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Italy drops opposition to EU unitary patent reforms

The Italian government has outlined its intention to adopt rules that will give effect to a new unitary patent framework for Europe that it had previously opposed.  21 May 2015

Spain's challenge to unitary patent reforms defeated before EU's highest court

The EU's highest court has dismissed two legal challenges brought by Spain against plans to create a new system of unitary patent protection for participating EU countries. 06 May 2015

Out-Law Guides

  • Patent box regime

    This guide was updated in December 2014.

  • Patents: obtaining patent protection outside of the UK

    A patent is granted by a national patent office and will only give you monopoly rights in the country in which it is granted. There is no such thing as an international patent. 

  • Patents: the basics

    This guide is based on UK law. It was last updated in January 2012.

  • Opinions of the UK Intellectual Property Office

    Sorting out disputes can take ages. Especially complicated ones, like patent disputes. To take a case to court, you will need lawyers – solicitors and barristers – and probably an expert to give evidence to back up your case. The ultimate outcome will be justice...

  • Proposals for a new European Patent

    The end of 2001 was meant to herald a minor revolution in the way business protects its best ideas by giving a real boost to product development and competitiveness by way of a new 'European Patent'.

Expertise in Patents

We see patents as a business tool. Our dedicated team of patent specialists advise clients from a range of industries on how to: secure market exclusivity for their inventions; access new markets through licensing technologies or challenging blocking patents; and, maximise the value of their innovation through strategic patent portfolio management and exploitation.

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