting over patents. Do patents really […]