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Developments in the creation of a single EU Patent System stalled – Again.

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By Catherine McLoughlin, specialist solicitor for Biotech and Pharmaceutical Companies, Pannone LLP After 40 years of squabbling it was hoped that the European Union was close to finally establishing a single patent system. Following a decision ending six months of stalemate from the European Council on the location of three patent courts the European Parliament has refused to put the proposal for a single European patent to a vote. This brings further delays to the Read More >

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Biotech Patenting and Tech Transfer at 2011 BIO International Convention

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The Biotech Patenting and Tech Transfer track has a lot to offer 2011 BIO International Convention Attendees.  High level speakers include White House Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator Victoria Espinel, European Patent Office Director of Biotechnology Sjoerd Hoekstra, retired Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Paul Michel, and former Solicitors General Seth Waxman and Paul Clement to name a few.                 I am particularly excited about the breadth of the Read More >

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President of the EPO says Unitary Patent Still on Track

Before answering this question, I must say that one thing has always astonished me: while Europe, or at least quite a number of EU Member States, was able to adopt a common currency after a relatively short period of negotiation considering the importance and sensitivity of the issue, it seems much more difficult to obtain a common patent with a single litigation system even though this is an absolute economic and legal necessity. First came Read More >

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