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Saturday, September 8, 2012

Professor Trimble Guest Blogs at Patently-O


The Boyd School of Law is very pleased to announce that Professor Marketa Trimble recently guest blogged at Patently-O, the nation's leading patent law blog. Her blog post is entitled, "Solvay v. Honeywell and an Alternative Route to a Central Patent Court in Europe."

As background, the Court of Justice of the European Communities ("ECJ") left some crucial questions unanswered when, in 2006, it clarified the rules of jurisdiction in the European Union ("EU") as they pertained to patent litigation. In her blog post, Professor Trimble explains that the recent judgment of the ECJ in Solvay v. Honeywell (C-616/10, July 12, 2012) provides some additional answers and, most importantly, suggests that there could be a new route open for a central patent court in Europe. According to Trimble, "A possibility that such a court could informally emerge deserves attention, particularly because of the protracted and complicated negotiations surrounding the creation of a centralized patent court system in Europe, which have generated significant skepticism about the viability of the project as presented by the EU institutions."