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Hearing on legal consequences of Brexit

20170529PHT76272 width 175header icon eplogo newOn 30 May 2017, from 11.00 to 12.30, the Committee on Legal Affairs will hold a public hearing on Legal consequences of Brexit. A number of important questions will be covered.

The Lord Advocate of Scotland, James Wolffe, will speak about the specific impact on Scotland and in particular as the UK has several different legal systems. Dr. Etain Tannam, Trinity College, Dublin, will make a presentation on the implications created by Brexit in relation to the Good Friday Agreement. On international private law, Prof. Burkhard Hess will address the question of what consequences Brexit will have in this field. For the question of Patent Law, and in particular the Unitary Patent, Prof. Duncan Matthews, will speak about what Brexit might entail in this area. And to finish, Mr. Stephane Rodriguez will address the staff regulations and the possible consequences for employees and others within the institutions.

URUGUAY -Bill of law to join the Patent Cooperation Treaty (P.C.T.)

Please be informed that, on March 13, 2017, the Presidency of Uruguay sent to Parliament a bill of law to join the Patent Cooperation Treaty (P.C.T.).

This project highlights the positive implications that the aforementioned treaty would have for our country, pointing out that Uruguayan applicants would be greatly benefited from the system, since it facilitates, expedites and assures Uruguayans' access to registration in other countries member of the same treaty, without negatively impacting the work of the Patent Office.

This project will now be analyzed and debated by Parliament, so it is not possible to estimate a date on which it will be approved.

We will keep you informed of developments in this matter.

Mobile devices confiscated due to patent infringement

As a cautionary measure, Barcelona's Juzgado Mercantil (Commercial Court) ordered the confiscation of various models of mobile phones from a Chinese and French manufacturer owing to an alleged infringement of European patent law. Said order took place at the request of the Catalan company Fractus.  The proceedings were settled within twenty-four hours as part of a fast action protocol put in place for the Congress. 

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