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A new European Patent System

For some time, a new European patent system has been developed that should offer a simple alternative to the current validation process while simplifying the judicial process regarding patents within Europe. The new system introduces the European patent with unitary effect and the new patent court; these elements are often referred to as Unitary Patent (UP) and Unified Patent Court (UPC), respectively. This page contains information on what the UP and the UPC will entail, and the effect of the new system on everyday practice.

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The Nagoya Protocol and its impact on your research

The Nagoya Protocol is often believed to apply exclusively to the plant breeding sector. However, the influence of the protocol reaches much further. Almost everyone utilizing genetic resources for research may have to deal with it. From individuals and universities to multinationals in all sectors, everyone needs to check whether their research is covered by the protocol. Continue reading