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European SPCs Unravelled provides an easily accessible overview of SPC law in Europe through a practice-oriented approach. While SPCs are governed by the same substantive rules in all Member States of the European Union and the European Economic Area, they are national IP rights. The formal requirements and procedural practices of the national patent offices granting SPCs still differ significantly, and these divergences can have a substantial impact in the prosecution of SPCs across Europe. This book covers all substantive and procedural aspects of prosecution, enforcement, and invalidation, as well as SPC-related aspects of unfair competition law across European jurisdictions.
What’s in this book:
Following an overarching European chapter, which addresses general considerations and the relevant European Union law, including the jurisprudence of the Court of Justice (CJEU) and the EFTA Court, this book contains separate national chapters for eleven key jurisdictions ¿ i.e., Germany, the United Kingdom, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Iceland, and Switzerland, as well as a concluding chapter summarizing the fundamentals of SPC law and practice in sixteen further European countries. The contributors to this book, all experts in the field of SPCs in their respective jurisdictions, provide clear and hands-on guidance on a range of specific topics of practical and strategic relevance, including:
As the chapters are structured from the perspective of practitioners, this book provides answers to the frequently raised problems concerning SPCs. This approach distinguishes this book from other commentaries and thereby serves as invaluable assistance to IP practitioners in devising successful pan-European SPC filing strategies. Its country-by-country format makes it easy to compare the national practices and the respective national case law of the different European countries.