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    Disclaimers: The Enlarged Board of Appeal provides welcome clarification

    The Enlarged Board of Appeal (EBA) of the European Patent Office (EPO) recently issued the much anticipated decision G 1/16 on undisclosed disclaimers. The decision sets out that G 2/10, which dealt with disclosed disclaimers, is not the relevant test when assessing undisclosed disclaimers. Undisclosed disclaimers shall instead follow the earlier decision, G 1/03.


    “We love London!”: Big pharma choose English law and Courts to resolve foreign dispute

    Earlier in 2017, an eminent US Mid-West IP lawyer explained to me why he considered the English Courts (whether part of the UPC or not) were in a strong position to deal with global disputes (and IP particularly). First, we have specialist IP judges. Second, because a considerable number of IP contracts had exclusive English law and jurisdiction clauses. His point was that this gave clients a degree of certainty about the speed and quality of judgments. In the modern commercial world, waiting for 2 or more years for trial let alone judgment is not acceptable, and could potentially irreparably harm a business.


    Victory for The Black & Decker Corporation in trade mark infringement

    Today, 21 December 2017, the Venner Shipley team of Paul Harris, Kate Woolhouse and Haiyue Yu, ably assisted by barrister, Jonathan Moss (Hogarth Chambers) secured victory for client Stanley Black & Decker/The Black & Decker Corporation, in beating off a challenge by former licensee, Dvize bv, to the English Court’s jurisdiction, and trade mark infringement.


    Jan Walaski

    Jan has been with Venner Shipley for over 20 years and is the firm’s Managing Partner, as well as heading up the Electronics Group. He is a Chartered and European Patent Attorney and solicitor.