Industry Sector Insight

Views, market intelligence and trends in our industry sectors

Trade mark

Overview of interim relief in trademark actions across Europe

With so many businesses operating across borders, the ability to obtain interim relief on a pan-European basis is an extremely powerful remedy. However, brand owners should consider shopping around for the most favourable forum.

25 February 2015

IP

Industry standards - patently a good thing?

At first glance, patents and standards may seem contradictory. While patents define a temporary monopoly, standards aim to achieve collaboration and a level playing field. However, both patents and standards play an important role in fostering innovation: patent protection drives innovation by incentivizing investment in R&D and ensuring knowledge transfer - standards drive innovation by establishing interoperability between products and facilitating market adoption of new technologies.

24 February 2015

The Unified Patent System

UPC

The Unified Patent System

After over 40 years of debate and efforts to introduce a single patent and patent litigation system covering all EU Member States, the Unified Patent System signals a new era in cross-border patent protection and litigation...

20 February 2015

IP

The Unitary Patent System – in detail

The Unitary Patent will be a new, single patent covering the 25 participating Member States and available as a designation on a granted European Patent...

11 February 2015

The Unified Patent System: UPC structure

IP

The Unified Patent System: UPC structure

The UPC will consist of a court of first instance and an appellate court. The Court of First Instance will comprise a Central Division, split between Paris, London and Munich (depending on technical subject-matter), plus local and regional divisions. The local and regional divisions will hear infringement claims, whereas the Central Division will hear claims for revocation of a Unitary Patent.

11 February 2015

UPC

The Unified Patent System: risks and opportunities

To some, the very fact that a single court decision can have such far-reaching consequences is daunting. For example, one decision could lead to revocation of a patent in all 25 participating countries.

11 February 2015

UPC

The Unified Patent System: what does industry think?

A unique group of global innovators and users of the European patent system have been working together for several months reviewing and suggesting solutions for the creation of an effective and balanced unitary patent system... 

11 February 2015

VC

European Venture Capital Report: Q1 2015

This is the first edition of the Olswang European Venture Capital Report. This edition provides the global entrepreneurial and venture community with an overview of the trends in European venture capital (VC) investment in 2014.

11 February 2015

International Roaming Regulation: Roaming into a (Dis-)connected Continent?

telecoms

International Roaming Regulation: Roaming into a (Dis-)connected Continent?

This article outlines the legislative proposals of the European Commission and the European Parliament for an abolition of international roaming charges. Considering the current European legislative framework and the effectiveness of the proposed amendments, the authors conclude that neither of the proposals ensures a coherent re-organisation of international roaming.

10 February 2015

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