Extension of European Patents to Montenegro
17th March 2010
The European Patent Office has entered into an agreement with the Government of Montenegro on the extension of European patents to that country. Applicants for European patents filed from 1 March 2010 may request that the effect of the European patent application be extended to Montenegro.
Although Montenegro is not a contracting state to the European Patent Convention, this agreement means that protection can be obtained in that country by means of a European patent application, in essentially the same manner as for those countries that are full members of the European patent system.
Stay of proceedings at UK courts - Coloplast A/S v Salts Healthcare Limited
24th February 2020
Although a stay of national proceedings is the ‘default’ position in the UK, the stay was refused in this instance because of the combination of an absolute right of appeal, a minimum of two years to appeal and the potential of the ping pong effect before the EPO.