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  • Playing roulette with the Unified Patent Court judges


    Submitted: 22 June 2017

    This article considers the appointment of Unified Patent Court (UPC) judges and the composition of the panels of judges in local divisions of the UPC. It explains why local divisions may initially comprise a significant proportion of English, French and German judges.

  • The Patents Court considers the validity of SPCs based on a Markush formula


    Submitted: 09 June 2017

    The UK Patents Court has considered the validity of a supplemental protection certificate (SPC) based on a Markush formula, including the interpretation of Article 3(a) of the SPC Regulation. This article analyses the decision and considers how it sits in the context of recent cases.

  • Business protection: Practical tips


    Submitted: 08 June 2017

    Materials from our webinar where Anna Shelley and Róisín Murphy discussed the practical ways in which businesses can protect their key assets.

  • Podcast 595: Business protection - The basics

    Video Podcast

    Submitted: 25 May 2017

    Simmons & Simmons partners Andrea Finn and Angus McLean discuss the basics of business protection including the ways in which breaches can occur, which assets are at risk and how best to protect these assets.

  • 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? Restricted access


    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.

  • The Court of Appeal recently upheld Birss J’s original decision in the Synthon v Teva case, dismissing both appeals by Teva


    Submitted: 18 May 2017

    The Court of Appeal recently handed down its decision in Synthon BV v Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd, upholding Birss J's decision at first instance that Teva's patent relating to glatiramer acetate (GA) (EP (UK) 2 361 924) was valid but that claim 20 and dependent claims were invalid for added matter.

  • 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.

  • The UPC and licensing


    Last Reviewed: 26 April 2017 / Submitted: 08 February 2016

    What do licensors and licensees need to do to prepare their agreements for the arrival of the UPC and the Unitary Patent?​

  • 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.

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