03.07.2012 - No chunks for noone, nuggets for Paris, London and Munich. The EU commission finally agreed on the setting for the proposed EU patents court.
On 29 June at the European Council in Brussels, Belgium, the EU heads of state agreed on a plan to implement a so far only proposed EU patents court which now could become functional in 2014. Currently, the European Patent Office (EPO) has responsibility for the examination and grant of 'European' patents, but once those patents are granted they become an individual patent in each country selected by the proprietor. Should the proprietors of the patents wish to enforce them they must do so in each country individually. The new court will maintain divisions in three different countries with France coming up with the most important one. The central division of the Court of First Instance (CFI) of the Unified Patent Court (UPC) will be - together with the CFI-president's office in Paris. Subdivisions handling chemistry and pharmaceutics industry as well as mechanical engineering will be installed in London and Munich, respectfully. Although Munich has already the headquarters of the EPO the heavy lobbying for Munich as the place for a EU patents court did not suceed in the end.
The long awaited EU patents court will facilitate the introduction of patents with a unitary effect across the member states. However, Italy and Spain are excluded so far because they diagree with the current language arrangements. Uninvolved of the patents court agreement the unitary patent itself has to be approved by the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers. The crucial step is the vote in the parliament on 3 and 4 July. The then following Council approval is merely a formality.
20.07.2016 Belgian molecular diagnostics company Biocartis Group NV has raised €55m and will use the funds mainly to expand manufacturing capacities for its PCR-based molecular diagnostics system Idylla.
19.07.2016 It is Europe’s first gene therapy company to float on Euronext: Gensight raised €40m in its IPO. And it is not the only French company that has taken the leap in an uncertain market climate – Alzheimer’s expert Pharnext also went public.
18.07.2016 When NASA blasted off to the International Space Station on Monday morning, it had UK tech on board. A miniature DNA sequencer from Oxford Nanopore will be used to keep an eye on the ISS atmosphere – and may even analyse alien DNA one day.
13.07.2016 Cell Medica has acquired Swiss antibody specialist Delenex Therapeutics. The deal nets the British cellular therapeutics developer Delenex’ proprietory antibody fragment platform Pentrabody.
12.07.2016 Vienna-based vaccine specialist Themis Bioscience GmbH has secured broad access to a promising virus vaccine vector tech by extending its license agreement with French Institut Pasteur. Its goal: to develop a Zika vaccine.
07.07.2016 Californian biopharma Medivation has agreed to confidential negotiations with its suitors, in particular the French pharmaceutical company Sanofi, which aggressively has buffeted the cancer therapy specialist for months.
06.07.2016 The European Commission started an investigation into Illumina’s and Sequenom’s 2014 patent agreement, UK-competitor Premaitha Health said. The two US companies had agreed to pool their Noninvasive Prenatal Testing IP.
04.07.2016 Cinfa Biotech is shuffling for position on the lucrative biosimilar market. The Spanish-German company has published positive results in a study for a pegfilgrastim copycat with 172 healthy volunteers in Germany.
30.06.2016 UK’s Heptares Therapeutics and Paul Scherrer Institute spinoff leadXpro will collaborate to find new approaches for the determination of high-res X-ray structures of G protein-coupled receptors to find new drugs.
Merck’s advanced water purification system with new high-throughput line delivers up to 9,000 liters of pure water daily with real-time monitoring and ensures constant water quality with low and predictable running costs. more