Posts in Europe


INTA Urges EUIPO Grand Board to Provide Guidance on Similarity Between Alcoholic and Non-Alcoholic Beverages

The International Trademark Association (INTA) submitted observations in a trademark case before the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) Grand Board of Appeal on April 1. The case …
By James Nurton
6 days ago 0

International IP Index 2021: United States Remains Second in Patent Rankings, Global IP Framework Holds Strong Amid Pandemic

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC) released its ninth annual International IP Index yesterday, finding that the United States, Japan and Europe …
By Eileen McDermott
19 days ago 3

EPO Patent Index 2020 Underscores Sharp Rise of China as Global Tech Giant

On March 16, the European Patent Office (EPO) released the Patent Index 2020, which gives the public a snapshot view of the filing activities going on at the EU’…
By Steve Brachmann
27 days ago 0

Patenting Simulations at the EPO: Decision G1/19 and Its Consequences for Computer-Implemented Inventions

The Enlarged Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office (EPO) recently published its decision No. G1/19 on patentability of simulations. There was great anticipation for such …
By Andrea Perronace
29 days ago 1

Copyright Holders Can Restrict Framing, Says CJEU

Copyright holders can require licensees to implement technical measures to prevent infringement, the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) has ruled in its latest decision on …
By James Nurton
30 days ago 0

What to Know About the European Patent Office 2021 Guidelines for Examination: Part II – Biotech

As discussed in Part I of this article, the European Patent Office (EPO) recently published its Guidelines for Examination 2021, which came into force on March 1. In the …
By Elena Comoglio
1 month ago 0

INTA Comments in George Orwell EUTM Cases on Names and Titles

The International Trademark Association (INTA) last week filed amicus briefs before the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) Grand Board of Appeal in three cases concerning applications …
By James Nurton
1 month ago 0

What to Know About the European Patent Office 2021 Guidelines for Examination: Part I – CII and Procedural Changes

The European Patent Office (EPO) recently published its Guidelines for Examination 2021, which came into force on March 1. The trend towards an accurate and detailed explanation of substantive …
By Andrea Perronace
1 month ago 3

Deciding Where to Obtain International Patent Rights

Determining where to seek patent rights is an important and expensive decision. If you know you are going to want international patent protection, the best, most cost-effective …
By Gene Quinn
1 month ago 2

UK Judge Backs Meghan Markle over Leaked Letter

The actor Meghan Markle gained fame playing a paralegal in the TV show Suits. Now, as Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Sussex, she is starring in …
By James Nurton
2 months ago 0

Senior UK IP Judge Lord Justice Floyd Retires

One of the specialist IP judges in the England and Wales Court of Appeal, Lord Justice Floyd, retired on February 10, 2021. He had been a Lord Justice of …
By James Nurton
2 months ago 0

Joint EPO-EUIPO Report Finds SMEs Stand to Benefit Most from IP Ownership

The latest in a series of reports by the European Patent Office (EPO) and European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) studying IP-intensive industries and their contribution to …
By Eileen McDermott
2 months ago 1

Qualcomm Suffers Court Setback in EU Antitrust Case

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) last week ruled against Qualcomm in an antitrust case over UMTS-compliant baseband chipsets. The case dates back to …
By James Nurton
2 months ago 0

Europe’s Top Five (Non-Patent) IP Developments of 2020

In a previous piece, we covered the top five patent developments of the year in Europe. Here, we review some of the key cases and legislation that …
By James Nurton
4 months ago 1

The Top Five European Patent Developments of 2020

It’s the time of year to reflect upon the cases and trends that have shaped IP over the past 12 months. Here are our picks for the …
By James Nurton
4 months ago 3