News archive for 2015
All of our news from 2015
EPO - second medical use provisions do not apply to medical devices
The EPO has dealt a blow to patent proprietors in the medical sector by confirming that the second medical use provisions of Art 54(5) EPC do not apply to medical devices.Find out more
Can an SPC be granted for an active ingredient covalently bonded to other active ingredients?
The judgement in another referral to the CJEU on the subject of SPCs, was given on 15 January 2015. This referral came from Austrian Patent Office regarding to application for an SPC for “Protein D”. The SPC application was based on a European patent relating to ‘Protein D ‒ an IgD-binding protein of Haemophilus influenzae’.Find out more
Apple Retail Format– Ground breaking or just another Trade Mark?
The decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union (‘CJEU’) finding that in principle retail formats can be registered as trade marks throughout the European Union has been heralded by some commentators as ‘ground breaking’.Find out more