Europe/European Union

UPC one year on: a review of the court’s first 12 months in action

Herbert Smith Freehills lawyers Sebastian Moore, Frederic Chevallier and Rachel Montagnon look back on the Unified Patent Court’s maiden year

Complex global M&A deals face increased merger clearance challenges, study finds

Some 43% of cross-border transactions over the past four years failed to close due to regulatory scrutiny

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Navigating public access to UPC court documents

Balancing confidentiality and transparency is an evolving landscape for UPC proceedings, writes Mewburn Ellis partner Matthew Naylor

Lawyers react to EU digital markets probe into Apple, Alphabet and Meta

Investigations stem from the EU’s new Digital Markets Act, introduced to curb dominance of tech giants

Amazon seizes seven million counterfeit products in 2023

E-commerce giant’s report shows number of fake products jumped by a million, as it increasingly leans on AI to detect fakes

Rihanna puts her foot in it over design rights on Instagram

Puma loses bid to dismiss a design invalidity ruling at the EU's General Court as popstar had already publicly disclosed it

Amazon loses UK Supreme Court appeal on cross-border internet sales

UK’s highest court dismisses e-commerce giant’s appeal to lift injunction over cross-border trademark dispute

European Parliament votes through controversial patent reforms

Despite sustained criticism from many quarters, SEP regulation passes key hurdle

Group including Nokia and InterDigital urges MEPs to vote against EU SEP reforms

Proposals come under renewed attack as ‘urgent’ email is sent to politicians from a coalition of tech heavy hitters

Top European court sides with Audi in spare parts trademark case

Car manufacturer successfully argued that online seller of radiator grilles for old Audi models infringed its trademark

Controversial standard essential patent reforms backed by European Parliament committee

Legal Affairs Committee JURI adopts proposals, with 13 of 23 votes

European Court of Justice upholds validity of Lego brick’s registered design

Decision in favour of Danish toy maker welcomed as “great news” for designers of functional products

UK signs Hague-19 Convention in boost to litigation landscape

The treaty will ensure judgments made in UK courts will be recognised in other member countries

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UPC dismisses attempts by Mathys & Squire and Bristows to intervene in public access appeal

Court rules specialist IP firms lack “legal interest” in transparency test case involving Ocado and Autostore

Mathys & Squire files test case to improve openness and transparency at the UPC

IP firm believe the newly established court is interpreting the public access rules too restrictively, looks to the EPO as a ‘paragon of openness’ in this area

Huawei and Sharp sign patent cross licensing deal of 4G and 5G technology

Chinese and Japanese technology companies agree to license their mobile standard essential patents

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EUIPO mediation centre launched

Service aims to settle IP disputes in a single process avoiding the expense and complexity of litigation

Global decrease in trademark filings, WIPO reports, but continued rise in patents

IP filings have “braved” the pandemic, but WIPO director general warns of geopolitical instability and an uncertain economic outlook

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‘We have to be as creative as counterfeiters’ – seven takeaways from the Anti-Counterfeiting World Law Summit

Delegates heard lively debate on how to tackle counterfeiters who are creative, resilient and constantly evolving

EPO not consulted on standard essential patent reform, says president

António Campinos says European Commission’s proposed changes are “ill-suited” to achieving stated goals