Hark! On Tuesday 1 July hearings before the Court of Justice of the European Union take place in two key pieces of litigation regarding the future of patents in Europe. The are
|Hearing is the easy bit...|
- Case C-146/13 Spain v Parliament and Council, this being an action for annulment of Regulation 1257/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 December 2012 implementing enhanced cooperation in the area of the creation of unitary patent protection. This action deals with lack of legal basis for making the Regulation and breach of the principles of autonomy and uniformity in the application of European Union law;
- Case C-147/13 Spain v Council, this being an application for annulment of Regulation 1260/2012 of 17 December 2012 implementing enhanced cooperation in the area of the creation of unitary patent protection with regard to the applicable translation arrangements. This action deals with infringement of the principle of non-discrimination, lack of legal basis, infringement of the principle of legal certainty and infringement of the principle of autonomy.
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|Without IP, young entrepreneurs soon turn|
to self-help as the best mode of protection ...
here. Barbara Cookson writes on consultation exhaustion, why IP professionals don't enjoy being regulated and the management of client expectations, on SOLO IP here. Over on Afro-IP, Kingsley Egbuonu explains why investor confidence is not exactly inspired by the existence of a weak IP regime, even in a busy, bustling market like that of South Africa. Class 46 carries a succinct summary by Anthonia Ghalamkarizadeh of a recent German ruling on bad faith in trade mark applications in the LIQUIDROM case.