On this page you will find our news items about the state of affairs at V.O. concerning the COVID-19 virus.
A new European Patent System
For some time, a new European Patent System is being developed that should offer a simple alternative to the current validation process while simplifying the judicial process regarding patents within Europe. The two elements, the European patent with unitary effect and the patent court, are often referred to as Unitary Patent (UP) and Unified Patent Court (UPC) respectively. This page contains information on what exactly the UP and the UPC will entail, and on the effect of the new system on everyday practice. At present, it is not clear yet when the new system will take effect; up-to-date information on this point can be found at the bottom of this page.
The impact of Brexit on IP rights
The United Kingdom is currently negotiating with the European Union on new legislation and regulations following the Brexit. IP rights are also part of these negotiations. The UK Parliament has previously stated that existing IP rights established at EU level are guaranteed in both a "deal" and "no deal" scenario.
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.