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UK government proposals for a cap on research and development (R&D) tax credits for small or medium enterprises (SMEs) could have an adverse effect on life sciences businesses, an expert has said. 05 Apr 2019
Rules on access to and use of genetic data need updating to support the growth of genomics medicine, the health secretary in England has said. 22 Mar 2019
Businesses found to have infringed patent rights can face potentially substantial bills for compensation and a block on the manufacture, supply and sale of infringing products.
Businesses that are involved in patent litigation incur costs when engaging legal advisers. Some of these costs may be recoverable from the other side, but there are rules around costs that parties to litigation should familiarise themselves with.
Patent rights are property rights and as such can be assigned, mortgaged, licensed, etc… However, when assigning a patent there are strict requirements and procedures that the patentee must adhere to and follow.
Bringing or defending a patent claim before the courts can be a daunting prospect, not least because of the complicated nature of patents and patent law. It is vital that businesses understand the procedures that govern how patent trials operate.
When patents are granted they provide inventors up to 20 years of protection for their invention, but there are circumstances in which patents can be revoked.
Businesses can face claims of patent infringement if they carry out acts infringing patented products or processes without the consent of patent rights holders. However, UK patent law contains a number of defences against infringement which businesses may...
Supplementary protection certificates (SPCs) are not available for formulations of medicines that contain substances previously authorised for use in the EU, the EU's highest court has ruled. 22 Mar 2019
Businesses that are subject to criminal investigations may not need to comply with information notices served on them by the UK's data protection regulator, but UK law does not prohibit the information commissioner from sending the notices in such circumstances,... 15 Mar 2019
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