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IP Federation Patent Committee – expertise in practice

It’s rarely a route to fame or fortune to say you’re a member of any committee, let alone a specialist one in the arcane field…

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Patent law harmonisation

Since last year’s Review, there has been considerable activity in substantive patent law harmonisation (SPLH) . In early 2023, the EPO carried out a consultation…

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European Commission reforms: SPCs, SEPs and compulsory licences

On 27 April 2023, the European Commission unveiled its blueprint for patent legislative reform. The proposals focus on three key areas: standard essential patents (SEPs),…

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SPC policy issues over the last year

The inclusion of proposals for a Unitary Patent Office and Unitary SPCs as part of the EU Patent Package was big news in 2023. If…

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The first six months of the UPC: A summary of its orders and decisions

Since the Unified Patent Court (UPC) opened on 1 June 2023, some interesting themes are already beginning to emerge from the (only) four substantive decisions…

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Referrals to the Enlarged Board of Appeal

In 2022, the IP Federation submitted two amicus curiae briefs to the Enlarged Board of Appeal (EBA) of the European Patent Office in relation to…

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FRAND: a brave new post-Unwired Planet world

“The FRAND landscape will continue to develop considerably over the course of the next year in the UK and Europe”. That was the conclusion in…

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Patent law highlights on validity, 2023

Priority and anticipation The year began, in Nokia v OnePlus (16 January 2023)[1], with a judgment looking at the interpretation of a novelty-only citation where…

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