Supplementary Protection Certificates (SPCs) effectively extend the protection afforded by patents for medicinal products by up to 5 years. This compensates for disadvantages caused by long approval processes: Generally, years pass between a patent application for a new active ingredient and the approval of a drug. Without an extension, the actual patent protection would therefore be reduced so that the time to recoup investments in research might be insufficient.Continue reading
The United Kingdom left the European Union on January 31, 2020. What happens now to your EU trade mark(s) (“EUTM”)? Are they still protected in the UK? Do you have to register a new trade mark? This article provides an overview.Continue reading
Sampling, i.e. the use of individual sequences from existing pieces of music as part of a new work, is widespread. It is an essential element in hip hop and electronic music. In practice, however, very few producers seek a licence from the author or right holder of the original recording. Sampling is seen by many as its own culture, where creativity lies in the creation of new musical work consisting of a number of short, partly changed or alienated elements, so that obtaining all rights for each individual sample is often out of the question for financial or practical reasons.Continue reading
Editors Alexander Koller and Michael Stadler have put a lot of work and heart and soul into it: The commentary published in June 2019 by Linde Verlag for the first time offers a comprehensive commentary on Austrian patent and utility model law. 34 authors, all of them practitioners of patent law from the legal and patent attorney profession, the judiciary, the university sector, the public sector and industry, bring every single paragraph to life. GFR partner Manuel Wegrostek is honoured to have made a modest contribution on the chapters of exhaustion and the preservation of evidence.Continue reading
It is time for the yearly IPDAY at WU Vienna (Vienna University of Economics and Business) again! Taking place on Monday, September 30, 2019, the event will feature a number of presentations with a focus on copyright law in the digital single market as well as an interesting block on artificial intelligence. Outstanding international speakers will provide practical insights. An overview of recent case law in the field of intellectual property in Austrian and Germany is a further incentive for practitioners. Join us and register under https://www.ip-day.at/anmeldung.php?id=6.