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U.N. agency says coronavirus emergency could trump some patent rights

Discussions are under way on enabling wider access to some patented drugs and medical supplies during the coronavirus pandemic, the head of the U.N.’s intellectual property agency said on Tuesday.

Greece suggests EU buy patent rights for vaccines and coronavirus tests: FAZ

Greece has suggested EU member states jointly buy patent rights for vaccines against COVID-19 and rapid tests under development to help ensure that if they are effective they are quickly distributed to those in need across the bloc.

China becomes top filer of international patents in 2019 amid robust growth for WIPO’s IP services, treaties and finances

China in 2019 surpassed the United States of America as the top source of international patent applications filed with WIPO.

Unified Patent Court ratification declared unconstitutional by German court

Following on from the announcement that the German Federal Constitutional Court has upheld the complaint that, as it stands, the ratification of the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court is unconstitutional, further details have emerged.

Harry and Meghan’s Archewell trademark suggests plan for non-profit empire

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex appear to be planning a wide-ranging non-profit empire, including websites, films and their won awards, according to trademark applications lodged in the US under the name Archewell.

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