San Marino joins European Patent System
1st June 2009
San Marino became the 36th contracting state of the European Patent Convention on 1 June 2009. San Marino can therefore be designated in European patent applications (and PCT applications designating the EPO) filed from that date onwards.
We doubt that the accession of San Marino to the European patent system will have an impact on our clients’ filing strategies, but we welcome the continued expansion of the regional patent system in Europe.
1 June 2009
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.