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  • Business protection: The basics


    Submitted: 19 May 2017

    ​Materials from our webinar where Simmons & Simmons partners Andrea Finn and Angus McLean discussed the basics of business protection including risk factors and potential breaches, the business assets at risk and how best to protect these.

  • Can your most valuable assets walk out of the door?


    Submitted: 18 May 2017

    To a large extent, the security of your business is in the hands of those individuals who have access to information, strategy and staff. Managing the risk caused by the natural movement of people into and out of a business, or by negligent or rogue employees, is something that all organisations need to grapple with. This session focuses on some of the practical and legal steps that businesses can take to mitigate the risks arising from today’s increasingly flexible, mobile and global workforce.

  • Costs and fees at the UPC


    Submitted: 04 May 2017

    This article looks at the Unified Patent Court (UPC) Rules on recoverable costs and court fees. It considers how the UPC's court fees compare to those applicable in national courts and looks at the interplay between the UPC's rules on recoverable costs and court fees.

  • Unified Patent Court now expected to open in early 2018


    Submitted: 20 April 2017

    ​The UK general election on 08 June 2017 may delay the UK's ratification of the UPC Agreement but it is not expected to delay the launch of the Unified Patent Court by more than a month or so.

  • UK takes formal steps to ratify Unified Patent Court Agreement


    Submitted: 20 January 2017

    The Privileges and Immunities Protocol was laid in Parliament today. This is a formal step in the process of ratification of the Unified Patent Court (UPC) Agreement.

  • Preparatory Committee announces timetable for UPC to come into force


    Submitted: 18 January 2017

    On 16 January 2017 the Preparatory Committee announced a new provisional timetable for the Unified Patent Court (UPC) to come into force.

  • The return of SPC referrals: Merck’s SPC application leads to CJEU questions before the UK Court, while the Dutch patent office rejects it on contrasting grounds


    Submitted: 16 January 2017

    The UK Patents Court has referred two questions to the CJEU regarding the interpretation of the SPC Regulation (Merck C-567/16). This article analyses the High Court decision, the first instance decision by the UK IPO and the contrasting parallel decision by the Dutch Patent Office.

  • The UK has ratified the UPC Protocol on Privileges and Immunities


    Submitted: 15 December 2016

    UK Government takes next step towards UPC Agreement ratification

  • Can "hard" and "soft" Brexit co-exist?


    Submitted: 24 November 2016

    Rowan Freeland considers the potential impact of Brexit on the UPC - can the UK still play a role?

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