Following on from our recent blog on the European Commission's revised draft agreement governing the UK's withdrawal from the EU which covered the protection and enforcement of trade marks, designs and database rights (19 March 2018), the European Commission issued a notice to stakeholders about 10 days later on 28 March 2018, setting out the impact of Brexit in the field of copyright (and touches on database rights again).
Revised draft withdrawal agreement: The UK and EU largely agree on the protection of IP rights post-Brexit
On 19 March 2018, the UK and EU Commission announced that they have broadly agreed on the provisions for the protection of IP rights after the Brexit transitional period has ended. A new draft withdrawal agreement has been published and a final agreement is expected in Autumn 2018.
The Advocate General's clarification of the 'Specific Mechanism' in Pfizer Ireland Pharmaceuticals v Orifarm
Advocate General Tanchev recently gave his opinion in Pfizer Ireland Pharmaceuticals v Orifarm concerning parallel imports of etanercept (a drug used for treating arthritis) from new member states into Germany. The Regional Court in Düsseldorf referred questions to the CJEU seeking guidance on the scope of the so-called 'specific mechanism' exception.
On 19 May 2016, Mr Justice Green handed down his decision in Tobacco Packaging  EWHC 116 affirming the prohibition of advertising upon tobacco products in the UK.