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The UK's Alliance for Intellectual Property held a Big Debate last week on “IP is a Property Right”. Thanks to ACID's CEO Dids Macdonald we have received this link to this short report. Adds Dids: "The design sector was well represented in the debate and the clear message to all parts of government is to work together to reduce IP infringement and give enforcement a higher priority. We need to ramp up the pressure to ensure increased understanding that IP doesn’t just enable businesses to keep on investing and create employment but gives consumers the British design originality and quality they expect".
"Updating the Technology Transfer Block Exemption and the accompanying Guidelines, the European Commission introduced a number of substantive changes during the period covered by this survey—without however changing the system altogether.
A number of cases were decided by the Commission and the Court of Justice on the enforcement of FRAND-encumbered standard-essential patents (SEP), with the objective of providing guidance on when injunctions sought by SEP patent-holders against licensees could constitute an abuse of dominant position.
The Commission adopted two additional decisions imposing fines on pharmaceutical producers on account of ‘pay-for-delay’ agreements".