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Changes to UK law for the Trade Secrets Directive

The UK Government has published draft regulations to implement minimum standards of protection for trade secrets in all UK jurisdictions Trade secrets are an essential if often-overlooked aspect of intellectual property.  A wide range of commercially valuable information, from the recipe for Coca Cola to search engine algorithms to the…

Brexit doesn’t mean Brexit from the Unified Patent Court, says Government

Baroness Neville-Rolfe states UK will ratify UPC Agreement to get new court up and running. The proposed Unified Patent Court is based on an intergovernmental treaty separate from the EU, but subject to EU law and to the jurisdiction of the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU).  As a…

Trade Secrets Directive finally passed

On 27 May 2016 the Council of the European Union confirmed that it has approved the Trade Secrets Directive, meaning that it will become law. The date by which Member States must implement the Directive will be confirmed when it is published in the Official Journal of the European Union…

Unified Patent Court, Patents Court or IPEC: where to litigate?

The key differences between the UPC and the UK’s national courts give rise to important strategic considerations in deciding whether to opt out and where to litigate. We recently discussed the ability of patent owners to opt out of the Unified Patent Court regime for their European patents and instead…

Unified Patent Court: Judicial situations vacant

The Unified Patent Court has published its vacancy notice for applications to be a judge. The notice includes adverts for full part time legally-qualified judges as well as full and part time technically-qualified judges.  The closing date for applications is 4 July 2016. Applicants for the legally-qualified roles will apply for six-year…

New Adventures in Wifi

A CJEU case could ensure that providers of free wifi are not exposed to liability for their users’ actions.  Consumers increasingly expect that cafes, hotels, pubs and even shops offer free wifi access on the premises as part of their service.  If the businesses could be liable in damages for…