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30 October 2013
A study by Powell Gilbert has revealed that if patent cases were counted in the same way as in Germany the UK could be entitled to as many as four local divisions of the UPC. Earlier estimates of the number of patent cases in the UK would have meant that the UK would have been entitled to only one local division. A local division could be made up of a majority of foreign judges if the number of patent cases per year was low enough.
25 October 2013
In a recent infringement action brought by Magmatic Limited, the Patents Court found that Magmatic’s Community Registered Design for their well-known ‘Trunki’ children’s suitcase was infringed by a similar ride-on ‘Kiddee Case’ imported into the UK by PMS International Limited (PMS). The decision provides useful guidance as to how the ‘obscure disclosures’ exception of the Community Designs Regulation should be interpreted.
18 October 2013
In an eagerly awaited meeting of the Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation on 16th October, it was agreed that the controversial amendments made in 2010 to the rules governing the filing of divisional patent applications would be reversed and applicants would once again be allowed to file divisional applications at any point up to grant of the parent application.
29 August 2013
The results of the consultation on the proposal to introduce superfast patents have now been published. In summary, the Government has decided not to implement the proposed superfast service, or to make any changes to existing acceleration services.

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