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Trade Marks in the EU are changing. Here’s what you need to know

On 15 December 2015, the European Parliament adopted a new European Trade Mark Directive and Regulation which will implement a number of reforms to a) national laws in the European Union and b) the Community Trade Mark (CTM) system. The aim of the reforms is to make trade mark systems...

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Are your community trade marks affected by the upcoming regulation changes?

On 23 March 2016 the updated Community Trade Mark (CTM) Regulation will come in to force. There are a number of changes in the new Regulation and they could lead to a reduction in the scope of protection of your CTMs. It is important to ensure that your CTMs have...

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Arnie Clarke achieves revocation of Copaxone patent

On 14th October 2015, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries’ European Patent EP 2 177 528 was revoked. The patent was one of a family of patents covering Copaxone® (glatiramer acetate injection), its intermediates and processes for its production. Global Copaxone® franchise sales were $4.2 billion in 2014. The opposition was filed by...

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Will changes to the Community Trade Mark Regulation reduce the scope of your protection?

At some as-yet unspecified time in 2016 there will be changes to the Community Trade Mark (CTM) Regulation that could reduce the scope of protection of your CTMs. It is important to ensure that your CTMs have been analysed to ensure that you will not suffer a loss of rights...

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Fruitful outcome for patentees in the latest ‘Broccoli’ and ‘Tomato’ cases

The recently-issued Enlarged Board of Appeal (EBA) decisions on two related referrals – “Tomatoes II” (G2/12) and “Broccoli II” (G3/12) – clarify that the exclusion from patentability of essentially biological processes for the production of plants does not extend to product claims directed to the corresponding plants or plant material....

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