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“POISONOUS DIVISIONALS” POISONED IN THE EPO

For the past few years there has been fear that the law on priority claims in the European Patent Office (EPO) could result in a divisional application becoming prior art against its parent if the divisional application described subject matter that...

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European “INTERMEDIARIES” MAY BE FORCED TO TAKE ACTIVE MEASURES AGAINST TRADEMARK INFRINGEMENT COMMITTED BY THIRD PARTIES

Recent cases in the Court of Justice of the European Union and the Court of Appeal of England and Wales have addressed the question of whether those who provide facilities to persons who infringe the trademark rights of others may themselves be...

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UK TO CONTINUE STEPS TOWARDS RATIFICATION OF UNITARY PATENT CONVENTION DESPITE BREXIT

The EU’s Unitary Patent Convention (see https://ladas.com/education-center/eu-unitary-patent-and-patent-court-2/) and the associated EU patent had originally been expected to come into effect in 2017. This was, however dependent on ratification of...

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TRADE SECRETS: CHANGES IN THE LAW ON PROTECTION OF TRADE SECRETS IN THE UNITED STATES AND EUROPEAN UNION

Concerns about trade secret theft have been increasing in both the United States and Europe in recent years. Traditionally, American law disfavored trade secret protection vis à vis patenting on the basis that publication of inventions was good for...

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The Effect of The Brexit (UK Departure from EU) on IP Rights

In a June 23, 2016 referendum, the combined electorates of the United Kingdom and Gibraltar voted in favor of leaving the European Union (EU). According to Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union (TEU), the United Kingdom will leave the EU two...

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