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posed last Friday, on learning that Case C-661/13 Astellas Pharma Inc. v Polpharma SA Pharmaceutical Works, a reference to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) of some questions relating to the so-called Bolar exemption, which spares some sorts of use of someone else's patent for experimental purposes from being a patent infringement. Via Katfriend and occasional contributor Paul England (Taylor Wessing) we have now heard the fate of that case from his colleague Anja Lunze (katpat!). Says Anja:
"According to Christoph de Coster (TaylorWessing Germany, Munich) who handled the case for Polpharma, Astellas waived all claims still pending before the Düsseldorf Appeal Court. Accordingly the Düsseldorf Appeal Court accepted the appeal and overruled the Düsseldorf District Court decisions as far as appealed. As a consequence, the Düsseldorf Appeal Court withdrew the questions referred to the CJEU (since they were no longer relevant for the decision of the case) and the matter was removed from the register by the CJEU".Thanks, guys!
Gadi Oron has been appointed Director General of the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC), based in Paris. He recalls Gadi from Queen Mary College days as a sweet, polite and always diplomatic student, someone with whom it's always worth having a chat and a coffee. Good luck, Gadi, in your new role.
IP czar (technically "Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator"), Kilpatrick Townsend's Daniel Marti, though Merpel thinks he got back to the links in time to avoid choosing a new Director for the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The 1709 Blog carries the results of the black-crested macaque selfie sidebar poll, which turned out to less exciting than some of us had hoped, on account of so many people agreeing that no copyright existed at all in works created by animals [this Kat wonders whether this might be another nail in the much-cited dictum of Petersen J in University of London Press Limited v University Tutorial Press Ltd  2 Ch. 601 that "what is worth copying is prima facie worth protecting"]. Finally, SOLO IP reports that, for every 100 jobs in the legal services sector, 67 jobs are created outside the legal service sector -- so whose jobs are we creating?
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