Posts in Europe


Standard Essential Patents, Antitrust and Market Power

Antitrust agency communications, such as the EU Commission’s Horizontal Guidelines and the FTC/DOJ Licensing Guidelines underline that market power does not necessarily result from patent …
By Peter Georg Picht
8 days ago 2

The New Era of Antitrust Law and Policy in Standards: Embracing Evidence Based Policy-making

On November 10, 2017, the Department of Justice’s (DOJ’s) new top antitrust enforcer, Assistant Attorney General (AAG) Makan Delrahim, delivered a powerful speech on antitrust law and …
By Dr. Kirti Gupta
14 days ago 0

António Campinos elected next EPO President

The Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation has elected António Campinos to succeed Benoît Battistelli as President of the European Patent Office (EPO). His …
By Press Releases
2 months ago 0

Is Europe really moving away from protecting Online platforms?

The media and political debate continues to rage: should new obligations be put on online platforms and other internet intermediaries to try to limit the availability of …
By Nick Aries
2 months ago 0

EPO ready for the first Unitary Patent as soon as the ratification requirements are met

One of the great aspects of the Unitary Patent is that it follows the normal EPO procedure up to grant. And indeed, the search and the examination …
By Gene Quinn
3 months ago 0

Exclusive with Grant Philpott: Patenting Computer Implemented Inventions in Europe

We try to be precise and stick to CII because “software” in itself is a term which lacks precision. It can refer to a high level program, …
By Gene Quinn
3 months ago 1

Federal Circuit declares Regeneron patent unenforceable due to inequitable conduct

The Federal Circuit issued a decision in Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. v. Merus N.V. upholding the determination that the patent owned by biotech firm Regeneron was unenforceable. …
By Steve Brachmann & Gene Quinn
5 months ago 0

Global IP Trends Indicator underscores increasing globalization in patent filing strategies

Among the key findings of the report include the more than 73 percent of respondents filed patents in four or more countries during last year. That was up …
By Steve Brachmann
5 months ago 0

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Patents: A Survey

Given the broad range of countries deploying UAVs and the large number of applications for UAVs, we took a look at patent data from the last 20 years (1997 …
By Peter Glaser
5 months ago 1

Kroger files suit against Lidl alleging trademark infringement of private grocery food label

Cincinnati, OH-based grocery retailer Kroger Company (NYSE:KR) recently filed a trademark infringement suit against German-based discount supermarket chain Lidl over a private food label. The suit, …
By Steve Brachmann
5 months ago 1

Nokia, Xiaomi ink patent cross license deal as both companies increase global smartphone sales

Finnish telecom firm Nokia (NYSE:NOK) and Chinese mobile handset developer Xiaomi recently issued a joint press release announcing a multi-year patent cross license agreement granting both …
By Steve Brachmann
5 months ago 43

How Does the UK Trade Mark Registration System operate?

The news headlines are becoming ever more populated with stories of big brands trying and failing in some instances to register a trade mark for their product. …
By Gemma Trencher
5 months ago 0

Evolution of Tech: Iver Anderson gets the lead out of electronics solder

Soldering, the process by which two items are joined together by melting a filler metal with a low melting point and pouring liquid metal onto the joint, …
By Steve Brachmann
6 months ago 1

Lefstin, Mossoff critique SCOTUS’ sense of history and negative impacts on today’s patent system

“The Supreme Court has told us, and told itself, a particular story -- a story based in history to justify its current regime,” Lefstin said near the …
By Steve Brachmann
6 months ago 8

Smartflash v. Apple: A poster child of the current ills wrecking the U.S. patent system

despite the media widely lambasting Smartflash as a patent troll, inventor Patrick Racz actually created a company called Internet plc “to develop, manufacture, and commercialize the invention”; …
By Steve Brachmann
6 months ago 12